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Tips for special outings on Texel’s mudflats

Texel’s eastern coast – where the island borders on the Wadden Sea – is relatively quiet, although our island’s mudflat coast is certainly worth exploration.

Here are four tips for special outings to help you explore Texel’s mudflats:

1. Seal watching

From the port of Oudeschild you can take a trip across the Wadden Sea. There are several boats that offer a seal trip to the sandbanks in the Wadden Sea where the seals like to stay. Often, these creatures are very curious and are brave enough to swim close to the boats.

2. Gathering oysters

Oysters are there for the picking on Texel’s mudflats; you only need to know where to look. Texel’s oyster man Martin leads excursions to the best oyster spots along the Wadden Dyke. And then, of course, you’ll have the opportunity to sample the oysters. It’s certainly a pleasurable way of passing your time in the Wadden Sea region!

3. The RIB experience

RIBs are Rigid Inflatable Boats: seaworthy, inflatable boats. Equipped with one or more powerful motors, these RIBs become highly manoeuvrable speedboats. On Texel, you can take a trip on the Bruuzer or the Sop-Speedy, which race with 350 HP across the Wadden Sea. It’s a unique experience!

4. Mudflat walks

The Wadden area is a unique nature reserve and has World Heritage status for a good reason. Due to the change of tides, the mudflats fall dry and you can walk on the bottom of the sea. How special is that! During such an excursion, a guide explains everything that lives on and in the bottom of the Wadden Sea.

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