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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.

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 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.



We are super fortunate to operate our river activities in the shelter of the Gannel Estuary. 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.


In the event of recent or ongoing heavy rainfall or high wind, water visibility may be reduced or limited when snorkeling. If this is the case during your tour, we will always make sure you’re compensated with more time on your kayak tour.  The weather can be unpredictable – that doesn’t mean your tour has to be any less memorable, our instructors react quickly to organise the best tour for each daily 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.



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!


Have you always dreamed of learning to surf? Is riding inside a tube on your bucket list? Or maybe you’re interested in what all the fuss is about with this surfing malarkey. Well look no further, visit our Newquay Surf School and prepare to get truly addicted! Here at the Newquay Activity Centre Surf School we offer an exhilarating Taster lesson aimed at first time surfers of all ages and abilities.


Our Taster Surfing Lessons introduce you to this super-cool and fun sport, teaching you the basics from beach safety to stand up surfing. You’ll get suited up in toasty-warm Rip Curl wetsuits and ID vests in our heated changing rooms. We also have safety lockers to store your clothes and valuables before heading down to Towan Beach. We use premium quality Swell foam surfboards for our Taster Surfing Lessons as they offer the most stable platform on which to learn.


“Am I too old? …I’m terrible at sport!” I hear you cry. Well, in fact, it’s never too late OR too early to start surfing! Regardless of age, background, experience or even balance, surfing is an enjoyable and accessible sport for everyone. With our highly qualified and enthusiastic instructors, we’re confident that you’ll have an enjoyable first blast – and we’re sure you’ll be coming back for another fix! Be warned, it’s addictive!

The Newquay Activity Centre is the longest running surf school in Newquay. We use a 1:8 ratio of teachers to students so surfers can receive the attentive tuition they need. We’re also a certified Surfing England Centre of Excellence.

All our surfing lessons and courses have been designed by British Surf Team Coach, Rob Barber. This means that when you learn to surf with us you’re guaranteed the highest level of unparalleled tuition in the industry.

We have a brand new centre, designed in 2021, conveniently located near Towan beach. We have hot outdoor showers, heated changing rooms, lockers, separate male & female toilets, lock boxes for valuables and clothing storage. We also boast a brand new hire centre for all of your post-lesson ocean needs.

We recommend booking in advance, especially if you’re planning on visiting during peak season. Book online today or contact us via our online chat and our friendly team will be more than happy to answer your questions. Book tomorrow’s adventure today!

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