"The Yellow Boats"
keeping fun affordable!

£3.00 for a 20/25-minute trip into the bay and under 5's travel free!

Pets welcome.

Our Boats Explore

Coastal Cruise

Whitby Coastline
A 3 hour cruise aboard Summer Queen down the coast past Robin Hoods Bay and visiting the seal colony at Ravenscar. Sea conditions allowing we then swing out to sea for the return journey.

Amazing views of our spectacular coast and the opportunity to see many seabirds and wildlife from seals, porpoise to gannets, guillemots, gulls and skuas to migrant birds. There is always a chance of sighting a whale or dolphin from May onwards. Brilliant photography opportunities.

Full commentary is present throughout the cruise.

Adults: £15.00 // Under 14's: £10.00

Booking is not essential but advised.

River Special

Steam Train
A 1 hour trip available when high tide is suitable sailing through the swing bridge and up the Esk passing through the legs of the New Bridge and the beautiful Larpool viaduct turning within metres of Ruswarp road bridge.

The River Esk is stunning and unspoilt, giving a relaxing and memorable experience. Lots of wildlife to lookout for from seals on the banks, otters and rabbits to heron, egret, kingfisher and numerous other species of birds.

The steam trains run alongside the river when our timetables coincide (Please see NYMR timetables). This trip is a photographer’s dream! Full commentary throughout trip

Booking not essential but please be quayside up to 30 minutes before departure

Trip to Staithes

Steam Train
A unique cruise exclusive to the Yellow boats.

Join us aboard Summer Queen for a cruise north to the picturesque fishing village of Staithes, home of the popular children’s TV series “Old Jacks Boat”. We dock in the tiny fishing harbour where the tide allows passengers one hour ashore to explore or have a relaxing drink.

Full commentary throughout trip

This trip is tide and weather dependant and at the discretion of the Captain. These trips are advertised on our boards quayside and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please contact us for latest news before travelling.

SMS or Phone +44 7981 712419

Lasts approximately 3 hours

Adults: £15.00 // Under 14's: £10.00 // Senior Citizens: £11.00

Twilight Cruise

Twilight Pier View
Lasts approximately 45 minutes

Whitby is one of only two towns in the UK where the sun rises and sets in the sea as we face due North. A truly magical experience.

Please note sailings are advertised on the day quayside and on our Facebook page.

SMS or Phone +44 7981 712419

Adults: £6.00 // Under 14's: £3.00

Sunset Cruise

Whitby Coastline
Lasts approximately 45 minutes

Sail out of Whitby at dusk and return to harbour after dark. A unique opportunity to view our historic town from another perspective.

Please note sailings are advertised on the day quayside and on our Facebook page.

SMS or Phone +44 7981 712419

Adults: £6.00 // Under 14's: £3.00

Valley Bridge
Twilight Sky

About Whitby Coastal Cruises


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.

Fast forward to 2016 and Summer Queen arrived from Ullapool in Scotland and has undergone a refit during the winter of 2017. She offers open and covered decks and an indoor viewing saloon. Summer Queen and Esk Belle III offer a range of trips from 20 minute trips into the bay to coastal cruises and later in the year Summer Queen joins our sister company and the blue yacht Specksioneer whale watching.

A dedicated and knowledgeable team of skippers and crew work hard to ensure your experience is fun and safe.

Summer Queen

Summer Queen
Our newest arrival Summer Queen offers fore and aft decks, a covered upper deck, downstairs inside saloon, newly improved with large viewing windows and with hot drinks on sale (longer trips only) and toilets. She is very family friendly and fast.

Summer Queen was previously operated in Ullapool for wildlife trips until we purchased her in 2016. Summer Queen will be used for longer wildlife, Staithes, Sunset, Twilight trips and cruises. From September 1st, each year she will also be used for whale watching.


Specksioneer was built in 1965 by Werf Timmer, Krimpen, in the Netherlands. Originally called Zeeuwleeuw (Pronounced: Zay-lay- ew), she is constructed from welded steel and is a round-bilge, canoe-sterned, ketch-rigged motor-sailer. She is registered on the small ships register number 7049891. The rig is Bermudan Ketch and power is provided by a single Ford Manta 180hp diesel engine driving through conventional stern gear.

The 17m motorsailer Specksioneer (a Specksioneer was a whaling boat’s chief harpoon-firer) is licensed to carry 12 persons. Specksioneer was refitted in 2013/2016 and has toilet facilities. Specksioneer is ideally suited for those who want to experience the wildlife offshore.

Esk Belle III

Esk Belle III
Esk Belle III is used for 20 minute trips out into the bay and Evening River cruises and occasionally other trips. She provides lots of seating for all and a toilet.

Latest News

Bad weather cancellations

Posted by Jill on 2017-06-26

Well as flaming June has sadly turned into wet and windy it has forced us to cancel tonight's river cruise (Tuesday 27th) and all evening cruises for the rest of this week. We will post on here when they begin again

Evening cruises

Posted by Jill on 2017-05-31

Enjoy a relaxing 1 hour cruise out around the bay to Sandsend Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd June 7.30 - 8.30

Evening Cruise sailing Saturday 13th May 7.30 - 8.30 £6.00

Posted by Jill on 2017-05-11

Evening Cruise sailing Saturday 13th May 7.30 - 8.30 £6.00 Come join us aboard Summer Queen for a cruise out around the bay to Sandsend and back. Peace, quiet, evening light and who knows what you may see! Weather permitting we will be sailing every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Keep an eye on this page for news!


Yorkshire's Only Dedicated Whale Watching Company

Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal to some of the sea's most amazing creatures? Well now you can with the help of Whitby Whale Watching

Few people realise the North Sea, and more importantly, just off Whitby, boasts such a rich variety of sea life below the surface. Every year during late summer and autumn vast shoals of herring migrate to the inshore waters off the Yorkshire coast to spawn. The herring, in turn, attracts cetaceans, sharks, birds and seals to feed.

We started in 2006 with the yellow boats and quickly realised that we were starting to see whales on a regular basis during our sunset and twilight cruises. The more we looked, the more we saw! Minke, fin, sei, sperm and northern- were reported along with the one everyone wants to see, the Humpback whale, (seen every year now) following the shoals of fish. Thus, Whitby Whale Watching was born. Skipper Bryan Clarkson is an expert in finding whales off the Whitby coast and he is fast earning a reputation as “The Whale Whisperer”

Over the past few years the whale watching trips we have seen Minke whales, humpback whales, fin whales, sei whales, white beaked and bottle- nosed dolphins and porpoise as well as thousands of seals. You don´t need to travel the world to experience this amazing sight you can do it all from Yorkshire´s premier resort, Whitby. Of course we also see other creatures – sunfish, jelly fish, sharks – and many seabirds – Gannets, Guillemots, Razorbills, Puffins, Fulmar, Kittiwake, Herring Gull, Cormorant, Skuas, and Terns to name just a few. Late autumn brings many migratory birds including Shearwaters, Raptors, different species of geese, ducks wading birds and many small birds on their way to land.

visit the Whitby Whale Watching Website

Whitby Whale Watching