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Circumnavigate the Isle of Wight by Sea Kayak

Explore the island’s coastline and many hidden gems accessible only by sea. 3 days. 1 day off work.

  • United Kingdom

Kayaking 35-45km per day, you’ll circumnavigate the Isle of Wight, viewing the iconic cliff lines from a truly unique perspective. On the 130km route, you’ll have the opportunity to explore old smugglers caves, spot local wildlife, further your kayaking skills, and learn some bushcraft whilst wild camping on the coastline.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 days kayaking
  • 2 nights wild camping
  • Local, certified guide
  • Kayaking equipment
  • Tent
  • Local transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for: Keen sea kayakers looking for a true back-to-basics trip that will challenge their skills and introduce them to some new experiences.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Ferry crossing to Yarmouth
  • Food (you will need to bring your own rations for camp)
  • Snacks and drink
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

A good level of fitness is recommended, as is previous sea kayaking experience. Your host suggests referring to the BC 3 Star award as a good indicator of the skill level required. Find out more here.

Expect totally British, unpredictable weather. Summer on the Isle of Wight does tend to be warm and mild but the sea breeze can turn the evenings a little chilly.

You should bring your own rations to camp. This is a real back-to-basics trip.

  • Kayaking equipment (kayaks, paddles, wetsuits, buoyancy aids
  • Camping equipment (tents, cooking facilities)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Cutlery
  • Mug, bowl, plate
  • Enough food for 3 days (army-style rations)
  • Kayaking clothes (quick-drying thermal wear)
  • Lightweight evening clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Torch
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Dry bag

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

There are ferry links from Lymington to Yarmouth almost hourly and the crossing takes just 40 minutes. You’re free to book whichever ferry you like as long as it meets the included transfer times.

Start point?
You will be met at Yarmouth Ferry Port at 09:00 where you will be transported to Freshwater Bay. If you choose to arrive the day before the tour and find overnight accommodation, you can meet your host at Freshwater Bay at 09:30 on the first day of the trip.Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at Freshwater Bay, where you will be transferred back to Yarmouth Ferry Port. You are free to book any ferry departing after 16:30. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
There are ferry links from Lymington to Yarmouth almost hourly and the crossing takes just 40 minutes. You’re free to book whichever ferry you like as long as it meets the included transfer times. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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Location

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The Isle of Wight is popular for its seafront promenades and beaches dotted with vintage beach huts. In areas such as Compton Bay and Yaverland Beach, it’s not uncommon to find dinosaur remains and fossils.

The Isle of Wight offers some of the most diverse and attractive locations for sea kayaking in the UK. Approaching the cliff lines and beaches by water makes for a unique view of the island, exposing you to secret smugglers caves and hidden beaches.

Start point?
You will be met at Yarmouth Ferry Port at 09:00 where you will be transported to Freshwater Bay. If you choose to arrive the day before the tour and find overnight accommodation, you can meet your host at Freshwater Bay at 09:30 on the first day of the trip.Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at Freshwater Bay, where you will be transferred back to Yarmouth Ferry Port. You are free to book any ferry departing after 16:30. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
There are ferry links from Lymington to Yarmouth almost hourly and the crossing takes just 40 minutes. You’re free to book whichever ferry you like as long as it meets the included transfer times. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Friday: Plan Your Route and get Paddling

Your guide will meet you at the Yarmouth Ferry Port at 09:00 and take you to launch point just 30 minutes away.

When you arrive at Freshwater Bay, your guide will give you a safety briefing and an introduction to navigation as you plan your route as a group.

You’ll then head out on the water and get comfortable in your kayak before making your way to your first wild camping spot of the trip.

35-45km kayaking

Saturday: Explore the 100m-High Cliff Lines

After breakfast at camp this morning, you’ll pack down your tents and get back on the water for the full day ahead.

The weather and tide will dictate your excursion to some extent but along the 100m-high cliff lines, you’ll find plenty of coves, caves and hidden beaches to explore.

Finding your next wild camping spot, you’ll set up camp and perhaps learn some new bushcraft skills before sitting down around the fire for dinner as a group and plan tomorrow’s kayaking route.

35-45km kayaking

Sunday: On the Lookout for Wildlife

Have breakfast on the beach one final time before you pack up camp and set off in your kayak for a full day of paddling. You’ll have planned your route the night before, using tidal information, weather reports and coastal navigation.

With many coastal nesting sites, keep one eye on the sky for seabirds; but don’t neglect the water on the off chance of seeing a seal.

After a long day on the water, you’ll return to your start point and to dry land. Your transfer will be waiting to take you back to the ferry port for your forwarding journey home.

35-45km kayaking

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

You’ll wild camp in shared tents on beaches along the island’s coastline.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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