Top 5 Cornwall Boat Trips & Tours

Discover the best water adventures in Cornwall

Posted on 01-07-24, updated on 05-07-24By: Claire S. | 6 minute read

Sunrise over Fishing Boats at Mousehole

Sunrise over Fishing Boats at Mousehole

Cornwall offers a plethora of options for exploring its breathtaking coastline through various boat trips and tours. Whether you're a nature enthusiast looking to spot dolphins and observe the local wildlife, an avid angler seeking a thrilling fishing excursion, or simply looking to unwind on a relaxing cruise, Cornwall has something to offer for everyone. With its crystal-clear waters and stunning landscapes, a boat trip in Cornwall promises to be a memorable and unforgettable experience. So don't forget to pack your sunscreen, bring along your camera to capture the beautiful sights, and get ready to embark on an exciting adventure on one of these top boat trips in Cornwall. Get ready to make some amazing memories as you cruise along the picturesque coastline of this stunning region.

Dolphin Watching, Falmouth

Dolphin Spotting in Falmouth

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Falmouth

Supplier: Orca Sea Safaris, North Quay, Falmouth TR11 3HH

Available: May 1st to September 30th

Restrictions: No dogs

Orca Sea Safaris , has been sharing wildlife magic in Falmouth since 2006! As the longest-standing wildlife operator in the region, they bring an unparalleled experience and a deep understanding of local marine life.

Embark on a thrilling journey as you search for incredible wildlife while listening to lively commentary from Orca Sea Safaris' expert skipper. You'll cover up to 30 miles of stunning coastline and uncover fascinating stories about the area's rich history, epic shipwrecks, sneaky smugglers' tales, and vibrant marine environment.

Get excited because during your two-hour trip, you might just spot some Fin-tastic Wildlife including:
- Common Dolphins
- Bottlenose Dolphins
- Seals
- Basking Sharks
- Humpback Whales
- Harbour Porpoises
- Sunfish
- Peregrine Falcons & other amazing birdlife

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North Coast Speed Boat Trips

North Coast Speed Boat Trips

North Coast Speedboat Experience, Hayle

Supplier: Coast Boat Trips , Hayle Harbour, The Old Custom House, North Quay, Hayle TR27 4BL


  • Pregnant women

  • People with back problems

  • Children under 3 years

  • No dogs

Additional Information:

  • Arrive 30 minutes before departure for check-in

  • Dress warmly with layers for the boat trip, as it can be cold even on sunny days.

  • Included waterproof jackets and trousers if needed

  • All necessary safety equipment including life jackets

Starting your adventure from Hayle, get ready to bask in the awe-inspiring beauty of Cornwall's north coast! These customised trips are designed to give you the best experience, whether you're heading towards St Agnes Head or Cape Cornwall. Discover iconic landmarks like Pendeen Lighthouse, Cape Cornwall, Seal Island, Botallack Mines, Godrevy Lighthouse, and Hell's Mouth. Delight in the rugged cliffs, uncover hidden coves, and keep an eye out for friendly seals, dolphins, and seabirds along your journey. Learn about the area's rich history, fascinating geology, and marine ecosystem from their expert guides with masters degrees in zoology or marine biology who can't wait to share their knowledge with you!

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Falmouth Bay Tailored Boat Tours

Falmouth Bay Tailored Boat Tours

Falmouth Bay Tailored Boat Tours

Mylor Yacht Harbour, Falmouth, TR11 5UF

Restrictions: No wheelchair access

Choose from: Full day or half-day trip, sunset cruise or a 2 hour boat tour.

Experience the thrill of cruising through Falmouth Bay on your very own private skippered speedboat, perfect for groups of up to seven friends or family members. Delight in the stunning beauty as you glide past landmarks like the iconic St. Anthony's lighthouse and picturesque Nare Head. Explore the historic River Fal, Malpas, Helford River, and the renowned Carrick Roads—all presenting a visual feast for your eyes!

