Next available trip - 6th June 2022 - 1 place left
Enjoy sea kayaking through 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 sparkly sandy beach for lunch, hunt for sea glass and there is even time for you to brave a dip if you dare.
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.
Whether you are a complete beginner, or seasoned kayaker, 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 4 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 and ISKGA, 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 13.30. We use this first paddle to explore some of the closer uninhabited islands and get you used to the boats and kit. If you have kayaked before it is a nice way to ease back in to it and if you are a complete beginner we will introduce the basic skills to you and build on these throughout the trip. 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 burial cairns and 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.
Make sure you book your ferry home for 'Day Five' 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 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 3 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 four nights. If you have alternative accommodation we will refund you the camping fee.
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 £110 https: www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk
- Water taxi St Mary’s to St Martin's and back about £12
- Camping equipment and food for the week
COVID NOTE - Who knows where we will be with Covid next spring, we ran this years trips within the guidelines with great success and are happy that we can adapt accordingly if needed.
Do get in contact if you have any questions.