Estuary Kayak Tour

Estuary Kayak Tour

£75 pp

2 hrs
Over 8
 Discover Newquay’s quieter side on this scenic and relaxing kayak tour
 Glide past blue lagoons, golden sandbanks and rolling green hills
 Learn correct river paddling techniques from insured, experienced and friendly instructors
 Full safety briefing, kit familiarisation and a fun group environment
The Gannel Estuary is a tranquil contrast to the ever-popular beaches of Newquay. Located just south of Towan Headland, its meandering tidal waters are flanked by woodland and dunes making it a unique home for native wildlife – and the perfect location for a relaxing kayak trip.
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What's Included

  • Informative and relaxing river kayak lesson and tour
  • Qualified and knowledgeable kayak instructors
  • Heated changing rooms and secure storage for your valuables
  • Hot outdoor showers and separate male and 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 and 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!


Kayaking on the river Gannel, where the river meets the sea on the sweeping sands of Crantock Beach. This vast expanse is at your disposal for discovering wildlife and learning new skills under the expert eye of your kayak instructor.

You’ll navigate your crafts from the banks of the Gannel and paddle with the tide. Glide through blue water lagoons and under overhanging trees whilst soaking up the setting with your fellow kayakers  on this peaceful coastal adventure.


Our travelling HQ (the Newquay Activity Centre van) will provide a nomadic base from which you will receive your kayak equipment and safety brief. As we set up on the banks of the estuary, you can admire a backdrop of stunning scenery whilst kitting up in a Rip Curl wetsuit, buoyancy aid, rash vest and helmet.

After grabbing a paddle and a kayak, your experienced instructor will lead you through the basics of paddle strokes, kit familiarity, water safety and signals – finishing with a short warm-up before heading down to the water.


The basic skills of kayaking are simple to pick up and easy to perfect as you paddle along the Gannel, which is sheltered from the swell of Newquay’s Atlantic beaches. The salt marshes and sand banks of the Gannel Estuary provide a unique habitat for Newquay’s bird life – so keep your eyes peeled for curlews, little egrets and different types of gull.

It’s a fragile and protected area home to an array of marine wildlife that you are guaranteed to see from your kayak. Otters and kingfishers have been spotted in the area and the local seals occasionally swim through to say hi!


Myth and legend are rife along Newquay’s coastlines – from pirate tales to witch hunts, there’s a story in every cove. During your kayaking adventure, you’ll discover Penpole Creek. Once known as the Port of Truro, this is where goods would be sailed in and transported to the southern coast of Cornwall. The remains of the quay and the moorings of small sailing boats are still visible today if you know where to look.

As you paddle, listen out for “the Crake”. This haunting cry, heard day and night, is said to be the sound of a thousand human souls. The legend lives on and is a memorable story to take home.

Despite the mythical noises, this stretch of river is known as “Millionaire’s Row” – and for good reason. The properties that overlook the estuary benefit from epic sweeping views of lagoons, sandbanks and lush hills. Not a bad view to wake up to in the morning! Come and experience for yourself the incredible setting of the Gannel.


Newquay Activity Centre experience of Newquay’s coastline and the Gannel estuary has seen the development of their signature routes that get the best of the daily weather conditions. Using professional, technical advice from the county’s top level paddle sports expert, John Paul Eatock, the standards of safety while maintaining fun lesson delivery are sky high.

After launching the company in 1996, we have catered for over 200,000 guest experiences. We work closely with the sports governing body, British Canoeing to deliver kayak leader training courses for the Paddlesports Leader Award and as a result have industry leading instructors who have completed our 3 month long Outdoor Instructor Training Course.


We take huge pride in providing the best kayaking tours and offering an amazing experience for our guests.  Don’t just take our word for it though, our reviews back this up!  We have over 3000 5 star Tripadvisor reviews and some amazing Google reviews…

We’re number one rated for Outdoor Activities in Newquay for a reason!


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. We are also a British Canoeing Delivery Partner which is a testament to our constant high standards of paddlesports delivery.

Our instructors are trained and qualified to the following standards:


You can learn more about our instructors qualifications and what they mean on our blog.


We are 3 x Cornwall Tourism Awards Winner and 1 x South West Tourism Awards Winner

As well as the general public we have also delivered activities for a number of special clients including:

  • The England Rugby team
  • England Surfing Team
  • BBC Radio One
  • The Gadget Show
  • The Sunday Times
  • Cristian Dior


We are the number 1 choice for all local schools including:

  • Newquay Tretherras
  • Newquay Treviglas
  • Newquay Junior School
  • Mawgan in Pydar School
  • Cornwall College


Our safety record is unblemished, as we work alongside the RNLI to ensure conditions and activities are appropriate for our activities.  We also hold an Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority Licence (AALA) which ensures our standards are maintained at all times and checked by external bodies, we hold extensive public indemnity insurance with up to £10,000,000 cover, so you know you’re in safe hands, whatever outdoor activity you decide to do with us.

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