Of all the marinas in the Chichester Harbour, Sparkes is the most convenient when it comes to accessibility to the sea, however its small and cramped when compared to the rest. It can accommodate 150 boats on fully serviced pontoons berths up to 20mLOA and visitors are usually placed alongside the outer pontoon wall, but these berths are restricted by draught.
The marina is very fortunate to have two of the finest beaches on the Solent either side of it - with Hayling island beach to the west and the West Whittering beach to the east - both providing fantastic walking at low tide.
Elsewhere, Chichester Harbour is renowned for its beauty and its a fiercely protected site for birds and marine life. Hayling Island is mainly made up of retired folk and caravan sites so its pretty much a guaranteed quiet night in. The marina has an on-site restaurant bar which serves mainly pub food and the Hayling Island SC - which also welcomes visiting yachtsmen - is opposite the creek and serves food and drink. Slightly further a field, but only 15 minutes away by foot is the Marina Jacks Pub and two small supermarkets.