Informative kayak adventure with an environmental focus
Explore cliffs, caves and caverns home to local seals and other wildlife
Observe and identify native wildlife in their natural habitat
No prior skills required - tuition for all abilities
Newquay’s native wildlife and coastal flora take centre stage on our unique, environmentally-focussed eco kayaking tours. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery from your own sit-on-top kayak! This tour will appeal to nature lovers who enjoy a twist of adventure, as well as those just wanting to gain a better insight into the marine environment around us.
LEARNING THE FUNDAMENTALS
From the comfort of our on-site heated changing rooms, you will be kitted up with a Rip Curl wetsuit, buoyancy aid, helmet and paddle. Following an in-depth kit familiarisation talk from your instructor, you will move on to learn basic paddle techniques, emergency signals and water safety information before grabbing a kayak and heading down to the beach.
From here you will prepare yourself for adventure with a short warm-up prior to launching your kayak from a sheltered stretch of coastline. Your instructor will be on hand to help and guide you through the break, answering any questions and allowing you to put into practice your land-based learning.
Enjoying the local area whilst helping to ensure its protection is our passion at Newquay Activity Centre! We’ve pioneered an educational version of our popular kayaking tours with a specific focus on marine habitats and sustainability.
Once you’re warm and safe in our top quality kayaking kit, you will negotiate Newquay’s ‘Gazzle’ route with one of our enthusiastic and highly qualified kayaking instructors. During the tour you will learn about and understand the importance of local wildlife and the part it plays in Newquay’s ecosystem. With imposing cliffs, epic views and wild natural weather - there’s never been a better classroom in which to learn!
The session is also pitched to suit the group's dynamic. This will include regular stops to up-skill, enjoy the location and play games.
We’ve developed our kayaking routes in collaboration with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. This has helped to provide our instructors with an in-depth knowledge of the area’s flora and fauna. Together you’ll discover the local seal colonies, lobsters, seabirds, crabs and smaller wildlife that call our coastlines home.
Smugglers caves, natural rapids, craggy inlets and hidden coves; our coastline holds a host of secrets just waiting to be discovered. Kayaks provide a great perspective from which to see the dramatic cliffs, caves and caverns of our craggy cliff lines.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS EXTREME WEATHER?
We are super fortunate to operate many of our activities in the shelter of Towan beach. We choose the tide and weather times that deliver the very best conditions for Kayak Tours. However, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature and sometimes she may have different plans for us. We always check the forecasted conditions but if the wind or swell picks up unexpectedly, we will move your session on to our Super SUPs, this will ensure you still cover the same route and session content but will be on a craft that is more resilient against the conditions. Alternatively, we may offer a different time or location for your tour.
Over 95% of our tours go ahead unaffected by the weather but, in the unlikely event that this does happen, we have excellent back-up options for you to choose from. We appreciate your understanding.
Newquay Activity Centre takes kayaking seriously; we have the qualifications and experience to consistently maintain a high level of safety and fun. We are a two-time Gold winner at the Cornwall Tourism Awards and a Gold award winner at the South West Tourism Awards. Our kayak lessons and adventures in Newquay are days-out to remember!
With safety at the forefront of our lessons, we must advise that children under the age of 8 are welcome to kayak with us but they should be accompanied by an adult and book onto a Private or Family Kayak Tour.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS EXTREME WEATHER?
We are super fortunate to operate many of our activities in the shelter of Towan beach. We choose the tide and weather times that deliver the very best conditions for kayak tours. However, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature and sometimes she may have different plans for us. We always check the forecasted conditions but if the wind or swell picks up unexpectedly, we may need to change the time or location of your tour. Alternatively, we can move your booking onto a different activity, safe from unsuitable or dangerous kayak conditions.
Over 95% of our tours go ahead unaffected by the weather but, in the unlikely event that this does happen, we have excellent back-up options for you to choose from. If we need to amend your kayak booking due to adverse weather, we will let you know in advance. (No need to call us). We appreciate your understanding.
NEWQUAY ACTIVITY CENTRE
Our purpose-designed centre, conveniently located near Towan beach, is your one-stop shop for ocean adventure activities in Newquay. We’re not in the business of just making a quick buck. When you book with Newquay Activity Centre, you get the care, attention, knowledge and feedback that you need.
On site we have hot outdoor showers, heated changing rooms, lockers, separate male and female toilets and clothing storage. We also have a hire centre for all of your needs after your lesson. Extend your days fun and check out our hire equipment.
Book online today or contact us via our online chat where our friendly team will be more than happy to answer your questions. Book tomorrow’s activity today!
Informative and eco-focussed kayak lesson and tour
Qualified and knowledgeable kayak instructors
Heated changing rooms and secure storage for your valuables
Hot outdoor showers and male & female toilets
Full safety briefing, kit familiarisation and weather condition checks
Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets, kayaks and paddles included
Wildlife watching and identification
Tales of the area’s rich history, biodiversity and heritage
10% off further Newquay Activity Centre activities
Discount card for apres kayak food & drink at local bars and cafes
15% off at Newquay’s Rip Curl store
A dog sitter if you require it. Just contact us for more details.
Excellent bad weather options in case of adverse conditions - we’ll get you guys in the water! This activity can go ahead in the rain - no worries!
Please allow roughly 3 hours for your total visit