Cape Maclear

on Cape Maclear beach, just before our kayak mission around Thumbi Island on Cape Maclear beach, just before our kayak mission around Thumbi Island kids playing on the Cape Maclear beach kids playing on the Cape Maclear beach view of Thumbi Island from Fat Monkeys - it looks a LOT smaller from here... view of Thumbi Island from Fat Monkeys – it looks a LOT smaller from here… our kayak route from Fat Monkeys, around Thumbi Island, and back - approx 9km our kayak route from Fat Monkeys, around Thumbi Island, and back – approx 9km our first stop on Thumbi Island - in desperate need of a tan our first stop on Thumbi Island – in desperate need of a tan snorking off Thumbi Island snorking off Thumbi Island

relaxing in the shade after our snorkel mission relaxing in the shade after our snorkel mission nap time... nap time…

enjoying the view of Cape Maclear from Thumbi Island enjoying the view of Cape Maclear from Thumbi Island sunset view of Thumbi Island (Copyright 2006 Andrew Whalley) sunset view of Thumbi Island (Copyright 2006 Andrew Whalley)

Cape Maclear was our last stop on the road trip. the highlight for us was definitely kayaking around Thumbi Island, just off the coast.

this is one of our favourite activities to do together. usually we each have our own canoe or kayak. this time we used a double kayak which is great if one of you needs to take a rest (mostly me!) and the other can keep rowing.

we didn’t do any research on the island before we decided to take on the kayak mission. so we had no idea how big the island actually was or how long the route would be. this was definitely to our advantage – we are both at the most unfit we have ever been in our 30yrs (6 day work week desk jobs do that to you) so if we had known in advance that we would have to row over 9km we probably wouldn’t have done it!

we’re really glad we did though. the water is clear and warm, and the abundance of colourful fish make for brilliant snorkeling. the fish eagles are everywhere and on the kayak you get perfect views of the birds fishing and nesting on the island cliffs.

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