Needles Pleasure Cruises offer 2 unique boat trips from Alum Bay on the Isle of Wight, taking passengers on short cruises for close up views of the Needles Rocks and Lighthouse, plus panoramic views of the coloured sands of Alum Bay
1st April until 29th October 2017, 7 days a week.
Take a relaxing cruise
A 20 Minute slow cruise to view the Needles Rocks and Lighthouse, coloured sands of Alum Bay, dramatic caulk cliff face and the surrounding coastal features. The trips are available from Easter ’til October with boats departing every 1/2 hour, and during the peak season every 15 mins, daily from 10.30am
Groups over 20 will attract a discount if paying collectively, children under 3 and dogs welcome free.
Some of the features of the Alum Bay / Needles Trip
- Live commentary
- Panoramic Views of the Coloured Sands of Alum Bay
- Victorian Fort beneath the Needles Battery
- Shipwrecks of the area
- Views of the surrounding Dorset & Hampshire Coastline
- Sea Bird Life
- Needles Rocks & Lighthouse
- Dramatic 400 foot high chalk cliffs
- Progression of coastal erosion form caves to stacks
- Discover the origin of the “Needles”
- Views of Hurst Castle and Fort Albert
Trips will generally last at least 20 mins.
Aboard our High Speed Rib ‘Skye Rose’
A 15 minute fast trip running underneath the 400 foot chalk cliffs in Alum Bay to get close up views of the gun slots, smugglers caves, Needles Rocks and Lighthouse, then passing around the end of the Lighthouse into Scratchells Bay, around St Anthony’s rock whilst cruising under the 300 foot cliff over hang, back around the Needles Lighthouse, across Alum Bay to the Beach. You’ll also have the great advantage of being South of the Lighthouse for that perfect photo opportunity.
The RIB operates from Easter until late in the season, departing every 20-30 minutes, in favourable weather conditions but mid/peak season only. ~Daily from 10.30am
£11 per person, or £40 for a family of 4 (2 Adults and 2 children under 15)
All trips weather and operational conditions permitting.
No booking required for group sizes less than 20 on either routes
Schools and Educational Visits:
Different schools seem to have different agendas! Some purely in holiday mode, others with a strict educational agenda. With all the listed features of the trip you can simply make your own mind up as to your reason for visiting.
•Detailed live commentary
•The coloured sands of Alum Bay
•Coastal erosion & the shaping of the caves, archways & needles rocks
•8000 year old connection of the Needles to Old Harry Rocks in Dorset
•Operation of the Lighthouse
•Glimpses of St Catherine’s Lighthouse on days of good visibility
•Surrounding Hampshire & Dorset coastline from as far as Anvil point (Swanage) 15miles to Milford on Sea 3.5 miles
•Victorian Fort beneath the Needles Battery. Build in 1880, 5 gun slots, chalk tunnels, fresh water reservoir, 200ft lift shaft connecting to the Old battery
•Views of Hurst Castle built in 1545 and Fort Albert built in the 1850s
•400 foot Chalk cliffs peaking at Tennyson Monument on the South side
•Bird Life – Cormorants, Guillemots, Terns, Gannets, Black back sea gulls to name a few
•Fishing within the bay – Anglers, Lobster pots
•Shipwrecks in the area
•Origin of the Needles & threading the Needles
Trips will generally last at least 25mins – Discounted rates apply to school parties in excess of 20, paying collectively. Please enquire for more details