Frenchman’s Creek Kayaking Adventure

Budock Vean, Helford Passage, Cornwall


Frenchman’s Creek is peaceful and stunning inlet off the Helford River which offers a rich array of sights from the kayak. The Koru adventure starts from Budock Vean Hotel private beach where we head towards the Helford Passage passing sailing boats and banks of ancient oak forest. Paddling across the The Helford we enter Frenchman’s Creek, the inspiration for Daphne du Marier’s novel ‘Frenchman’s Creek’. The serene surroundings on calm waters are amazing with shipwrecks and secluded beaches situated on the creek. On sunny days there is an opportunity to swim in the soft waters of the creek, before paddling back to Budock Vean.

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The kayak adventure lasts approximately 2 hours and on sunny day includes a swim on secluded beaches. In the summer we run 4 tours per day and can accommodate 8 people (on 4 tandem Kayaks) per tour.

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Before we start the kayak adventure the guide will go through a detailed safety briefing with all participants and a health questionnaire will also have to be filled out.  Children have to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and the guide will determine whether the sea conditions are suitable for children.

Guided Kayak Adventure

£40 per person

Wetsuit Hire

£5 per person

High Res Photo Disc

£10 per disc

Koru T-Shirt

£15 per item


survival-life buoySafety is our number one priority at Koru Kayaking.

On the morning of any kayak adventure we will check sea and weather conditions and determine whether it is suitable to go kayaking.

The guide takes safety equipment, including a marine radio, flares and a First Aid kit on all kayak adventures.


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We use Sit-On Ocean Kayaks, which are easy to use and great as a tandem kayak or single kayak.

We provide buoyancy aids, paddles, bottle of water and on colder days a flask of hot chocolate.  We also have wetsuits, wetsuit boots and gloves available to hire.

The guide will take a camera on the adventure with videos and photos available to purchase as a DVD.  We are not liable for personal equipment lost or damaged on any of our adventures.


sundial-cornwallKoru Kayaking runs throughout most of the year and in summer months we run three kayak adventures a day at 10am, 1pm and 4pm.

Times may vary due to tide times and sea conditions.  We can organise twilight tours at 6pm for parties of 4 or more.

Please book in advance to get exact times and to avoid disappointment.


Budock Vean Hotel, Helford Passage, Mawnan Smith, Nr Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5LG

Meet us at the hotel foreshore which is TEN MINUTE stroll from the carpark.

Head through the hotel past reception, down across the lawn and follow the road down to the foreshore. At the foreshore take a left turn to the boatshed. Here is a video – How to get to the foreshore. 

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