Contact: William Shiel
Telephone: 07799 666573
Type of vessel and trips: MCA coded 10m rib, twin outboards, 12 passengers licensed to operator up to 20miles from shore, wildlife watching as well as diving.
Likely species to be seen: Common and white beaked-dolphins, harbour porpoises, minke whale, humpback whales are rare but have been seen in last few years, 4,000 Atlantic grey seals, tens of thousands of seabirds in breeding season. Individuals as well as parties, bespoke trips to such locations as Farnes Deep, favoured location 20 miles offshore for cetaceans.
Contact: Bryan Clarkson
Telephone: 07941 450381
Type of vessel and trips: Wildlife Trips onboard Esk Belle III, Kerrera and Specksioneer - including whale watching, in late summer and autumn.
Telephone: 07833 463034/0163 826889
Type of trip: Wildlife tours in Norfolk and throughout the UK, including cetaceans.
Likely species to be seen: Norfolk – Harbour porpoise and grey seal. UK tours – Bottlenose dolphin. See website for details of foreign tours.
Contact: Ashley Lane
Telephone: 01803 529147
Type of vessel and trip: With over sixty years of experience, Paignton Pleasure Cruises offer wildlife trips, fishing trips and private charters.
Contact: Matt Baraud
Telephone: 01803 529147
Type of vessel and trip: Morvargh Sailing Project provides sail training and youth development to 15-25 year olds based in the South West. Voyages can be anything from a 1-day taster session to a 6 day voyage, with occasional longer trips to France. Most trips take place along the South-West Coast, with older groups sailing to the Channel Islands.
Trips out of Albert Pier, Penzance Harbour
Contact: Rory Goodall
Telephone: 01736 811200/07971 540280
Type of vessel and trip: Marine wildlife cruises on rib “Ocean Ranger”, takes 12 passengers. 2 hour and 3 hour trips out of Albert Pier, Penzance Harbour.
Likely species to be seen: Common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, grey seals, basking sharks, ocean sunfish, rare seabirds at various times of the year, occasional minke whales, fin whales and leatherback turtles.
Contact: Hannah or Duncan Jones
Telephone: 01736 874907/07749 277110
Type of vessel and trip: One and two hour wildlife trips from Penzance Harbour onboard a 25ft rib, which seats 9 passengers.
Likely species to be seen: Wide variety of sea birds, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, Risso’s dolphins, grey seals, basking sharks, ocean sunfish, rare seabirds at various times of the year, occasional minke whales, fin whales, long-finned pilot whales and leatherback turtles.
Contact: Charlotte Fowler
Telephone: 07791 533569
Type of vessel and trip: RIB sea safaris and power boat trips from Rock, North Cornwall. What better way to explore the awe inspiring coastal scenery and incredible wildlife of North Cornwall than by powerboat? Our boat SeaXplorer is a 9m RIB which seats 12 passengers and is based at Rock, on the Camel Estuary just over the river from Padstow.
Type of vessel and trip: Roomy, comfortable and fast Aquabel 33 with covered flybridge, centrally heated cabin, seating inside and out for small intimate groups, a maximum of 9 people. All day, 7 hour whale and dolphin trips out around the Isle of Wight and surrounding waters. 4 hour general wildlife cruises through the Solent, out towards Chichester/Langtson Harbours or the fabulous seabird cliffs near the Needles Lighthouse.
Likely species to be seen: 6 different species of cetacean can be seen during the season, the most common being bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoise (possible sightings of minke whales, pilot whales, common dolphins and white-beaked dolphins). Common seals, Atlantic grey seals, basking wildfowl are also seen throughout the year. Pelagic trips available.