On the Water

When surrounded by one of the UK’s most dramatic coastlines, it would be a shame not to make the most of the setting and dive into the range of watersport activities available from our doorstep. Many of the activities listed below require advance bookings, so please contact reception prior to arrival for more information.

Boat on sea
Classic Boats

Salcombe has a long tradition of building wooden vessels. From the Nineteenth Century ‘fruit schooners’ that raced to the Azores, bringing back fresh fruit for the London market, to the world-famous ‘Salcombe Yawls’, which are still a vibrant racing fleet in Salcombe today. This harbour and estuary are both an essential natural environment and a place for leisure, appreciation and enjoyment.

There are plenty of opportunities to learn more about our maritime history at the Salcombe Maritime Museum. Watch the Salcombe Yawls race throughout the season or experience a trip on the estuary in a classic Salcombe wooden vessel. Ask our helpful reception team for more information.

For those interested in purchasing a classic vessel, please speak to Chris Turns, at Fine and Classic.

Sailing boats on sea

The Salcombe Yawl boat developed from deep knowledge and experience of these waters. From a working fishing vessel background, the highly competitive racing of these beautiful and powerful sailing vessels evolved.
From luxury yachts, traditional Brixham sailing trawlers, racing Salcombe Yawls, dinghy sailing and racing to quiet cruising, Salcombe in summer is a buzz with sailing activity. Supported by sailmakers, marine engineers, chandlery and boat brokerage, Salcombe remains a centre of sailing excellence and expertise.

Salcombe Yacht Club

Salcombe Dinghy Sailing

Salcombe Yawl Owners Association

Island Cruising Club

Boat on sea

During summer and winter storms (when the conditions are safe enough), highly experienced surfers can be seen across from the hotel, surfing on the rolling swells as they enter the harbour mouth, rolling over the tide.

A variety of surfing beaches and surfing conditions can be found within a few miles of South Sands, including the nationally famous surf beach at Bantham. From beginner’s schools to challenges for experienced surfers, there is much to explore.

Bantham Surfing Academy

Boat on sea

Explore the waters around Salcombe on a R.I.B. Sea ‘n’ Shore offer a high speed 007 style R.I.B. ride around to Hallsands in Start Bay, taking in a wreck at Prawle Point, Start Point Lighthouse and the ruined fishing village of Hallsands.

Courses – R.I.B. Powerboat courses are available. Your holiday is the perfect time to do a full 2 day powerboat course in our spectacular environment.

Coasteering – explore the coast by R.I.B., jump off, swim to shore and explore cliffs and caves. Experience the thrill of jumping into deep wild blue waters from isolated coves and headlands along our spectacular coastline.

Salcombe Sea School

Kayaking on sea

The South Devon coastline, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offers a wide variety of landscapes to discover, including sheltered coves and rugged headlands. From experienced kayakers ready to explore with their own equipment to those looking to try something new, this is a great opportunity to explore our environment.

Stand up paddleboarding
Stand up paddleboard

Explore Salcombe’s beautiful marine environment on a stand up paddle board. From experienced boarders to those wishing to try something new, Salcombe Harbour and Kingsbridge Estuary offer a variety of creeks and bays to discover in a safe environment.