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 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.
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.
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?
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.