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The Helford Kayak Adventure

Budock Vean Hotel, Mawnan Smith, Near Falmouth

The Koru adventure starts from Budock Vean Hotel private beach where we head towards the The Helford passing sailing boats and banks of ancient oak forest. Depending on wind conditions and tides we either paddle across the The Helford to Frenchman’s Creek, the inspiration for Daphne du Marier’s novel ‘Frenchman’s Creek’ or towards Falmouth Bay experiencing secluded beaches and famous gardens. The serene surroundings on calm waters are amazing with incredible history and wildlife in an area of outstanding natural beauty. On sunny days there is an opportunity to swim in the soft waters of the creek, before paddling back to Budock Vean.

"Follow the Ancient Route of Smugglers by Kayak"

The kayak adventure lasts approximately 2 hours and on sunny day includes a swim on secluded beaches. In the summer we run up to 3 tours per day and can accommodate 8 people (on 4 tandem Kayaks) per tour.

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.  We can take children from the age of 6 and children have to be accompanied by an adult and the guide will determine whether the sea and weather conditions are suitable for children.

Guided Kayak Adventure

£50 per person

Hire of Waterproof Phone Case

£5 per item

Koru T-Shirt

£25 per item


Safety is our number one priority. Kayaking requires a reasonable level of fitness and if you are unsure, please contact us.  On the morning of any kayak adventure we will check sea 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. Before kayaking everyone will fill out a Health Questionaire so the Guide is aware of any medical situations.


We use Malibu 2XL‘s and Tarpon 130’s, which are top quality Sit-On kayaks and a lot of fun in coastal waters.  We provide buoyancy aids, paddles and wetsuits and wetsuit boots if you don’t have your own.  Please bring your own water bottle. You can bring your own phones/cameras at your own risk and we have waterproof phone cases to hire.


Koru Kayaking runs kayak trips from April through to October when weather conditions permit. We have start times of 10am and 1pm and when tides permit 4pm. Times may vary due to tide times and sea conditions. 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. Here is a video – How to get to the foreshore.  Head through the hotel past reception, down across the lawn and follow the road down to the foreshore. You are welcome to walk through the hotel too and enjoy a light lunch served between 12-2pm or cream tea served between 3-5pm daily!


Koru Kayaking strives to be sustainable and we have a policy of collecting marine litter on all our kayak trips. Our kayaks are of an excellent quality and well maintained and can be used for many years. We support the charity Surfers Against Sewage and no fuel is used on the tours as the kayakers are the motors.

Why we love The Helford

07794 321827