With Schouwen-Duiveland being a former island, it’s hard to ignore it’s surrounding waters. And for thousands of years the water has been both friend and foe for Schouwen-Duiveland and it’s inhabitants. It has brought both prosperity and hardship.
Centuries ago, Zierikzee and Brouwershaven both prospered due to a flourishing seatrade. Today, the water attracts many water sports enthusiasts.
Brouwersdam, for example, is known as “the place to be” for water sports. It has a large marina and a sail and surfcentre with all sorts of activities.
The Grevelingen, the largest salt-water lake in Western Europe, attracts divers from across the globe. The underwater world of the Grevelingen is spectacular en since there is no tide, it’s a great place to take diving lessons.
The Oosterschelde is also a great divingspot, partly due to the unique cuttlefish one can see there. The currents and tides in Oosterschelde are however better suited for more experienced divers. Favourite diving spots are located around the Zeelandbrug (near Zierikzee) and the Plompe Toren at Burghsluis.
Sailors are also fond of Schouwen-Duiveland. If you want to take it easy, the Grevelingen is the place for you. If you enjoy currents and tides, then seek out the waves of the Oosterschelde. Zierikzee and Brouwershaven are popular harbours. In Bruinisse, you will find one of the most modern marinas in the Netherlands. The fishing village also has a harbour home to the mussel fleet. You can also moor in the marinas of Den Osse, Scharendijke, Marina Port Zélande and Burghsluis.
Not a sailor yourself? Why not take a trip on one of the tour boats? It’s always nice to see Schouwen-Duiveland from the water. You will learn more about life on, under and around the water. The nature and seal cruises in particular are very popular. And who knows, you may even see a dolphin swimming around the ship.
You can also sail on one of the historic ships docked in the harbour of Zierikzee.
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