Coffee Paddle

One of the best times of the day to go kayaking is in the morning when the water is flat and glassy. Even better, when you are in a clearview kayak and can see down into the turquoise water below.

This morning paddle will start from the boat ramp at Manly Sailing where you will be greeted with coffee and a smile. The guide will bring you up to speed on the experience and equipment as well as weather conditions throughout the tour. Then you’ll make your way down and around Smedley’s Point and across to Quarantine Beach, from there you will hug the shore line up to Store Beach, then continue on up to Collins Flat Beach. Don’t worry it isn’t all hard work. We will go at a leisurely pace and you’ll have your coffee and snacks to keep you going and to power you back to Manly Sailing.

This is a gentle paddle, you don’t need to have any previous experience kayaking. Our guides will help you get setup when you arrive, providing you with the equipment you need and ensuring that you have a correctly fitting lifejacket.

Unfortunately we cannot control the weather. We will postpone the tour the evening before if the forecast is not suitable for kayaking.

Time: arrive at 8.15 ready to launch from Manly Sailing at 8.30am.

Duration: 2.5 hours (including safety briefing, setup and paddle)

Private Utopian Clearview Kayak Tour

Utopian kayak experience, this is a bespoke experience with lots of options for you to choose from, customise as you like. The base experience includes kayaks, beach picnic setup (blanket, table, cushions) and snorkels. Add on a pre-organised picnic as you would like, such as a selection of cheeses, charcuterie & strawberries, champagne (offering Laurent-Perrier), gazebos, decorations, beach games etc.  This idyllic setting will be on a secluded beach with snorkelling equipment and dry bag provided. All can be arranged beforehand and set up in advance.

Duration: 4 hours

Time: lunch time or afternoon


Locals Sunrise Paddle

Love getting out on the water but don’t have a kayak? Or don’t have the time to cart it to the Cove early in the morning? Our Locals Sunrise Paddle is for those who would like to get out on the water when it is calm and quiet before work. You must have kayaking experience and feel comfortable paddling at a reasonable pace for 1-1.5 hours. Not a local but up can kayak and up early, come join us!

The paddle will start from Manly Sailing where you will find your speedy sit on top kayak waiting. We will paddle around to the Cove and various beaches, perhaps over to Reef Beach and Fairlight too if time allows.

Unfortunately we cannot control the weather. We will postpone the tour the evening before if the forecast is not suitable for kayaking.

Have your own kayak and can bring it down? Come and join us, no charge, just let us know to expect you in case we have to reschedule.

Time: will vary based on the time of sunrise (more information on the booking page)

Duration: 1-1.5 hours (including safety briefing, setup and paddle)

What you need to know

You may get splashed so dress accordingly, we recommend wearing shoes when in the kayak as there may be some walking involved. You can go barefoot if you would like. There are changing rooms you are welcome to use on site, so feel free to bring a towel and a spare change of clothes. You are welcome to bring a water bottle and snacks. We recommend sunscreen, hat and sunglasses for those warm Manly days.


We hire our kayaks from 9am to 5pm everyday.

Kayaks are picked up and dropped off at Manly Sailing in Manly Yacht Club.

Children between 4 and 8 go with one adult in a single kayak or with two adults in a double
Children 8-10 years of age can head out on a double with one adult
Children 10+ can head out on their own but with adult supervision

If you are having a great day out on the water and wish to come back later give us a call and we will see what we can do. If you do stay out longer we can sort out payment afterwards. Try to stick to your rental time it makes life easier for us here at Manly Sailing.

Parking in Manly can be difficult there are a few council car parks nearby and most streets around have 2 hours of free parking. Best option is getting the ferry or public transport in and walking over to Manly Sailing. If you head in via Ferry visit our new ticket booth in the wharf to lock in your rental.

Every kayaker gets a safety demonstration and short paddling lesson before heading out, if you are still unsure speak to one of our friendly instructors who are happy to help and give advice. We have a calm safe water area just outside the Yacht Club where you can build your confidence.

When you are out on the water there is always a chance of a splash, if you are heading to a beach wear swimming gear.

Each Kayak will have a Dry Bag to use, you take your belongings out at your own risk. You are welcome to leave all other belongings in our secure office.

All tours include:

– Equipment hire a kayak, paddle and life jacket
– Safety briefing and kayak instruction

The Coffee Paddle is a group tour with a guide and will provide a tea or coffee in a reusable cup and some light snacks.

The Utopian tour also includes a beach setup with lots of extras for you to add on and customise.

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