Summer Water Activities in Lyme Regis

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Lyme Regis offers a variety of summer water activities that promise unforgettable experiences for visitors of all ages. From boat trips and dolphin watching to open water swimming and stand-up paddleboarding, this charming seaside town offers all the aquatic adventure you’ll need for a memorable summer holiday. Let’s take a look at some of the exciting water-based activities available in Lyme Regis.

Lyme Bay Boat Trips

Lyme Bay Boat Trips depart from Lyme Regis harbour and are an experience not to miss. Why not try a mackerel fishing trip, perfect for families seeking an hour of seafaring fun on board the boats Neptune, Frances Jane, or Trinity—casting your line and reeling in the catch of the day. Remember, guest at the Alexandra are always welcome to bring their catch up to the restaurant and have our chefs cook you and your family a delicious dinner!

Alternatively, why not simply take in the breathtaking coastal views on a sightseeing cruise, where the knowledgeable skipper will regale you with fascinating local history, tales of shipwreck and plunder, and insights into marine life in the area. For those seeking a more personalised experience, private charter hire is also available.

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Lyme Rib Rides

For thrill-seekers and adventure enthusiasts out there, Lyme Rib Rides offers an adrenaline-pumping experience aboard Sea Spirit, the fastest passenger boat in the bay. Feel the rush as you ride the waves on this custom-built, twin-engine 500hp RIB (rigid inflatable boat), which rips through the waters of Lyme Bay.

With options ranging from a 30-minute coastal rib ride for a quick burst of excitement to a more leisurely 50-minute or 2-hour cruise, there's something for everyone. Departing from the pontoon at the end of the Cobb, each trip begins with a safety briefing and equipment demonstration, ensuring your enjoyment and security throughout the adventure.

Dolphin Watch Boat Trips

Lyme Regis's new dolphin and marine wildlife watching excursions, organised by Dolphin Watch, provide an incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with dolphins, seals, porpoises, and various seabirds in their natural habitat. Led by experienced skipper Steve Sweet on board the Amaretto IV, a modern multi-hull boat, these trips take you into the heart of Lyme Bay's 60-square-mile conservation zone. 

Equipped with the latest technology and meeting all safety requirements, the vessel ensures your comfort with plenty of seating and toilet facilities. Sightings of common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and even white-beaked dolphins are not uncommon, making this a truly magical experience for wildlife enthusiasts.

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Open Water Swimming

With its sandy beach and relatively calm seas, Lyme Regis has long been a popular destination for sea swimmers. In recent times, the allure of open water swimming has attracted a surge of enthusiasts to this beautiful coastal spot. While the experience can be exhilarating, it's important to exercise caution and respect the sea's power. Follow the guidance of the Lyme Regis harbourmaster and the RNLI to ensure a safe and enjoyable swim. Complete with stunning coastal views, this open water swimming location offers a unique and invigorating way to connect with nature.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has gained immense popularity worldwide, and Lyme Regis provides the perfect backdrop to engage in this exciting activity. With its accessibility and health benefits, SUP paddleboarding offers an incredible experience for beginners and seasoned paddlers alike. Glide across the serene coastal waters, engaging your core muscles and enhancing your strength and stability. You can launch your SUP board from anywhere along the main beach and explore the beautiful coastline at your own pace. The perfect way to spend a summer’s afternoon!

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Visit the Alexandra

After an exhilarating day at sea, it's time to unwind and relax. And what better way to do so than by booking a room at the Alexandra, our stunning boutique hotel that epitomises relaxation and coastal charm. Situated in Lyme Regis, this hidden gem offers breathtaking sea views, elegantly designed rooms, delicious seasonal food and drinks menus, and a prime location within walking distance of the beach and all the water adventures you can manage!

Posted on June 30th 2023

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