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Sealife Safaris & Boat Trips
Our boat trips leave Padstow harbour making our way out of the spectacular Camel Estuary to the stunning Cornish cliffs.
For children, adults and photographers this is a best boat trip in Cornwall.
There are opportunities to see Grey Seals, Dolphins, Porpoises, Basking Sharks and Sun Fish to name a few.
A fantastic experience. Unfortunately we didn't have nice weather and ended up getting very wet, but despite this we were lucky enough to see bottle nosed dolphins, seals, puffins and much more wildlife.We were provided with water proof trousers and offered a coat but had our own.The crew were excellent and couldn't have asked for a better experience. Definitely worth the money for the 2 hour experience!!!!
My 7 year old daughter and I went on the 10am Wildlife Boat on one misty morning last weekend. Despite wrapping my daughter up (it was very hot on land) experience tells me that it is still much cooler at sea but it didn't stop my daughter or other children feeling the cold. Don't ever forget to wrap up warm folks! Well, as pointed out to us by our 'captain' we were in nature and not a zoo. No puffins, no dolphins, whales or sun fish on our trip although we did see a seal pop his head up and saw some other unremarkable sea birds. Typical, a whale the day before and dolphins for the following rides I believe. HOWEVER! we still had a blast in the boat and it was still a fun and exciting activity which offers great value for money. We were still very happy and would definitely do again.
Huge thanks for a magical experience. I am a little nervous on boats, but not this time. I felt so safe on our vessel of happiness! The driver & wildlife guide were brilliant. We were lucky enough to see many local species of birds nesting, including the delightful little puffins. It was so close up & a dream come true to see puffins! I have lived by the Cornish coast for 15 years & this was a first. I have been on 3 trips with Padstow Sealife Safari over the years & I have been lucky enough to see dolphins each time. This time was exeptional. The dolphins were clearly delighted to see us & they allowed us to watch them so closely for such a long time. We could even hear their amazing clicks & sounds. It was the best wildlife experience of my life. Huge thanks to the crew whose skill & knowledge made this possible! Our adventure was topped with spotting seals & visiting a very impressive blowhole. Simply perfect! I will definitely return for more amazing memories.
Superb marine trip and respectful of the animalsWe've been on a few marine trips, and shopped around before booking this one. I must say, this is one of the best we've been on. The marine biologists were very knowledgeable, kind and easy to understand. The captain of the boat was very experienced, drove the boat very skilfully and very respectful of the animals. They got close enough for a clear view, but not too close to harass or endanger the animals.The rib ride itself was worth the money, and everyone found it extremely fun.We first saw a seal in a bay, and then saw the nesting spot for some puffins (it was out of season, but saw a lot more seals on the island).We then went looking for Common Dolphins. The conditions were a little choppy and I was doubtful we'd see anything, but the skills of the crew spotted a pod and the dolphins played around our boat for 15-20 mins before we headed back towards shore.While going past the beautiful Cornish coastline, the crew spotted (I still don't know how...very eagle eyed!) a sunfish! It was the first time me and my wife saw one, and she's been wanting to see one for years! We also saw a junior puffin flying by.This is definitely on of the best things we've done in Cornwall and fun for all. Highly recommended.
Lovely boat. Amazing skipper and knowledgeable marine biologist on board. We were lucky this time and saw common dolphins. There is no guarantee of this, we have been out in the past and not seen them (you are almost guaranteed to see seals tho). They were amazing leaping and interacting with the boat. So playful! Because the boat is small it is a very close experience if you are lucky enough to have it. Also because of this, the price is a little higher than we are used to, but I guess it is because it is more of an exclusive trip and expensive part of the country.
Fantastic trip, plenty to see and really good fun. Ian the skipper was an absolute professional and the guide was very knowledgable. Saw a few seals and interesting seabirds. The views were stunning, well worth a trip!!
Fantastic experience. As a family we have never been disappointed, one of the highlight of our holiday in Cornwall that we look forward to everytime. Not just a boat ride - although this is worth it on its own the guides depth of knowledge make it very educational.
Excellent 2 hr boat trip along the coastline. Lucky to have seen seals, sun fish, numerous birds and most amazing of all a pod of approx 25 dolphins.. Worth every penny. Great skipper and knowledgeable wildlife specialist Rosie. A must if visiting Padstow.
Absolutely amazing boat trip!! Perfect weather (but would have loved it in the rain too!)Hannah was fantastic, giving us lots of interesting facts and stories about the sights and widelife. Saw loads of dolphins, seals and different birds including puffins. Would highly recommend and would even go again, well worth the money. Also 10% off for parties of 4 or more! Kev the skipper was brilliant, loved the speed, bumping over the waves and the slalom at the end!! All round made our holiday!
Great trip, really well run by friendly, professional team.Boat ride was a thrill, we saw a handful of seals around the cave which was great, but highlight was going 8 miles off shore where the crew found a pod of around 20 dolphins who we spend 25 minutes around.Highly recommended operation
We just had a trip with Simon and Rosie and couldn't ask for a better experience. The water was calm and clear and we saw so much. Both Simon and Rosie were knowledgeable friendly and fun. You can tell they love there job and who can blame them. Would highly recommend.
We had a great 2 hour safari. Lovely guide Rosie- who was well informed and the boat was handlwd very well by a confident skipper. Very exciting shooting through the waves! We saw various seabirds, a few seals and to our delight some dolphins- who we kept alongside for quite a while. A brilliant trip!
What an amazing experience. Great friendly team that made the experience something to remember. Saw seals and visited lots of interesting places along the coast. We had great fun as a family. My 6 year old daughter loved it and even didn't mind getting wet.
Loved it , would recommend using the clothes they provide as you will get soaked otherwise. Double layer also , don't do what I did and wear t-shirt only . Was freezing and wet . But had a whale of a time excuse the pun . Saw a couple seals and few birds , fish etc with our guide very knowledgeable. Nice couple of hours spent exploring our beautiful coast .
Been on the 2 hour safari today. We seen some seals unfortunately no dolphins. I thought I would be really disappointed but I wasn't bothered as the safari was amazing and worth every penny. Going really fast for the majority of the 2 hours was awesome. We got wet so definitely use their waterproofs. Can't wait to go on it again. Thanks guys
Brilliant. Trip of a lifetime. Sea safari to see wildlife in situ but even though there was not a lot to see, a few birds and some seals, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the RIB ride, even down to the quite rough occasional landing on a low wave. Really worth the money. Had done a similar trip a few years before on a normal boat but this one was by far better. Waterproof clothing supplied and it was definitely required. Thank you, Padstow Sea Life Safaris.
We had a fantastic trip around the coast yesterday! The team were really friendly and helpful, the boat was great (open top, very fast!) and we seen lots of wildlife including dolphins, seals and birds. Highly recommended!
I haven't been in a while but it’s truly marvellous, you see so much, from puffins to seals. But you can see all that int he brochure, the staff are lovely and very helpful, both in the booking shop and the guides themselves, great boatmen. 10/10 would go again 🙂