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8th July 2016 | Regional News

Seize the Day: Couple’s Cornwall Checklist


Cornwall is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK, and with its breath-taking coastlines, rugged countryside, and pretty towns and villages, it’s easy to see why. Cornwall is also the perfect place to spend some quality time with your other half, and there is a lot more to do besides enjoying the sunsets and eating out at the picturesque country pubs.

A holiday in Cornwall is the perfect opportunity to try out new and exciting things to tick off the list together, so we have come up with a “Couple’s Checklist” of sea based activities to get your adrenaline pumping.

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is one of the most exciting and eye opening experiences that you can have in the water, and where else is a better place to try it out than in Cornwall? Known to be one of the best places in the UK to dive, this is your chance to get up close and personal to beautiful marine life in their natural habitat, from thousands of different species of colourful fish, to sea horses, and even dolphins and seals.

Video sourced from Daan Verhoeven

If you are wanting try out scuba diving whilst on your holiday in Cornwall, then Harlyn Dive School offer everything, from pool try dives before you even get in the sea, introductory courses, and guided dives for the more experienced. Or if you happen to be staying at our Sea Acres Holiday Park,  you can learn to scuba dive at the 5-star PADI scuba diving centre.

Diving really is an amazing way to experience underwater Cornwall and see some of the wonders of the sea, so whether you are a complete beginner or have a lot of experience, this activity is definitely something we recommend doing while you are down there.


Cornwall’s location makes it the perfect place for world-class surfing, and the way it juts out onto the Atlantic Ocean makes it a magnet for the best waves. Together with a mild climate compared to the rest of the UK and amazing beaches, it is no secret that Cornwall is up there as one of the most premier destinations for surfing in the country. With this in mind, there’s no excuse not to try it out whilst on your holiday!

If you can’t decide between all the different places to surf, St Ives Surf School recommend Portmeor Beach, as it has an amazing sunset during the summer months as well as being a great place to surf. Because it is a smaller beach, it almost feels like an arena, and the sundowner surf is arguably one of the best.

St Ives Surf School offers a range of surfing lessons, whether you are a complete beginner who has never stepped foot on a surfboard before to private lessons for the more advanced, with detailed coaching and video analysis.

Video sourced from St Ives Surf School on Vimeo.

If you are staying near Newquay at our Holywell Bay Holiday Park, we also offer the opportunity to learn how to surf at the fantastic Cornwall Surf Academy. Based right on the park, Surf GB qualified instructors run lessons throughout the season for individuals, families and groups. So whether you’re a complete beginner or fancy showing off your skills, come and see what Holywell Bay has to offer. With its golden sands and some of the best waves, the beach is one of the most reliable locations for a great surf.


Sailing is one of the most romantic ways to enjoy a magical day on the water in Cornwall, and could even make the perfect spot for a proposal. Whether you are an experienced sailor who likes to take charge yourself or you prefer to just sit back and enjoy the view, there are many ways to make the most of this activity. From smaller and more intimate boats to bespoke cruises, sailing is definitely a recommended activity to experience whilst you are on holiday.

Cornish Day Sailing offer a ‘Daysail’ which takes you on a beautiful journey across Falmouth Bay to the Helford River aboard Olympus, their 47-foot cruising ketch and very comfortable yacht. There is a fun and knowledgeable skipper and crew on board for your safety and comfort, so you can sit back and enjoy the scenic, Cornish views.

For those who are more adventurous and wish to get involved with the sailing, you are welcome to join in steering the boat, handling the ropes, and hoisting the sails under the guidance of the team. If you are looking for something more romantic, they even offer a ‘Sunset Sail’ which includes Canapes and Bubbly.

Image supplied by Cornish Day Sailing

Snorkelling with Sharks

Snorkelling with real-life sharks off the coast of Cornwall is possibly the ultimate adrenaline filled experience. Although this idea may ring alarm bells in your head at first, you’ll be relieved to find out that Basking Sharks are known as ‘gentle giants’, as they are one of only three plankton feeding shark species, so are completely harmless to humans.

Video sourced from Charles Hood

Cornwall is often said to be the best place in the UK to see basking sharks, because of the fantastic water clarity and it is often where they first turn up. Whereas some places in the UK report 20 shark sightings in a week, in Cornwall this number can reach up to 400.

Charles Hood is one of the most experienced guides in the UK to enable people to see Basking Sharks. Since the 1980’s he has photographed these majestic creatures in the water, and takes the public to witness them in the flesh.


Image sourced from Charles Hood

The snorkelling trips take place on RIB Logan, a 24-foot rigid inflatable boat which is easy to get in and out of, and is licensed to carry seven passengers plus a skipper. Because the basking sharks are at the surface of the water, if you want to take any photographs you won’t require any special strobes or lighting. There is also a good chance of seeing dolphins, sunfish, whales, porpoise, grey seals and many species of sea bird as well. So remember your wetsuit, it really will be a trip to remember.


Cornwall’s amazing coastline and sheltered waters makes it the perfect place for Kayaking. The Cornish Peninsular has over 300 miles of stunning shorelines, as well as rivers, creeks, and streams, all of which are ideal to explore on a Kayak. Luckily, this fun water sport is really easy to pick up, even if you have never done it before, so grab your life jacket and your paddle and get exploring!

Sea Kayaking Cornwall have introduced a fun, friendly and safe way for families, friends, and groups to discover the amazing world of Kayaking whilst exploring all the natural wonders of the Cornish coastline.

With no prior experience required, they focus on safe tuition which allows people to overcome any fear so they can fully immerse themselves into the abundance of bird and marine life. The world class guides will convert you into a sea kayaker as they share their knowledge, passion, and adventures with you, from secluded picnic spots, quaint Cornish pubs and even private beaches. The Cornish coast really is your oyster when you have a Kayak!

Video sourced from Sea Kayaking Cornwall

So get exploring all that Cornwall has to offer and seize the day by trying something new together. The majority of these activities are within a short distance of our parks in Cornwall. Why not get in touch via our Twitter or Facebook page when you have tried some of the activities out?

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