Explore the Coast on These Boat Trips on the Isle of Wight

Nestled off the southern coast of England, the Isle of Wight is a maritime paradise – and there’s no better way to come nose-to-nose with its incredible coastline and sea life, than by boat. From scenic cruises and thrilling speedboat rides, to educational wildlife tours, the Isle of Wight offers a diverse array of boat trips that will be the highlight of your holiday. Hop aboard – and don’t forget your camera. 

The Needles Pleasure Cruises

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Departure point: Alum Bay

The iconic chalk stacks of The Needles are the Isle of Wight’s most popular tourist attraction for good reason, so escape the crowds vying for a vantage point on land by experiencing them from the water with Needles Pleasure Cruises. Choose from a leisurely cruise or a high-speed boat trip; either way, not only will you get up close to these natural wonders, but expert guides will offer fascinating insights and information about the local area, while you capture the perfect picture away from the madding crowds.

Deep Sea Fishing

Departure Point: Bembridge Harbour

Whether you’re an experienced angler or have never snagged a fish before, head out to sea with an experienced skipper from Cachalot Charters and see what you can catch for your dinner. All equipment is supplied, and it’s up to you whether you want to try a two-hour mackerel fishing trip or castaway on an all-day deep-sea expedition. 

Cowes Harbour Trip

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Departure Point: Cowes

For sailing enthusiasts, a trip to where one of the world’s largest sailing regattas is held is a must. Even better if you can time it with the famous Cowes Week in August. Hop aboard Solent Cruises and enjoy a 35-minute harbour tour from the water, and get full commentary as you cruise around the yachting capital of the UK, with views of the Solent and the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron yacht club. 

Sunset Cruise

Departure Point: Cowes

Head out on a sleek catamaran from Isle of Wight Charters for a romantic sunset tour of the Solent, with a tipple and tapas in hand. Gather at least six of you and commandeer Crystal Spray to experience a flamingo-pink sunset and an unforgettable sundowner on the sea. 

Salty Sailing Charter

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Departure Point: Cowes

Hoist the sails and cruise the Solent from Cowes on your own sea-bound adventure with Salty Charters. Learn the ropes under the tutelage of an experienced skipper, or kick back, take in the sights, drop anchor in Newtown, and dive in for a swim at Osborne Bay. 

Coastal and Wildlife Cruise

Departure point: Yarmouth 

Have you always wanted to spot dolphins and porpoises in their natural habitat? Hop aboard a coastal tour of the Isle of Wight with Black Rock Charters for a front-row view of Fort Victoria, Fort Albert, Hurst Castle, Alum Bay and The Needles, and you might be lucky enough to see dolphins, too. Based out of Yarmouth, Black Rock Charters offers a wide range of fishing and cruising options, including private charters.

Waverley Paddle Steamer Tour, Isle of Wight

Waverley Paddle Steamer Tour, Isle of Wight
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Departure Point: Various

If you plan your break to the Isle of Wight in September, you can step back in time aboard the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer and take a nostalgic journey around the Isle of Wight. With various routes visiting different parts of the island, a trip on the Waverley is a unique way to hit the water, explore the coastline and immerse yourself in rich maritime history. 

Book a Seaside Cottage on the Isle of Wight

Ready to cast away to this beautiful island for adventures on land and sea? Choose from over 500 coastal cottages on the Isle of Wight and experience the best of the island haven off the south coast of Britain.

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