Whitby Coastal Cruises is a family run business started in 2001, as Whitby Harbour Cruises, by the owner Bryan Clarkson. Our first boat was 12 seater Dutch lifeboat named Dash, which used to run river trips around Whitby Harbour. These trips were so successful Dash was replaced by the larger vessel Skylark and in 2002 the harbour trips were changed to part harbour & sea trips.
Following two successful years Skylark was replaced by the 50 seater Esk Belle I. The company name was changed to Whitby Coastal Cruises Ltd. and trips to Staithes & sea trips were added as part of a new experience.
In 2005 the 120 seater Esk Belle II replaced Esk Belle I. This was an exciting year for the company, as Bryan's son (David) joined the company and became part of the business. Esk Belle II also took part in the fleet review at Portsmouth, acting as liberty boat ferrying sailors to and from all the navy boats & submarines taking part in the review.
The business has continued to grow offering sunset and twilight cruises as well as daily & Staithes specials. In 2009 we were delighted to win Tourism Experience of the Year Award with Yorkshire Moors & Coast.
Following another four successful years Esk Belle II was then sold off in 2013.
During periods of fair weather we do coastal cruises of various types. One of the most popular is our evening sunset cruise, along the beach to the village of Sandsend, about 3 miles north of Whitby. During this leisurely cruise we keep relatively close to the beach so that passengers can enjoy the evening sunset on both land and sea. Whitby is one of two locations in the United Kingdom where the sun rises and sets in the sea.
For the first time since steamers sailed from Whitby to Hartlepool we are offering cruises along the Yorkshire coast to the picturesque fishing village of Staithes. The trip includes an hour ashore for you to explore this quaint fishing village where fishermen still use traditional methods to catch cod and lobsters.
All our sailings are weather dependant and at the discretion of the Captain. To avoid disappointment please contact us for the latest news prior to travelling.
So few people realise the North Sea, just a few miles off Whitby, boasts such a rich variety of sea life below the surface.
Over the past few years the whale watching trips on board the Specksioneer, Esk Belle III and Kerrera have spotted minke, fin, sei, northern and humpbacks as well as thousands of seals, dolphins and porpoises. See the tell-tale swell, the whales showing themselves while swimming alongside the boat, sharp jets of water being shot into the air from their blow holes and experience the smell of fish on their breath - before they breach and disappear again to the murky depths below!
You don't need to travel the world to experience this amazing sight, you can do it off the coast of Yorkshire's premier resort; Whitby.