Coastal Boat Tours

In a county surrounded by sparkling sea, scenic boat tours, perfect for those sunny summer days, are the easiest way to see Cornwall from a new perspective. Not only will you encounter diverse marine life, but see afresh sandy coves, crystal clear waters and craggy cliff scenery.

Whether you like a gentle scenic river cruise or an enthralling wave-riding rib tour, there are many opportunities to take to the water in Cornwall.

If you like your boat trips to be exciting, then go for high speed. Orca Sea Safaris at Falmouth offer a coastal tour to see the local marine life. Padstow Sealife Safaris offer a rib ride like no other, with breath-taking options such as a Camel Estuary tour, a coastal voyage around the headland to the Camel Estuary, and a grey seal family boat trip.

St Ives Bay offers gentler tours to see iconic Godrevy Lighthouse, which has stood in position since 1859, protecting ships from the rocks. Or try a Seal Island safari, their most popular tour in the area because everyone loves to see seals in their natural habitat. Luxury boat trips are also available from Padstow harbour on board the Jubilee Queen with a well-stocked bar, tea and barista coffee for that special touch. Head out past picturesque Polzeath and The Rumps as you glide along for some seal-spotting.

Award-winning AK Wildlife Cruises also provide good photo opportunities and a chance to see the spectacular coastline. Weather protected (by the lovely Lizard Peninsula) this is a perfect boat tour option for wildlife enthusiasts. If you want to see below the sea, then opt for a glass-bottomed boat trip from Looe to view what’s on the sea bed without getting wet.

Related Cornwall's Nature Hotspots, Nature Activities & Clubs, Wild Cornwall