Water-based Adventure

Get wet and go wild!

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 places in the UK to spend time in and on the water. Dive, snorkel with seals, coasteer of our rugged coastlines, fish on-shore and off-shore, take a guided sea swim, muck about in a dinghy, kayak or on a SUP, have a go at Scilly’s greatest export sport, gig rowing, and you’ll soon discover a very special Scilly that will set up for an unforgettable experience.

Diver and seal

St Martin's Dive School

St. Martin's

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.

Sea Quest Glass Bottom Boat

St. Mary's

A 12 seater launch with a glass bottom specialising in wildlife and history tours.

Seal on fin

Scilly Seal Snorkelling

St. Martin's

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.   

The Sailing Centre Kayaking

The Sailing Centre

St. Mary's

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

Bennett Boatyard

Bryher Boat Hire

Bryher

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.

At speed or at rest, the Powercat 525 is perfect for Scilly's waters

Isles of Scilly Boat Hire

Bryher

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

Immersed in the magnificent Ötillö

After competing in the Ötillö Swimrun World Series Qualifier in June 2016, sportsman and journalist Tarquin Cooper recalls his adrenaline-fuelled weekend and provides a unique insight into the adventurous side of Scilly.

The Isles of Scilly had long held a special place in the back of my mind before I finally had the perfect excuse to visit.

I’d heard of the white-sanded beaches just beyond the horizon; of wild and windswept rugged coastlines crying out to be

Island hopping on pilot cutter - Agnes

Classic Sailing Fleet - Block & Tackle Exploration

St. Mary's

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

Otillo Matti Andersson

Scilly Warms Up for World Swimrun Test

The Isles of Scilly are preparing to host one of world sport’s most daunting challenges: the UK leg of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series on Saturday 17 June, which will see more than 110 pairs tackling a course of nearly 40km, alternating between running and open-water swimming.

The teams of two, including competitors from the UK, Sweden, France and Germany, will have their athleticism and powers of endurance tested to the limit over ten

Coasteering Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

Coasteer Scilly – with Kernow Coasteering

St. Mary's

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.

Steve Hicks, St. Mary's boatman; Seahorse skipper

#MyScilly Steve Hicks, Seahorse Skipper

Steve comes from a long line of boatmen: his father, his grandfather and his great-grandfather before that. His brothers, Alec and Fraser are boatmen, too. “In fact, the Hicks family name on Scilly goes back some 500 years. My father was a boat builder on Scilly and one of the founding members of the St. Mary’s Boatmen’s Association.

“Scilly is a wonderful place; I feel a very strong attachment and have never wanted to

Picture of rib FirebrandIV

Island Sea Safaris

St. Mary's

Island Sea Safaris operate marine wildlife safaris in their 8m RIB FIREBRAND IV around and amongst the islands and rocks of Scilly to see Grey Atlantic Seals, seabirds including Puffins, Razorbills and Guillemots from April until mid July, and some of the Island's shipwreck sites.  We also visit many places of historical interest on our tours.  The 8 meter rib seats 10 and  Mark and his wife Susie  like to give you a full, friendly and informative

Spirit of St Agnes

St Agnes Boating Wildlife Safaris

St. Agnes

St Agnes Boating is working with the Seabird Recovery Project and 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 island where the seabirds nest and then onto the Western Rocks towards the Bishop Rock Lighthouse every Wednesday afternoon. Puffins, Manx Shearwaters and other nesting seabirds should be seen from April to July.  Come

Paddleboarding

St. Agnes Water Sports

St. Agnes

We hire sit on top kayaks, stand up paddle boards and mask, snorkel and fins from a beautiful St Agnes beach.

We are located next to Troytown Farm campsite on St Agnes, only a 15 minute walk from the quay. This is the perfect place to do activities for those visiting for the day as well as those staying on the island.

Scilly Swim Challenge

Adventure Scilly

St. Mary's

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.