Sunset over the water at Blakeney Point

Frequently Asked Questions

To help you with plan your trip we have listed out some of our more frequently asked questions. If you can't find what you're looking for Contact Us. ~ We look forward to seeing you at Beans Boats soon.
Yes - well behaved dogs on leads are fine (however please be considerate to other passengers, as not everyone is dog friendly!).

Larger dogs must travel on the floor although smaller dogs may sit on laps - no dog will be permitted to take up a seating space. Due to often limited space (especially during high season) The number of dogs per family is limited to two.
All the seal trip boats are open so you get the best views of the seals and wildlife.
We run 52 weeks, daily throughout the summer and regularly during the winter, times change daily according to high tide times. (See departure times to plan your trip).
To book is easy just Phone 01263 740505 or 01286 740038 (between 8.30am & 6.00pm) every day. You can book on the day but we can get very busy at weekends and holiday times, especially during the summer, so booking a few days ahead is advised. You can of course book earlier if you want.
No - sorry payment in cash only at the quay please.
No - we will save your seats for you to turn up and pay on the day. (If you cant make it for any reason all we ask is you let us know as soon as possible).
You pay for your tickets on the day when you collect them (when you phone to book you will be told where! Either on the quayside or at the ticket office)
The boats depart from MORSTON QUAY ~ NR25 7BH. Situated on the A149 Coast Road between Blakeney and Wells next sea, further details on getting here.
All our boats are white and orange so are easy to spot, the crew wear orange tops with 'Beans Seal Trips' on the front so just look for one of them!
The MCA regulations state that we have to carry life rafts and life jackets on board. Life jackets only have to be worn in an emergency.
No - sorry the boats are not big enough for toilets, there are however toilets on Morston Quay and on Blakeney Point.
No - sorry the rate is the same as for adults.
Yes - we go all weathers if safe to do so. Very occasionally we do have to cancel if it's too windy.
No - but we advise sensible clothing to suit the weather (its always a bit cooler on the water!) Sensible footwear is also advised as the quayside and Blakeney Point both have un-even surfaces.
Yes - there is a big National Trust car park next to the quayside just a short stroll to the boats. ("Pay and display" but free to National Trust members).
Yes - the Coast Hopper bus stop is in Morston village, about 5 minutes walk to the quayside.
A seal trip on its own lasts for about one hour. When we land on Blakeney Point this will add between half-an-hour to one hour more to the overall trip.
Beans Boats often still run if the weather is rainy, cloudy or otherwise inclement. Occasionally, very high winds may call for a shorter journey or cancellation. If Beans Boats have to cancel a trip completely you will be offered the choice to move your booking to another day or to receive a full refund if payment has already been made. If the boats are running a normal service despite the weather but you decide not to travel, then you will forfeit your ticket and not be entitled to a refund.
The boats cannot accommodate bulky luggage. Items including, but not limited to, pushchairs, buggies and luggage cannot be taken on the boats. Beans Boat Trips do not have a storage facility so any items left behind and unattended will be at the owner‘s risk.
The seals are wild animals and we do not control/feed them in any way - they are simply here because they want to be. The colony averages around 500 (low water count) and we will always try our best to show you as many seals as possible - every day and every trip is different. On rare occasions, there may be very few seals and, on extremely rare occasions, none. This could be for a variety of reasons: shortage of food, disturbance from other boaters, canoeists etc. If for any reason this does happen and you don’t see any seals, Beans Boats will offer you another trip on a day and time that suits you or alternatively, a 50% refund.
We have 5 boats operating which vary in size and seating capacity. Prices for a private charter (with skipper) for up to 12 persons start from £200 (cost depends on time of year). Thereafter, prices increase depending on the number of persons / what size boat / time of year etc. We will however, always try to fit to your budget so please ask for a price either by phone or by using the “contact form” via email (see contact us). We can also offer discounts for larger parties, schools and groups and can accommodate up to a total of 170 persons over our 5 boats). Please enquire for prices and availability.
Unfortunately, due to the size of the boats and the limited floor area we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs. However, their occupants are more than welcome as long as they are able to board the boat albeit with assistance from their companions and /or the crew.