The Wavehunters Water Taxi operates between Padstow and Rock across the Camel Estuary.
The ferry service operates every evening from 17:45 in the spring, (later in summer) then again in autumn months and is a convenient way to hop between the two popular destinations.
The 10-meter jet-powered catamaran is fully licensed for 12 passengers and has outside seating, alongside a comfortable heated inside cabin.
There is no need to book ahead and you are able to track the water taxi's location, so you'll never miss it again!
Please enquire for a private charter.
- Crossings every 10 - 15 minutes from 17:45 daily (starting later peak season)
- Save at least 45 minutes compared to driving around the estuary
- Seasonal passes available
- Save time by booking online
JUST TURN UP, BOOK ONLINE OR CALL THE BOOKING LINE07778 105297
Live Water Taxi Tracking
Yes we sell a 4 week or 10 week pass, simply book online per person (non transferrable). Our skippers will confirm your name and booking ref when boarding. Valid for all crossings until midnight. Local employers can call us on 01208 455789 option 5 for specific needs.
We will do our best to accommodate everyone wishing to travel however please note the taxi does operate from slipways requiring you to step onto the taxi and at low tides to walk across exposed sandy beach in front of the slipways making it potentially difficult to safely guarantee access for wheelchair users. Please call us on 0777 810 5297 with specific details and we will do our very best. It is not suitable for powered mobility scooters/chairs, sorry.
Please always come dressed for the weather forecast. We have seating for 12 outdoors to enjoy the views on pleasant evenings and when the weather is poor we have a heated indoor cabin for the short journey. As the ferry sometimes returns to sand at low tides it is always advisable to wear footwear to match.
On quieter evenings we may simply berth at one side. You can see our location live on our water taxi webpage and/or call the skipper after 18.45 on the night (0777 810 5297).
No in peak season we operate as a shuttle service crossing every 10 minutes (maximum twelve passengers per crossing) Your ticket is valid until Midnight. Simply turn up, show your confirmation email and name and jump on the next available trip. Just like a bus or train pre-booking your ticket does not bypass any queue waiting at peak times but it does help speed up boarding and payments to keep everyone moving swiftly.
Your ticket is valid for departures from 6.45pm onwards until Midnight only After Midnight we charge an additional late night tariff of £10 per person payable on boarding by card. (Please note after midnight is subject to availability on a first come basis payable on boarding only. Please always check with our water taxi team on the night as availability may be limited)
Yes we allow a maximum of 6 per crossing. Dogs are free! Bicycles are £2.50. All subject to skippers approval on the evening.
At Rock From the slip way near to Rock Beach Car Park . At Padstow On higher tides : South Slip (In town outside Old Custom House/Harbour office) On lower tides : Ferry Slip (Far end of harbour at start of the outer breakwater) If in doubt please call the water taxi on 0777 810 5297 for direction or see follow live position online.
We run every day from April to October from 17.45 to midnight* The crossing takes approximately 5-10 minutes. A winter schedule will be announced in October. *Estuary conditions and tides sometimes create additional difficulties for navigation during the hours of darkness. Our skippers will let you know if there are any restrictions necessary.
We have been working hard behind the scenes to further refine our Covid secure procedures. We closely follow government, statutory body and harbour master guidelines and have created a Wavehunters Covid Charter, which outlines what we promise to do and what we expect our customers to do in order to keep everyone safe. Our Covid Charter can be found in the website footer. When seated indoors on our water taxi, please wear a facemask in accordance with current government advice.
“Excellent pick up and return. Staff very friendly and professional”
Water Taxi 19/6/21
“Outstanding. So kind to my three year old who didn’t want to get on. Saw seals dolphins and puffins. Flexible to do one-hour trips when most only do two hours. Will be back.”
Sea Safari 29/5/21
“Andy and the team had all our kids standing up within 30 mins of the lesson starting. Our kids (range 5-8) enjoyed their relaxed style and their use of other games kept everyone warm and engaged throughout the two hours. I watched from the beach with my 3 year old but would have preferred to have got stuck in with some of the other parents who either took part in the lesson or were just getting involved. I didn't think my five year old would stick it out but she did - thanks wave hunters!”