An organised boat trip is a wonderful way to see the Isle of Man’s stunning coastline and marine wildlife from a unique and fascinating perspective.


Whether you choose a pleasure cruise, fishing trip or wildlife tour, a boat trip on Manx waters will be a memorable and exciting experience.

A number of companies offer boat trips throughout the year and can cater for general or specialist requirements – including photography trips or just a simple coastal cruise.


Please note:

All trips depend on the weather and tide times so you’ll need to see the boards in both harbour areas for more information.


Boat Trips have always been popular in Port Erin!

Boat trips are one of the main tourist activities undertaken by the first Victorian tourists to Port Erin.


“The Calf Islet is also often visited by boat from Port Erin, the distance being 3 miles. The charge for boat and men is 10s. Those who take this excursion might get the boat-men to land them at the Sound, and thence walk ½ mile to Craignaish, and, after visiting the Chasms, return to Port Erin, or descend direct to Port St. Mary.”

from Jenkinson’s Practical Guide, 1874


In 1940 the local tourist guide advertised over a hundred rowing boats for hire!


Official Handbook of The Official Board of Advertising for The Isle of Man, 1940
Shona Boat Trips
Shona Boat Trips offer Calf of Man sailings and landings, wildlife, heritage and tourist charters from Port Erin. Operating from May to September from the Raglan Pier in Port Erin, they offer a number of excursions including sailings to Fleshwick Bay and sailings around Port Erin bay. See sights such as the Bradda Mines, the Drinking Dragon, The Chasms, Chicken Rock Lighthouse, The Stevenson Lighthouses, The Sound and much more. See wildlife including basking sharks, dolphins, seals, porpoises and many different species of bird.
The Gemini is a twin engine 35 foot catamaran which makes it an excellent stable platform for all types of trips. We operate weather permitting daily from Port St Mary in the Isle of Man. We offer Fishing Trips - tackle & bait available and beginners welcome, Wildlife Trips: - Wise Certified Operator, Bird Watching. Coastal Cruises. Toilet available., Famous for cups of tea and biscuits and occasionally Beryl's Cake!!! 2 crew - Skipper Bob Taylor and usually John. 12 passengers, all ages and skill levels welcome.
Port St Mary Boat Excursions
With over 40 years experience and trips running all year round, Port St Mary Boat Excursions provides the perfect opportunity to see the Island from a new perspective.  The sightseeing excursions run daily (weather-permitting) from Port St Mary Harbour and travel south to the Calf of Man. On the way you will see stunning rock formations such as Sugarloaf Rock and the famous Drinking Dragon, as well as various species of sea birds and marine wildlife up close.  You can then alight at the Calf and spend two hours exploring this uninhabited and tranquil island, before heading back to the quaint town of Port St Mary. Dedicated bird-watching and fishing trips are also available. 
Isle of Man and Calf boat trips
Vagabond Charter Enjoy an exciting boat trip on a 7.2 metre rib to visit the Calf of Man, see marine wildlife, sea birds and some of the Isle of Man’s coastal archaeological heritage. Custom made trips available.