Kayaking can be as serene or extreme as you like, and the Isle of Wight is the perfect place to take to the water, with everything from gentle, scenic inland waterways, to coastal shorebreaks and open water opportunities.
There are plenty of beaches for launching from, all with easy access and mainly good car parking and facilities.
- Freshwater - beautiful surrounding cliffs to explore the coastal scenery. Freshwater bay is best explored on a flat day, and on the correct tide you can explore the caves.
- Compton - excellent for kayak surfing. Very popular with Surfers, due to the Sandy shore and great waves.
- Brook - next beach along from Compton, and again benefits from excellent surf.
- Yaverland and Sandown Bay - depending on the weather conditions, can be excellent for gentle kayak paddling around the Bay area. Alternatively when the conditions prevail - surfing or kayak surfing.
- Yarmouth to Freshwater - Great to paddle up the river towards Freshwater
- Newtown Creek - Great exploring creek with areas to stop along the river to have a picnic.
- Cowes - Newport (Medina River) - This is a busy river - so only more experienced paddlers should do this trip. Also perhaps choose this off season - and definitely avoid the Yachting events. Also this can be very tidal, so ensure you catch the tides right! You can paddle up the river towards Newport - and a few picnic spots along the way.
- Ryde / Puckpool - Great for beginner kayaking - If you are keen to do some sheltered easy kayaking - perhaps with the family - these beaches offer shallow waters, with sandy beaches, making a gentle paddle enjoyable.
If you don't have your own kayak's and would like to try your hand, there are a number of companies offering hire or courses, see details below:
The Isle of Wight is famed for its scenic beauty and now you can explore it galore, with some exciting new outdoor adventures. Sample a bit of daring gun-ho, even if you’re a novice from dingy sailing and paddle boarding to kayaking and segway riding – a fun, if not slightly futuristic way to ride around on two wheels. Based on the eastern side of the Island, Tackt-Isle Adventures has all the kit on hand, making for a hassle free way of exploring the glorious outdoors, whether on water or dry land.
The HQ on the water’s edge at St Helen’s Duver houses all the kit you need and a team of highly motivated and experienced instructors. The brainchild of Ben Smith, a marine sports science graduate and Tackt-Isle’s chief action man, Smith has clocked up an impressive history of outdoor adventures having grown up on the Island. “I’ve had some of my best adventures sailing, kayaking, hiking and wild camping – growing up, the Isle of Wight really was my playground! We welcome people of all ages and abilities, so come down and see what we’re all about – we’ve got something for everyone.” explains Smith. For all the activities there are ‘Muck in’ sessions for all abilities with full kit and safety cover, or private lessons with the experts. You can even grab a kite or two; buy a crabbing line or hire a fishing rod for a simple fun family day.
For water lovers, you can take your pick of water activities at Tackt-Isle, whether you’re just getting started, need a refresher, or know your reef knot from your bowline. The team offers specifically tailored sailing sessions where you can choose from a Pico, Bug or Scow or the RS200 performance dinghy, with all kit included, such as wetsuits, buoyancy aids and splash-tops. You can also try windsurfing or one of the kayak or paddleboard sessions exploring the sights in and around the picturesque Bembridge Harbour. All you do is just learn the basics in a ‘Muck in’ session or hire a pro to guide you. Or why not try SUP Yoga sessions with Emma, a real core strength tester, or join the SUPball League – a fusion of lacrosse, netball and football on SUP boards!