Renowned for its diving and humpback whale watching, the tiny island of Salt Cay is a great place to explore. Although the sheltered paddling locations aren’t extensive, kayaking is interesting nevertheless. There isn't any suitable fishing or snorkelling from a kayak.
The only wetlands on the island is the rather small (from a paddler’s perspective) South Creek. Much of the interior creek here is quite shallow, so you’ll definitely want to plan your trip for high tide.
Compared to the wetlands in the Caicos Islands, the mangroves density in South Creek isn’t great, but the sand bars, winding narrow channels and limestone ironshore protective bluffs are really beautiful and fun to explore. When the tide is high, it’s possible to kayak nearly a mile from one end of the creek to the other. There’s plenty of bird life to be seen here.
The other popular kayaking spot on Salt Cay is the sheltered water and beach off of Balfour Town. The best route is to simply follow the cliffs and coastline north past Little Bluff Lookout and up to North West Point. The ocean in this area is typically protected from the constant east southeast trade winds and the terrain is scenic and interesting.
It is of course possible to paddle off the coast at any other location on Salt Cay, but surf and wind conditions often aren’t optimal at many other spots. It's recommended that you avoid entirely the eastern coast of the island.
Salt Cay Divers is the foremost water sports business on the island. Although not one of their main activities, they offer both guided tours and kayak rentals.
Several vacation villas include complimentary use of kayaks and other water sports gear. If the use of such equipment is important, check with the accommodation manager before booking.