Water Sports & Water Activities in Newquay

Newquay Water Sports Activities

Water sports and water activities are to be found on just about every beach in Newquay, here’s a quick overview on what water activities you can find to do and where you might find them.

Every year every water-based activity organiser reviews what’s on offer, so new sports and activities can be found year on year.

By Yourself:

If you’re on your own and not wanting organised activities, then the main water activities will be swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, stand up paddle boarding or fishing – or maybe you’ve brought your boat.  This page is to help those who don’t already have a plan to find something exciting to do! If you are going alone, then make sure you know the local conditions and don’t take unnecessary risks.
Most of the local beaches have RNLI lifeguards during the summer months – read the boards and check which flags are flying: RNLI Lifeguarded Beaches in Newquay.

Surfing Lessons in Newquay

Newquay is most famous for surfing – with major, international, surfing competitions taking place on Fistral Beach a few times each year.  In the main, most beaches will have a surfing school, so just pick a beach and look for the surfboards lined up and the signs advertising.  Starter sessions tend to last for about 2-3 hours.  Budget for round about £25-35.  They will provide everything you need. [Source: 3 below]

Surf Board Hire in Newquay

Most beaches will have surf boards for hire – you’ll be able to hire everything you need, whether that’s a wetsuit, board, or other paraphernalia!

Banana Boat Rides in Newquay

These are operated from Lusty Glaze Beach, a small, private beach at the north end of town. Minimum age of 12 and a minimum of three people are needed before the banana boat ride starts. 2017 Prices are £15/person. [Source: 1 below]

Jet Ski Hire in Newquay

You can hire jet skis from Newquay Harbour or Lusty Glaze Beach. There are a range of jet ski activities and options available, from jet ski hire to jet ski tours. Prices start from £36/person for a taster session exploring 3-4 miles of coastline, to £85 for a solo jet ski tour covering 10-12 miles. Prices include all you need – wetsuits, changing rooms and a safety briefing. [Source: 1 below]
An alternative is to opt for a Jet Ski Blast, where you’re pulled behind a jet ski at speeds up up to 30mph around the bay. Starting at Newquay Harbour, these last 10-15 minutes at a cost of ~£25/person. [Source: 2 below]

Sea Fishing Trips in Newquay

Head for Newquay Harbour for regular fishing trips. Along South Quay at Newquay Harbour you’ll see the cheery huts of the boatmen – check out their boards to discover which sea fishing trips you can go on!

Pleasure Boat Trips in Newquay

There are a few pleasure boat trips in Newquay – taking you out and around the Bay to search for wildlife and sealife. You’ll see seals and might even see dolphins if you’re very lucky. Bookings are taken at Newquay Harbour, where you’ll see the boat booths on the Quayside.


Coasteering is where you cling to the rocks and cliffs around the outside of Newquay, plunging yourself into water at regular intervals to pick out your route. Make sure you go with a reputable company and not some chap you met in a pub! [Source: 3 below]

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) in Newquay

Stand up paddleboarding is trending in recent years – it’s where you’ve a surf board and you stand up and paddle your way along the coast or estuaries. This watersport is straight forward to master and ideal for all age groups. You could soon be paddling out of Newquay Harbour and into a sea cave! [Source: 2 below]

Kayak Hire & Lessons in Newquay

Kayaking is a great way to explore the local coastline. Book in for lessons, or tours around the headlands and coastline. All equipment is provided. [Source: 2 below]

Sources & Resources:

See what others think about these activities on Tripadvisor, and maybe discover something new this season that’s on offer!:
[1] Cornwall Waverunner Safaris. Lusty Glaze Beach and North Quay, Newquay Harbour (seasonal).
[2] Newquay Water Sports Centre , South Quay, Newquay Harbour.
[3] Newquay Activity Centre Headland Road, Newquay