Dorset's extraordinary World Heritage Jurassic Coast starts some 5 miles west of Bournemouth at the Old Harry Rocks. These spray-dashed, 40-minute trips aboard 8m rigid inflatable boats blast past Sandbanks and across the mouth of Poole Harbour, providing up-close views of the chalky columns.
Dorset's extraordinary World Heritage Jurassic Coast starts some 5 miles west of Bournemouth at the chalk Old Harry Rocks. These 2½ hour cruises cross the mouth of Poole Harbour, providing up-close views of the chalky columns.
Lulworth Cove & Around
This three-hour paddle offers jaw-dropping views of Dorset's heavily eroded coast. Starting at Lulworth Cove, you glide through Stair Hole's intricate caves and stacks, across Man O'War Bay then under the massive stone arch at Durdle Door, stopping for swims and picnics along the way.
Twenty-minute voyages from Alum Bay beach to the Needles, providing close-up views of those towering white cliffs.
A happy hullabaloo of kiddies' rides, boat trips and souvenir shops; there's also a chairlift (£4) down to the beach.
Your chance to ride the waves without having to buy a yacht. The best trip is an exhilarating surge across the Solent to the Isle of Wight (adult/child £17/7, Sunday to Friday, May to October) , where the Needles lighthouse and towering chalk stacks loom from the water. They also do a two-hour sunset cruise in high summer.
Weymouth, Portland & Around
This wind-blown, 40-minute jaunt crosses Portland Harbour's vast Olympic sailing waters, before dropping you off at Portland Castle. Boats leave from Cove Row on Weymouth Harbour.