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Here at Cornish Cottage Holidays, we think Cornwall boat trips are the best way to soak up Cornwall’s coastal scenery.

Book one of these boat trips in Cornwall for an epic marine experience!

Enjoy getting to know the quaint and picturesque harbours of Cornwall where your sea adventures will begin. A Cornwall sea safari can bring you up close and personal with beautiful sea creatures.

Spot dolphins and seals among many more amazing animals. Whilst keen anglers can look forward to heading out on Cornwall fishing trips to catch an evening meal!

Read on to find out where you can find the best boat trips in Cornwall…

North Cornwall Boat Trips



There’s a range of Padstow boat trips to choose from. Enjoy a scenic sea safari or an exciting fishing excursion.

Padstow is a delightful fishing port residing on the Camel Estuary in North Cornwall. Fresh fish are caught daily and sold in the local fishmongers. Why not pick up some delicious local seafood for your self-catered stay?

Padstow Sealife Safaris offers a 2-hour RIB tour out of the Camel Estuary and into the ocean in search of marine life. Expect to learn plenty about the local wildlife and heritage from the expert guides.

You’re likely to spot seals, dolphins and porpoises. More elusive creatures in this area include sunfish and basking sharks in summer.

Between the months of April to July, the tour will head up to the locally known ‘Puffin Island’. At the right time of year, this busy spot is teeming with nesting puffins.

Birdwatchers are sure to enjoy spotting the plethora of seabirds on this Cornwall boat trip. Keep your eyes peeled for shags, cormorants, oystercatchers, gannets and many more.



The Newquay way of life is inextricably linked to the ocean. This watersports-crazed town is a haven for surfers and ocean lovers in general.

There’s plenty of great things to do in Newquay, but don’t just visit the Blue Reef Aquarium or the beautiful beaches. Embark on an epic sea adventure to see amazing sea creatures up close in their natural environment.

Newquay Sea Safaris and Fishing can offer Newquay boat trips leaving from the old and historic Newquay Harbour. Here you can meet the famous Newquay Grey Seals. Your expert guides can tell you their names and even how to identify them.

Your journey will continue past Fistral Beach towards Seal Cove. Marvel at these beautiful creatures before your excursion heads out to deeper ocean. This is where you’ll be looking out for dolphins, basking sharks, sunfish and porpoise.

Fishing trips are sure to appeal to keen anglers. Newquay is teeming with wrecks, fishing grounds and reefs, offering some of the best sea fishing in the UK. Enjoy all day deep sea fishing or if you’re short on time, a 2-hour mackerel fishing trip.

Port Isaac


Port Isaac is a quaint fishing village resting between Tintagel and Polzeath. Its small harbour has been active since the middle ages.

Port Isaac is renowned for its narrow thoroughfares and is mostly pedestrianised. The village is home to one of the narrowest streets in Britain; Squeezy Belly Alley!

See the stunning North Cornwall coast from the water with Wavehunters. Picking up passengers from Padstow, Rock and Port Isaac, they offer a range of trips. Choose the 3-hour North Coast Explorer trip to make the most of your day out.

This Port Isaac boat trip will see you sail past Trebarwith, Boscastle, and the legendary Tintagel Castle. The latter is home to one of the most famous Cornish myths and legends, King Arthur. Admire The Sisters and many more unique rock formations.

Enjoy this beautiful scenery whilst being in search of marine life. Your skipper will take you to the best spots to see dolphins, seals and seabirds.

West Cornwall Boat Trips



Down in South Cornwall find the beautiful town of Penzance. The town sits nestled in the corner of Mount’s Bay. Penzance is a gateway to smugglers’ coves and seafaring adventures.

Choose from three types of Penzance boat trips with Marine Discovery. Their sea safaris range from 2-hour to 4-hour trips.

The latter option is a fantastic exploration of both the sea and the coast. This 4-hour excursion entails visiting the offshore feeding grounds in the area.

This Penzance boat trip is definitely one for wildlife enthusiasts. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, including common, bottlenose and the Risso’s dolphin. If you’re lucky you might see minke whales and basking sharks! And there’s sure to be plenty of majestic seabirds to catch sight of too.

Soak up the beauty of Penwith from the water, passing famous spots like the Minack Theatre and picturesque lighthouses.

South Cornwall Boat Trips



The town of Looe is still very much a working fishing port and prides itself on its fresh fish. Watch the quayside scenes in the evening to see the boats returning with their daily catch.

Looe Boat Trips offers you the chance to set sail on a glass-bottomed boat! With one of the boats aptly named Nemo, this Looe boat trip will take you to see Looe Island.

Once a holy pilgrimage site, Looe Island is now a wildlife sanctuary. Lots of adorable grey seals reside here. Enjoy watching these cute sea creatures sunbathing on the rocks or swimming in the water. The unique glass bottom of the boat allows you to marvel at the various fish in the waters below.

Finish your day out in Looe with some award-winning fish and chips on East Looe Beach, or indulge in a gourmet seafood dining experience.



Resting along the west side of the Fowey Estuary is the town of Fowey. A magnet for sailing enthusiasts, Fowey is home to a large, deep water harbour.

Fowey boat trips leave from the Town Quay steps. Fowey River Trips and Sea Cruises offer a 45-minute river tour. Sail upstream to Wiseman’s Reach as your expert guide tells you about the rich, local history.

Pass by the former house of Daphne du Maurier, Fowey’s most famous resident. On your way back, enjoy the views of the hilltop village of Polruan and the scenic Readymoney Cove. The River Fowey also features on our Top 6 Places to Go Kayaking in Cornwall, so definitely check it out if you’re interested in paddling too!

If you’re staying in one of the many dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall, then bring your pet pal along! The river cruise is dog-friendly so your canine companion can enjoy the sights too.

Fowey River Trips and Sea Cruises also offer a seasonal trip as far up river as possible to Lostwithiel. Taking 3 hours in total with 1 hour ashore, this cruise is dependent upon spring tides.

Why not venture further out? Arrange a sea excursion to Polperro or Mevagissey.

These charming fishing villages in Cornwall and coastal havens are all well worth visiting.

Secure your self-catering stay in Cornwall with Cornish Cottage Holidays today and get ready to set sail on a Cornwall boat trip!

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