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Our 5 day trips are aimed at those with some kayaking experience (at least 3 days worth) and are happy spending longer in a kayak and paddling further. You need to know that you are alright sat in the kayaking position for up to 2 hrs without a break. That you are physically fit enough to paddle for 4 days in a row.
This trip includes kayaking on 4 of the days, a day off, and camping for five nights. This gives you time to explore the islands on foot as well as by sea.
Sea kayaking through the crystal clear blue waters of the Isles of Scilly just can't be beaten! See these islands from a whole new perspective. Perhaps you will be followed by a curious seal or notice the cry of the Oyster catchers on the shore, or maybe spot a puffin or two. Stop on a deserted sandy beach for lunch, visit historical settlements and there is even time for a sea dip if you dare!
We are based at St Martin's Campsite hosted by Ben and Caroline. It is a lovely sheltered campsite nestled behind the dunes meaning it is just a 2min walk to a long white sandy beach. From here we explore these magical islands each day leaving the kayaks on another beach, just a short walk from the campsite. You can join us there or choose alternative accommodation on the island of St Martin's to suit your needs (please note this often books up a year in advance).
We aim to do plenty of sea kayaking with trips to as many of the islands as we can get to! Enjoying the wildlife and the breath taking scenery that this unique location has to offer. These beautiful islands are not to be missed. Once visited they find a place in your heart that keeps you coming back. Enjoy being guided or advance the skills you already have. Meet some like minded people, and even make lifetime friends as you chat over a drink in the pub that boasts the best view in Britain!
Our qualified and very experienced guides work under the professional bodies of British Canoeing, they create a relaxed and fun environment in which to learn and improve.
Day one - you arrive on the Scillonian ferry to St Mary's and catch an inter-island ferry to St Martins. You will have time to set up your tents or settle in to your accommodation before we head out onto the water at around 14.00. We use this first paddle to explore some of the closer uninhabited islands and get you used to the boats and kit. It is a nice way to ease back in to it, we will remind you of the basics and help you build on these throughout the trip if you wish. We will be back on land in time to shower and head to the pub for dinner for those that wish to join us.
Day Two, Three and Four - We will meet at 10am giving you time to nip to the island bakery for breakfast and to collect a freshly made delicious roll for lunch, if you so wish. Our exact routes will be based on the weather and the group ability. Examples of routes we may do are; a paddle to the Eastern Isles to look at the iron age settlements and spot seals, a kayak to Round island and Men-a-Vaur to find guillemots, Razorbills and puffins, or a kayak to Tresco to sample some ice cream before heading on to Samson to enjoy more Scillonian history and beautiful beaches. There are numerous islands to explore.
Day Five - a day for you to explore St Martin's by foot, laze on a deserted beach or take an inter-island ferry to one of the other islands. St Martin's has a number of welcoming cafes, a vineyard and rum distillery that offer tours or you can book a trip snorkelling with seals. This is an example itinerary, we will aim to kayak on the days with the best weather forecast.
Make sure you book your ferry home for the Saturday, 'day six' or you will miss your last day of kayaking/exploring on foot. The inter-island ferry leaves St Martins around 10.30 giving you lots of time to explore the historic Garrison of St Mary's, or enjoy the local food and drink, before catching the Scillonian back to Penzance. Obviously you can stay longer, you will just need to arrange this accommodation separately yourself.
Please note that we also offer 4 day trips for complete beginners and upwards and Roaming trips for those with more experience, where you will camp on different islands carrying all your kit in the boat.
The cost includes your tuition/guiding fee and kayaking kit (boat, spray deck, paddle, buoyancy aid, cag, helmet and long john wetsuit). It also includes camping for five nights.
When paying you have the choice to pay a £100 deposit or to pay in full. There is a small booking fee.
We recommend 14yrs +, under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Other costs to be booked and paid for separately by you:
- Ferry approx £160 https: www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk
- Inter-island ferry St Mary’s to St Martin's and back about £13 (you do not need to book this)
- Camping equipment and food for the week
If you want to check if you are the right ability for the four day trips just call us for a chat.
Do get in contact if you have any questions.