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Coastal Heritage Cruise, 1 hour

A one hour cruise starting inside the Estuary spotting the many types of sea birds that visit the area, just to name a few: Kingfishers are seen darting around the edges of the trees, Herons and Egret are native to the quieter areas of the river. At all times the crew will interact with passengers answering questions and pointing out places of interest: Daphne du Maurier's house, the block houses built as defences in the 16th century and St Catherines Castle can be seen as we exit the river.


We will accelerate to a comfortable cruising speed and head South along the coast towards Gribbin Head with its striking tower aiding vessels into Fowey, we also enter Polridmouth Bay a place of stunning natural beauty and another home to Daphne du Maurier.


Gribben Head to Polperro is designated as a Heritage Coast and applies to coasts of exceptional fine scenic quality.  Many other activities can be seen outside the river such as pilots boarding and bringing in the commercial ships to be loaded with china clay, the main export from Fowey.


As we head back towards the river entrance we have the time to see Fowey and the coast at its best, from the sea.


The Fowey Estuary is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   At low tide the salt marshes and mud flats are an important feeding ground for birds, especially those migrating. Birds seen include: Oystercatchers, Redshank, Dunlin, Shelduck, Mallard. The creeks are feeding areas for Herons, Egret's and Kingfishers.



Exploration Trip 1.5 hours

This trip gives us a chance to travel further afield increasing the chances of spotting marine life. One destination maybe Looe Island seven miles East of Fowey. The once populated island is now a wildlife reserve and a frequent restring place for Atlantic Grey Seals.


During the excursion we will pass Lantic Bay a large but quiet white sandy beach, most of the visitors come here by boat as the high surround cliffs cut off the area to most walkers. Further on is the ancient fishing village of Polperro, this is the best example of a village that ought to be seen from the sea.


It's situation is breathtaking with the houses climbing up the sheer valley sides Head west from Fowey and we cross St Austell Bay up to Dodman Point. The Harbours that pierce this stretch of coastline fall under two categories: the ancient fishing harbours and the industrial harbours. The Dodman was once the site for Cornwall's largest Iron Age fortification, a massive earth bank stretching across the headland is all that remains. From the Dodman to St Antony's Head is an area where marine mammals are often seen.


The return trip back to Fowey will not be direct, we will swing further out to sea towards richer waters looking out for dolphins, whales, porpoise and the UK's largest fish Basking Shark




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  • Schools, Colleges and local organisations
  • Group Bookings
  • Corporate entertainment packages
  • Hotel Bookings
  • Private Hire


Feel free to call and enquire, we are open to suggestions.


Explore some of the finest coastlines the UK has to offer and observe marine wildlife in their natural habitat. Dolphins, Porpoises, Whales and Basking Sharks are just a few of the species that visit our area.


Fowey Maritime Centre has three unique features that will make every trip entertaining, exhilarating and memorable: The vessel's manoeuvrability means that we can explore aspects of the coast and estuary that are inaccessible to the more traditional craft.  We are licensed to travel up to 20 miles off shore.  The flexibility to cater for all passenger requirements.


Code of Conduct


Everyone at FMC is committed 100% to the conservation of the unique natural flora and fauna of the estuary and shorelines. We regard the minimisation of disturbance to the marine habitat as one of our key responsibilities and operate to codes designed to protect all marine life.




Fowey Maritime Centre (F.M.C.) are approved by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Seaquest.

Always wear warm waterproof clothing, we can supply water proofs.

Lifejackets are supplied and must be worn at all times. Boarding is via a large gentle slipway, where our

Boarding Master will assist you.

Generally suitable for all ages.

Dogs are welcome.

The boat and skipper are fully licensed to the stringent codes of practice by the MCA and Fowey Harbour

Commissioners to carry 8 passengers and 1 crew.

FMC have Third Party Liability Insurance (Does not include personal effects).

Full refunds are given in the rare event of trips being cancelled due to adverse weather.










FOWEY MARITIME CENTRE - 20 Lostwithiel Street, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1BE



20 Lostwithiel Street, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1BE