Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours in Poole

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Tour description provided by Viator

Enjoy a spectacular and relaxing 75-minute cruise around the largest natural harbour in Europe, and get some great views of the beautiful harbour islands and world famous Sandbanks! With four daily departures, this popular cruise commences from Poole Quay, situated in the traditional harbour town of Poole on the picturesque Dorset coast, and starts with a trip through the harbour, formed in the last ice-age, and continues around Brownsea Island, before returning to Poole Quay.
Poole Harbour with its many islands, famous landmarks and interesting stories offers a great day out for everyone. It is the place where Jonathan Swift found his inspiration for Gulliver’s Travels and sits under the Purbecks which inspired Thomas Hardy in his brilliant writing.The cruise takes you from Poole Quay all around the harbour and sails close to Brownsea Island and its castle, the expensive properties on Sandbanks and close to the islands which all have something unique. You can relax on the top deck on a warm summer day or sit in a heated saloon with a nice cup of tea while listening to the commentary in which the captain points out all the landmarks and speaks of the interesting history of the area.The Blue Lagoon, Lilliput, Corfe Castle and the Sandbanks Chain Ferry are just a few of the views to mention. The cruise takes approximately 75 minutes and returns to Poole Quay.All boats have toilets and a bar with a variety of drinks and snacks, including ice creams.

What’s included

  • Live commentary on board

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Family friendly
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water