Guided Tours

There can be no better way of exploring St’Ives bay, than from the water – The Ocean Sports Centres guided tours are jammed packed micro adventures for individuals, small groups or families expertly guided by our highly skilled staff, deftly exploring secluded coves in the bay. Our guided tours start and finish at Carbis Bay beach, St’Ives and, are available in our Hawaiian Canoe, stand up paddle board or our fleet of single and double sit on kayaks.

Tours are available at regular times slots throughout the day; 9:30, 12:00 & 2:30 except Saturdays; if a tour, time slot or bespoke Safari is not available please call to book.

Types of Guided Tours

Sea Life Explorer

Lasting an hour we stay within the headlands of Carbis Bay and is more an aquatic nature trail suited for everyone but best tailored to family groups and tiny tots. The super stable Hawaiian canoe is the craft of choice for this tour, providing a perfect platform to lean over the side and search for hidden treasures with tiny tots who can actually walk around in the canoe! Using our bathyscopes enables you to see clearly under water without even getting wet.

Because of the tour duration we have greater flexibility of running your tour at various times throughout the day (during quieter times) dependent upon conditions and availability. Please call to book this fun little adventure.

You can book right way by clicking the floating red button or find out a little more info about each craft by scrolling down.

Coastal Explorer

The Coastal Explorer lasts for approximately two hours which allows us to go beyond the point exploring the local coastline toward the bustling harbour of St. Ives taking in Bamaluz beach, Porthgwidden and even Porthmeor beach (dependent upon conditions). We often see Grey Seals, Mola Mola (Sunfish to you and me – check our YouTube channel out to see what they are) and it is not uncommon to see pods of Dolphin buzzing the local fishing boats off the ‘Island’. We have the option of using our Hawaiian Canoe’s, stand up paddle boards and our fleet of single and double sit on kayaks.

You can book right way by clicking the floating red button or find out a little more info about each craft by scrolling down.

Additional Info

Our guided tours run throughout the season at regular intervals during peak season (English School Summer holidays), bookings must be made in advance via the website but can also be booked over the phone, particularly if you have a few questions you would like answered. All of our instructors work closely with the RNLI and are beach lifeguard qualified, hold current instructor and or guiding qualifications recognised both by British Canoeing, the Academy of Surfing Instructors (SUP) and undergo rigorous, AALS (Adventurous Activities Licensing Service) endorsed, in-house training with our Internationally recognised Master Trainer, Glenn Eldridge.

Bespoke Packages

Surf & SUP Safaris’

Want to see more than Carbis Bay, then why not book a bespoke Safari?

Our Surf & SUP Safari is perfect as we travel through picture perfect countryside on our way to some of the most stunning paddle locations along the West Cornwall coast.

This is a one off tailored package for you and is not available during ‘standard’ times throughout the season to make the most of the stunning locations – please call to book (Centre number 01736 794782).

Bookings are required at least 24hrs in advance.

Out of Season

Out of season options are available for longer duration, please ring for details.

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Hawaiian Canoe

If you want flexibility to paddle all together or cover longer distances with greater ease then our Hawaiian Canoes are the go. Each canoe are booked individually, we can take a minimum of two people or up five in either one of our four or six person canoes. Sat on seats above the water in an open decked canoe is ideal for families and groups and better suited to anyone where sitting in a kayak affects their back. With its additional outrigger arm this super stable craft is fantastic for the less gun hoe out on the water. Chances of getting wet; zero (unless you choose to ‘walk the Ama’).

We have four canoes in total and it is possible for up to sixteen people to paddle in the canoes at the same time but we are limited by sea state and availability of guides for larger groups – please call to book for more than one canoe (Centre number 01736 794782).

We have two tour options for you; Sea Life Explorer (1hr within Carbis bay beach) and the Coastal Explorer (2hrs, beyond the bay!).

Stand Up Paddle Board

Stood up out on the water is not only a unique activity in itself that is sweeping the nation it provides a perspective not offered by many other paddle sports. Our SUP tours lightly touch upon paddling basics with a greater focus upon reaching a destination – we might not travel as far but the fun and flexibility of these craft more than make up for it. Chances of getting wet? Moderate to slightly high!

  • Paddle Board
  • Paddle
  • Changing facilities on the beach
  • Wetsuit
  • Wetsuit boots (if required)

If travelling a distance is not your thing and would like a taster of what stand up paddle boarding is all about then signing up to one of our regular SUP taster lessons will be ideal for you. Click Here

Sit-On Kayak

Want the freedom of zooming around in a single kayak or powering along in a two person kayak? Guided tours using kayaks is the Goldilocks of our tours – not too far and not too wet (just your bum), it’s just right! Our fleet of single and double Sit-On kayaks are a stable fast way of exploring the coast enabling paddlers to deftly nip in and out of coves and rocky points.

  • Fully qualified guide
  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Changing facilities on the beach
  • Wetsuit (if required)
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Surf & SUP Safari

Unrivalled Paddle Locations

Experience the Cornish coastline exploring craggy granite cliffs, secluded sandy coves, bays and beaches from the unique perspective that only being out on the water can provide. The Safari involves wending our way through picture perfect countryside on our way to some of the most stunning paddle locations along the West Cornwall coast.

Haven’t paddled a Surfed or paddled a SUP before, no problem, learning the basics is part of the fun and is incorporated within the experience.

Our guided Safari is part coastal adventure, part tuition and part aquatic nature trail. Our highly skilled guides will deftly explore iconic locations and will carefully plan each Safari based upon local conditions at the time relevant to you current capabilities.

Travel in Comfort

Our guided Safari will depart from the Ocean Sports Centre on Carbis bay beach at regular times throughout the season; our nine seater air conditioned transporter will be kitted up and ready to go with boards, wetsuits* etc, all you will need is a towel, sunscreen, cosies and a sense of adventure! Minimum age of 11yrs.

* you will need to register on the beach at the Ocean Sports Centre and be fitted for your wetsuit, tours can be up to four hours (including travel time) to ensure that your belly doesn’t rumble please bring your own food and water.

Location Options:

We have selected stunning locations from around West Cornwall which are not only jaw droppingly stunning but some of the most secluded spots in the county, ideal for Stand up Paddle boarding. Each location will be selected based upon the local sea state and weather at the time to best suit your capability.


  • Peranuthnoe
  • Porthcurnow
  • Lamorna cove
  • Godrevy lighthouse
  • Sennen Cove


  • Peranuthnnoe
  • Sennen Cove
  • Gwenver
  • Godrevy

Praa Sands

Timings & Availability

Our guided Safari tours will spend a minimum of one and a hour half hours out on the water and at times up to two hours. Some locations can take a little longer to drive to, making it imperative that timings are flexible. Safari’s can vary between three and half and four hours in total. A minimum of 12hr advanced booking is required, or call for availability. We’ve restricted numbers to a maximum of six people to ensure that you have the perfect time to remember.

If you would like to tailor the Safari to your specific needs or have a one to one then please call 07533695031. To ensure the smooth running of our guided tours all paperwork must be completed online prior to meeting at the Ocean Sports Centre.

Peak Season (English School Summer holidays)

  • Weekdays 3pm
  • Saturday 9am 2pm

Off Peak – please call before booking

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Opening Times

Full Season:

Easter through to October Half Term

Peak Season:

English Summer School Holidays, Open 7 days a week
9-00am to 6-00pm

Outside of Summer School Holidays:

Advanced Bookings for Tours and Lessons only, weather dependent


Phone 1: 01736 794782
Phone 2: 07970629493