Marine Discovery Penzance - wildlife and dolphin watching boat trips

Customer feedback

Hello, After an amazing boat trip with you in June, and also the jealousy of the fact my mum and dad are going on one of your boat trips next week, ive decided to take another trip down in September with my boyfriend, purely to have the experience again! It was fantastic! Abi

Once again - thanks for a great time - I can see that you have had many great trips since too - lucky people! Richard Prior and family.

Hi   We wanted to send a quick message to say how much we enjoyed the trip, it was exhilarating. The children have been telling all their friends about the trip and have insisted that we do the trip again if we visit Cornwall again. Our daughter was thrilled by the seals and harbour porpoises and just being out on the sea with the wind blowing in her face. Our son was the quietest he's ever been (although he made up for it after) as he was enthralled by the whole experience and the expertise of the Duncan and Kimara, like you, he is very interested in marine conservation. We found the staff excellent in terms of expertise and approachability, and it clearly shows that you all really care about the Marine Environment and conservation. Thank you for a fantastic trip.   The Connolly Family

Dear Hannah,   Debora (the missus) and myself took a trip with you last week (thu 18th, morning), and I would like to say how much we enjoyed it. I was the one pointing the big white lens about!   Some shots from that trip are here on my flickr account site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/readza/sets/72157627501434820/detail/  

Hannah & Duncan,   Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our trip with you on Friday 26th August. It was great to see the dolphins in their natural habitat and Callum, Libby and Archie really enjoyed the whole experience - including the sailing - a big attraction for all of us. Archie may be a natural helmsman some day.   You both clearly have a great passion for what you do.   Good luck and best wishes,   Gavin and Gillian Combe

Dear Hannah and Duncan,   don't know if you will remember us, we came on your dolphin trip on 11-12th August   just writing to say thank you for looking after us, for making the boat safe for all of us and putting up with us when we were feeling sick, sorry about the buckets (it appears we were not sea-worthy like you, not old "sea dogs")   we enjoyed Penzance despite the adverse weather, pouring rain and puddles we did have a mini-holiday, so this email is to thank both of you!

Hi Hannah,     Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the trip on Tuesday. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get any decent photos of the Harbour Porpoises - they were too quick for me - but I have lovely memories. I'll have to book another trip next time I'm down. Thanks again Kind Regards Deborah

In late Sept wd knew we'd be pushing it to see the full array of marine life Cornwall has to offer - as it was we got close to a basking shark & seals- but the coast from the water is breath taking & the local knowledge from Duncan & Hannah was great. Really enjoyed it - wrap up warm though! (GayleUK on Trip Advisor)

Went on 3 hour ocean discovery trip in July 2011.Staff very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Lucky enough to see seals, harbour porpoises and about 40 to 50 common dolphins who came and played round the boat. Fantastic boat ..it is a sailing catamaran which allows fantastic views. You can sit on the trampoline net and see the dolphins underneath. Because the boat is so quiet it does not scare the wildlife away.
The highlight of our holiday. I would strongly recommend.

Visited July 2011 (LStevens on Trip Advisor)

Unfortunately we didn't see any whales, sharks or dolphins but we still had a really good time. We were lucky enough to see some seals perched on rocks and a variety of sea birds including gannets, which were diving for fish. Our guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. The catamaran was very comfortable to ride in and had lots of room on board. It was nice to know we were using a very eco-friendly mode of travel since we spent much of the time sailing and not burning lots of fuel - which would be the case with a motor boat. A must do if you visit Cornwall , I would definitely do it again!.

