Sea kayaking holiday in Wales

“Sea kayaking holidays suited to all levels of experience, from two to four days, exploring Pembrokeshire’s wild coast with friendly, experienced guides and staying in an eco lodge.”

Highlights

Sea kayaking along the wild Pembrokeshire coast | fully qualified guides | range of holidays to suit all levels | two days or four days | see incredible wildlife | explore remote coves and beaches | accommodation in Wales’ only five star rated eco lodge | develop your sea kayaking skills

Description of Sea kayaking holiday in Wales

Explore the beautiful coast of Pembrokeshire from the sea, on a sea kayaking holiday in Wales. Guide your kayak beneath huge cliffs and into quiet caves. Relax on sandy beaches and in secluded coves, bob between towering sea stacks and admire the diverse scenery of this coastal National Park, with its waterfalls and natural rock arches.

Within moments of paddling from shore, you can be away from other people and discovering a side to this wild coastline that few see. Kayaking is also a great way to get close to the wildlife living here. Paddle alongside Atlantic grey seals that breed on the islands and coastline, or watch the porpoise and dolphins that inhabit in the deep waters of Cardigan Bay. There are numerous species of sea birds to look out for, too, including kittiwakes, razorbills, choughs, shags and cormorants. On Grassholm Island, there is a colony of gannets. You’ll leave only footprints behind you, and return home with great memories, good health and improved kayaking skills.

Each sea kayaking excursion is lead by fully qualified and friendly guides, and each holiday is supported by our team of dedicated hospitality staff, all working to make sure you experience the fun, exploration and adventure you hope for. The base for each course is Wales’ only five-star rated eco adventure lodge, an activity centre built with sustainability its priority.

Sea kayaking holidays run from May through to October each year. The autumn and winter months are great for the surf, while in August and September you can see Atlantic grey seals and their pups. April and May are wonderful for wildflower, with bluebells in the woodlands and, from May to July, beautiful colours on the coastal slopes from blooming sea campion and rock samphire, and visiting sea birds such as auks, razorbills and guillemots are nesting nest and fishing off the rocky cliffs and ledges.

To keep these holidays as responsible and low carbon as possible, we encourage guests to travel to Pembrokeshire using public transport, and provide a free transfer between Fishguard train station and the lodge at the start and end of each trip. Transport is by our own minibus, rather than numerous private cars and we keep journeys to a minimum because we use locations nearby on the coast. Sea kayaking itself is obviously low impact and low carbon by its very nature.

We also offer different levels of sea kayaking holiday, to suit a range of abilities:

Family tours - families are welcome to try sea kayaking together. We have separate two day tours for small groups of families with kids aged between 12 and 16 yrs. Tours take place on specific dates and only include two days of sea kayaking. We find two days is great for families and if they want to make their holiday longer there are lots of other activities, such as coasteering, that complement a well-rounded outdoor adventure. We also have double kayaks so parent and child can share the paddling. Our guides are well versed with helping children and adults have the safest and most enjoyable tour possible. All we ask is that you let them give the instructions so you get to listen, relax and have fun as a family.

At sea with the seals – this is an introductory weekend pitched at beginners or anyone who has kayaked before on rivers, lakes or calm sea water. Explore the caves, sheltered bays and harbours of Pembrokeshire, spotting wildlife and sea birds as you paddle. Develop an efficient forward paddling stroke, learn how to turn the kayak and grow your confidence, so you are ready to take your skills further.

Pembrokeshire sea kayak odyssey – this is the same as the at sea with the seals package, but runs during the week, with the chance to extend it into a longer sea kayaking holiday if you wish. Explore the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, the UK’s only coastal national park, and look out for seals, dolphins, porpoises and sea birds as you go. Extend the trip to up to four full days of kayaking, and if the weather is good, there’s the option to include a two day expedition with camping for one night. This is suitable for beginners and anyone with just a little experience, and is fully supported by qualified guides who ensure you see and experience the very best of Pembrokeshire coastline.

Rock and roll sea kayaking course – this is perfect for intermediate kayakers who have already been on our beginner’s weekend or have had the same kind of kayaking experience elsewhere. Learn to travel safely and efficiently on the sea, keeping up with a group and negotiating moving water, swells and tidal streams, and riding clean green waves. This is the chance to range further along the coast, to rarely visited spots. Learn how to do support strokes and how to tow another kayaker, and if you choose, try Eskimo rolling.


Travel Team

If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. The Travel Team.

01273 823 700 Calling from outside the UK?

Map

Check dates

For departure dates contact us on 01273 823 700
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Sea kayaking holiday in Wales

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Sea kayaking is possibly one of the lowest impact methods of exploring the coastline – we have a ‘leave no trace’ policy on all of our kayak trips and we do not wild camp on the pristine Pembrokeshire beaches of the National Park as this is not sustainable practise.

The low carbon nature of this event continues throughout the entire set up of our organization; your road journeys will be in our minibuses, so its one vehicle instead of many, our journeys are kept to a minimum as we use our wonderful coastal locations close to the lodge. and our adventure lodge utilizes a ground source heat pump for hot water and heating. All of electricity is sourced from green energy suppliers, we aim to provide a very low carbon event!

