Snorkel Estuary Kayak Tour

Snorkel Estuary Kayak Tour

£80 pp

2 hrs
Over 8
 Explorative and informative kayak snorkel safari
 Kayaking tour on Newquay’s peaceful & wildlife-rich Gannel estuary
 Snorkel in blue lagoons and explore hidden mysteries
 Develop essential kayaking techniques - no experience necessary
Explore what lies beneath the scenic Gannel Estuary – the jewel in Newquay’s crown and a preserved area of marine conservation. Learn how to navigate your kayak along the river before pausing to snorkel below the water’s surface.
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What's Included

  • Explorative and relaxing river snorkel 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!


Our travelling HQ (the Newquay Activity Centre van) will provide a nomadic base from which your group will receive their kayak and snorkel equipment along with a full safety briefing. Set up on the banks of the estuary, you will admire a backdrop of stunning scenery whilst kitting up in a Rip Curl wetsuit, buoyancy aid and rash vest.

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

Our Snorkel Kayak tours are inclusive, enjoyable and suitable for all abilities. Your instructor will also run through the basics of snorkelling, how to clean your mask, how to use your equipment correctly and what to look out for underwater.


Learn to kayak on the peaceful tranquility of Newquay’s tidal estuary. Flow with the tide as you pick up basic paddling techniques under the watchful eyes of your guided instructor. Discover the natural beauty of this site of special interest, breathe in and take a moment to appreciate the calming atmosphere.


Snorkelling’s not just for the ocean. The abundant wildlife of the Gannel make it a fascinating and unique place to explore below the surface. Discover crabs and mullet and look for the giant Gobi that inhabits the reeds at Penpol Creek.

After leaving Penpol Creek, you’ll head downstream and moor your kayak at the site of a local shipwreck. Wearing snorkelling masks, you’ll dive off your kayak and explore the spooky remains of this sunken boat. Climb back up the mooring and onto your kayak before paddling upstream with your expert instructor.


Take some time to appreciate the tranquility and beauty of the Gannel on the return leg of your snorkelling adventure. Admire blue lagoons sparkling by sandy bays, and don’t forget to look up as sweeping views of rolling green hills provide an incredible backdrop to your day.


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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