Camel Estuary Boat Trip

Come and explore the Camel Estuary from its gentle meandering course further upriver, to where waves build as it meets the wild Atlantic.

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1 Hour Trip

For the Nature Lover!

Travel along the famous Doom Bar

Fun in all weather!

Tour Overview

Come and explore the stunning Camel Estuary from cruising its gentle meandering course further upriver to riding the waves as they build where it meets the wild Atlantic Ocean. Discover more about the area’s fascinating history and legend as you visit sites of interest along the way including the formidable “Doom Bar”! This designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty hosts a huge variety of birdlife, from gannets, gulls and terns feeding at the river’s mouth, to grey herons, little egrets and kingfishers feeding along its banks. Occasionally seals and porpoises enter the estuary to get shelter from stormy seas or feed on the fish moving in and out of the river and, from time to time, we even have visits from the Southwest’s resident bottlenose dolphin pod who have been known to travel into the estuary as far along as Rock; there’s plenty to keep your eyes peeled for!


£25 per person


£15 per child
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*Unfortunately due to reduced capacity in response to Covid-19 we are currently unable to accept any discounts. Discounts will be reapplied when we are able to run at full capacity. Read more about ways we are adapting to Covid-19 here.

**Please note, these trips do not run regularly and will generally only be scheduled sporadically when conditions out at sea do not allow for our regular trips. They can be scheduled for a private hire tour, however, but will need to be timed over high tide to allow the river to be deep enough for us to explore. For advice on tides and private hire tours, contact us here.

What do I need to bring?

Naturally this will be weather dependent but here’s a basic list of what you need on your trip:

  • A windproof jacket is a must for this voyage. The boat reaches up to speeds of 50 knots and even if it’s not windy in padstow when you’re out on the open water the wind can pick up very fast. We also suggest that you combine this with a warm fleece. A windbreaker will not offer sufficient warmth for the whole hour.
  • Sunglasses, to protect your eyes from the sun but also as protection against any bugs or spray that could otherwise go in your eyes. These are not a necessity though. We’ll leave this up to you.
  • Camera or phone, lots of people want to document their trip and why shouldn’t they? In fact many of our customers are professional photographers who go on the trip to get a close snap of their favourite marine animals. However this is brought on at your own risk. We do not offer cover for devices damaged or lost on our trips. However we do make sure that all trips are as safe and smooth as possible so this is very rarely a problem.
  • Trainers or grippy shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. When coming off and on the boat we want you to be as safe as possible. That’s why we’d prefer it if your footwear was easy to walk in and comfortable. Also depending on the water we do sometimes get spray or splashed and so it is possible that your shoes may get wet while on the tour.
  • Sun hat and sun cream. There’s no shade on the open water so we’d recommend you bring your own – just hold on to it tight.
  • Binoculars many of our customers bring their own binoculars particularly if you’re interested in the birdlife our tour has to offer. We do usually have a pair of binoculars on the boat but it’s usually much more convenient for you if you bring your own. However you will be traveling at high speeds for most of the tour and so if this is your sole reason for going on the trip maybe check out our other tours!

Viewing the lovely Camel Estuary…