Miss Mergie Hassan  Visited June 2011 (on Trip Advisor)

I recently went on the Marine Discovery trip and I was totally blown away, and both your knowledge and enthusiasm was excellent. It's something that i will remember very fondly and I am thankful for such an amazing oppertunity and experience. Many thanks again for a truly wonderful time. Debbie, via email

Thank you so much for our trip out to sea on Tuesday. We all really enjoyed the whole experience so much. It was great to see this in everyone's faces as they came off the boat. Fantastic to sea the basking sharks just when we thought we had seen everything and would be heading back to harbour. Even without that the boat trip was very exciting and Duncan's commentary and response to questions was so informative and well delivered. He made us feel that we were is only customers - even though he does this so many times - a great skill on top of tremendous knowledge and enthusiasm. A day we will all remember for many years. Many many thanks Bob (and all the Ottaways and Crosses)

Exhilarating experince and a beautiful coastline. The Waterfields, St Austell

Absolutely amazing experience. Massive basking sharks and grey seals! Rhianna, Suffolk

Totally brilliant, I had an amazing time, Well worth the drive down and would do it again, thanks! Paul, Alyson and Sian, Telford

It was an amazing experience - loved every minute. Thank you. Sharon and Nicky, Bude, Cornwall

Fantastic trip. Saw basking sharks, grey seals and dolphins. Great last year - even better this year. Steve and Alex, Basingstoke

Mindblowing. Thanks to the dolphins! Jill and Sue

That was a fantastic! I couldn't have had a better birthday present. The Van Tinterens, Truro

You don't get repeat business for nothing! Exhilarating, great value for money, and really informative. Fab! The Moores, Yorkshire

Wow - 10 dolphins right up close and 2 seals on the rocks. Totally worth the splash and the waves! Will definitely come again. Sarah and Jeremy, Folkestone

Good trip - interesting and informative. Great that you respect the wildlife. Kim, Gloucester

How exciting to see an 8-metre basking shark, you made our day! Wilde family, Den Haag, Netherlands

Absolutely FAB! Thanks a lot and we will recommend it to everyone, Louise and Ian, York

Very informative, fun on the boat, seals and birdlife. See you next year.
Bianca and Luke, Worcestershire

Interesting and exhilarating. We loved it - thank you!
The Stevensons, Swansea

It was the greatest boat ride ever, going over the big waves was brill. Never enjoyed anything as much as this!
Emma from Kent age 12

We had a really enjoyable trip. Very informative - we've learned a lot of local stories and legends. Thanks very much.
Tim, Surrey

An absolutely magical experience, wonderful commentary - the seals and porpoises appeared on cue! Thank you - we'll be back.
The Jones family, Chelmsford

Had an amazing time! The basking sharks were an amazing sight, Thank you!
The Winterbottoms, Macclesfield

Great fun - got very wet but thoroughly enjoyed it - saw a basking shark!
The Walters family, Glastonbury, Somerset

Merci beaucoup - c'est un souvenir inoubliable - great basking shark sighting and information.
Marie et Bernard, Nantes

Great views, basking sharks and seals - an excellent morning. Thank you.
Amanda and Richard, Hertfordshire

We saw four or five basking sharks and a couple of sunfish. It was absolutely amazing!
Mike and Vicci, London

Everything was absolutely fantastic - I need to go again!
Julia, Kent

Great fun, particularly the waves. Will definitely do it again!!
Scott and Fiona, Glasgow

Totally exhilarating, very informative and great fun. Back next year!
Mark, London

Brilliant trip - saw seals and birds and really loved it.
Halderthay family, Stratford upon Avon

Fabulous and breath-taking - will do it again!
Ian and Rhys, Bridgend

Really appreciated the trip even with adverse weather conditions! Informative and interesting, will be back next year. Cheers.
Ian and Hannah, Reading

The boat ride in itself was great - the sealife was a bonus. Really enjoyed it!
The Martin family, Ivybridge, Devon

Fantastic trip. Really interesting and exhilarating ride. The highlight of our holiday.
Steve and Alex, Basingstoke

A lovely trip - interesting to see the birds and the seals and to hear all about them, and see all the places on the coast path where we have walked.
Vivian, Anne-Fleur, Maas and Edith, The Netherlands

It was a great treat on our honeymoon and we really enjoyed it. Gave us an appetite and we will certainly try and eat only local fish from now on.
Debs and Martin, London

Fantastic. We all enjoyed the trip, especially the seals. Thanks.
The Hughes family. Biggleswick, Beds

Loved it. The best two hours of the holiday. Great people, would recommend it.
Carol and Bob, Barwell, Leicestershire

