During 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Jersey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.
Part 6: Kayaking
An island such as Jersey offers many possibilities for sea adventures and with sea kayaking now a favourite sport across the nation, you are in for a treat.
From exploring beautiful bays and coves to challenging your body to some possibly arduous trips around the coast, every kayaker will find the perfect expedition. Jersey’s coastline is incredibly varied, with the south coast beaches making landing easy and the high north coast cliffs adding a dramatic setting to some spectacular rock formations and cave exploring.
Several organisations can help you organise your kayaking with equipment hire, guides and itineraries. This is probably the best way to go about starting your adventure, although everyone is free to kayak around the island on their own. If that’s the case and to fully enjoy your kayaking experience, don’t forget to check the tide timetable. Jersey doubles in size at low tide, a spectacular event which can create currents, rips and waves, all forces to be reckoned with. Also check the weather forecast for the UV factor as much as for wind force and direction.
The crystal clear waters around the island are home not only to an array of water sports enthusiasts but also to some special wildlife. We sincerely hope that you will encounter a Bottlenose Dolphin (more likely to be spotted in the east of Jersey) during your paddle, and maybe a Peregrine Falcon hunting nearby.
You may also enjoy a coasteering tour, some fishing and angling and, to if you would like to stay dry, why not a cycling expedition?