We are a founder member of the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter group, and by following the Pembrokeshire Marine Code we ensure that your kayaking activities do not damage the environment, or disturb the wildlife. Our local kayak guides will explain the concept of the marine code at the start of your trip, and the guidelines will be followed throughout.

We live locally, and will be able to share their extensive knowledge or the flora and fauna of the coastline with you, and will be able to offer you the chance to get a real feel for this beautiful stretch of coastline.

10 Reviews of Sea kayaking holiday in Wales

4 out of 5 stars
SHOW
2
7
1
0
0

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Learning the basic skills to kayak and having a full day on the sea practising skills learnt. Meeting other like minded people and working together to ensure everyone enjoyed the experience

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared to join in and you will thoroughly enjoy the experience

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, all the staff were local and local produce was used in the cooking

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the seals with their pups

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Ensure you have several changes of warm clothes. There is no mobile phone signal at the venue but there is a good free wifi connection so be prepared to
contact family/friends via Viber or Whatsapp.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All the staff and instructors were local. The venue made an effort to be environmentally sound.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Amazing. The accommodation was warm, clean and comfortable. The showers were hot! The food was excellent and plentiful. The bar prices were very
reasonable. The outdoor equipment was sound and well maintained. The instructors were patient, friendly and informative. They did their best to ensure that everyone in the group was happy. They were particularly reassuring for those beginners in the group.

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Kayaking through places we would not have the confidence to do on our
own because we had exceptional guides.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Couples single travellers young and old can all enjoy this outstanding
holiday. Have a go at everything on offer with the confidence that you will
be really looked after.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Unbelievably good. Exciting and fun. Scenery fantastic. Staff amazing.
Thank you so much for a holiday we will remember and talk about until
we return next year.

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review : ) We love having the opportunity to share this magical part of the world with our guests and it is a great opportunity to explore places that you wouldn't normally see. So great to hear you enjoyed your adventures and stay at our eco lodge - we would love to see you here again. Best wishes, Sammy and the team

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Being in the Welsh countryside and kayaking along the coast.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for lumpy mattresses, but otherwise decent accommodations. Not 5 star, but certainly comfortable. Group sizes for the activities can be a bit large (12 people is too many for kayaking when you have many different levels)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, all three.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great time and a great way to spend the bank holiday weekend.

Read the operator's response here:

'Thank you for taking the time to review us Lara. We are very happy to hear you had a great bank holiday weekend with us. Regarding some of the mattresses in the ecolodge, we’ve taken your feedback on board and have already invested in some new comfy mattresses – as we know how essential a relaxing sleep is after a day out on the water. Thank you for your comments and we will also look into the other issues that you have raised.

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was great seeing all the parts of the coast that you can only see by being on the water.
Most 'exciting' but scary was kayaking through some pretty big waves!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared, it is hard work but great fun!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely, with it being in an eco lodge there were lots of things in place so that it was helping the local environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Overall a great holiday. The instructors were great, very reassuring. They were good at adapting what we doing to suit everyone. The food and accommodation were great.

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Family holiday so there's a bit of disagreement here. It could be the sea
kayaking or it could be the coasteering. Difficult choice...

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


take a waterproof camera

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It obviously provides employment in a rural area.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic. We WILL be back!

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The coastline and nature up close in a kayak
Going in and out of caves and small channels

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don’t expect luxury accommodation and be prepared for other group’s noise! But the food was good and the staff were exceptionally helpful, friendly and relaxed

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent - we would definitely go again

Reviewed on 05 Nov 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Canoeing with seals in the sunshine on the beautiful Pembroke coast.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Enjoy yourself

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


very good well organise energetic weekend

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Learning a new skill and using it to fully experience some thrilling kayaking amongst the rocky channels off the Pembrokeshire coast.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pack a variety of clothing as the weather is very unpredictable.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think local people would benefit and the lodge definitely supported conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good - will be doing it again!

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Sea kayaking in force 6 wind.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take plenty of warm thermal tops - the drying room is not that efficient and your things may not dry overnight.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes - the lodge is an eco-lodge with minimal environmental impact. Local people work there, all instructors were keen not to disturb wildlife - seals, birds unnecessarily.

Popular similar holidays

Family adventure holiday in Wales

Family adventure holiday in Wales

Discovery, fun, exploration adventures Pembrokeshire coast

From £545 6 days excluding flights

Wales self guided walking holiday options

Wales self guided walking holiday options

Offa’s Dyke, Glyndwr’s Way, The Wye Valley Walk

From £525 - £763 8 days excluding flights

Pembrokeshire self guided walking holiday

Pembrokeshire self guided walking holiday

Spectacular walking by day, relax at 5* ecolodge by night

From £395 7 days excluding flights

Coasteering weekend in Wales

Coasteering weekend in Wales

The ultimate coastal adventure

From £219 - £229 3 days excluding flights

Convert currencies