Water sports

Landal Esonstad is paradise for water sports fans. Get your feet wet with activities such as windsurfing, sailing, pedal boating or kitesurfing. The park is connected by a waterway to beautiful Lauwersmeer. This direct connection to Schiermonnikoog from the park is unique. Explore the many lakes and waterways of Friesland.

Plenty to do

Water activities
  • Fishing pond
  • Fish jetty
  • Fishing activities
  • Boat rental
  • Pedal boats
  • Harbour
  • Canoeing
  • Boat slip
  • Sailing boat rental
  • Direct boat connection to Schiermonnikoog
  • Boat trips
  • Recreational beach

Discover the lakes of Friesland

From the harbour (circa 10 minutes from the park) you have easy access to Lauwersmeer. This lake offers pristine nature and an incomparable landscape in the National Park. This is absolute heaven for water sports fans and birders. The activity centre is the perfect starting place to explore the region. Make sure to visit the village of Lauwersoog with its outdoor museum, De Museumhaven, with an impressive display of historic ships.

Direct boat connection to Schiermonnikoog

Leave the mainland for a day and take the fast boat service from Esonstad to Schiermonnikoog. Enjoy the silence and get out and about. Please contact the reception of Landal Esonstad for current sailing times. Tickets are available from the ticket machine in the town square by the quay at the park. Tickets can also be booked via www.esonborg.nl.

Boat rental

You can moor your own boat here or rent a boat via Paviljoen and Boat Rental La Barca. Looking for an authentic sailboat, a sloop or a motorboat? The Frisian lakes await. The park also offers pedal boats and canoe rentals.

Walking across the mudflats

Wadlopen is a typical Dutch activity that offers an exciting and adventurous opportunity to explore the beautiful natural landscape around the park. At low tide, the water retreats to the point where you can walk across the bottom of the Waddenzee over the exposed sandbanks. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you can enjoy a walk across the mudflats. Several companies around the park offer these walks, both for beginners and more advanced walkers. For more information, please contact the reception at the park.

Come on board

Look! A seal! Come on board during seal season for a boat tour or excursions. Special seal tours will be organised. Or listen to the forest ranger’s stories while you enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Lauwersmeer. The captain will tell you all about it! There are fantastic boat trips for both families and wildlife and bird lovers. Contact the park reception for sailing times, more information or reservations.


Whether you go onto the Lauwersmeer lake by boat or cast out your rod from a chair in the garden, fishing on and around the park is possible for park guests. Note: A fishing licence is required in and around the Lauwersmeer. You can purchase this at the park reception for € 10 per week. Do you already have a Grote VISpas? Then the extra licence is not necessary. With a Kleine VISpas you do need to purchase the fishing licence. During a day trip with the M.S. Tender, you can also fish at sea for cod or mackerel. You also sail along the Wadden Islands where there is a chance that you can spot seals on the way. 
Read more about a day fishing at sea