A brilliant experience. We really enjoyed the trip - informative and very interesting. Thank you very much.
The van Gelederen family, Jo'burg, South Africa

Absolutely fantastic trip, worth waiting for - I saw harbour porpoises!
Pat, Mabe, Penryn

Dear Duncan and Hannah, Thank you for a magnificent searide on your RIB boat. Great sights and a great adventure.
Hans Christian and "the Danes", Copenhagen

Great fun - a very knowldegeable and professional trip. Thanks a lot!
Louise, Surrey

Really good fun. The best experience of our holiday, superb guiding.
Matt, Kingston upon Thames

A wonderful and informative experience for all the family. Great fun!
Gemma, Grandpa and Mum, Penzance and Suffolk

Our second year with Duncan and Hannah! Very professional, interesting and lots of fun. Great!
The Moore family, Yorkshire

Fantastic - I'd recommend this to anyone. A brill time!
The Curry Family, Derbyshire

Exhilarating and thoroughly enjoyable. A very professional outing, well worth the money.
Dr and Dr Punt, Cumbria

An absolutely unforgettable trip. Already planning next time -see you next year!
Val and Aiden, Sutton, Surrey

Really fantastic, very professionally and enjoyably run. Many thanks
Yvette and Simon, Ipswich

Fantastic trip with great scenery, really knowledgeable and attentive guides and a few thrilling waves! Exhilarating
Mr and Mrs Blundell, Birmingham

Wonderful trip - well worth it. Huge basking sharks and a glimpse of a minke whale!
S and T Smith, Birmingham

Es war eine sehr schone Tour. Wir erleben sehr spannende und interessante Stunden. Danke dafur, dass wir das hier erleben durfen!
Angela und Mario, Frankfurt

Great trip - lots of really interesting information too. Thanks very much - we'll be back in August!
Andrew and Morwenna

Amazing, the best activity I've done in Cornwall.
Emma, Surrey

It was fantastic! Too many sharks to count! I can't wait until next time. Thanks you so much!
Jean, Hereford

A true marine discovery. An enthusiastic and knowledgeable crew. Thanks
Peter and Sarah

Wow! Amazing - loved every minute - learnt loads. THANK YOU
Linda and Annette

Great trip - these guys really know the area and the wildlife. Thanks you.
Jon, Jemma and Jodi, Penzance

Excellent trip with knowledgeable crew - sharktastic!
Mr and Mrs Walling. Durham

Amazing. Better than we ever expected, we saw a couple of basking sharks, seal and lots of birds.Amazing blue skies, very informwative tour guide - just pure greatness. Thank you
Paula and James, Newcastle

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Saw six basking sharks - a real bonus! Thank you both.
Paula, Reading

Fantastic! Thank you for a lovely, informative and exciting 2 hours. Didn't expect to see a basking shark, let alone 6! Thank you.
Lynne and Hannah, Chelmsford

Wish we had done this every day - fantastic. "I think I see a shark!"
Mr and Mrs Viljoen, Holland

Brill! Lots of sightings - loved the fast ride! Wish we could have had longer.
Ruth and Becky, Doncaster

Fabulous - loads of basking sharks, great trip. Thank you!
Steph and Lou, Penzance

This was just amazing, the first time I have ever come close to sharks. So much fun too - thank you.
Andre and Prema, Singapore

Amazing trip around the coast. Lots of basking sharks - highly recommended!
Monika and Christoph, Frankfurt, Germany

So much fun! Thank you for a great trip. Seeing the basking sharks was great and the seals were so cute! Hope to come out again soon.
Alice, St Agnes

Travelling with Elide. A good and nice surprise - I didn't know it would be like this. I thought it would be a "cruise" boat where we could walk around! I'll recommend you at the tourist office and at our hotel.
Tove, Oslo, Norway

It's been a very nice ride on the sea. I can never do this in Swizerland! I'm so glad we saw the sharks and seals. It was just great. I'm so glad I booked this trip, I enjoyed it very much.
Elide, Switzerland

