Polynesian experience: in a dugout canoe
- 12PEOPLE ON BOARD
- 6MINIMUM AGE
EXCELLENT WAY TO GET AROUND THE BAIE DE SOMME
Don't head for Hawaii but for Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, on the bay, to enjoy this unusual experience – a dugout canoe trip to get close to the seals without disturbing them…
At the far end of the quay in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme there is an unspoiled little beach – a nice surprise. On the sand there are a number of narrow boats, 12 metres long with an outrigger on one side. This outrigger serves to maintain the balance of the dugout canoe, meaning that it is extremely stable and will not capsize in the water.
Trips are subject to the tide, along the river and meeting the incoming tide to get back safe and sound. There are 12 passengers on board, all of whom paddle – not as solitary and less tiring that a sea kayak! Dugout canoes are soothing, sliding silently through the silvery water. You paddle alongside the salt marshes, skirting the sandbanks where it is quite common to see members of the seal colony resting – a real bonus.
This is a great way to explore the Baie de Somme while having a ball with your friends. Then enjoy some fizz on the terrace of the beach bar, with your feet in the sand.
SEAL WATCHING – TAKE THESE PRECAUTIONS
Dugout canoes are the best way to get close to seals. In the water they are in their element and often come close to boats out of curiosity. However, on the sand they are resting and, at certain times, females are looking after their newborns. Do not get too close to them, do not frighten them and do not disembark unless invited to do so by your guide!
DUGOUT CANOES – SOME REQUIREMENTS
Passengers must be at least 6 years old, be able to swim for 25 metres, go into the water and not be frightened of it. Life jackets are provided by your guide and must be worn. You also need closed shoes, a wind-proof jacket, hat, sun glasses and sun cream.