JURASSIC COAST SIGHTSEEING BOAT TRIPS
Whilst Snapper is primarily a charter fishing boat, her large size makes her the perfect platform for cruises along the Jurassic Coast. During the spring and summer months, Snapper offers two sightseeing boat trips that enable you to take in the wonderful scenery. Join us at our mooring in the marina and enjoy a gentle steam under the towns lifting bridge through the historic harbour. From the boat you will be able to see the bustling quayside and both the Stone Pier and Pleasure pier before emerging into the beautiful waters of Weymouth Bay. Depending on which trip you choose we will then travel either east or west along the coast, perfect for admiring the south coast and taking photographs. If you're lucky you may even spot a dolphin riding beneath our bow!
£20 per person. Trips are two hours long.
Trip 1: Weymouth - Durdle Door - Lulworth Cove - Mupes Bay
The first trip travels east along Weymouth Bay allowing you to see Weymouth's famed stretch of golden sand and Georgian architecture from a unique view point. We then continue along the coastline past the striking cliffs to Durdle Door, a UNESCO world heritage site. This unique rock formation is renowned around the world and what better way to admire its beauty than from the sea, away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded beach. We will stop here to get an impression of its sheer size and for a family photograph or selfie! From Durdle Door we will make the short journey to Lulwoth Cove, a unique horseshoe shaped beach. On a hot and sunny day the turquoise water is crystal clear allowing you to see all the way down to the sandy sea bed below! Next we will venture to Mupes bay to admire the rock formations often swarming with birdlife drying their wings after diving to catch fish. Finally we will make the journey back to Weymouth harbour.
Trip 2: Weymouth - Portland Harbour - Portland Bill
The second trip travels west to Newtons cove, a small and sheltered beach renowned for its marine life before continuing through a small entrance into Portland Harbour. Portland harbour is the largest man made harbour in the world and famed in recent years for its water sports. It is was home to the Olympic sailing events in 2012 and is still a favourite venue for keen kite surfers and windsurfers. After a leisurely steam around the harbour we will steam along Portland's breakwater and past the forts which lay abandoned since World War II. As we reach the Isle of Portland you can admire small inlets dotted beneath the rugged cliffs before reaching Portland Bill lighthouse, located at the most southerly point. This striking red and white building ensures the safe passage of passing ships during darkness and stormy seas. As we make the gentle steam back to Weymouth you may be fortunate to see Dave, the affectionately named Dorset dolphin, which is known to frequent the waters around Portland.