Whitby boat trips are a popular tourist activity throughout the year. Enjoy a pleasure boat trip from Whitby Harbour, a sunset cruise or spot seals and dolphins and have fun spending time on the water along the coast.
The North Sea is a stretch of water that covers 570,000 square kilometres or 220,000 square miles in area. It is home to over 230 species of fish and many varieties of crustaceans. It is also the breeding habitat of dozens of birds and a place to spot marine animals such as seals, whales, porpoises, and dolphins. Whitby offers a wondrous world of adventure and activity that is sometimes a little ignored. But not for very much longer! We are going to show you a world of watery wonder that you will be dying to explore. Jump on a pleasure boat trip and enjoy spending time on the water with one of these Whitby boat trips.
Whitby Coastal Cruises
You have probably spotted their iconic yellow boats whilst in Whitby. They sail on short trips out to sea around the bay alongside the biggest and the best boats in the harbour. They also sail on longer trips along the coast, wildlife and whale watching cruises, trips to seal colony at Ravenscar, sunset and twilight trips and river trips down to Ruswarp along the Esk on their smaller boat Dash II. As well as daily short trips, they operate a number of special cruises providing plenty of opportunities to see some of the Yorkshire coast’s amazing wildlife or experience a sunset from the sea.
20-minute Sea Trips
Their 20-minute trips along the coast towards Sandsend run every day, they start at 10.15 am. Tickets cost £4 per person and under 5s go free. You can board at Brewery Steps on the harbourside. No booking is needed for 20 min sailings just walk aboard. These are a great little taster to enjoy Whitby by boat and see the town from a different perspective.
Whitby Harbour Tour Boat Trip
Sail through the heart of Whitby on Dash II. This is a smaller boat that is able to navigate the River Esk inland, through the harbour and marina and onward under the impressive viaduct towards the village of Ruswarp. This Whitby boat trip boards from opposite Wetherspoons, the Angel Hotel. Tickets cost £4 per person, with under 2s going free. Pair this with the 20-minute sea trip for a really fun day out.
One of our favourite Whitby boat trips, this 2-hour trip runs between July and August and provides a chance to see some of the amazing wildlife and scenery of the Yorkshire coast. Refreshments are available, so sit back, relax and enjoy an unforgettable experience! Adults cost £15, children (under 14) cost £7.50. Under 5s go free.
Their 45-minute Sunset Cruises operate throughout the summer. Sailing from Brewery Steps on the harbourside, they head north towards Sandsend to enjoy the dramatic North Sea sunset from a unique perspective. Check the sign at Brewery Steps for sailing times. Adults cost £8, children (under 14) cost £4.
Leaving the Harbour at dusk they sail out to sea as the remaining daylight fades away. Returning after dark gives passengers a unique opportunity to view Whitby from the sea at night, to view the town in another light. Check the sign at Brewery Steps for sailing times. Adults cost £8, children (under 14) cost £4.
The Bark Endeavour Captain Cook Experience Cruise
This is better known as the Captain Cook Experience and is a really popular attraction to take part in, in Whitby. It gives you a chance to cruise along the harbour and experience firsthand the historical impact that Captain Cook had on the town and indeed on the country as a whole. You will be sailing on an authentic replica of Captain Cook’s famous Endeavour ship (40% of the size of the original ship). There are regular daily sailings throughout the year. Located in Whitby Harbour at the Fish Quay, close to the West Pier opposite Whitby Amusements. Dogs are allowed on the trip for free.
Your trip on the Bark Endeavour Whitby will be more than a simple pleasure cruise; instead, you will enjoy some fantastic views of North Yorkshire’s Jurassic coastline, with its interesting geological features and its wealth of fossils and minerals, including the famous Whitby Jet; You will also see a rich variety of wildlife, including many different types of sea bird, seals and occasionally porpoise, dolphins and whales. Sit back, relax and enjoy your surroundings while you listen to traditional Whitby sea shanties and hear about the life of Captain Cook, the history of Whitby and a whole lot more.
Sailing times (no booking required) start from 10:00-10:30 am most days throughout the year (subject to weather and tide conditions). The sailing trips are approx. 25 mins around Whitby Harbour and along the coast to Sandsend. For group bookings, it is also advisable to book beforehand so that they can ensure all members of your party are suitably catered for upon your arrival.
Black Pearl Pirate Boat
This is a family favourite Whitby boat trip out to sea and back, with a fun Pirate theme. The pirate crew makes it an exciting adventure from start to finish. It’s lovely for children as they make it a really exciting voyage. There are lots of photo opportunities both onboard or with Pirates back on land. The trip lasts 20-25 minutes and there are plenty of dressing up costumes and props for everyone to get in character. A bargain for £4 and lots of fun.
Call Barry for more information: 07779 318 948.
Yorkshire Coast Boat Trips
Experience the North Yorkshire coast from a unique perspective. Travel in comfort and style between the beautiful seaside towns of Whitby and Scarborough. This is a journey you’ll never forget! A one-way journey takes over 1 hour. Why not use Yorkshire Coast Boat Trips to travel between Yorkshire’s historic ports? If you’re staying in Whitby, why not travel to Scarborough in style and enjoy a day out further down the coast. Option of a return via boat on the first trip out later in the day. The boat carries up to twelve passengers in a fully enclosed and heated cabin. Comfortable seats make for a relaxed ride, and large windows make it easier to spot wildlife.
Whitby to Scarborough
Leaving Whitby harbour, you will sail south passing the lighthouse at Hawsker before crossing Robin Hood’s Bay. At the dramatic headland of Ravenscar, they will slow down and try to spot the seals as they bask in the sunshine or hunt in their natural habitat. Continuing past Hayburn Wyke, Cloughton Wyke and Burniston Rocks before arriving in Scarborough’s North Bay. You will go round the headland beneath the impressive castle, before entering the harbour in South Bay. The journey takes around an hour and a quarter. Price £25 adults £15 under 12s
Ruswarp Pleasure Boats
If you fancy something a little gentler but still lots of fun, why not try Ruswarp Pleasure Boats? Here you can spend some leisure time on the beautiful River Esk whilst spotting the local wildlife including Salmon. Ruswarp Pleasure Boats cater for parties of all sizes and tastes in boats. There are traditional rowboats for those wishing to take it easy on these quiet and sheltered waters, and canoes for those a little more active.
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