Just three miles from the Guernsey coast, its sister island Herm measures just a mile and a half long and half a mile wide. There are no cars, no crowds and no stress - just beautiful unspoiled beaches, sheltered coves, and a pretty coastline.
Many visitors come to Herm just for the day, taking the Herm ferry from St Peter Port, Guernsey, for the 20-minute trip across the Channel. For those who choose to stay, there’s island accommodation to suit all budgets, ranging from tents and pitches at The Seagull Campsite with picturesque views of Belvoir Bay, to comfortable cottages. Fisherman’s Cottage, one of the islands’ most sought after rentals is just 100 metres from Fisherman’s Beach. There’s also the award-winning White House Hotel, and with no televisions, clocks or telephones, it’s a world away from everyday life.
Outdoor Guernsey hire out kayaks during the summer months, direct from Shell Beach, or you can take part in a guided exploration trip around the island’s coastline. In certain tides it’s possible to paddle around the whole of the island. Kayak hire starts from £10 an hour.
The company also offers guided puffin patrol trips by kayak - a fantastic way to see these characterful creatures in an unobtrusive way. Available on certain dates from April to June, they last approximately 90 minutes and cost £35 an hour.
Join local fisherman, John Rothwell on a Herm fishing trip from the shoreline. Catch bass, bream, mullet and sole, with tackle, bait and hot drinks provided. Half day trips cost from £55 per person, with discounts for groups.
Brush up on your sailing skills on a RYA (Royal Yachting Association) course in Herm waters with John Frankland Yacht Charter which offers RYA practical courses from Start Yachting and Day Skipper to Yacht Master – all with RYA instructors. Costs start from £45 an hour.
Take a day, a weekend or longer to cruise around the Channel Islands aboard an elegant Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 40 which can accommodate up to eight guests and is available for both skippered and bareboat charter. Prices start from £975 for a weekend break.
Crash through the waves and experience the exhilaration of a rib tour. Discover the coastline with its native seabirds. Island Rib Voyages provide organised tours or private charters that cater for all ages. It really is a ‘must do’ experience. Prices start from £18 per person.
Why not try your hand with a firearm on the island? If you’re travelling with a big group of 20-40 people, you can book on for a professionally-led session that caters for all abilities. Enter the island as an inexperienced gun handler and leave with a practiced shot.
The Travel Trident is a passenger ferry, sailing daily from Guernsey to Herm in just 20 minutes. You can book on to which travels up to 8 times a day in peak season. Through the Trident Ferry, you can go there and back in one day with enough time to explore the island; an ideal day trip for Guernsey visitors. During the quieter months, a limited service is operated so it’s worth looking at their website to check the sailing times.
Alternatively, you can travel by a private boat which you can arrange from St Peter Port.
Are you ready to explore Herm? Book your ferry tickets over to Guernsey and start planning your perfect island getaway.