Get on the water

From playing on the beach to hiring or chartering a boat, there is an amazing number of ways to get on the water in the Falmouth area. Here are some suggestions.

Koru Kayaking – the River Fal adventure

Koru Kayaking in 2013

location: Mylor, TR11 5UF

Enjoy a wonderfully peaceful guided kayak tour of the River Fal starting from Mylor Harbour with Tea or Coffee at the Cafe Mylor. The kayak adventure lasts 5 hours and includes coffee and a packed lunch.

After a safety briefing your 5 hour tour takes in the stunning village of Feock with morning refreshments on the beach belonging to stately home of Trellisick then onwards towards Smugglers Cottage passing the King Harry Ferry and  the ancient oak forests, you are sure to see plenty of wildlife along the way!  After a visit to Smugglers Cottage with it’s historic beach you will then return to Mylor Harbour via a refreshment stop off at The Pandora Inn
For more details visit their website.

Elemental UK

Elemental UK promotional shot- surfing in 2013

location:  Swanpool Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5BG

Elemental are a Falmouth company who offer all sorts of water based adventures including canoeing, sailing, surfing, coasteering, wind surfing, raft making and stand-up paddle boarding. Swanpool’s sheltered location and calm waters – which are protected from the wind in most directions – makes it ideal for the safe launch of small sailing boats and paddle craft.  Their kids club is ideal for parents who want a quite couple of hours while the children learn valuable skills and, above all, enjoy themselves!

The guys at Elemental tell us that their aim is ‘to help people get the most from the coast by immersing them in the challenges and thrills of the natural world, all while learning valuable skills and having fun’ – which sounds pretty good to us!

They can even offer delivery of kayaks and equipment to your holiday home. For more details have a look at their website.

Falmouth Water Taxi

The falmouth water taxi is an exciting way to explore the coastline of Falmouth and Flushing.

Falmouth, TR11

If you want to venture out from Falmouth for the day or evening without your car, you should consider using the Falmouth water taxi!

Based in Falmouth harbour and running from April to the end of October, the Falmouth water taxi offers an on-demand service and will pick you up from Flushing Quay or The Prince of Wales Pier and take you to your chosen waterside destination, then return when you are ready for the journey back home.

Their covered vessel, Boy Joe, has a capacity for 12 passengers and is operated by highly qualified skippers.
For more details visit their website.

Falmouth Surf School

All ages learn to surf in Falmouth. Pictured is a toddler confidently riding a wave.

Falmouth, TR11 4QU

Surfing is every bit as much fun as it looks and the true Cornish experience is not complete without riding the waves! Falmouth Surf School offers you the day of a lifetime with truly ‘no worries’. They provide the experience, expertise and enthusiasm to ensure that you and your family have the time of your lives, safe in the knowledge that their fully qualified and expert staff will get you cruising on clean Atlantic waves and feeling the rush that only surfing can bring! Falmouth Surf School provide transport to wherever the best waves are and all equipment including wetsuits and boards. Your first surf can change your life forever. It’s hard to believe anything this fun can be healthy!

Kernow Charters

Get on the water with Kernow Charters

Mylor, TR11 5UF

Kernow Charters at Mylor Yacht Harbour offer a perfect opportunity to try something new or brush up on old skills – do as much or as little as you wish with a professional skipper on board to guide you in the right direction. They cater for a wide variety of clientele, ranging from families with young children, couples on a romantic day out, to individuals. Their guests bring a range of experience, complete novice to yachtmaster, and all enjoy the picturesque sailing waters of the Fal Estuary. Full or half days are available exploring wooded creeks and remote deserted beaches. Alternatively, you can soak up the atmosphere of a Cornish sunset, with an evening sail. They offer a flexible programme and tariff, and tailor your sailing experience on an individual basis.

River Fal Boat Trips

The River Fal Boats are always popular amongst tourists and locals

Flushing, TR11 5TY

If you’re visiting Cornwall then we’d recommend taking to the water to see Falmouth and the surrounding areas from a different perspective.

River Fal boat trips offer the chance to take in spectacular views of Falmouth Docks, Pendennis and St Mawes castles as well as nearby locations including Flushing, Restronguet and St Just. Other worthwhile sights include historic buildings such as Trelissick House and Tregothnan Mansion.

Mylor Boat Hire

Holiday guests often choose to hire a boat at Mylor to explore even more of the gorgeous Cornish landscape

Mylor, TR11 5UF

Hire a family day boat and discover the unique sheltered waters around Falmouth – explore idyllic waterside villages, historic castles, tranquil wooded creeks, bustling towns, beautiful gardens and charming waterside pubs and restaurants. There’s plenty of room on board for picnicking, fishing or just messing about on the water. You will be fitted with your own lifejacket and given full instructions on boat handling. Boats are available for hourly, daily or weekly hire, and during July and August we offer evening cruises. There’s something for everyone! Family motorboats, launches and punts, a great range of traditional sailing dayboats, fast dinghies and pocket cruisers.

Nankersey Rowing Club

Flushing, TR11 5

Have you ever fancied gig rowing, but never given it a go? Now is your chance with Nankersey Rowing Club in Flushing. Join other beginners and experienced rowers on the waters of the Carrick Roads. New members are welcome every Saturday and Sunday morning and every Wednesday evening at Mylor Harbour to row Circe, their Cornish Pilot Gig. If you are visiting on holiday you can join the club for a row. £5 for adults or £3.50 for 12 to 16 year olds for an hour. Call 01326 376922 or visit their website.

Mylor Sailing School

Mylor, TR11 5UF

Mylor Sailing School are a small but long established, owner-run independent Sailing and Powerboating school. They are an RYA recognised centre with an AALA license ensuring standards of safety, equipment and quality of tuition. They are able to give a friendly personal service to children and adults that can be tailored to your requirements. The School is based in Mylor Yacht Harbour which has a fantastic facility in an already perfect sailing area.With their range of beginner, intermediate and advanced RYA Sailing and Powerboating courses and tuition, combined with their ideal location, you will find Sailing and Powerboating at Mylor Sailing School a great experience.

Cornish Cruising

Cornish cruise liners photographed in 2012

Falmouth, TR11 2TD

Cornish Cruising run RYA courses from their base in Falmouth for yachting weekends, cruising, one day, theory, radar, first aid, sea survival and yachtmaster qualifications.They have approved sailing courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels.What better grounds to learn to sail in or take a holiday. With Cornwall’s warmer climate they have boats sailing on the water all year round. They also have experienced instructors available for training all aspects of motorboat handling including helmsmanship, engine maintenance, pilotage, navigation, seamanship in tidal waters, coastal and offshore waters