Activities - On or in the Water

  1. Wild Sea Swimming
    Set your skin tingling with a splash in the Atlantic. The turquoise seas might look like the Caribbean at times, but appearances can be deceptive: the water temperature ranges from a bracing 10°C in winter to a still chilly 17°C in summer. Don’t let that put you off a dip, though – a wild swim here, in some of the clearest water in the British Isles, is worth every single goosebump, with a huge variety of shore-hugging and island-to-island routes possible.
  2. Scilly Rockpool Safaris
    Have you ever wondered what creatures live under the crystal clear waters of Scilly? Join Samaya, Scott & family for a rockpool safari full of amazing marine discoveries.
  3. Adventure Swim & Food Experience
    The Wild and Scilly Mermaids offer an Adventure Swim + Food experience – combining the perfect combination of sea swimming and eating food outdoors.
  4. Wild for Water Activities
    As an archipelago of wild little islands in the Atlantic ocean, Scilly is blessed with clear water, abundant wildlife and more than 900 shipwrecks, making it one of the finest places in the UK to spend time in and on the water. Whether slicing through the undulating ripples on a sail boat, floating serenely atop the turquoise sea on a kayak or paddleboard; or racing across open water on a small motor boat, with wind in your hair, Scilly has every water-born adventure covered.
  5. Kayaking
    Admire the rugged coastline from a fresh perspective. The archipelago is simply made for exploration by kayak, whether you’re a novice or a veteran.
  6. Seal Snorkelling
    Should you ever have the opportunity to swim with seals in their natural environment, take it! Watching the seals swim gracefully amongst you is a fabulous wildlife experience that will make you feel utterly at one with the ocean. These curious animals will look at you with their puppy-dog eyes and might even try to nibble your fins. Sign up with Scilly Seal Snorkelling for a truly unforgettable, award-winning experience!
  7. Stand Up Paddleboarding
    It doesn’t matter which island you’re staying on because wherever you are, you can hire a SUP and head off to discover delightful coves and tiny inlets. Try St. Agnes Watersports or Bryher Boatyard, St. Mary’s and Tresco’s Sailing Centres or St. Martin’s Watersports. So much of Scilly is sheltered making it the ideal place to have a go!
  8. Kitesurfing
    Pete Hicks is Scilly’s Lifeboat Coxswain and Captain of the Lyonnesse Lady (the interisland freight boat). He’s also a passionate kitesurfer…

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    Square rigger between the islands
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    Seal on shoreline

    Add Scilly Sea Safaris to your Itinerary

    Address

    Telephone

    07884365375

    St. Mary’s

    Why not treat yourself to a unique island sea safari aboard Rib Firebrand IV with skipper and photographer Dave McBride.

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  2. 50 foot Bermudan cutter 'Jekamanzi' at sunset
    50 foot Bermudan cutter 'Jekamanzi' - sailing at daytime
    50 foot Bermudan cutter 'Jekamanzi' - close up at sunset
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    50 foot Bermudan cutter 'Jekamanzi' at sunset
    50 foot Bermudan cutter 'Jekamanzi' - sailing at daytime
    50 foot Bermudan cutter 'Jekamanzi' - close up at sunset
    50 foot Bermudan cutter 'Jekamanzi' - aerial at sunset
    50 foot Bermudan cutter 'Jekamanzi' - overhead aerial
    50 foot Bermudan cutter 'Jekamanzi' - from behind
    50 foot Bermudan cutter 'Jekamanzi' - sunset aerial

    Add Scilly Yacht Charters to your Itinerary

    Address

    3 Buccabu, Lower Strand, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly

    Telephone

    01720 422188

    St. Mary’s

    A truly unique experience, why not make your holiday complete by spending a day sailing the crystal clear, azure waters of Scilly aboard our 50 foot Bermudan cutter 'Jekamanzi'

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  3. Main logo for Wild and Scilly Mermaids.
    Swimming round bar point.
    Swimming in the sea.
    Celebrating a swim.
    Group photo on the beach.
    Underwater swimming.
    Water splash swim image.
    Main logo for Wild and Scilly Mermaids.
    Swimming round bar point.
    Swimming in the sea.
    Celebrating a swim.
    Group photo on the beach.
    Underwater swimming.
    Water splash swim image.

    Address

    St. Mary's, TR21 0NF

    Telephone

    07731 830332

    St. Mary’s

    Come and enjoy a sea swim adventure with food. We have trips suited to both experienced swimmers and those new to open water swimming.

