SUP COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS
DATE: 5-12 April 2019
DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights
SUP Wilderness Adventures is headed to one of the most secret of Indian Ocean destinations: the Cocos (Keeling) Islands to paddle the crystal clear waters, island hop across the archipeligo, and dive its healthy coral reefs. Join us in for a stand up paddle boarding vacation in paradise.
The Cocos Keeling Islands (CKI) is an achipeligo located quite literally in the middle of the Indian Ocean. So remote is the location most Australians have never even heard of it; despite it being an Australian Territory.
CKI is the kind of destination we all dream about, but belive no longer exists. After all; how could a place so perfect in every aspect not yet be over-un by development, tourists and the inevitable dpoils that come with 'progress'?
The remoteness of these islands have been their saviour and - with its closest neighbour being Christmas Island 900 km to the northwest - with luck they will remain overlooked and untouched for many years to come.
One of the few places in the world where the vast coral gardens remain healthy and vibrant; the islands attract an abundance of colourful reef fish and pelaigics from across the vast Indian Ocean.
Reached via a comfortable 4-1/2 hour flight on Virgin from Perth (Western Australia), temperatures remain fairly consistent; averaging a comfy 29° C during the day, year-round. Tropical CKI has two main seasons: the windy season (from April/May to September/October), when kite boarders flock here in their droves) and the doldrums (from November through to April), when the seas are glassy-calm.
One of the main atractions that brings visitors to CKI is the quality scuba diving and snorkelling. The waters are gin-clear making sightings of turtles, manta rays, dolphins and even the resident dugong, something of a common occurrance.
Local photographer Karen Wilshaw is one of a handful of Australians fortunate enough to reside on West Island, and she has captured the underwater beauty of the reef-system with astounding flair. For those witha fondness for photography; the opportunity to spend a day with Karen, learning some of her skills, is one that should not be missed.
Being an important stop on migratory routes, CKI is a well-known destination for keen birders. As only two of the the 27 islands are inhabited, bird ppulatons thrive in the undisturbed environment.
Just a small number of Australian expats live on West Island, while a Cocos Malay community is resident on Home Island, across a vast lagoon. They tell visitors abou the island's fascinating history of indentured labour and forced migration, yet their traditional culture remains strong in the face of a rapidly changing world.
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Trip style: Cultural
Activities: stand up paddle boarding or canoeing, touring by bike & on foot, guided history sight seeing, French cooking class, truffle hunt, vineyard visit, village visits.
Group size max: 12 people
Minimum age: 25 years
Fitness level: Low
Fly ot train in to: Périgueux - Bassillac Airport from Paris
Price: $Au$3400 (plus GST)// approx USD 2550
7 nights twin share boutique accommodation
French cooking class & feast
Paddling on the Dordogne River (40km), through the village of Brantome & on the Vezere River
Guided castle visits
Guided cave visits
Village & market visits
Vineyard visit & tasting
Prehistory Museum visit
Prehistory, medieval and Roman history walking tours
SUP Wilderness Adventures cap & t-shirt
Trip video & photos
Flights & airport/ hotel transfers
Visas & departure taxes
Travel medicine & insurance
Food & beverages where not stated
Optional extra activities (such as hot air ballooning)
Park fees, Government fees & taxes (unless stated)