Boat Tours, Water Sports, Wildlife and Adventures in Torquay.
Using a kayak as a vehicle to access the remoter areas of the English Riviera is most definately one of the best things to do in Torquay. We launch from; Torquay, Paignton or Brixham in South Devon. We are a unique, adventure specialist, tour operator of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark. For solo travelers, couples, families, friends or peers. Meet like minded people in one of our small group tours and explore the stunning pockets of Ansteys Cove, Hopes Nose, Babbacombe Bay, Berry Head, Broadsands, Churston Cove, Crystal Cove, Fairy Cove, Goodrington, Meadfoot, Oddicombe Beach, St Mary's Bay, or the Dart and Teign estuaries.
Our tours are guided by local expert Kieran Laureston who is passionate about delivering a truly memorable experience, he incorporates information about the local history and rich cultural heritage, marine wildlife and the geological sites of specific scientific interest. Kieran has been taming the sea for beginners for many years and paddling and sailing these shores since he was a Torbay Sea Scout. He now offers you the chance to experience the English Riviera through the eyes of a local.
We have 5 very distinct tour options for you; from the headlands we are likely to find Cetaceans, to the Sea Horses and Seals of the backwaters and the Herons and Horses of our estuaries, there is something for everyone. We will stop on secluded beaches tucked into secret coves, each with its own famous crime scene according to Agatha Christie. Pick your beach, or let us advise, pack your lunch, or we can catch it as we go.
When we think about it, what epitomises Torbay is the view from the sea. We are overwhelmed by the sheer beauty and grandeur of the beautiful place we live in – and the geological history of what makes Torbay the stupendous coastal adventure playground that it is. It’s something rarely seen by the average visitor, of course, but it’s getting up close and personal to the multitude of rocks, coves, caves and inlets making up the 20 miles and 22 beaches of Torbay’s coastline that brings it all to life. This is the foundation on which SKT is built: the sheer amazement at what Torbay’s coastline has to offer, our wish to share with everyone the excitement we feel every time we go out.
That needs to be done safely, of course, and that is where SKT’s expertise comes in. Kieran, a fully qualified and enthusiastic tour guide, provides the perfect environment to enjoy all this in a wide variety of packages ranging from a couple of hours’ paddle to a 3 day coastal tour, all suitable for either the beginner paddler or the more experienced one.
Whether it’s a family day out with a difference, an office away-day, team building exercise or simply a random collection of individuals brought together for an enjoyable potter around the coast, SKT is there to tailor each trip to the individual requirements of those taking part. And you don’t necessarily have to come to us we come to you because we are fully mobile and can provide a pick-up/drop-off service either at your hotel or beach of your choice. And we provide everything from the boats (including tandem-style kayaks) to Inuit-style clothing for cooler temperatures to keep you dry and comfortable (and food and drink as well on some of our packages).
Sea kayaking is an exhilarating experience for its own sake anyway, but when you add the extra dimension of learning about Torquay's cultural history, Victorian heritage and the Geopark along the way, get to explore the rocks, hear the story of how they were formed, draw up at a deserted beach, fillet and stone-cook any fish you may catch, and explore remote rock pools unvisited by the bucket-and-spade brigade,a day out with SKT is something that will stay with you long after you are dropped back at your hotel.
Sea Kayaking is the easiest way to access the more remote areas without any prior experience. Our amazing supplier, Chillcheater, offers dry, fleece-lined technical clothing designed by elite paddlers that allow us to stay warm and dry even if the weather turns on us. With this clothing we’re able to guide you at any time of the year, designed for all year paddling in colder climates but it has been introduced to Torbay to offer accessible adventure outside of the summer season and on cooler days or if you decide to get wet, they will quickly warm you up.
Sea Kayaking is our connection to the sea, our land visits are also a major part of the adventure. We’re specialists in a range of services, including:
Kieran Laureston is an academic who has brought together the antiquity and cultural heritage of the area. From Paleolithic and Neolithic man, to the Dumnonii, Normans, Saxons, Scandinavians, Saints, Romans and people of the Napoleonic Era, all there stories are etched into the landscape. We’re fascinated by the rich heritage and geology.
He likes to frame your adventure by adding those stories in the places they occurred to add to their authenticity. These tours are a great way to bring families together. Where different generations can connect with nature and engage with our cultural heritage and geology, whilst learning new skills from each other.
Kieran take's you closer to nature in an attempt to connect with it and assist in its conservation and preservation. We view nature in its natural habitat without disturbing, displacing or damaging it, exploring remote areas larger craft cannot access.
Torbays geology has created sheltered coves that were an easy landing place for the early colonizers of the western seaways. Once the glaciers retreated from Dartmoor our lands were left extremely fertile, tin and gold rich. The Celts, Romans, Pirates and Privateers new this, and Torbay was a great shelter for ships navigating the channel.
It is the place Darwin is said to have completed his thesis through visits to our shores and the place Paleolithic man rested his head in Kents Cavern. It was an important place for our ancient ancestors and also for our own wild Seahorses (Hippocampus Hippocampus.)
The geological processes that created our headlands are clear to see and they in turn created bio diverse marine areas not found in the rest of the country, creating rare and unique wildlife. The views back into the bay are also simply stunning especially on the sun rise or sun set when Kieran will bring this all to life for you.
Whether you’re new to the water and a complete beginner or an avid paddler wanting to explore the headlands without your own boat. Why not come and push your level in a more advanced boat, I will provide all the training you need.
Meet like minded people on a fun fun-filled tour, where you can have as much action and adventure as you want and everything is delivered to the beach you want to venture from.
Do you want a different sort of adventure with your friends or family? A guided tour into Torbay's wild marine inter tidal zone is an excellent way to bond with a friend or have a memorable time with your family. We adapt the trip programme to your group’s individual needs.
We also deliver walking and bike tours of the Geopark and South Devon area, or Canoeing and Inland Kayaking on the River Dart or Teign.
All of our tours involve some degree of physical activity. However, everything except the paddling is catered for. In our tandems you can actually have a very gentle tour and travel quite a distance or If you’d like a bit more activity, we’re happy to accommodate this. In addition to half/ full days or overnight trips, we offer multi-day courses or expeditions further afield. This may involve:
There is so much to introduce you and your group to that we needn't travel far. Our kayaks are the vehicle to get you to the action!
Grab your camera because there are so many highlights on one of these tours, you’ll want to capture them all. The English Riviera enjoys some of the very best geology and marine wildlife in Devon.
If you have something in mind that isn’t described in these pages, just let us know, we are adventure specialists and we can accommodate any adventure experience. We adjust for physical limitations or time restraints, and are able to arrange for an extra kayak or two if you’re part of a larger group.
I've been on many Kayak Tours, but this was the best. Kieran took me and my 11 year old son out on a 2 person kayak, with another party. We launched from Oddicombe Beach - but had the option to launch from whatever suited us. Kieran quickly assessed our abilities, and pretty much tailored the tour accordingly, we ended up being out for 4 hours which sounds quite an endurance but wasn't really that strenuous as we were too busy taking in the views. The caves and views were truly stunning plus we got a fantastic history lesson in both geology and the area. My lad particularly enjoyed pulling up a remote beach and lighting a fire and cooking marsh mellows - as did I. Would definitely return as there is so much more to see. If its a warm day I probably would not bother wearing a Kayak skirt or top as you'll fry. Well done Kieran keep up the good work