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  4. Rib at low tide
    Endeavour rib creating a wake
    Boatmaster steering the Endeavour
    Visitors enjoying a speedy ride
    Rib at low tide
    Endeavour rib creating a wake
    Boatmaster steering the Endeavour
    Visitors enjoying a speedy ride

    Add Endeavour Rib Service to your Itinerary

    Address

    St. Mary's

    Telephone

    07471 932964

    St. Mary’s

    “Endeavour” is the fastest passenger boat in Scilly. We offer a bespoke water taxi service offering a fast and thrilling transfer between the islands at your request.

    Rib Blasts to enjoy the thrill & excitement of…

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  5. Kayaking on crystal clear water

    Add Ravensporth Sailing Base to your Itinerary

    Address

    Old Grimsby, Tresco, Isles of Scilly

    Telephone

    01720 424919

    Tresco

    Sailing, windsurfing, sit-on kayaks, stand-up paddle boarding, fast RIB trips, kayak tours, hire & tuition. Taster sessions to full RYA courses with fully qualified instructors. Activities to try for all ages.

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    Facilities

    Establishment Features

    • Equipment/clothing available for hire
    • Fully qualified instructors
    • Lessons/courses available
  6. Raptor boat
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    Dolphins
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    Dolphins
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    Puffins
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    Add Raptor Boating to your Itinerary

    Address

    Mayford Marine, Peninnis Farmhouse, King Edward's Road, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0HE

    Telephone

    07729 127877

    St. Mary’s

    Travel the islands in comfort & style at a time that suits you! Raptor Boating provides wildlife & scenic tours, water taxi & private charter services.

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  7. Add Hut 62 Watersports Hire to your Itinerary

    Address

    Bryher, ISLES OF SCILLY, TR23 0PR

    Telephone

    07979393206

    Bryher

    Come to Hut 62 for the ultimate Scilly experience
    At Hut 62 we have motor boats, sailing boats, stable sit on top kayaks, transparent kayaks, SUPs and pedalboards available to hire by the hour, day or week.
    We’re based…

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  8. Children playing on a four person paddle board having fun falling into the water.
    A family leaving the beach in a single and double kayak. They are kayaking on calm, crystal clear water.
    A couple kayak away from the uninhabited island of Ganilly with it's white sandy beach in the background.
    The beautiful sandbar off the island of Ganilly from the air. Just a 15 minute kayak from St Martin's
    A couple and their dog are in a double kayak on calm seas out by the Eastern Islands.
    Stand up paddleboarders having fun off Par Beach, it's a calm sunny day with clear blue water.
    An image of two people in a kayak, the photo is taken from the water so you can see the clear water they are kayaking on.
    On a flat calm sunny day a group of kayakers are heading out toward the Eastern Isles.
    A mother and son kayaking on still crystal clear water on a calm sunny day with the Eastern Isles in the background.
    Two boys kayaking on Ganilly sandbar, the sea is crystal clear and the Eastern Isles are in the distance.
    Children playing on a four person paddle board having fun falling into the water.
    A family leaving the beach in a single and double kayak. They are kayaking on calm, crystal clear water.
    A couple kayak away from the uninhabited island of Ganilly with it's white sandy beach in the background.
    The beautiful sandbar off the island of Ganilly from the air. Just a 15 minute kayak from St Martin's
    A couple and their dog are in a double kayak on calm seas out by the Eastern Islands.
    Stand up paddleboarders having fun off Par Beach, it's a calm sunny day with clear blue water.
    An image of two people in a kayak, the photo is taken from the water so you can see the clear water they are kayaking on.
    On a flat calm sunny day a group of kayakers are heading out toward the Eastern Isles.
    A mother and son kayaking on still crystal clear water on a calm sunny day with the Eastern Isles in the background.
    Two boys kayaking on Ganilly sandbar, the sea is crystal clear and the Eastern Isles are in the distance.

    Add St. Martin's Watersports to your Itinerary

    Address

    Par Beach, St. Martin's, TR25 0QL

    Telephone

    07470711857

    St. Martin’s

    Crystal clear waters, uninhabited islands, amazing wildlife and fun out on the water - the best moments happen at sea! Immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of the islands and see Scilly from a different…

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  9. Crusader at sunset
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    Crusader coming out of the harbour
    Dave pointing towards something.
    Puffins in the water
    seal in the water
    Adam's Fish & Chips - fish and chips
    Over the side in the water and shoreline
    Crusader at sunset
    Crusader on shoreline
    Crusader coming out of the harbour
    Dave pointing towards something.
    Puffins in the water
    seal in the water
    Adam's Fish & Chips - fish and chips
    Over the side in the water and shoreline

    Add Crusader Island Boat Trips to your Itinerary

    Address

    St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0NW

    Telephone

    07494 323915

    St. Mary’s

    No queues, no crowds - beat the Scilly rush hour with personal and friendly boating with a local.

