In 2013 Zephyr Tours stumbled across this incredible location while kitesurfing from Australia to Papua New Guinea. Finding the holy grail of flat water kitesurfing with consistent trade winds racing across butter flat waters, we simply couldn’t keep this hidden from the world; we call it the ‘Masig Magic Mile.’
However, the real magic is the local indigenous community. These incredible people with their proud sense of self, have granted small groups exclusive access through Zephyr Tours to experience world class kiting in their own backyard.
The Masigalgal people of Torres Strait are excited to share their culture and traditions with all Zephyr guests on a daily basis. Activities will include fishing, dancing, meal preparation and storytelling, all delivered by the local community.
As for your kiting experience, our professional team ensures you’ll get the most out of every minute on the water.
Become one of the very few people who will ever get to experience this unique opportunity.
Yorke Island In the Torres Strait
The traditional name for this small coral cay sitting east of the central Island group of the Torres Strait Islands is called Masig Island.
With a tight-knit community of 250, the Islanders have strong ties to the ocean, religion and their traditional roots. Skilled navigators with detailed knowledge of the reef and surrounding islands, the Masigalgal community continue to hunt, fish and practice with a mix of modern and traditional techniques today.
The winter trade winds are known as SAGER (pronounced Sa-gerr) which blow South East from May to December. The other seasons are Kuki, Zey and Nay Gay which all play an important role interwoven through stories, song, dance and spiritual beliefs.
Learn more about Yorke Island and the Torres Strait here.
Kitesurf Yorke Island Torres Strait
7 OR 11 NIGHTS FROM JUNE 24 | JULY 8, 2019
Join us for an unforgettable kiting and cultural experience with your exclusive pass to Yorke Island and the Masig Magic Mile. Kitesurf every day in the butter-smooth tropical water, glide along sandbars for miles and feast on locally caught seafood.
Food is a big part of the Masig culture, and you’ll spend many evenings with your team, Elders, and members of the community as this is a social time to share stories, learn from each other and enjoy the simple things in life.
Gubaou Mari’s head chef knows what every kiter needs after a huge day of riding the Magic Mile. Trained in high-end resorts in Cairns, he combines the lush fresh fruit available from Papua New Guinea and Queensland with the crayfish, mackerel, and prawns you’ve had the opportunity to help catch each day.
Fish, fruit, and meat are your staples on this tour with your typical cooked or cold breaky provided each day. If you have any dietary requirements or cannot do seafood, don’t worry, there are plenty of options available out here on Yorke Island.
Where we stay
The Lodge is one of the only tourist accommodations in the whole of the Torres Strait. The comfortable cabins are maintained daily with twin or double options. A common room with a commercial kitchen is yours to share with all the amenities needed for a great stay.
This package is based on twin share so please add the single supplement if you wish to have your own fully self-contained cabin.
Yorke Island – Getting there
Yorke Island is almost halfway between Papua New Guinea and the tip of Australia in Queensland. It’s part of the Torres Strait Island chain in the inner east island group.
Departing Cairns, we’ll make our way to Horn Island – the gateway to the Torres Strait. Here we board our very own nine-seater private charter plane direct to Yorke Island.
Because of the small planes, your luggage is strictly limited to 15kg’s per person plus 5kg’s carry on. This means you should be able to squeeze in two kites and a board. You won’t need many clothes so pack light.
Flight times, connections and more details will be sent with your booking confirmation.