Heritage Kayak Tour

Heritage Kayak Tour

£70 pp

2 hrs
Over 8
 Informative and adventurous heritage kayak tour
 Big focus on local history
 A light-hearted exploration of caves and caverns steeped in dramatic coastal heritage
 No prior skills required, tuition for all abilities
Hidden in the crevices of Newquay’s coastlines are secrets just waiting to be uncovered. Join us on our exclusive Heritage Kayak Tour as we travel back in time to dramatic storms, shipwrecked sailors, sea-faring pirates and secretive smugglers.

What's Included

  • Informative and exciting heritage 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!


The coastline of Newquay holds an incredible amount of historic happenings and is littered with tales of piracy, witchcraft, shipwrecks and storms. Retrace the steps of gin-smuggling pirates as you explore the caves and caverns of old. Imagine what it would have been like to approach these treacherous shores under the cover of darkness long before torches or buoyancy aids had been invented!

Witness the same landscapes that smugglers would have seen on their return from the Caribbean coming into Cornwall. Feel the same rock face and explore the same caves that many pirates would have used to store their exotic plunder on our historic kayak tour.


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.

We launch and land from two of Newquay’s lush, semi-secret coves. The start to experience is an adventure, as we walk down a rock path to the water’s edge. It’s worth it as the scenery is breath taking, there is some incredible coastal wildlife in the area, and you really are experiencing the best of Newquay’s coastal fringe. We take the walk down to the water slowly, the kayaks will be waiting in the cove for you.

We pride ourselves in sharing a well-rounded learning experience, which will on many tours see you given the opportunity to experience both a double and single kayak. If you start in a double kayak but want to try a single, we swap mid-way on either one of the secret beaches that we visit or in the ocean environment. We cannot guarantee that you will have a single or a double kayak for the duration of the tour. But will have the opportunity to experience both, or one or the other.

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.


Famous amongst locals, The Gazzle, a 2-kilometre stretch of historic Atlantic coastline, makes for an excellent base from which to learn all about Newquay’s varied history. Its crags and caverns hold a whole host of mystical and historical tales ready to be explored on our Heritage Kayak Tour.

Kayaks provide a great perspective from which to see the dramatic sections of inaccessible coastline, its smugglers caves, natural rapids, craggy inlets and hidden coves. The tidal zone offers the chance to cruise at your own pace with our instructors on hand to help you up-skill your technique and navigate the route.


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 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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