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There is probably no better place to try sea kayaking for the first time than on the crystal clear blue waters of the Isles of Scilly. 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 sandy beach for lunch, explore the history of the islands and there is even time for a dip in the sea if you dare.
Our 3 day trip is for complete beginners and those wanting to try sea kayaking for the first time. If you have done a bit before you are also welcome, and please note that we will be starting with the basics, which could also be a nice reminder for you.
We are based at St Martin's Campsite hosted by Ben and Caroline. It is a lovely sheltered campsite with high hedges, which helps if you get a windy day. From here we explore these magical islands each day leaving the kayaks on the 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. Learn to sea kayak or advance the skills you already have with 3 days of tuition and guiding. 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 session to teach you some of the basics and get you used to the boats and kit. It can really help to get any nerves out the way enabling you to really enjoy the rest of the trip. We will help you to build on your skills each day as we explore the islands. 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 and Three - 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 burial cairns and settlements and the large seal colony, a kayak to Round island and Men-a-Vaur to find guillemots, Razorbills and Puffins, or a kayak to Tresco to sample some local ice cream. There are numerous islands to explore and land on.
Make sure you book your ferry home for 'Day Four' or you will miss your last day of kayaking. 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. If you are planning on flying out be aware that the luggage allowance is much smaller and ensure that your flight time fits with inter island ferries. Give us a call to discuss it if you need help.
Please note that we also offer 4 day trips and Roaming trips where you experience camping on other islands and 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 three nights.
When paying you have the choice to pay a £100 deposit or to pay in full. Please note there is a small booking fee.
Other costs to be booked and paid for separately by you:
- Ferry approx £110 https: www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk
- Inter-island ferry St Mary’s to St Martin's and back about £12 (you do not need to book this it will collect your luggage from the Scillonian and be ready to take you soon after you arrive on St Marys so hang around and keep a look out)
- Camping equipment and food for the week
Do get in contact if you have any questions.