Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Kitesurfing Undine Cay - a surreal experience on the Great Barrier Reef #554

Session 554. Kitesurfing at Undine Cay is superb. A small sandy cay on top of a large coral reef in azure water.  We headed direct from Undine Cay from Port Douglas.  Eventually the small sandy Undine Cay appeared sitting on top of the surrounding Undine reef.

The sand cay is only about 2m above high tide and gets moved around by storms. It can sometimes be completed washed over by a combination of a king tide and waves.

On arrival we setup the beach shelter then headed out kitesurfing.

Crystal clear water and fish everywhere. The transition to deep blue water is particularly nice. The reef had enough water for fins to be clear of the coral.

We stayed upwind of snorkelers in the water from a tour RIB that comes across from the Daintree.

I saw a reef shark in the shallows.

There was some small waves where the wind swell hits the reef. Everyone had a ball, although Scott got bad sunburnt on his legs. You don't notice the sun while kiting but we all copped some sunburn on exposed skin. Its best to cover everything up. James was good at this!

We had the Cay to ourselves when the tour boats departed and enjoyed kiting right around it.

We headed back to the Daintree in the boat for a good meal and sleep at the Ferntree Rainforest Lodge.

James' good sun protection

Approaching Undine Cay

Cape Tribulation beach

Cape Tribulation beach

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