Kayaking In Newquay, Cornwall

Newquay kayaking tours: take in breathtaking views, explore secret coves and investigate smugglers caves.​

It’s the best way to appreciate Newquay’s incredible coastal environment with each tour being different due to the changing weather conditions. Our tours are great for all ages and abilities.

With no prior experience required for any of our kayak tours, we embed the essential skills to get you started and up skill you as you move through the tour. The focus is on exploring the coast from this unique perspective and moving at your own speed under the guidance of our experienced, qualified and outgoing instructors.

We’re proud to be Tripadvisor’s No.1 provider of water sports adventures.

Choose from one of our growing selection of Cornwall kayaking tours and explore the beautiful Cornish coastline.

Check out our range:

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Sea Kayaking Tour


2 hrs

Join us on our scenic Sea Kayak Lesson & Tour in Newquay as we navigate Cornwall’s...

Snorkel Kayak Tour


2 hrs

The cliffs and caves along Newquay’s craggy coastline play host to an abundance of wildlife –...

Family Kayak Tour


2 hrs

Are you looking for something new and exciting on your next family holiday? Our latest kayaking...

Private Kayaking Tour


2 hrs

Personalised, bespoke and unique… Our private kayaking tours are designed especially with you in mind. If...

Estuary Kayak Tour


2 hrs

The Gannel Estuary is a tranquil contrast to the ever-popular beaches of Newquay. Located just south...

Eco Kayak Tour


2 hrs

Newquay’s native wildlife and coastal flora take centre stage on our unique, environmentally-focussed eco kayaking tours....

Heritage Kayak Tour


2 hrs

Hidden in the crevices of Newquay’s coastlines are secrets just waiting to be uncovered. Join us...

Kayak Fishing Tour


2 hrs

Turn your kayak into a unique fishing platform in this fun and interactive activity. Celebrate Newquay’s...

Kayak & Coasteer


2 hrs

Looking for a double-strength injection of both adrenaline and coastal cruising? Our Kayak Coasteer will seriously...

Private Estuary Kayak


2 hrs

Book a private bespoke river kayak lesson and benefit from focussed tuition at a pace that...

Snorkel Estuary Kayak Tour


2 hrs

Explore what lies beneath the scenic Gannel Estuary – the jewel in Newquay’s crown and a...

Kayak & Bushcraft Experience


2 hrs

If you were stranded in the wilderness for a night, would you have what it takes...

Kayak Paddle & Picnic


2 hrs

Are you a keen kayaker looking for adventure with a twist? Are you also looking to...

Kayak Paddle & Prosecco


2 hrs

If you’re looking for a celebration with a difference, book onto our Kayak Paddle & Prosecco...

Why Kayaking With Us?

Kayaking Adventures For Everyone

Whether you’re an adventure loving family, wild group of stag and hens or an adventurous individual looking to explore; we have the best range of kayaking activities for you.

Convenient Location
Our HQ is conveniently based on Fore Street, Newquay and is close to Towan beach, the gateway to the Gazzle Peninsula and less than a one-minute walk to Newquay’s town centre. With car parks close by, eateries up the road and the beach just below us; you’ll be in prime position for a day out to remember with Newquay Activity Centre.

Kayaking For All Ages
Whatever your age, ability or group size, we will provide the perfect kayaking tours and coastal adventures in Newquay for you.

Experienced Team
Contact our expert team of professionals for more information and experience our Newquay kayaking adventures. We have developed tours for all ages and abilities to get the absolute most out of Newquay’s breathtaking coastline.

Kayaking What's Included

All Kayak Tours Include

Warm showers, heated changing rooms, toilets and lockers for your valuables

All equipment: single or double kayak, paddle, wetsuit, helmet & buoyancy aid

Qualified and experienced surf instructors

Safety briefing

2 hour Newquay kayaking tour (at the Gazzle or Gannel Estuary)

10% discount on additional activities: coasteering, SUP, surfing or bodyboarding

Discount card for apres kayak food/drink and the Rip Curl shop (15%)

Discount at our on-site Newquay hire centre

Kayaking Equipment

Kayak Equipment

A warm warm, comfortable and flexible wetsuit. 

Each person is fitted with a ‘Nookie’ helmet. Nookie are the market leaders in coasteering equipment. 

Over your wetsuit you’ll be wearing a YAK buoyancy aid. They offer maximum buoyancy and comfort

We have a large range of trainers available to rent if you don’t want to get your own wet.