Be amazed by dolphins dancing around your boat and seals basking by one of the world's deepest natural harbours—creating unforgettable memories with nature's wonderment. Discover secret coves and smugglers' tunnels! Visit charming waterside spots like Pandora Inn where both adventure and relaxation await.

- Flexible plans that cater to what makes your heart sing.
- A dog-friendly cruise so bring your furry friend along!

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Padstow Sealife Safaris

Padstow Sealife Safaris

Padstow Sealife Safaris

North Quay, Padstow, PL28 8LF


  • Children under 2 years

  • Pregnant women

  • People with back problems

  • People with mobility impairments

  • Wheelchair users

  • People prone to seasickness

  • People over 80 years

  • People with recent surgeries

  • People with motion sickness

  • No dogs

Hop on a thrilling 2 hour RIB vessel adventure and set sail from the Camel Estuary towards the Atlantic Ocean! Get ready to explore around 25 miles of stunning coastline brimming with marine life just waiting to be discovered. In designated areas, you'll slow down for prime wildlife spotting opportunities.

Keep your eyes peeled for seals, dolphins, porpoises, whales, and even sunfish basking in the waters! And don't forget to look up—seabirds like gannets, shearwaters, fulmars, oystercatchers, shags, cormorants and so many more soar majestically overhead.

From April to July is nesting season on the cliffs where guillemots and razorbills come alive with activity. Also make sure you visit "Puffin Island," one of Cornwall's treasured spots where puffins nest—you might catch a glimpse of these charming birds!

As you journey along this coastal wonderland, enjoy insights about the wildlife and dive into local points of interest along with tales rich in Cornish heritage. Depending on weather and sea conditions why not extend your trip to Port Isaac—home of 'Doc Martin' or head over to Trevose Head for an exciting view of the iconic 'new' Padstow Lifeboat Station?

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Mounts Bay Boat Trip

Mounts Bay Boat Trips

Penzance, TR18 2LL


  • No dogs

  • Pregnant women

  • Individuals with back problems

  • Children under 3 years old


  • Complimentary waterproof jackets and trousers are provided if necessary.

  • All essential safety equipment, including life jackets, is included.

  • Limited to 12 people

Set sail on an exciting adventure starting from the vibrant Penzance Harbour, where Mounts Bay welcomes you with abundant wildlife and fascinating historic landmarks. Hop aboard with an expert guide, who holds a master's degree in zoology or marine biology.

Enjoy the liberty of a flexible route designed to make the most of daily wildlife sightings and weather conditions—guaranteeing you an optimal and ever-changing experience. Keep your eyes wide open for amazing local marine life and capture breathtaking photos along the way.

Cruise along the stunning coastline from Penzance Harbour to the iconic Minack Theatre or set course towards the magical St. Michael's Mount. Marvel at the bay's lively ecosystem, teeming with marine encounters that will leave you in awe throughout this delightful journey!

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The beautiful Cornish Coast

The beautiful Cornish Coast

Looking for more inspiration?

Cornwall is a mesmerising destination that offers a plethora of opportunities for exploration, particularly by boat. From tranquil cruises along the picturesque coastline to exhilarating sailing adventures, there is something for every type of traveller. The pristine waters surrounding Cornwall provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable maritime experience. Don't miss out on the chance to discover hidden coves, charming fishing villages, and breathtaking natural landscapes from the deck of a boat. Embark on your next adventure and set sail for an unforgettable journey in this enchanting region. Happy sailing and may the seas be ever in your favour!

You'll find countless ways to enjoy your time in Cornwall! Be sure to explore every magical corner and visit our blog posts for extra ideas and inspiration for your next adventure.

Our Things to Do in Cornwall blog is crafted to help you navigate the many options this beautiful county has to offer. From our free and affordable days out guide to 10 things to do in Cornwall in the rain blog or even things to do with kids in Cornwall, we'll help you keep every member of your party happy. If art and culture is more your thing then head over to our National Trust sites blog to guide you to the best homes and gardens in the area.

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