We went early January with our two children: 7 & 10 years old. Standing at the beach I noticed that the surf was big , but according to the guides it was nothing to worry about “we take kids all the time”. After watching several of the other participants, falling out and being washed away while trying to get through the huge wave breaks I suggested to the guides that perhaps the children should be paired up with one of them to be on the safe side, and they accepted.
It took a good 45 minutes just to get everyone out, through the wave breaks (we had to be taken one by one). Once out there we thought everything would be ok. But the swell was still huge and it didn’t take long until my son got really sea sick and vomited all over himself and the kayak until he didn’t have anything left. My daughter, who ended up in the “rescue kayak” picking up participants who were knocked over, was terrified and begged me to get her into shore, but we were not allowed. Not until a bunch of other participants explained that they were also feeling sick the guide decided to take us in. The final “surf” back to the beach again knocked 95 percent of the kayaks over. One lady got hit in the face.
I do understand that we did sign waiver forms. And I do understand that nature is nature and you can’t really influence the weather as an organiser, but with such long experience (the manager told me they have been operation since 1995) I would have expected and very much appreciated a discussion about the conditions before going out - with two young kids! When I gave this feedback to the manager she just said “Some people get seasick, some don’t. I saw your kids when then came in and they looked fine”. Well, they were not. They were terrified.
Unfortunately I think it will take a long long time before my children will go near a kayak again.
Also, did not see one single dolphin...