Jersey has one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, continually changing the island’s landscape – almost doubling in size twice a day. There are lots of opportunities to get into and under the water, as well as exploring around the rise and fall of the tide – so come up for air and discover Jersey; an island shaped by the sea.
Here are eight ways to explore Jersey’s submerged coastal landscapes.
1. Boat trips.
Whether by sail, by speed or by charter, don’t miss your chance to see a different side to Jersey by boat. Reach thrilling speeds on the water as you witness stunning scenery, pass historic landmarks and enjoy exciting wildlife such as dolphins and seals in their natural habitat, or unwind for a couple of hours and cruise off the coast of Jersey. Book your expedition now with Jersey Seafaris, The Jersey Duchess, Nauti Buoy and Island RIB Voyages, or enjoy a luxury charter on board Longueville Manor’s Fizz Too.
Kayaking is the perfect way to discover Jersey’s secluded beaches, bays and coves. Whether it’s watching dolphins playing offshore or falcons hunting the island’s coastal landscapes, relax on a guided tour with Jersey Kayak Adventures or Jersey Adventures.
Jersey’s cliff-edged heights and wide sandy bays are best seen on foot, with a breeze to keep you cool. You choose whether you want to explore on your own or join a walking tour. Whatever you decide we can guarantee some breathtaking scenery along the way!
When the tide rolls out, seize your chance to visit some “far out” Jersey landmarks, only accessible at low tide.
Put your best foot forward with some great local guides.
4. Sea swimming.
From the shallows and golden sands of the south to crystal clear pebble beaches along the north and east coast, to the Atlantic waves of the west coast, you’ll find a perfect swimming spot to float your boat! Take it from us, being close to water will give you a real sense of calm and balance whatever the season.
5. Stand up paddle boarding.
Look towards the horizon and we promise you won’t fall in! Glide along through the water on a stand-up paddle board with Absolute Adventures or Jersey Adventures and float your fitness. Whether a complete novice, or a pro, we guarantee you’ll have a smile on your face!
6. Scuba diving and snorkelling.
Discover sea creatures hidden beneath the surface. Whether scuba diving off the north coast of Jersey in the small and scenic beach of Bouley Bay or snorkelling on the reefs of Les Minquiers or in the sheltered waters of Portelet Bay, you’ll resurface with a freshness in your heart. Learn to scuba dive with the Bouley Bay Dive Centre during your island holiday.
Snorkel Portelet provides an opportunity for everyone to spark an interest and appreciation of our oceans. You’ll find self guided snorkel trails with information about the species, habitats as well as how to do it safely on information boards in the bay as well as online. It really couldn’t be easier to get exploring the beauty and diversity that lies beneath the waves.
Explore Jersey’s submerged coastal landscapes by caving, tunnelling, climbing, swimming, and, for the daring, cliff jumping. Get a shot of adrenaline and book your coasteering adventure for an active adventure on your island escape.
The Atlantic swell and tidal shifts, along miles of sand, make St. Ouen’s bay the perfect place to try your hand at surfing. Whether a taster surf lesson, a one-to-one, or a family day with a difference, you’ll hit the water in confidence and have lots of fun. Rent a board and a wetsuit or book a lesson with Laneez, the Surf Yard or Splash Surf Centre.
If you want take things at a more leisurely pace, then why not pull up a pew, grab a drink and sit and soak up island life. No better way to while away some time than watching the surfers and taking in the wonders of St.Ouen’s bay!
Stories of the Sea.
In celebration of World Ocean Day 2022, Ocean Culture Life is hosting ‘Stories of the Sea’, an island-wide, month-long photography exhibition showcasing stories from around the world, shining a light on those who work tirelessly to give a voice to our most undervalued resource.
With giant photographs on display at various coastal locations around the island, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore our coastline whilst taking in the work of talented ocean advocates and storytellers from around the world.
Picture yourself here…
…floating, paddling or drifting away as you explore Jersey’s coastline your way.