The Doe Eens Wad sailing trip

Every hour, enough plastic ends up in the sea to fill 11 Olympic-sized swimming pools. So it’s time to roll up your sleeves. Join the Doe Eens Wad sailing trip to the Rif, a beautiful sandbank that is part of the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site. The skipper beaches the sailboat on the bank, where you can then help clean up junk and plastic rubbish. It’s a way to do something together about plastic waste and to make the world a bit more beautiful. Want to join us?
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A collection point of waste

The Rif is located in the middle of the Wadden Sea, between the islands of Ameland and Schiermonnikoog. The current turns the sandbank into a collection point of waste, where you’ll find everything from vacuum cleaner hoses and fishing nets to shoes and debris from an airplane. In other words: it’s where the sea gathers what people throw away.

You depart Lauwersoog and sail through the lock on the Raaf, a genuine fishing boat. The sails are hoisted. From that moment it is a matter of sailing with the current. Arriving at Het Rif, you’ll have to wait until the ship is beached as the tide goes out, which is a unique experience in itself. You disembark, explore the sandbank and return on board with a large amount of waste. The work is really rewarding because you immediately see the results - a beautifully clean bit of nature. This is how you do the Wadden Sea!

Sailing on the tides

Double check all the times because departures differ per date. The time depends, among other things, on the wind strength and direction. You’ll be notified of the exact departure and arrival times three days before departure, along with some extra information about the tour. This enables you to prepare properly.

Good to know: sometimes you can board and disembark from Schiermonnikoog. Please check with the organization.