Valentia Island is a haven for the more active visitor, with plenty of outdoor activities on hand. These include archaeology, bird watching, canoeing, cycling, deep-sea angling, gardening, hill walking, sailing, scuba diving, shore fishing, and water-sports.

Pitch and putt and golf facilities are to be found on the island, however the main activities that the island has to offer are perhaps angling and scuba diving. The Island shores are bathed by the Gulf Stream contributing to its abundant sea life.

There are three main diving centres available on the island - Des Lavelles, the Dive Centre and the Valentia Island Sea Sports Centre. Dive sites accessible from Valentia include The Skelligs, Bray head, Puffin Island, Oilean an Iasc, Dolus Head, The Birds, The Wrecks and Valentia Harbour. For more information on the above dive sites visit Dive Valentia or Lavelles

Angling Vessels are available for hire on a Daily rate, also portion of a day, and an hourly rate can be arranged.

Walking is a pleasure on any part of the Island and there are three approved walks complete with stiles ranging in length and terrain from 2 hours to 7 hours. (See Map at tourist office in Knightstown)

Bicycles are available for hire at Knightstown on a Daily or portion of a day basis. Cycling is safe on the relatively traffic free roads of the Island.

There are four pubs on the Island, two in Knightstown, and two in Chapeltown. During the holiday season they each offer music on various nights. Food is also available in these premises.

There are many restaurants on the Island offering a very wide range of menu's and value for money.