We have been kayaking several times before but are no means experts. We got a brief demonstration before embarking on the 1.5 mile one way (approx. 3 miles round trip). The kayaking was not horrid- but you do move out into open waters and if the winds are blowing onshore, waves are kicking up and tides are changing- you will probably have a more difficult experience. Our group was very spread out. You had faster paddlers with the leader, moderate paddlers with an assistant and a slower group with another assistant- so you don't have to worry about being super fast or following too far behind. We did stop 2x for a rest break. They throw a 16 oz water bottle for each person in the canoe- and with the August sun beating down on you- 16 oz was not nearly enough. The second stop was in front of a sea cave. I had thought from their website that we were actually going to paddle through sea caves and arches- but that is not what we did. The group leader took us one at a time up to the sea cave to feel the rush of water flowing in and then force of it pushing back. At no time where we actually in a cave. We certainly didn't kayak through any arches. When we reached the resting stop- I was again surprised to see that we were not bringing out kayaks to land. Rather we were going to jump in and then have to get ourselves back onto the kayak from 25 foot water. Great if you are good at climbing onto a kayak with nothing but your arms to help you. Not so great if don't have that strength. Quickly learned that it was easier for me to get on the kayak first as I needed to pull it almost straight up to get in and then my daughter (age 11) could just pop up. We did some snorkeling in this area which was very nice. After awhile we scrambled up onto the rocks- again- the rocks can be a bit difficult as they are slippery and waves bump into them- and if you need glasses to see anything and you don't have them on because you have been swimming- it is a bit hairy. Now- the staff were excellent- they were certainly highly focused on safety and assisted everyone on climbing up onto the rock and into the kayaks- so in no way should you be fearful about not getting out and doing. On the rocks they had pineapple, chocolate, chips, and cookies to munch on. From here you could climb up onto the cliff. It is a very decent jump and when you stand at the edge- you really do think twice as you can see the rocks from the clear water- but you have 30 feet of water below you. The cliff is high enough that you can complete several thoughts before you hit the water. It is a blast. Some people jumped 7-8 times. You can also do some shelling and tide pool exploring on the rocks before heading back to the bay. There is plenty of parking. It is located directly across from Fairwind II. Again- thumbs up to the staff- they were 100% on with making our excursion comfortable, safe and memorable. I do though think they need to be more specific as to precisely what you see and do. The route mimics Fairwind II- so if you do that prior to this- you aren't really seeing anything new- just closer up. There are better snorkeling sites, but the chance to jump off a cliff where it is safe to do so is not so easy to find and is a real thrill and was definately a highlight of our trip.
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