Written by Eve Hunter-Mann
Things to do: on the coast
There’s more to Cornwall than delicious pasties and picturesque beaches... From sea safaris to surfing, the possibilities are endless when it comes to Cornwall’s glorious coastlines.
Sea safaris and boat trips
You don’t have to go overseas when it comes to safaris in Cornwall, with dozens of trips to pick from, a variety of incredible sea life and glistening coves waits just on our doorstep.
Newquay Sea Safaris & Fishing
Become one with adventure as you cruise hidden coves and explore secret beaches around Newquay’s coastlines. It’s an unforgettable opportunity to see sea life in its natural habitat. If you’re lucky, come face to face with Newquay’s infamous dolphins and seals (and on occasion even sharks) as you coast through clear Cornish waters. Learn first-hand about Cornwall’s fascinating marine life from experts in a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Like us, they’re dog friendly, so feel free to bring your four-legged friend along for the ride. If you dare, experience shark cage diving where you may come face to face with colossal basking sharks – a rare opportunity not to be missed.
Orca Sea Safaris
Based in Falmouth, Orca Sea Safaris take you on a trip around Cornwall’s spectacular waters with rare opportunities to see dolphins, sharks and even whales meaning it's worth the trip out a little further a field as it's one of the few whale watching safaris in Cornwall. With sightings of minke whales, basking sharks, common dolphins, seals and more you’ll experience a whole underwater world that’s closer than you thought.
Coast Boat Trips
Coast Boat Trips bring the opportunity to see Cornwall’s natural wonders first hand with trips specialising in geology, wildlife, weather, historic landmarks and more. If you’re looking for an all-rounder, Coast offer boat trips from Penzance and St Ives Bay, Hayle, - a short drive away. They also offer a private hiring service where you and your family can have your own private captain and wildlife guide for the day.
Wavehunters, who are based not far from us in Padstow, offer a variety of fun water activities from boat trips to sea safaris to surf lessons. Cruise through sparkling waters on sight seeing trips, explore hidden coves, and spot seals, dolphins and puffins in their natural habitat. They also offer private chartering services - perfect for a family day out in the sun (or even light Cornish rain).
Surfing & water sports
See why everyone comes to Cornwall to surf and experience the thrill of gliding through crashing waves on our glistening coastlines.
Learn to ride waves with confidence with Kingsurf's expert tuition and guidance in the water. They offer beginner, group, private, family and intermediate lessons suitable for all ages and abilities. Based just a short walk down the coast path from us, find them on Mawgan Porth beach where you can expect consistent surfing conditions throughout the ever-changing tide times.
Newquay Activity Centre
Learn to surf on the UK’s most famous beach with Fistral Beach Surf School at Newquay Activity Centre. Alongside surfing, they offer a variety of fun sea activities such as coasteering around Newquay’s hidden coves, paddleboarding, bodyboarding, kayaking and more. As for location, Newquay is perfect for all things fun, summer and sea.
Rated number one in Cornwall by TripAdvisor, Lizard Adventure (great for day trips) - offers a large variety of adrenaline fuelled water sports. From kayaking to coasteering, make a day of it and explore everything the Cornish coast has to offer. You’ll visit some of south Cornwall’s wonders - imagine paddling through sparkling blue coves or plunging into crystal clear waters from towering clifftops. With everything Cornwall has to offer, sea-wise, water sports are obligatory for a summer family holiday.
And, if adrenaline-fuelled water sports aren’t for you, take some down time at our adults-only coastal clifftop spa. Gaze up on blue horizons as you sink into our bubbling hydro pool and allow stress to simply melt away. Detox in our sauna, steam room or roman-style caldarium before an Ayurvedic-inspired treatment tailored to your mental and physical intentions. Step outside and experience our sensory spa garden amongst fresh botanicals and crisp sea air and embrace the sharp contrast of hot and cold. Families are welcome to spend time together in our two outdoor and one indoor swimming pools.