Water Activities

Get wet and go wild with some sea adventures

Whether you’re an open-water adrenaline-seeker or a beginner who wants to master a skill in a sheltered bay, Scilly is the perfect place to try your hand at all manner of water-based activities.


Scilly is blessed with clear water, abundant wildlife and more than 900 shipwrecks, both ancient and modern, making it one of the finest diving sites in the UK if not the world. For many, the chance to dive with seals and discover a wealth of sea life makes for an unforgettable experience.


It’s possible to get very close and personal with Scilly’s seals on a snorkelling trip. Watch these elegant and graceful creatures in their natural habitat.


From on-shore fishing to organised boat trips out to sea, there is a wealth of fishing all year round, although the season from May to October is considered the best. A number of boatmen will take you out on organised trips or on private jaunts, or simply head out to some on shore rocks. There are plenty of places on the islands where you can buy all your tackle.

Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and more

If you are looking for a real buzz on the water, try your hand at a host of watersports, from sailing and kayaking to windsurfing and kite-surfing. There are opportunities on all the islands catering to all ages and abilities, and all equipment can be hired.

Sea swimming

Sea-swimming has become a national phenomenon in England, and nowhere else is it more spectacular than in the crystal clear turquoise waters around Scilly. There are a number of organised sea swims throughout the season, culmating in September's Scilly Sea Swim Challenge - swimming between all the islands in just one day.

Gig Rowing

Islanders still carry on the traditions of the past by racing pilot gigs (six-person rowing boats, plus cox) in the waters off Scilly. The ladies race on Wednesday evenings; the men on Friday evenings throughout the summer months. It makes a great spectator sport, as tripper boats follow the action.

Boat hire

For more sedate activities on the water, why not hire a small motor boat, sailing boat or kayak and explore the magical coves and tranquil beaches at your own pace? 

Boat trips

Regular boat trips run throughout the season from April to November allow you to flit between the islands, visit the uninhabited islands, watch birdlife, tour the Bishop Rock lighthouse and even see underwater life through a glass-bottomed boat or onboard a RIB safari.

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The Sailing Centre Kayaking

The Sailing Centre

St. Mary's Apr-Sep

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

Pretty reef

St Martin's Dive School

St. Martin's May-Sep

Scilly is renowned for its clear water and abundant marine life and we can provide diving opportunities for all levels of experience. All your equipment can be supplied.Read more »

Yoga Scilly

Adventure Scilly

St. Mary's All year

Bryony offers flowing, uplifting yoga sessions; Nick is an experienced swim guide. Both Nick & Bryony are from Scilly and have extensive knowledge of swim spots and trail running routes across the islands, and can advise you on the best way to take an active holiday that will leave you feeling fully immersed in the beauty and nature of the islands. Read more »

Seal on fin

Scilly Seal Snorkelling

St. Martin's Mar-Sep

Come to St Martin's for a fabulous, award winning, wildlife experience. Snorkel with the seals and get close to these elegant creatures in their natural environment.  All the equipment you will need is supplied and you don't require any previous experience.   Read more »

Bennett Boatyard

Bryher Boat Hire

Bryher Mar-Oct

Explore the tranquil waters between Bryher, Tresco, Samson and St Martin’s at your own pace.  Hire your own boat, kayak or paddleboard and visit uninhabited shores, fish from your boat, take a picnic or moor up and explore.  The possibilities are endless and with a safety boat doing regular patrols and staff always ready to lend a hand if you’re at all unsure, this really is and option available to all.Read more »

Isles of Scilly Boat Hire

Bryher All year

The Isles of Scilly Boat Hire Company offers daily hire through to long-term timeshare in their range of boats. From the 16' Orkney motorboat fitted with an electric start and tilt 25hp engine, through to the award winning Powercat 525 catamarans fitted with twin 40 hp electric start and tilt engines, colour GPS chart plotters and VHF radios to the fabulous top of the range 200hp Sealegs Amphibious Rib. The choice is yours and all are available regardless of which island you are staying on. We deliver the boat to you. Please visit our website for full details.Read more »

Island hopping on pilot cutter - Agnes

Classic Sailing Fleet - Block & Tackle Exploration

Green tourism silver award
St. Mary's May-Sep

Sail to Scilly from the mainland as ‘hands on’ crew on our fleet of pilot cutters, luggers, and historic tall ships ships. Once in the archipelago, enjoy different anchorages, explore ashore and island hop under sail.

Skippered sailing holidays where you live on board. No experience needed and plenty of outdoor water action, from learning to sail, rowing ashore, learning about navigation, wild swimming, climbing the rigging, or just chilling out on wooden decks. Whether pirates or Poldark is your fantasy, this is a holiday where you really can escape modern life.Read more »

Coasteering Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

Coasteer Scilly – with Kernow Coasteering

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Coasteering on the Isles of Scilly has arrived! Brought to you by Kernow Coasteering, one of Cornwall’s foremost coasteering providers, Don’t miss your chance to experience the stunning golden granite coastline of Scilly in an epic costal adventure you’ll never forget.Read more »