What Do People Say About Our Kayaking Tours?

We pride ourselves on making every kayak tour special and our reviews are testament to that.  We have over 3,000 5 star Tripadvisor reviews alone!

Our Most Popular Lessons

Our Instructors qualifications

We are licensed by AALA (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority) and are a recognised Training centre for SLSGB (Surf Life Saving Great Britain), the only one in Newquay.

Understand what these outdoor activity qualifications mean for your safety and enjoyment.

Our instructors are trained and qualified to the following standards:

Professional, Safe and Fun

See what hundreds of kayakers get up to each year!

About Us

The Perfect Location For Kayaking Tours Lessons In Newquay

Our HQ is conveniently based close to Towan beach, the gateway to the Gazzle Peninsula and less than a one-minute walk to Newquay’s town centre. With car parks close by, eateries up the road and the beach just below us; you’ll be in prime position for a day out to remember with Newquay Activity Centre.

Kayaking Locations In Newquay

The Gazzle is a cliff-line steeped in history. Smugglers caves, natural rapids, craggy inlets and hidden coves; our coastline holds a host of secrets just waiting to be discovered.

Newquay Bay is one of the most sheltered stretches along Cornwall’s northern coastlines. At low tide, the pristine sand stretches all the way from Newquay’s harbour to the cliffs of Lusty Glaze beach. Seals and dolphins regularly frequent these waters and once out of Towan’s harbour, we’ll lead you along sections of coastline otherwise inaccessible by land.

Together with your experienced and qualified instructor you will assess the conditions, learn the fundamentals of beach and ocean safety and perfect your kayak skills before launching your craft into the water. Your tuition will be land and water based and pitched at a level to suit all group members.

Every adventure differs depending on the weather and swell conditions of the day, so get ready for an action packed paddle along Newquay’s scenic coastlines.

Our Glowing Credentials

Newquay Activity Centre have been delivering kayaking tours in Cornwall for over 10 years. We’re proud of our number 1 ranking on trip advisor and we are two time winners of the Cornwall Tourism Awards and gold winners of the South West Tourism Awards.

We are proud to have been recognised and sponsored by Rip Curl; they are a leader in watersport equipment, apparel and wetsuits, and have recognised Newquay Activity Centre as a centre of excellence in Cornwall.

We also provide AT for our military services, and have regular visits from the Army, Navy and RAF and are proud to be a recognised centre for Help For Heroes.  This means we regularly organise military adventure training packages that meet their high standards. Their core values of teamwork, developing leadership and other personal qualities is necessary to withstand the rigours of operational service.


A good kayak is only as good as the route, your instructor and your gear. We pride ourselves on exceeding expectations in all these areas.


You’ll be suited up in a top of the range, warm, comfortable and flexible wetsuit. Being toasty warm and having the freedom to move in the water ensures you’ll enjoy the coasteer as much as possible.


We are as serious about safety as we are passionate about coasteering. Each person is fitted with a ‘Nookie’ helmet. Nookie are the market leaders in outdoor safety equipment. Their helmets are comfortable, adjustable and offer unrivalled protection.

Buoyancy Aid

Above your wetsuit but below your rash vest, you’ll be wearing a YAK buoyancy aid. These lightweight flotation aids are ergonomically designed to offer maximum buoyancy and comfort whilst not impeding your kayking experience.


We have a large range of resilient sports trainers available to rent. So instead of you worrying about ruining your own shoes, you can concentrate on enjoying the ocean adventure.

About Newquay

About Newquay Kayaking

Newquay’s varied coastline plays host to a huge array of native wildlife and is steeped in incredible history. We’ve developed our kayaking routes in collaboration with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, meaning our instructors can provide you with an in-depth guidance of the native flora and fauna along the coastlines. We’ll also regale you with tales of history, myth and legend.

During a recent eco-coasteer we found over 80 marine species along the Gazzle stretch alone.

Preserving the quality of our coastal environment and ensuring its protection is a number one priority of the Newquay Activity Centre.

We live to enjoy everything the coast has to offer and having clean, litter free waters is vitally important for the health and safety of native wildlife, as well as our own. Ask our team about our current environmental strategies and find out how you can help contribute towards looking after our coastlines.

Newquay Activity Centre is open 7 days a week all year round. You can book online or call us on 01637 877722 or pop into our centre at 60 Fore Street, Newquay, TR7 1LW to book a lesson today!