File 201Mark 2017Welcome to St Mawes Kayaks, Mini Cruises & Water Taxi.
Owned and operated by licensed skipper, Mark Bower.

"I began boating in the early 1970s, when my parents purchased a wooden motor cruiser (called “Paramour”), and a mooring at Dale in Pembrokeshire. I started out in rowing dinghies, untilFile 1533 I was allowed a little 2hp outboard! I learnt to sail in a “Mirror”, and bought my first RIB in 1987. It’s fair to say I caught the boating-bug early, and have enjoyed being on the water ever since.

I relocated to St. Mawes in 2005 and set-up St Mawes Sit-on Kayaks in 2007. In 2009 I expanded into RIB (rigid inflatable boat) rides and a water taxi service, and took on an assistant during JuFile 1223ly / August. In 2010 I launched my first XS RIB “Paramour”, and in 2019 I will launch my second XS RIB, "Paramour 2", fully licensed for nine passengers.

So whether it's pottering with a paddle, or a blast into the bay, I look forward to getting you waterborne from St. Mawes very soon.”

Safe boating, Mark.

Pictures: Top- "Paramour" & our old 1964 Series IIA Land Rover, circa 1979 at Dale.
Middle- Dad & I in "Jola" circa 1980 at Dale. Bottom- First RIB, Maestral 18SD- 1988 off Watwick beach, near Dale.


Open 7 days / week 0900 - 1800. Later for Water Taxi.
Easter / April 1st. (whichever is earlier) - October 31st. inc. Weather and sea state permitting.

Also some evenings for kayaking- an evening paddle can be delightful!

Always book in advance if possible

Paramour 2's Winter Season begins November 1st. - early January.

The Quay
St. Mawes
TR2 5DG.
Tel: 07971 846786.

The kayaks and RIB are fully insured by Groves, John and Westrup through Lloyds of London, we have up to £3,000,000 Public Liability cover. They are inspected annually by The Truro Harbour Master, under authority from the MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) and Head of Cornwall Maritime. They are licensed by Cornwall Council.

At Black Tar Beach, River Cleddau, Pembrokeshire. August 1988-


In 2014 I joined Trip Advisor, so please check there for recent reviews.
Go to my Trip Advisor page by using the widget on the right and, if you have time,
please leave a review, if you've been out with us. Many thanks.

"We had a brilliant time yesterday! Thanks so much!!!!"- Catherine Cape, August 2013 Kayak Hire

"Thank you again for an excellent trip on the 26th. July, when you kindly took my friends and me out on the bay- everyone rated it a perfect 10!"- Annabel Jones, July 2013 RIB Trip

"A Big Thank You from the USA girls soccer team for making our kayak trip one to remember. Thanks for all your help!! Cheers!!"- UKSD, July 2013 Kayak Hire

"Thanks for today, was really impressed with the service and support! Top drawer, will be back for another paddle soon!!"- Matt Bennett, June 2013 Kayak Hire

"Thanks for a fab afternoon kayaking, all had a great time. Be back in the summer"- Jackie and family, May 2013 Kayak Hire

"Hi Mark, just a note to say thank you for the journey on Tuesday- we had a great time. Older people surprisingly impressed, despite the rain, and small person completely hooked and very much looking forward to the next time"- Andrea Oakes, May 2013. RIB trip to the Pandora Inn

"Hi Mark, thanks so much for our fantastic "blast" on Paramour on Wednesday afternoon. We so enjoyed ourselves. It was fantastic. If we come back to the St. Mawes area we will be sure to come out again!"- Jackie and Sarah, May 2013 RIB Trip

  "My daughter and husband had a couple of fantastic days out on the kayaks- really loved it."- Shirley Taylor, August 2012 Kayak Hire

 "We had a fabulous day thank you so much Mark! Finley absolutely loved his first kayaking session! Roll on next year when Bella will be big enough and then we can all go!"- Jenna Challingsworth, July 2012 Kayak Hire

"We all had a brilliant time today and would certainly recommend this day out to anyone! Great value for money."- Christie Trevelyan, June 2012. RIB Trip

"Surely one of the most beneficial, cost effective forms of entertainment for any parent, and the kids enjoyed a few hours of paddling, fishing, finding their own beach for a picnic etc..."- Jon Davey, May 2012. Kayak Hire

"Had a really great couple of hours today out on the river in your kayaks. Thanks Mark, it was brilliant!"- Anthony Walton, May 2012. Kayak Hire

"Hi there! I enjoyed my St Mawes kayak experience so much last year I wrote about it for a website competition and it won and was published.
Visit to see! I hope this is some nice publicity for you. We really enjoyed our trip, thanks so much and are coming back to St Mawes this year so we hope that we'll have time for another paddle again! Thanks, Laura"-
Laura Robinson 2011 Kayak Hire

"You made the kids holiday. We all had a fantastic time. Thank you"- Maddie, David, Dan & Iris Huggins, October 2011 RIB Trip

"Mark, from St Mawes Kayaks, definitely worth booking a RIB ride across to Falmouth for the evening, good value! We booked this trip for a "special" birthday and it certainly exceeded expectations!"- Nearwater B&B guests, August 2011. RIB Trip

"Thanks Mark for a great trip on the RIB on Wednesday. Kate (8) and Mark (10) said it was their favourite day of the holiday... and they went around "The World"! Brilliant". - Wayne Parrott, June 2011. RIB Trip

"Hi Mark, thanks for an excellent weekend. It was all we could have hoped for- booking in the dolphins was an extra special touch! We all thoroughly enjoyed it and the girls are still talking about flying through the air over the waves." - Rupert Maddock, June 2010 Kayak Hire & RIB Trip

"St Mawes Sit-on Kayaks. A great way to discover the area from the water. Mark, the owner, will give you a brief lesson if you've never paddled before and then you're off! It was the best £20 I spent all holiday."- Review from the New York Times, Kayak Hire