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Why not set sail on a Dorset boat trip for some fresh, sea-air? Admire iconic landmarks and natural beauty as your cruise along this scenic coastline.

With over 80 miles of heavenly coastline, it’s no wonder that Dorset is home to many fabulous boat trips. From Lyme Regis to Bournemouth, there are so many fantastic sea and river boat trips to choose from.

You’ll find an amazing boat trip for the whole family in Dorset. Whether you’re after a relaxed coastal cruise to take in the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast, or if you want to make a splash, there is something for everyone.

Try your hand at sailing, jet skiing, or chartering your own motorboat to create those long-lasting memories.

Keep reading to discover 13 of the best boat trips Dorset has to offer…

Lyme Regis Boat Trips

Lyme Bay Rib Charter

If you’ve got a need for speed, look no further. Hop on a rib boat in West Bay, and have your socks knocked off by this thrilling experience.

You can book 15-minute, half an hour, and hour-long rides, to learn about this unique section of coastline in rip-roaring style.

Jurassic Boat Trips

Boat rides board trusty ‘Susie B’ and set out from Lyme Regis harbour all year round. This offers all the activities you could hope for at sea.

From sightseeing cruises to mackerel fishing, there’s a trip to suit every kind of seaside holidaymaker. Plus, whilst on the Jurassic Coast, you can explore Dorset’s iconic landmark, Durdle Door.

Nick’s Fishing and Boat Trips

Nick offers sightseeing trips along the Undercliff / East Devon coast for groups of up to 11 people. This trip takes a minimum of one and a half hours and is perfect for seeing the Jurassic Coastline or coast from a different perspective. Trips can be arranged by private charter and fishing trips are also available to book.

Poole Boat Trips

City Cruises Poole

If you’re looking for a bit of sophistication at sea, then this is the boat trip for you.

Poole Harbour

The daily City Cruises run from Poole Quay and Swanage Pier. This boat trip in Dorset includes a fully stocked bar, delicious food, and a crew on hand to assist you during your sightseeing trip.

Wareham Boat Hire

Drift along the charming River Frome, taking in the idyllic pastoral scenery. Then, marvel at the panoramic views of Poole Harbour on a boat trip from Wareham.

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Or, hire your own motor boat, kayak or stand-up paddleboard to chart your own course down the river.

Greenslade Pleasure Boats 

This family business offers laidback boat trips from Poole Quay. You can enjoy classic, informative tours around Poole Harbour, and the wider Jurassic Coastline. This includes the Isle of Purbeck, Old Harry Rocks and Brownsea Island.

Wooden boat on Jurassic Coast

For something extra special, enjoy fish and chips onboard, or opt for the ‘Firework Cruise’ to watch the summer celebrations in style.

Castaway Charters

If you’re looking for a taste of maritime luxury, you can charter your own yacht for the day to explore the Dorset coastline!

Man and woman sunbathing on Dorset boat

Cruise the Jurassic Coast with an experienced skipper at the helm, relaxing on the sundeck and making the most of the onboard facilities.

South Coast Jet Ski

Make a splash, and see the iconic seaside landmarks from a different angle with a jet ski tour!

Riding solo, or with a friend, you can feel as free as a bird soaring past Old Harry Rocks. And with, it’s safe to say, quite a lot of wind (and seawater) in your hair!

Bournemouth Boat Trips

Bournemouth Boating Services

Take a ride across the River Stour on the historic Wick Ferry, which some historians believe has been running for nearly 1000 years!

Lifebuoy on boat trip in Dorset

Or rent a motorboat to explore the winding river by yourself, taking in the lush countryside scenery as you go.

Dorset Belle

The Dorset Belle is without a doubt one of the most famous ships in the county. Running traditional pleasure cruises from Bournemouth Pier, a trip aboard this iconic vessel is not to be missed.

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In the summer months, you can also enjoy a Friday Evening Summer Cruise, to snap a pic of the Dorset coastline during golden hour!

Weymouth Boat Trips

Weymouth Bay Rib Charters

This award-winning rib charter ride will be a hit with your whole holiday party, as you speed over the waters of Weymouth Bay.

Weymouth boat trip

If you’re looking for something more relaxing, their Durdle Door Cruise lasts a leisurely 1 hour 15 mins and takes in the iconic sights of the Jurassic Coast. If you’re lucky, you might spot some dolphins on this boat trip too!

Moonfleet Adventure Sailing

If you want to get back to basics and try your hand at sailing through the turquoise waters of Weymouth Bay this is the boat trip for you.

Operating daily trips from Portland Marina, they offer the opportunity for beginners and experienced sailors alike. Have a go at hoisting the mainsail and manning the helm of a classic Tall Ship for a unqiue experience.

 Siris Charters

If you’re travelling with a group, whether it’s family or friends, chartering your very own motorboat out on the open seas is the perfect way to make unforgettable memories.

Mother and son taking selfie on boat

The trusty Siruis boat is driven by an experienced Skipper, who will help you to map out a route past Dorset landmarks. Admire the sights of Lulworth Cove, Man-0-War bay and Warbarrow Bay. Anchor up to stop and swim whenever you like!

The Fleet Explorer

For nature lovers visiting Dorset, this is the dream boat trip. You’ll cruise through the calm waters of the Fleet Lagoon, which is a haven for wildlife including swans, seabirds, fish, and many more.


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Protected from strong tides by Chesil Beach, the lagoon is one of the most special areas of the UK, and the perfect place for a relaxing, informative boat trip. Plus, the views are absolutely breath- taking!

Can’t wait to strap on your life jacket and experience one of these unforgettable Dorset boat trips? Book your magical stay in Dorset today.