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Nestled on the south west coast of Jersey, it’s no surprise the golden sand bay of St Brelades, with its crystal clear and clean waters, has been ranked as the third best beach in Britain in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.
On a warm afternoon, the natural amphitheatre provides perfect conditions for swimming and sunbathing. In the summer months, the bay, probably the Island’s most popular, is alive with tourists and locals enjoying the wealth of water sports available - from canoeing and kayaking, to sailing and surfing.
One of the most highly recommended water sport tours in St Brelades is sea kayaking, which offers an opportunity to escape the bustling beachfront and slip away from the western end of the bay. Sea kayaking in St Brelade’s Bay is a sport for all ages and abilities, and no matter what your kayaking experience, after a short safety briefing at the beach, you’ll soon be afloat and exploring the cliffs and coastline of the stunning south west corner of Jersey.
Once past the pier, the nature of the shoreline changes significantly, exposing Jersey’s unique and isolated coastal environment that is inaccessible by foot. The sandy beaches are left behind and replaced with towering granite cliffs. The tide has eroded the coast over thousands of years into a myriad of caves, gullies and spires – the perfect situation for exploration by kayak.
Along the journey, there will be chances to swim from the rocks and explore the caves, usually inaccessible from land. The more adventurous may get the opportunity for some cliff jumping, and for those who ‘want to’ but are hesitant, the instructors are great at giving lots of encouragement – people return to beach buzzing after the chance to explore caves and rock jump.
Aside from the adventure, sea kayaking can be a journey through the history and geography of the area. For instance, clearly visible across the bay is La Cotte de St Brelade, one of the most important Paleolithic sites in Europe, where the remains of numerous mammoths have been found. Instructors will often talk about the evidence of sea level change, highlighting the raised beaches along this stretch of coast.
Sea kayaking offers the opportunity to experience some of the diverse and interesting wildlife which is found around Jersey’s shores. The coastline of Jersey is home to an array of bird life, and in the summer months almost 100% of kayaking tours are fortunate enough to see the Peregrines, a species of falcon, who call the south-west shores of Jersey their home. In certain months of the year, it’s possible that you’ll come across a small group of bottlenose dolphins or grey seals whilst kayaking.
Returning to the sheltered bay of St Brelades as the afternoon draws to an end, the many restaurants and bars lining the beach come to life. The south-facing location of the beach and coastline means it captures the sun for most of the day, adding a Mediterranean feel to this corner of Jersey in the summer months.
If you want to get kayaking, we recommend joining a tour with Absolute Adventures, Jersey’s leading adventure and activity centre. Their activities include coasteering, rib tours, paddle boarding and blokarting.
Kayak tours with Absolute Adventures cost £35 for two hours with professional, qualified instructors. These use the latest “sit on” models, both single and double, for maximum safety and comfort, with full equipment provided, including wet suits, buoyancy aids and helmets. All you need to bring is a sense of adventure.
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