The Trip-Finder, January 1999
Sea-Kayaking the Daintree Coast
|The Adventure Company
||camping, rustic lodging, tourist hotels
The Route: An 80-mile paddle from Cape Tribulation to Cooktown along the only coastline where two World Heritage Sites — the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park — meet. You'll snorkel live coral reefs and camp on the beach.
When to go: May to September
Travel advisory: Although it's unlikely, your trip could be moved farther south to the Barnard Islands due to high winds and waves. Not the worst scenario: The skies above this uninhabited cluster of islands are filled with sea eagles and kestrels.
- Watching a manta ray with a 12-foot wingspan glide silently under your kayak.
- Burning up in your mandatory jellyfish-proof skinsuit if you decide to go in summer.