On the Water
The Channel Islands are speckled with an abundance of glorious bays suitable for swimmers of every level, from the novice to the more experienced.
However, if a dip doesn’t take your fancy, or you’re after something a little different, this beautiful archipelago offers a wealth of opportunities to splash out on at your leisure. Here are just some of our favourite year-round coastal pastimes.
Surfing in Guernsey
Okay, so it might not be Hawaii, but Guernsey’s second largest bay, Vazon, is a mecca for surfers looking to ride some of the bigger breakers that roll in from the Atlantic. The surf on this West coast hotspot is never guaranteed, but when ‘surf’s up’, which is usually in the winter, and especially February, it’s where the pros go. There’s a designated ‘Surf Zone’ for more accomplished riders, although novices are advised to stay away. The good news is that the Guernsey Surf School operates from here so if you’re a complete beginner, this is the place to kick-start your surfing career.
For more information on Guernsey Surf School, visit www.guernseysurfschool.co.uk.
Taking a boat trip in Jersey
If you’re after a coastal adventure that doesn’t involve getting wet (well, maybe just a little), then you’re spoilt for choice in Jersey. There is an abundance of RIB and boat tour operators offering everything from ‘Seafaris’ and dolphin watching excursions to, island-hopping around neighbouring Les Ecrehous, Les Minquiers, Sark, Herm, Carteret and Chausey. Whether you’re after a private trip for two with a gourmet seafood lunch to boot or need an adventure to entertain the whole family, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect trip.
For more information on RIB and boat trips around Jersey visit www.jersey.com.
Paddleboarding in Herm
Paddleboarding has never been more popular and if you’re after a relaxing experience where you can go at your own pace, then Herm’s the place to do it. Shell Beach offers the perfect point to ‘push-off’ and cruise the gorgeous coastline that’s famed for its puffin colonies and crystal-clear waters. Fitness fans will love indulging in a couple of al fresco hours working their core, while, for more laid-back enthusiasts, there’s scope for the whole family to jump on board and paddle at leisure.
For more information on paddleboarding in Herm, visit www.outdoorguernsey.gg
Fishing in Alderney
Whether you’re a staunch landlubber or prefer to take to the high seas, Alderney is a dream for fishing enthusiasts of all abilities. The island’s mild weather, coupled with powerful tides, rocky outcrops and sheltered sandy bays, provide plentiful stock all year round and the chance to land some magnificent catches. Inland, it is also possible to enjoy carp fishing at Corblets Reservoir, a man-made lake in a beautiful spot which is sheltered, making it an ideal location for fishing.
For more information on fishing in Alderney, visit www.visitalderney.com
Kayaking around Sark
If you’re after an aquatic adventure, then kayaking around Sark will hit the mark. Strong tidal flows and currents have helped shape the vast caverns and geological features dotted around the island’s dramatic coastline, making it a paddlers paradise. In addition to offering clear water and fresh air, Sark’s abundance of sea life and secluded bays command attention, offering the opportunity to explore nature at its best – with very few other visitors around to steal the views. For more information on kayaking in Sark, visit www.adventuresark.gg.