Each summer our guides are ready to show you the ropes, take you to our most beautiful seascapes and challenge the experienced with a range of water adventures.
Everyone can learn how to read and ride the waves, SUP, snorkel and kayak on the Sapphire Coast. You can even learn how to harvest and cook abalone, crayfish and mussels.
Stand Up Paddling Hire & 90 minute Lessons on the lake with Coastlife Adventures.
Sea Kayak Tours with Coastlife Adventures. Two hour tours of Merimbula’s coastline, with snorkelling and wave riding included if you wish.Wilderquest for Kids Snorkel Adventure with National Parks & Wildlife Service. Discover the magic of snorkelling with local rangers ($25 – 1.5hrs).
Merimbula Snorkelling Safari with Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre. Explore the life in ancient red rocks of Bar Beach with a local expert. Sound swimming ability is required as the area has strong tidal currents (December 29, $45 – 2 hrs)
Merimbula Stand Up Paddle Lessons & Tours intimate group tours ($50 – 1.5hrs), or private one-on-one lessons ($70 – 1 hour).
Fishpen Charters Kayak & Sup Hire head to the iconic Mitchies Jetty at Fishpen and see Bill to hire a kayak or SUP. ($25 – 1 hour)
Merimbula has always been a beautiful place of sheltered waters and seafood feasts. The Yuin People were the first to harvest and share oysters, fish and more, with middens dating back thousands of years still still visible on the lake’s edge. Today there are also eateries, boardwalks, parks and the retail precinct on the shores.
For a personalised itinerary, call into the Visitor Information Centre, on the lake at 2 Beach Street, or free call 1800 150 457.
Daily Surfing Lessons with Coastlife Adventures. Discover the joy of surfing with a team that has been teaching on the Sapphire Coast for more than 20 years.
SurfGroms courses for 5 to 12 year old children.
Pambula Beach has many blessings, a wide river mouth, a stunning white beach that reaches all the way to Merimbula, Surf Life Saving Club and bustling take away store attached to a popular caravan park. It’s a few minutes drive from Pambula village, with artisan baker, wine, coffee and more. More on Pambula.
Kiah Wilderness Tours runs small group kayak tours on a quiet coastal estuary that is brimming with wildlife. No experience is necessary, and all your gear is supplied (including home made goodies and plunger coffee!)
Eden will be one of the sites for the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre Saturday snorkels (see below).
Set in the magnificent Twofold Bay – the third deepest natural harbour in the southern hemisphere, Eden was home to shore-based whaling stations and Old Tom, the legendary killer whale whose story can be discovered at the Eden Killer Whale Museum.
It was the centre of operations for entrepreneur and pioneer Benjamin Boyd who built Boyd’s Tower, Boydtown and the Seahorse Inn as part of an extraordinary empire, before the vision crumbled.
Today you can eat fresh seafood over looking the harbour, explore the bay on cruises and bushwalks or visit the Visitor Information Center for a personalised itinerary. You can find it Cnr Princes Highway & Mitchell Street, Eden.
Surfing lessons each Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. As well as teaching the essential skills of surfing, lessons include ocean safety education and training in surfing etiquette.
SurfGroms courses for 5 to 12 year old children.
River Kayak Tours Explore Mogareeka Inlet and the Bega River with Coastlife Adventures ($75 – 4 hours)
Tathra surrounds itself in the natural beauty of both Mimosa Rocks National Park to the north, and Bournda National Park to the south, it’s a mecca for oyster lovers and mountain bikers and has the only remaining sea wharf on the East Coast. More on Tathra.
Bournda National Park
Amazing Jellyfish Snorkel at Wallagoot Lake with National Parks & Wildlife Service. Discover Wallagoot Lake in Bournda National Park, just north of Merimbula. One day only, Thursday, January 5 at 2pm. ($35 – 2 hrs)
Canoe on Bournda Lagoon with National Parks and Wildlife Services. Look for kingfishers and water dragons, no experience necessary. ($30 – 2 hrs).
The diversity of water environments within Bournda National Park, combined with its extensive network of walking tracks, provides for a wide range of recreation activities. It os well serviced with camping (66 sites) and recreational facilities. The park also has a rich history of Aboriginal occupation. It was an important food gathering place and evidence of hunting and tool making have been found in coastal middens and old camp sites
Snorkel tour with Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre. Tours go for two hours, with locations are decided according to weather and conditions.
Tours cost $25.
Bookings are essential at (02) 6496 1699.
Snorkel by day, go prawning at night, or learn to sustainably harvest and cook your own seafood with Australia’s Coastal Wilderness Adventures. Small group experience. Bookings are required, please phone 0439 421 986.