The many experiences of Cabana Desolation Eco Resort have been written about and covered on our website - kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, or simply ‘Chill & Immerse’ in Desolation Sound away from the cares and worries of city life.
However there are a few ‘outside the box’ adventures that - to the best of our knowledge - have yet to be fully explored by guests out at our island eco resort.
Therefore, we’ve put our thinking caps on and dreamed up the 3 Best Experiences that Cabana guests could have, but are yet to happen:
1/ Climb Station Island
Station Island lies right off-shore from the Cabana Point, and is a common and popular destination for paddle boards and snorkelers.
The island rises sharply out of the ocean into a steep dome with a gently rounded top. Eagles are often perched high up in trees on the bluffs looking out over the water. Seals lie in the sun on the shore, perched sometimes inelegantly on the rocky cliffs above the sea.
However, there is at least one clear path that we have determined to the top of the island, and we can only assume that the view upon reaching the summit would be well worth the strenuous summer hike up there!
2/ Snorkel Beneath the Southern Cliffs
The Cabana Point and the cliffs beneath Station Island are perhaps the two most convenient and popular places for guests to snorkel when staying at Cabana Desolation. Both are located close to the resort and offer easy access for snorkelers to view all manner of intertidal life such as sea stars, sea cucumbers, urchins, chitons and aggregating green anemones.
However, perhaps the best snorkeling found in the entire Desolation Sound area is found beneath the cliffs on the south western shore of Kinghorn Island. At low tides this environment is home to all the above mentioned creatures, as well as huge colonies of giant plumose sea anemones, leather and vermillion sea stars, and even the occasional nudibranch grazing beneath the weeds!
These cliffs can be accessed by kayak in about 15 minutes from Cabana Desolation and with a small amount of forethought and planning present an awesome potential half-day adventure. Pack your snorkel gear in the hatch of your kayak and paddle round to the cliffs, before jumping in and checking out the marine life right up and down the length of the cliff.
Paddle over with a friend and take turns minding the kayaks, or tie your boat to your ankle and take it with you as you explore. Getting back in is the fun part, and an opportunity to practice your self-rescue skills!
For the especially adventurous, taking a paddle board round instead of a kayak could turn the activity into a full-day expedition! Continue on your way after your snorkel by completing a circumnavigation of the island and discover eagle’s nests and curious seals before returning to the resort the long way.
3/ Paddle Board Amongst Magical Phosphorescent Plankton
A highlight of our Cabana Desolation packages in recent years has been the magical light-show that occurs in the ocean on the darkest of nights produced by minuscule phosphorescent plankton.
This phenomenon lights up the water when disturbed like stars in the night sky, and often surprises Cabana guests with its abundance and brightness.
The bravest souls take the opportunity to don a wetsuit and swim amongst the lights, yet a fantastic way to experience this wonderful event without the need for submersion in the middle of the night is to grab a paddle board and hit the water!
Every stroke of the paddle emits a sharp burst of light, while a trail of stars are left in your wake. If you’re lucky, a seal may swim beneath you, its body illuminated in the depths below!