On the Water

There is no better place than South Devon to spend time messing about on the water and perhaps no better way to explore our beautiful coastline. Offering the perfect mix of clean waters and stunning scenery there is something on offer for everyone.

Surfing and stand up paddle boarding (SUP)

Discovery Surf School has been operating at Bigbury-on-Sea since 2002. Their experienced instructors will ensure you have a safe and fun time, whether learning to surf or SUP. They provide all the equipment, even the wetsuits and buoyancy aids should you need them Tel: 07813 639 622

Bantham Surfing Academy at Bantham beach provide professional surfing and SUP tuition for beginners through to elite levels in a safe and friendly environment. You can hire all the equipment you need, including boogie boards and wetsuits. Tel: 01548 853803

WaterBorn Paddle Boarding based at the Crabshell Inn in Kingsbridge, are one of the largest SUP schools in the UK. Offering beginner lessons and tours of the estuary. Tel  07908 193632.

Blackpool sands beach also offers windsurfing, kite surfing and kayak hire

Kayaking and Canoeing

Singing Paddles offer leisurely canoe and kayak trips on the Kingsbridge estuary, river dart (and occasionally slapton ley) for all ages and abilities. Great for wildlife spotting and even a bit of bushcraft skills thrown in Tel. 0775 442 6633

Canoe Adventures explore the beautiful River Dart from Tuckenhay or Stoke Gabriel in traditional long canoes. They offer daytime guided tours of the River as well as moonlit canoe trips. Tel 01803 865301

Sailing & Boating

Salcombe Dinghy Sailing hire boats out for the half day, whole day, or longer. They will help you rig your boat, give advice on conditions and point you in the direction of the best sailing spots. If you are new to Sailing they are a Royal Yachting Association accredited Training Centre so can offer instruction fro quick taster sessions to all day lessons.Tel.01548 843

Kingsbridge Rivermaid Ferry operates in the summer months between Kingsbridge and Salcombe and is the perfect way to explore the beauty and wildlife of the estuary. They also offer occasional evening cruises and tours. Tel 01548 853607

Monty Halls Great Escapes based in Dartmouth is run by TV personality and adventurer Monthy Halls. Whether a boat trip out to see the seals on the Mew Stone, a leisurely trip up the river to look for otters or bird life or a seashore safari a shore walk with a marine biologist, there is something for everyone, creating opportunities for once in a lifetime wildlife encounters in the countryside and coastline surrounding Dartmouth. All ages, abilities and dogs are welcome! Tel 01803 431858

Waterskiing, wakeboarding and Rib charters

Salcombe rib tours For the adrenalin junkie Salcombe sea and Shore offer Waterski and Wakeboarding sessions, Rib charters and Boat Hire, Sea Safari and Wildlife Tours, Boat trips, Seal Watching TripsCoasteering, Powerboating, Rib Rides along the coast.  All ribs are skippered by advanced RYA and British waterski instructors so you can have a go at driving! All equipment and safety gear is provided. Tel 01548 842 276

Fishing

The abundant and thriving waters of South Devon offer plenty of opportunity for varied fishing.

Salcombe Angling offers charters from Salcombe for mackerel fishing, reef, bank and wreck fishing.

Phoenix Charters provides sea fishing out of Salcombe for bass, cod, pollock, ray, sole, plaice, shark, conger eel, mackerel and other species. Quality angling from both the experienced and beginner alike from beautiful Salcombe, South Devon.01548 842840

Coombe Farm Fishery  just a mile outside Kingsbridge for Carp, Bream and Roach coarse fishing.

New House Fisheries tucked away in a beautiful valley the four acre lake has brown and rainbow trout, no E.A rod licence required. A great opportunity to perfect your fly fishing technique, tuition available.