Kayaking on the Isle of Wight
Paddle your way to new adventures.
Gentle inland waterways, coastal shorebreaks, open water opportunities – the Isle of Wight is the perfect place to take to the water in a kayak. Enjoy a leisurely paddle checking out the sights around the island, or opt for a high-energy excursion.
There are plenty of places to launch your kayak around the Isle of Wight – choose a spot and get padding!
- Freshwater boasts 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 is excellent for kayak surfing. This area is very popular with surfers, due to the sandy shore and great waves.
- Brook is the 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.
- Yarmouth to Freshwater makes for a great river paddle.
- Newtown Creek is fun for a day of leisurely exploration, with areas to stop along the river to have a picnic.
- Cowes - Newport (Medina River) is a busy river best suited to experienced paddlers. Choose an off-season date for this route to avoid the busy yachting events. This route can also be very tidal, so ensure you time your trip carefully. There are a few picnic spots along the route to Newport.
- Ryde / Puckpool is great for beginner kayaking. If you are keen to do some sheltered, easy kayaking, or paddling with children, these beaches offer shallow waters and sandy beaches, making a gentle paddle enjoyable.
If you don't have your own kayaks and would like to try your hand, there are a number of companies offering hire or courses.