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Island Tours

Our most recommended Bournemouth Island Tours

Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise

1. Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise

Take a cruise around Europe's largest natural harbor, home to the town of Poole, the golden beaches of Sandbanks and Brownsea Island. From either open deck seating or comfortable saloon you will see stunning views of the exceptional landscape that surrounds it. Your 70 minute trip will start on charming Poole Quay with its old buildings and buzzing atmosphere.  Next you will go past Brownsea Island, home to wildlife and picturesque Brownsea Castle, built to protect against French invasions. After that comes the Sandbanks Peninsula and the luxurious houses of the ‘Golden Mile’. Then you will tour the great natural expanse of the harbor and the remaining islands: Green, Furzey, Long and Round. Fronting onto beautiful scenery it helped inspire classics like Lord of the Rings and Gulliver's Travel. 

Isle of Wight Minibus Tour from Bournemouth

2. Isle of Wight Minibus Tour from Bournemouth

Join a full-day bus tour to explore the Isle of Wight from Bournemouth. Once on the ferry, relax and let the views unfold. The crossing takes approximately an hour to reach East Cowes. Once arrived, you will head straight to the Needles and Alum Bay. Watch the landscape along the journey, and hear stories from your driver of the area. There is a two hour stop at the Needles, where you can walk out on the head land and discover where the name came from, of you can spend time wondering Alum Bay at the Needles Park. Spend time admiring the brightly colored sand, or even catch a chair life down to walk along the beach. Next stop is Tennyson Down, by which you will pass by old villages on the way and then drive down the coast. Have a stop at Compton Bay to enjoy the views. Then travel north across the island to Osborne House. Learn about the history of Osborne House, which was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's seaside palace. Queen Victoria said once "It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot".  If you don't want a tour at the Osborne House, feel free to wonder about Ryde, a pretty seaside resort, with small shops, cafes and pubs. This town also has passenger hovercraft, so keep your eyes peeled for those traveling around. The tour will catch the 5:30 PM ferry back to Southampton and will reach Bournemouth by roughly 7:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Bournemouth

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 10 reviews

A lovely trip around the bay on a summers bay. Nice & friendly staff. No better way to spend my the ticket said we met at the red kiosk, but it was the blue kiosk. They are close, so no biggie. We sat outside at the very back of the boat, and with the wind blowing around our ears, struggled to hear the commentary at times. Would sit nearer next time. Overall really good value

Excellent boat ride. Really good commentary by the captain. Staff were all friendly and they sell refreshments etc on board. I would recommend the 2 hr boat ride as the 70 mins isn't long enough. Oh and do take a jacket as it gets quite windy.

The tour was lovely. The Crewe were polite and talked through the sites with good local knowledge.

Lovely trip. Informative and lovely sights. Just the right length.

Very interesting and enjoyable trip. Highly recommend.