Watersports in Hope Cove

With two beaches, Hope Cove is the ideal place to try your hand at some watersports. Hire a boat, paddleboard or sea kayak and soak up the unrivalled views from the water. Inner Hope’s sheltered and shallow bay makes it perfect for beginners.


If you are bringing your own boat to Hope Cove, you will benefit from the open beach and slipway at Inner Hope, as well as the option for parking your trailer in the local car park. 
However, before you arrive, make sure that you research more about the harbour, including tide times and the best places to anchor. This will ensure that you make the most of the coastline and stay safe when out on the water.


Boat Hire

If you are wanting to hire, Hope Boats promise to power your aquatic adventures during your stay. Their self-drive boats give you and your family or friends the freedom to spend a day on the water taking in the breathtaking views of the towering cliffs and exploring sheltered waters. 
From Hope Cove, Thurlestone Sands, South Milton, Bigbury and Burgh Island are all within safe boating distance. Of course, check the weather and tides before you hire to avoid disappointment.



The calm, clear waters surrounding Hope Cove make it the perfect place for a spot of peaceful paddleboarding. Take your time exploring the curves of the coastline with friends and family. 

Get your board delivered to you by SUP Away or collect it from their office near Bantham Beach. SUP Away has the latest equipment and hire prices start from just £25 a day. You can find a list of suggested locations, as well as expert safety advice, on their website.

Sea Kayaking

Sea kayaking is a great way of exploring the coastline around Hope Cove. Not only does it get you active but it helps you discover the beauty of the South Hams from the quiet of the sea and notice parts of the surrounding area that you otherwise wouldn’t have. Roam in and out of coves and, whenever you fancy it, moor up on your own stretch of sand for a break or beach picnic. 

Hope Cove Kayaks are moored on Harbour Beach and are available to hire for multiple days to a week. Each kayak comes with two paddles, two buoyancy aids, a dry bag, a waterproof phone case, and an optional junior buoyancy aid. Equipment can even be delivered straight to your door if staying at Hope Cove! If you have your own kayak, you can easily get down to the water via the slipway alongside the old lifeboat station at Inner Hope.


With the high number of shipwrecks in the locale, diving is also a popular sport for visitors to Hope Cove. However, with no dive centre on-site, you will have to bring your own equipment and be adequately trained before getting in the water. You can change into your gear in the local car park and walk down a short slope to access the shore. 

Hope Cove offers a shallow dive, with plenty of rocky and seaweed areas to explore. Look out for jellyfish, cuttlefish, seahorses, and even the bobbing head of a seal! Make sure you always dive with a buddy. 

So if you’re planning to stay in one of our Finest Stays in Hope Cove, and arranging your itinerary of things to do, don’t forget to book your watersports. Alternatively, get in touch with one of our team and we’ll do the leg work for you.

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