Isles Of Scilly Sea Kayaking - Island Roaming Trip
What to expect
**Next trips running 16th May and 23rd May 2022**
Have you ever wanted to go on a journey in a sea kayak? Carrying everything you need with you, travelling with the wind and weather, and exploring what comes along? Challenging yourself to live light? Then join us. Just enjoy being guided or make the most of our experienced instructors and gain tuition as you go. The cost includes your guiding fee, kayaking kit (boat, spray deck, paddle, buoyancy aid, cag, helmet and long john wetsuit) and camping fees.
Wake to the sound of the birds before packing your tent up and paddling off for chance encounters with puffins, seals and razorbills. Meet new people, and relive the day's adventures over a drink in the island pub, before perhaps walking up the hill to watch the sunset. Then it's back to the tent for a well earned sleep.
This trip includes four days of sea kayaking. The Isles of Scilly has many designated Sites of Scientific Interest and therefore does not allow wild camping. However this gives us an opportunity to support local businesses and enjoy the advantage of a shower after a day on the water. This also means that we must book our camping and by choosing St Martin's and Bryher to stay on we have a whole range of areas to explore even if the weather is not as favourable as we might like on a particular day.
Day One - You will arrive on St Mary's at about midday and catch the inter-island ferry to St Martin's where we will meet you on the quay. After setting up camp we begin with an afternoon paddle to ease you back into it and get you used to the kit. Then its back on land in time for a quick change and off to the pub to enjoy the view and some food for those that wish to join us.
Day Two - We will pack our tents and fill our kayaks for a trip to Bryher where we will camp on night 2. The exact routes each day will be weather dependent and will be decided on a day to day basis. Our aim will be to explore lots of the islands. On route we have the possibility of exploring Round Island, Men-a-Vaur, St Helens, Tean, and Tresco.
Day Three - There is much to explore from Bryher so we will aim to camp here for a second night enabling the opportunity of a kayak around the Northern rocks and Samson, or a paddle to explore St Agnes if the weather allows.
Day Four - We will pack up before heading back to St Martins for our final night. This may enable us to enjoy the Eastern Isles and the resident seals and a circumnavigation of St Martin's.
Make sure you book your ferry home for 'Day Five' or you will miss your last day of kayaking. The inter-island ferry leaves St Martins around 10.30 giving you lots of time to explore historic Garrison of St Mary's, or enjoy the local food and drink, before catching the Scillonian back to Penzance. Obviously you can stay longer, you will just need to arrange this accommodation separately yourself.
Above is an example of the trip we aim to provide, weather conditions will dictate our exact routes and may mean camping for more or less time on particular islands.
Depending on the weather some of the crossings can present more of a challenge, therefore this trip is not suitable for complete beginners (beginners welcome on our other trips). You must be able to do the following:
\\\\- Paddle a sea kayak Paddle 4 days in a row, for an average of 4-6 hours a day depending on the weather and the group
\\\\- Carry your camping kit from the beach to the campsite which may be up to a 500m away
\\\\- Travel light and be happy to sleep in a small tent
\\\\- Have had some experience of paddling in either lumpy seas, windy conditions or moderate waters at times
The easiest way to find out if the trip is for you is to give us a call and chat it through with us. If you spend a lot of time on the water doing other sports then your confidence and sea awareness may be good enough. We recommend 16yrs +, and under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Please note that we also offer 3 and 4 day trips based from St Martin's that are more suitable for complete beginners and upwards.
When paying you have the choice to pay a £100 deposit or to pay in full. There is a small booking fee.
Costs not included in the price are:
Travel to and from the Isles of Scilly (£110)
Water taxi St Mary’s to St Martin's and back about £12
Camping equipment and food for the week
COVID NOTE - Who knows where we will be with Covid next spring, we ran this years trips within the guidelines with great success and are happy that we can adapt accordingly if needed.
More information on what to bring and how much room you have to carry it in will be provided on booking.
Kayak, helmet, cag, paddle, buoyancy aid, spray deck, long-john wetsuit.
What to bring
You will be providing your own food. There is a pub on each island that we will be staying on, plus small shops for stocking up along the way..
Bring a reusable water bottle at least 750ml
Light wait and basic. We will provide you with tips on what to bring and how to pack it so that it fits in your kayak.
We will provide you with a suggested kit list upon booking