Adventure Holiday Ideas
The Bailiwick offers a wealth of options for an active holiday. For such a small location there are a great many opportunities for the thrill seeker; from hiking and cycling inland to exploring our rugged coastline from the sea or on the cliffs themselves, the adrenalin junkie is bound to find something to satisfy.
For those who prefer to stay on land, Guernsey has over 28 miles of cliff top trails (see Walking Holidays), many of which can be cycled. These paths are much more challenging than the peaceful roads and cycle paths elsewhere on the Island.
There are several cycle shops and activity groups who run cycle tours throughout the Bailiwick but if you'd prefer to go at your own pace a range of self guided cycle routes have been published. If you are lucky enought to visit the car free island of Sark, travelling by bike is practically compulsory. Plus, crossing La Coupee, a 300-foot-long isthmus that is only about 30 feet wide with a drop of about 100 feet either side, is likely to raise the heart rate of even the most adventurous thrill seeker!
If you are more interested in the Bailiwick's coastline there is a long list of activities you can try, including climbing and abseiling - abseiling the 90 foot slab at Le Guet is a must! There are also several indoor climbing walls - including the newly opened Up Climbing Guernsey - that are also available. For those who like to get wet while clambering about, you could try coasteering, a relatively new activity that is gaining in popularity locally. Here you traverse areas of coastline by swimming, climbing around the rocks and jumping off them. Adventure Sark, Go Guernsey and Outdoor Guernsey can kit you out with wetsuits and safety gear for a great day out.
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is the world's fastest growing watersport and both Go Guernsey and Outdoor Guernsey as well as Guernsey SUP can provide you with all the kit so you can explore the beaches and coastline of the islands, have one to one or group training sessions or enjoy the more relaxing SUP yoga.
If you like standing on a board on the water, then perhaps surfing is more your thing? Surfing is very popular in Guernsey; there is a large tidal range which, reportedly, creates some of the best waves in Europe. Vazon Bay is the most surfed of the bays - it has 6 different surf spots depending upon depending on what the swell, wind and tides are doing, and, fittingly enough, is home to Guernsey's Surf School. For the more experienced surfer the bays of Portinfer and Perelle provide more of a challenge.
If you like exploring underwater diving is also popular in the waters around the islands. The visibility is definitely better than UK waters - it's up to 10+ metres - plus its slightly warmer by around 2 or 3 degrees. There are hundreds of sites of interest with many wrecks, reefs, walls, steep pinnacles and open ground to explore. There are a number of diving schools and instructors including Donkey Divers and Dive Guernsey.
Whatever sport you enjoy, you are bound to find an adventure here within the Bailiwick
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