The Fleet Explorer

Take a trip on the Fleet Explorer

The Fleet Explorer © Angela Thomas

Enjoy an hour long boat trip on Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Fleet Explorer

Find out about the iconic Chesil Beach, the little tern colony, local history, the wildlife of the Fleet Lagoon, and see what animals you can spot along the way. A great way for families, nature enthusiasts, photographers and visitors to explore the area, and experience one of the UK’s most important Marine Protected Areas. 

The Fleet Explorer is a shallow drafted boat specifically designed and built to explore the lower reaches of the Fleet Lagoon.  The boat runs daily trips for visitors and has themed-events, as well as being available to charter for educational groups and special occasions like birthdays.

Your trip helps fund the running of the Fleet Explorer, which is also used to protect wildlife on Chesil and the Fleet by clearing litter, research, monitoring and helping the Little Tern Project. Any extra profit goes into supporting Dorset Wildlife Trust’s local conservation work.


The Fleet Explorer sails daily, weather and demand permitting, Easter until October. Trips last 1 hour and run throughout the day.

  • Adults £8.00 
  • Children £6.00 (3-15 years) Under 3's FREE 
  • Daily Trip - GROUP SAVER - : Save £5 with a booking of 4 people or more 
  • Boat available to charter for educational groups and  special occasions.

To book or for further information please call the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre on 01305 206191.

The Fleet Explorer carries up to 12 passengers, trips require a minimum of 3 passengers. We regret that the boat is not wheelchair accessible

You can pay cash on the boat, or you can pay by cash or card at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre one hour before departure.

How to find us

Free parking for passengers is available at:

Ferrymans  Way 
Wyke Regis 
DT4 9YU 

The Fleet Explorer Jetty is located next to the parking area.

Contact us


Tel: 01305 206191


Follow us on twitter for wildlife sightings & event details: @DWTWeyPort

Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Beach Road, Portland, Dorset. DT4 9XE

Are dogs allowed on the Fleet Explorer?

Yes, at the discretion of the skipper. The boat is very small and so well behaved dogs are allowed, but there isn't room for them to really move around on board. The best thing to do is to speak to the Fleet Explorer Team when you book and they can give you more information: 01305 206191.