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The best way to see the Needles Isle of Wight with the Salamander Needles and The Hut Luxury Boat Trip


A full-day lunch cruise passing both Hurst Lighthouse and Hurst Castle before exploring the western end of the Isle of Wight as far as the iconic Needles, passing 3 of the island's well-known western bays, Colwell Bay, Totland Bay and Alum Bay, before returning to Colwell Bay to drop anchor for lunch ashore at The Hut.


While you wait for your Hut RIB, for the short ride to shore, the Salamander crew will offer you a complimentary cocktail or a glass of champagne on the deck as an aperitif.

After lunch ashore you will return to Salamander, your private yacht for the day, when the crew will weigh anchor prior to returning you safely to your home port.


The Salamander crew will be offering guests an English cream tea on your return.


The Needles form the dramatic eastern end of the Jurassic ridge of chalk which once upon a time joined what is now the Isle of Wight with Old Harry Rocks in Dorset 12.5 nautical miles away.  This chalk ridge has now completely eroded away and what remains now lies submerged below Christchurch Bay.

If the weather is not suitable for a comfortable anchorage and RIB transfer in Colwell Bay, Salamander will drop guests off in nearby Yarmouth Harbour, where a taxi can be found for a short ride to The Hut.  

Departure Details for a Salamander Needles and the Hut Boat Trip


The Salamander Needles and The Hut Boat Trip will normally depart Berthon Lymington Marina at 10.00, viewing Lymington Town Quay, Lymington River, the Solent with views across to Yarmouth and the Isle of Wight, passing both Hurst Lighthouse and Hurst Castle, Colwell Bay, Totland Bay and Alum Bay, and the world-famous and iconic Needles, before stopping in Colwell Bay for lunch at The Hut and returning to Lymington at approximately 16.00.


When The Hut is closed during the winter period an alternative restaurant can be suggested. 


Times may vary slightly as this Adventure is tide and weather dependent.


Bespoke arrangements can also be made to meet guests in Lymington, Buckler's Hard on the Beaulieu River, Southampton, the Hamble, Portsmouth and Gosport in Hampshire, Cowes and Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight and Poole in Dorset. 


Departure times can be agreed to suit guest’s wishes. 

Lymington, Yarmouth, Cowes, Hamble, Southampton, Portsmouth and Poole are well served by trains and ferries making overland connections for boarding and disembarking Salamander very easy.

Lymington, The New Forest and the Isle of Wight are unique destination venues for some amazing scenery, with luxurious boutique hotels and excellent fine dining providing the perfect backdrop to combine with some wonderful sailing on board Salamander, a traditional yacht with a classically designed teak interior.  

Transfers from hotels can be arranged.


"The Hut is an easy-going beach restaurant that combines an unrivalled passion for simple yet delicious food, with a desire to create a relaxed but stylish environment for all to enjoy.


Using locally sourced produce wherever possible and by combining culinary classics with innovative ideas, The Hut offers a more exciting approach to seaside dining on the Isle of Wight.


Open throughout the day during the summer season, we offer a variety of settings to satisfy all – from a casual lunch in the sun to an ambient, candle lit dinner on the deck in the evening." - The Hut


Exceptional views from the alfresco table towards Hurst Castle, Mudeford, Hengistbury Head, and in the distance Sandbanks, Studland Bay and even on a good day Old Harry Rocks in Dorset. Tables also available inside.

A perfect day out – Salamander under full sail ready to take you where the wind blows

Your cruise will be on board the luxury 58 foot ocean-going sailing yacht Salamander of Lymington, which has successfully circumnavigated the world with the current skipper. You will be able to try your hand under supervision, if you wish, or you can sit back and luxuriate in the warmth of the teak deck saloon pilot house with great wrap round windows. Salamander is heated and perfectly suited for year round use, both sailing and cruising under motor.

Salamander’s home port of Lymington in Hampshire - Town Quay with colourful fishing boats and sailing yachts moored alongside

Lymington, where Salamander is normally based, is well worth a visit on foot, a charming Georgian town with cobbled streets, with many hotels, banks, pubs, restaurants and independent shops, lying between the New Forest and the Solent, the most famous stretch of sheltered water in the world of sailing, the venue of so many world class events, and just around the corner from the Beaulieu River, Cowes, Yarmouth, The National Trust Reserve at Newtown River, Portsmouth, Southampton, and last but not least the world famous and iconic Needles on the Isle of Wight.

Complimentary RIB ride ashore with your Salamander Sailing Adventure Needles and The Hut Boat Trip

What's included in the price for a Salamander Needles and The Hut Boat Trip?


  • Full-day cruise on Salamander for up to 12 guests.

  • A professional crew of 3, probably the highest crew to guest ratio on the south coast, usually including the round the world owner skipper with tales to tell, so you may relax or take part ... it's up to you.


  • Full dedicated steward service on board serving a champagne breakfast to include a glass of bucks fizz, a bacon roll, Danish bites and tea or coffee.


  • Return Hut RIB Transfer in Colwell Bay from Salamander to The Hut

  • English afternoon cream tea including a selection of scones and cakes on board Salamander of Lymington

  • Complimentary drinks, tea and coffee are available throughout the day on board Salamander of Lymington

  • Parking adjacent to Salamander in Berthon Lymington Marina, Bath Road, Lymington, SO41 3YL

*Based upon a minimum of 6 guests

**Guests pay for their own lunch at The Hut, including any drinks if applicable, and return taxi fares Yarmouth - The Hut, if weather dictates guests are dropped off in Yarmouth Harbour. 



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Salamander guests enjoying a celebratory lunch ashore at The Hut in Colwell Bay on the Isle of Wight

Comfortable, warm and great all round visibility for all seasons for a Needles and The Hut Boat Trip



"Fabulous family day out sailing, followed by lunch at The Hut !"

"A big thank you to the Salamander team for the most amazing day out on their beautiful sailing yacht. Sue, Chris and Joules made for a very enjoyable and special day with meticulous organisation, great hospitality with humour and laughter. They even managed to get the sun to peak through the clouds.


We had a lovely sail over to The Needles followed by lunch at The Hut, which was made extra special as we were able to anchor just outside. It was a great experience and everyone loved it, couldn't recommend it enough.


Will definitely be doing it again!"

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