On the Great Barrier Reef Drive between Cairns and Port Douglas, where the Coral Sea meets forest-clad mountains, is a Coconut Odyssey Tour that will take you deep into the world of the humble coconut. Complimentary for in-house guests staying at Thala, the tour is held approx. three times each week and can be booked at Reception.
The Coconut Odyssey Tour takes guests through the life cycle of coconuts, known as the Tree of Life. With almost 700 coconut palms in Thala’s plantation, our coconut guide covers the history of coconuts and its usage worldwide with no coconut left unturned.
Palm trees produce coconuts up to 13 times a year and although it takes a year for the coconuts to mature, a fully blossomed tree can produce between 60-180 coconuts in a single harvest. Coconuts grow in the sand, need no fertilizer, and don’t need to be genetically modified, with the fruit growing so high in the tree, it’s difficult for pests to affect the fruit and so pesticides are not required.
What’s the difference between coconut water and coconut milk? We’re glad you asked. Coconut water is the clear liquid found in young green coconuts. It’s best drunk by drilling a hole into the coconut, inserting a straw into the soft husk and drinking immediately.
Coconut milk and coconut cream are created similar to their dairy counterparts. Coconut flesh (the white part) is grated and soaked in hot water. The coconut cream then rises to the top and is skimmed off. The remaining liquid is filtered through a fine cloth, with the liquid being coconut milk.
Thala’s Coconut Odyssey is a truly unique experience, leaving you with an abundance of knowledge as they explore Thala’s coconut plantation during your stay. Once you’ve checked into Thala Beach Nature Reserve, check with Reception when the next Coconut Odyssey tour is being held.