Wildlife & Sightseeing Tours

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Old Harry Rocks - 1 Hour

Old Harry Rocks is one of the most famous landmarks on the South Coast, situated on Handfast Point at the end of Studland Bay.

Until 1896 there was another stack known as Old Harry’s Wife, but erosion caused her to tumble into the sea, leaving just a stump.

Thousands of years ago, Old Harry and The Needles (another chalk rock formation) on the Isle of Wight, were linked by a line of chalk hills that eroded away during the last ice age. On a clear day you can see The Needles from Studland Bay.

This one hour trip departs Swanage Pier and steams directly across the bay to Ballard Point, continued by a gentle cruise along the chalk cliffs, round to Old Harry Rocks. You will get a close up view of the dramatic cliffs and giant rock stacks, as well as the chance to spot Cormorants, the Black-backed Gull and Peregrine Falcons, which are regularly sighted here. Occasionally throughout the year, Seals and pods of Bottlenose Dolphins make visits around Old Harry Rocks and can be seen for weeks on end.

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This two hour trip departs Swanage Pier and steams past Peveril Ledge where you get a lovely view of Swanage Lifeboat Station, then round into Durlston Bay. From here, Durlston Castle is clearly visible, which sits proudly at Durlston Head, next to Anvil point lighthouse. 

Only 15 minutes into the trip, you will get close up sightings of the Durlston Guillemot colonies, all gathered at the base of the limestone cliffs. This colony is the second most largest and most Eastern colony of guillemots on the south coast and usually stay till early July. Bottlenose Dolphins and the Common Dolphin, regularly make an appearance in large pods off this stretch of water. 

As you approach Dancing Ledge, you maybe lucky enough to catch sightings of our Purbeck Puffins. They return to this exact same part of the coastline every spring, and are one of Britain's most loved Birds. You will have to be patient and have a sharp eye, but it is absolutely worth the trip.

From the boat, we are fortunate to get close enough to the cliffs for exceptional photography opportunities, without disturbing the birds.

As well as wildlife, Dancing Ledge is a popular site for cliff climbing, coasteering and hikers, so sporting activity is often available to observe from a different angle.

Dancing Ledge - 2 Hours

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Happy Family in Nature
Fancy trying something different for your special occasion?

Our 1 and 2 hour sightseeing tours can be the ideal way to celebrate a birthday, a family get-to-gether or anniversary.

Maybe you would like to raise a toast, drifting by Old Harry Rocks? Or simply enjoy an afternoon tea whist looking out for the puffins? 

We have close working relationships with several of the local cafes in Swanage, who provide excellent catering services. If you would like to add a little something extra to your trip, we can easily put together a package for you. *Please note that we can only offer this to full boat charters and not individuals.

Vouchers

What have you got him for Christmas? What will you get her for Mothers Day?

Vouchers for either angling or sightseeing trips, are available to purchase from Swanage Angling Centre.

*A minimum spend of £15 is required, and vouchers are valid for two years from date of purchase.