The Best Family-Friendly Water Sports in Guernsey

 
 

Built on the same site that once housed Guernsey’s oldest hotel, The Duke of Richmond Hotel continues to offer warm hospitality to visitors from across the world wanting to explore this scenic isle. Priding itself on being a boredom free zone, holidaying here means you’ll have tons of exciting family-friendly activities right on your doorstep.

 

21st March 2014

The Duke of Richmond Hotel

Built on the same site that once housed Guernsey’s oldest hotel, The Duke of Richmond Hotel continues to offer warm hospitality to visitors from across the world wanting to explore this scenic isle. Priding itself on being a boredom free zone, holidaying here means you’ll have tons of exciting family-friendly activities right on your doorstep.

Guernsey offers an abundance of sporting opportunities that really make the most of the beautiful coast, so take advantage of the inspiring locale, and The Duke of Richmond Hotel’s special family offers and promotions, on an exhilarating water sports holiday for the entire family.

Enjoy some great surfing spots along Guernsey’s coastline © Garnhamphotography/iStock/Thinkstock

For surfing enthusiasts:

If you’re looking to learn a new skill, Guernsey’s crystal blue waters, great tidal conditions and long coastal stretches mean it’s the place to surf. With a number of popular surfing beaches a stone’s throw from the hotel, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect spot to whip out your board and hit the waves. Vazon Beach is a firm favourite among locals and tourists and there are clearly signposted areas designated for beginners. And why not get the whole family learning together? Book a family lesson at the Guernsey Surf School, which offers great family packages run by experienced, accredited surf coaches.

For scuba diving fans:

If you’re more interested in what goes on underwater, scuba diving is the perfect activity to get involved in. Guernsey has a number of PADI accredited diving schools, such as Donkey Divers, that provide flexible courses for all ages and levels. This is an excellent way to get the kids excited about the wide variety of marine life that exists around the island.

Head out to neighbouring Herm for a spot of fishing © Stephen/Goynang/Flickr

For fishing fanatics:

One of the only water-based activities you can enjoy practically anywhere and time in Guernsey, the sheer variety of fish found in and around the island, combined with the area’s scenic vistas, makes angling in Guernsey far more interesting than your average fishing trip. There are also a number of opportunities to take a boat out under the guidance of a local skipper, who’ll be able to show you all the best fishing spots. Bumblebee offers chartered sailing tours of the area, perfect for a family day out to nearby Alderney or Sark. Home to an abundance of different fish, you could be heading back to shore with a prize catch.

Boy kayaking © StratosGiannikos/iStock/Thinkstock

For kayaking expeditions:

Kayaking is a great way to discover the many beautiful coastal stretches and bays in the area. Companies like Outdoor Guernsey offer equipment rental for those with some experience who want to get out on their own, or alternatively, take an introductory course where you’ll be safely guided around the island. Providing a unique opportunity to see some local wildlife and learn about the fascinating ecological history of Guernsey, kayaking tours offer the perfect family day out.

Go on a family adventure coasteering © Scott Hamilton Photography / Flickr

For coasteering adventures:

If you consider yourself an intrepid explorer then this is the sport for you. Coasteering is a high-octane way of navigating the shoreline through a mixture of rock climbing, swimming, traversing and scrambling through caves, gullies and rock faces. It’s a highly physical wet and wild experience, perfect for those families of an adventurous inclination. Adventure Sark offers a wide range of day expeditions to nearby Sark for families and groups.