Our ‘Port & North Sea’ boat tour is an educational and adventurous boat tour of the ports of IJmuiden and — weather permitting — along the North Sea coast. The tour takes us past the fish market, rescue boats, fishing boats, the German WWII U-boat bunker and the nautical control tower.
The tour continues past Forteiland, the IJmuiden locks, Hoogovens and the piers, and finally reaching the great North Sea. If the weather is favourable, we will even sail onto the North Sea, in the direction of Zandvoort or Wijk aan Zee. During the tour, the skipper will explain what happens in the ports. The tour takes about one hour. When you return, everyone is presented with a certificate on behalf of Neptune.
From March to October we offer daily one-hour boat tours, which leave at 14.00 and 16.05 hours.
Due to the Corona virus, for the time being, a maximum of 60 passengers per trip has been set.
Tours will only go through if the boat is available and there is sufficient participation. You can book and pay your tickets through our booking calendar.
Tickets are € 12,50 per person, but children up to 5 years old are free of charge (except for groups of children).
The boat departs and arrives at the berth at the “Dankzij Terminal” at the Sluisplein. This is located at the Sluisplein or the so-called “Kop van de haven” (Head of the port). The berth is near the fisherman’s monument (the man with the lantern). You can find a map on the contact page.
Food and drink on board
We sell fresh coffee and tea, soft drinks, wine, beer and spirits on board. A variety of small snacks is also available, such as toasted sandwiches, various biscuits, nuts, and so on.
If you order in advance, we can arrange assorted pastries, cake, various skipper’s lunches, hot and/or cold buffet, and more.
Our Catering page has more details.
On our sister site www.watertaxi-ijmuiden.nl we also offer mini tours. During a mini tour we cruise through the port area passing the three watertaxi stops “Sluisplein”, “Noordpier” and “Zeesluis”. You can board at a stop of your choice and you will also return to the stop of departure.
A mini tour is shorter than a regular cruise, the route is more limited and the captain gives no explanation of what can be seen along the way. Nevertheless, it is a fun and affordable introduction to the port area, and ideal for getting a breath of fresh air and enjoying what’s going on around you.
The rate is € 7 per person aged 6 years and over.