Marine Discovery Penzance - wildlife and dolphin watching boat trips

Welcome to Marine Discovery, West Cornwall's original wildlife boat tour.

dolphin watching with Marine Discovery

Join us on our sailing catamaran, Shearwater II, for a unique marine wildlife watching adventure. The diversity of the wildlife found in West Cornwall is what makes it special. Trips could encounter grey seals, various seabirds, or different species of dolphins and porpoises, enigmatic ocean sunfish or even giants such as minke whales, humpback whales, basking sharks and leatherback turtles! Sailing gives you the most special encounter possible, the quiet meaning you can hear the splashes of the gannets as they dive and the whistles of the dolphins as they bowride alongside us (check out our videos to see for yourself). Be assured also that you have chosen the most environmentally responsible option. Part of what makes Marine Discovery exceptional is that we use our trips to collect scientific data. No other tour company in the country does this to the same extent and it is an incredibly important part of our job.Duncan, Hannah and their small team are completely dedicated to giving the best experience possible and are looking forward to welcoming you to Marine Discovery - In 2013 Marine Discovery won the Responsible Whale and Dolphin Watch Operator of the year.

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Why choose us?

A grey seal lying relaxed on a rock

Shearwater II carries a maximum of 12 passengers so you have space, comfort and freedom to move without being squashed or trying to see over heads

360 degree views for every passenger (if you have been wildlife watching then you know how important this is!) - our boat is set up for the best viewing

Low impact vessel with quiet engines and sail power - better for the wildlife and better for you (noisy boats are fatiguing).

Respect - we use our knowledge of the wildlife to watch it behaving in its natural way, with every attempt made to minimise our impact. This means you get the best encounters while knowing you are not disturbing the animals you have come to see.

Our guides are keen naturalists and graduate marine biologists/scientists.

Windproof/waterproofs supplied for your comfort.

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