The best boat trip I have ever had. I was very lucky to get so close to the basking sharks - they swam right past! Thank you very much.
George and Maureen, Marazion Cornwall

We've really enjoyed it! Thank you for all your explanations!
Truls and Koos, Spykenisse, Holland

Lots of animals seen, good explanations, great trip!
Thorsten and Gabi, Germany

Fantastic trip - very informative and well organised. We'll tell everyone!!
Bridget and Dave, Wellington

A wonderful trip, seeing dolphins, basking sharks and seals! Amazing!
Charlie and Russell, Surrey

Absolutely wonderful treat for my 60th birthday. Will recommend and come again.
Viv, Lancashire

Had a wonderful time, saw 6 basking sharks! Awesome - see you next time
Doug and Sarah, St Albans

What a fantastic trip! Duncan gave out loads of interesting facts - he clearly knows and loves his subject. We saw six basking sharks and all kind of seabirds. And a good ride too!!
Heather and Ken, Herfordshire,

Wonderful! We saw dolphins with their young near Porthcurno - I didn't realise they were so big! Awesome.
Phil and Jayne, Bristol,

Had a great trip out to Land's End and back. Very exciting and informative. Will certainly come again!
Vivien and John, Newlyn,

Thanks for a great end to out hols, very informative trip and brill views. Loads of seals - Great!!
Daniel and Lisa, Coventry,

Great trip, lovely views, lovely birds etc Loved the speed!
Mary and Peter, Leicester,


I thought it was really good - it was fun when it went fast!
Madeleine and dad, Penzance,

I had a fantastic time! One problem - I needed gloves!!!!
LOVED IT! A great time. Thank you.
Beckett and Atkins families, Warwick,

It was sensational. We really enjoyed it and had a brilliant time! It was great to see all the wildlife.
James and family, Sutton Coldfield,

That was a fantastic journey out on the Cornish seas. Thanks for all of it - we had a great time!
Sue and Ed, London, (17 April)

Great trip. Learnt a lot of interesting things about the area and wildlife. Will come back next time. Many thanks!
Angela and Steve, Manchester,

Had a really exciting time on the Spearfish! Great way to spend Good Friday - thanks!
Laura and Mike, London

Great trip out - saw seals, shearwaters, terns, kittiwakes etc...thanks for a great time! Back in May.The Murphys and Stolworthys, West Sussex


Brilliant! Saw dolphins, a seal, porpoises and plenty of birds. Water was a bit choppy, so really good fun! Very informative, and Duncan knew the answers to all our questions. Would love to come again, and we'll tell everyone we know!
Hugh and Vicki, Huddersfield,

Fantastic trip, dolphins, seals, beautiful scenery! Hannah and Duncan were perfect guides! Thanks you.
Catherine, Mitchell and Morgan, Oxfordshire,

We had a great time - a lovely way to see the wildlife - very informative. We were very lucky to see dolphins and seals. Thank you - we'll be back for another trip in the summer.
Lynne, Tom and Tommy, Surry,

What a rollercoaster! First we had an unbelievably exciting first hour which was terrific fun. Then came the 2nd hour - we came across a pod of bottlenose dolphins and watched them feed and play - it was us in the end that left them! Fantastic - thank you so much!
Fantastic - I have always wanted to see dolphins, it was an amazing experience.
Sam: that was the best ever boat trip. THANK YOU!
Joss, Lucy and Sam, South East London

Thank you, we had a great time. Loved the boat and the scenery and the seals were great.
Dawn and Matt, Birmingham

Marvellous trip-thank you so much. Seeing the porpoises was such a treat and I found out so much about seals and seabirds. I'll try and come again one day.
Mary and Jack, Donegal, Ireland

What a lovely way to spend my 30th birthday - couldn't believe sheer numbers of seal and razorbills etc. The porpoises were so beautiful. We all loved it.
Laura and friends, Bristol/Cardiff

Super boat, wonderful birdlife. We'll be back in the summer when it's warmer! Cheers.
David and family, Reading, Berks.

Loved the birds and the seals, have learned so much. Thank you (roll on spring!)
Meredith and Steve, Alabama, USA