Marine Discovery Penzance - wildlife and dolphin watching boat trips

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Trips run between March and November on most days (every day between May half term and mid September). Please scroll down to browse through the trips offered. Once you have chosen the trip suitable for you please call: 07749277110 or email: info@marinediscovery.co.uk and we can make a booking for you.

A minke whale surfacing during an offshore wildlife watching trip

The Discovery Voyage

A 4 hour exploration of the seas and coasts of the wild west of Cornwall. Exact itineraries will be flexible according to weather, sea conditions and latest sightings. The trip will still include a mix of coastal and offshore searching but the aim is to have more time exploring the offshore feeding grounds in our area. Whether we sail along the coast to our seal colonies near Lands End, or 10 miles out to sea this trip is sure to be a memorable experience and is definitely one for the true wildlife enthusiast. On this trip we could see seals, many species of seabirds, common, bottlenosed or Risso's dolphins, harbour porpoises, minke whales, basking sharks, ocean sunfish or many other types of marine life. The catamaran offers us the space, comfort and facilities to offer this longer trip.

This trip is entirely weather dependent. If it looks like conditions are unsuitable for this longer trip then you will be offered the opportunity of going on one of our shorter trips.

Specific wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

This trip is not suitable for the under 12's

These trips only run between May and September with a few of late ones in October if the conditions are suitable.

A common dolphin leaps during a dolphin watching boat trip

The Ocean Discovery

Our most popular trip offering something for everyone. A family friendly 3 hour voyage to discover Penwith’s wonderful wildlife, stunning coastline and famous features such as the Minack Theatre, and the various lighthouses. Depending on conditions and recent sightings, you could find yourself exploring along the coast towards Lands End via the turquoise waters of Porthcurno, before taking an offshore route back to port. Alternatively we could strike out right offshore while watching the spectacular coastline stretch away behind us. On these trips we could see seals, many species of seabirds, common, bottlenosed or Risso’s dolphins, harbour porpoises, basking sharks, ocean sunfish or many other types of marine life. Sailing on a large fast catamaran can be delightfully tranquil, or if the wind allows fantastically exciting, and you can even take the helm if you like

Specific wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

This trip is suitable for children of six and over.

A grey seal balances on a rock during a wildlife watching boat trip

The Bay Discovery

A one hour and a half hour trip which could take you to St. Michael’s Mount in the east or St Clement’s Island and beyond in the west. Wildlife experiences on the Bay Discovery can be just as extensive as anywhere else, but please bear in mind the chances of seeing dolphins are less on this trip because of its shorter length. We can guarantee an exciting ride, fantastic views and a really good chance of finding seals and who knows – you may be amongst the lucky ones. A trip more suitable for families with younger children, or those looking for a taste of West Cornwall’s marine environment.

Specific wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

This trip is suitable for children of three and over.

Available Easter to the end of June only.