The island is the perfect playground, boasting a hugely varied landscape just waiting to be explored. Whether you’re an adrenalin junkie seeking exciting adventure, or seeking something more laid back, there’s an activity to suit you.
Take to the water: An island of 147 square miles, surrounded by water, that depending on tide and wind is sheltered on one side and ferocious on the other, creates the ideal location for a variety of different watersports. Options include kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, bodyboarding, kitesurfing, scuba diving and, of course, sailing.
Adventure activities: If in search of adventure on your holiday, there are a diverse range of outdoor and adventure activities that are sure to get the heart racing and give you a buzz. Why not paraglide over beaches and chalk cliffs where dinosaurs once roamed? Perhaps race along the golden sands in a land yacht or round a purpose-built track in a go kart, try out zorbing, enjoy a Segway ride or even mountain boarding!
Walking: Whether you’re after a short stroll for all the family or a challenging stomp, the Isle of Wight has a walk for you. Perhaps explore some of the 68-mile-long coastal path, enjoy a family stroll through the woods or even join a guided fossil walk.
Cycling: Not only does the Isle of Wight have some of the UK’s best scenery, it also has around 200 miles of cycle tracks, byways and bridleways for you to explore.
Golf: With plenty of challenging courses to suit all needs there’s no better place to enjoy a round of golf, options include Cowes Golf Club, the spectacular Freshwater Bay Golf Club, Newport Golf Club, Ryde Golf Club, Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club or Westridge Golf Club, which offers a fully covered floodlit golf range.
Horse riding: Join a guided ride on the island and discover the hundreds of bridleways, peaceful country lanes to trot down, or even sands beside the sea to canter over.
Bird watching: The Isle of Wight is an amazing place for birds, thanks to an abundance of nature reserves, wildlife sites and spectacular coastline. With over 200 species recorded, there’s always something to see whatever the season. However, the magic months are April-May and September-October, as the island sits within one of Europe’s major migration flyways and is a vital landfall for spring birds heading north and needing to stop and refuel, then in autumn, large numbers funnel across the island before the risky sea crossing.