17 Kayaking - Porthpean Outdoor


A magical ocean adventure

Kayaking at Porthpean

We are blessed with a beautifully sheltered stretch of coastline that offers stunning views of caves, cliffs, secluded beaches, and the harbour village of Charlestown.

Our sit-on-top kayaks come in single or triple seats (the middle seat is suitable for younger children with two others or for a single paddler).  Being close to the water, a memorable experience is assured as you take in the stunning nature all around you.  And, with luck, you’ll get a chance to spot a friendly seal or two!   Our kayaks are comfortable, stable, and easy to land on the many secluded beaches you come across on your exploration.

Kayaking sessions are instructor-led, with wetsuits, buoyancy aids, and all paddling equipment provided.  Feel safe and informed with our qualified and experienced team of instructors, as they lead you to the best spots for watching the thriving Cornish wildlife, show you the best secret beaches in the bay, and teach you a few cool paddling skills along the way.

Whilst ensuring safety remains paramount, our instructors love to play games and share the best jumping spots on offer.  If you’re someone that likes to make a splash on your session, they are always happy to help!  St Austell Bay is rich in history, with a story to be told around every rocky corner or golden stretch of sand. Your instructor can tailor each session to meet the hopes and aims of your children.

Full safety briefings and demonstrations are given, all staff carry safety equipment and tow lines to help with paddle power if needed. Sessions last around 2 hours on the water although this can be adjusted to suit the needs of the group.

Kayaking around our beach at Porthpean is truly magical and not an activity to miss.

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Personal Development

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Problem Solving


What you may see

Seals, Peregrine Falcons, Cormorants, buzzards, secret beaches, caves, Charlestown Harbour, dolphins, tall ships.


Search for coffin cave, challenge your instructor to find the biggest crab, glide through the natural archway at high tide, or ask to learn some new paddle skills.

Fun Facts

Cornwall and St Austell Bay have one of the largest tidal ranges in the world! You will see evidence of how far the tide moves all around you, from the exposed shell fish and rock pools to beaches that have disappeared under the water.


Experience the ultimate adventure at Camp Cornwall this Summer

Day Camps run Monday to Friday and Residential Camps can be booked for two and five nights during the six week school summer holidays.

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