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. It’s an immersive way to enjoy the history that shaped the Newquay of today, all while learning a new ocean-based skill!
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.
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.
TAKING A STEP (OR PADDLE!) BACK IN TIME...
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.
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.
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 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!
Please allow roughly 3 hours for your total visit