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    Facilities

    Suitability

    • Dog Owners
    • Families

    Key Features

    • Coastal
    • Groups
    • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

    Payment Methods

    • Android pay accepted
    • Apple pay accepted
    • Cash accepted
    • Contactless payment accepted
  10. Windsurfers on the water
    Young family out in rat sail boat
    Couple stand up paddleboarding
    Line of coloured kayaks on the beach
    Windsurfers on the water
    Young family out in rat sail boat
    Couple stand up paddleboarding
    Line of coloured kayaks on the beach

    Add The Sailing Centre to your Itinerary

    Address

    Porthmellon Beach, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0NE

    Telephone

    01720 422060

    St. Mary’s

    RYA & AALA licensed watersports centre offering instruction, hire & sales in windsurfing, sailing, powerboating & kayaking. Centres on St. Mary's & Tresco.

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    Facilities

    Establishment Features

    • Equipment/clothing available for hire
    • Fully qualified instructors
    • Lessons/courses available
  11. Porthcressa Beach
    Starfish on rocks
    Reid family photo
    Orkney with Starfish
    Creature of the deep...
    Sea creature up close
    Limpet in the weed and rocks
    Family looking for creatures
    Green Starfish
    An Eel in the shallows
    Porthcressa Beach
    Starfish on rocks
    Reid family photo
    Orkney with Starfish
    Creature of the deep...
    Sea creature up close
    Limpet in the weed and rocks
    Family looking for creatures
    Green Starfish
    An Eel in the shallows

    Add Scilly Rockpool Safaris to your Itinerary

    Address

    Telephone

    07530 304374

    St. Mary’s

    Have you ever wondered what animals live under the crystal clear waters of Scilly? Join us on a rockpool safari - follow the falling tide, step into the wild, and discover the amazing marine animals that live along our…

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  12. A close up of a dinner at the Star Castle Hotel
    Pelistry beach on St Mary's
    Tresco Abbey Gardens Guided Tour
    The Star Castle Hotel's candlelit restaurant, with a waitress
    A white lighthouse on St Agnes
    A bedroom at the Star Castle Hotel
    Bant's Cairn, a prehistoroc burial chamber on St Mary's
    A close up of a dinner at the Star Castle Hotel
    Pelistry beach on St Mary's
    Tresco Abbey Gardens Guided Tour
    The Star Castle Hotel's candlelit restaurant, with a waitress
    A white lighthouse on St Agnes
    A bedroom at the Star Castle Hotel
    Bant's Cairn, a prehistoroc burial chamber on St Mary's

    Address

    Telephone

    02081 451011

    Isles of Scilly

    Uncover the secret Isles of Scilly with a GeoCultura holiday, dedicated to taking you off the beaten track to learn about island life and hear the tales of the islands.

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  13. Sea Quest boat
    Close up Seal
    Birds on cliffs
    Underwater  life
    Sea Quest boat
    Close up Seal
    Birds on cliffs
    Underwater  life

    Add Sea Quest Glass Bottom Boat to your Itinerary

    Address

    Middletown, St. Martin's, Isles of Scilly, TR25 0QN

    Telephone

    07884055122

    St. Mary’s

    SeaQuest Glass Bottom Wildlife Safaris. Experience the unique wildlife, landscape & history of Scilly above & below the sea.
    Spectacular scenery, seals, seabirds, puffins, dolphins and more.

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  14. Enterprise on the sea
    Enterprise on the sea

    Add St. Agnes Boating Wildlife Safaris to your Itinerary

    Address

    St. Agnes, Isles of Scilly

    Telephone

    01720 422704

    St. Agnes

    St Agnes Boating is working with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust to promote the island’s wildlife. Every Wednesday we have a Wildlife Trust Ranger onboard who is our guide. The Spirit travels to Annet, the protected…

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    Facilities

    Establishment Features

    • Dog Friendly
  15. Sunset boating

    Add Evening Supper Boats to your Itinerary

    Address

    Isles of Scilly

    Telephone

    01720 423999

    Isles of Scilly

    From May until the end of September, an evening supper boat to St. Agnes operates most nights when the weather is fit. Departure is usually at 6pm (check on the boards on the day) giving plenty of time for a stroll on…

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