Our exhilarating and magical Cornwall wildlife spotting and sightseeing trips and charters from Padstow, Rock and Port Isaac will be the highlight of your holiday.
Explore hidden coves, learn about the sealife, spot dolphins, puffins and seals in their natural habitat while cruising our turquoise waters.
Whether you are booking as a couple or larger family/bubble, we’ve made it more affordable than ever to get on board and take to the sea in a safe and fun way. Choose between our Semi Private Sea Safari and Private Charter and a 2 hour boat trip combining the perfect family friendly duration at sea with exclusivity and extra comfort on the boat. We also offer longer private charters by arrangement and 2-hours trips at certain times daily.
- Boat trips and tailormade private charter available
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Semi Private Sea Safari
Our 90-minute Semi-Private Sea Safari allows for 2 social bubbles per boat. Each bubble can have a maximum of 6 people. You’ll enjoy all the Sea Safari experience, but with less sharing. Your skipper will guide you to the best spots for spotting dolphins, seals and seabirds and you will get the chance to explore the coastline and seacliffs while learning about the history and legends of north Cornwall. If you’re lucky you may get to witness dolphins leaping and playing in the sea, many often enjoy a swim beside our boats.
90 Minute Private Charter
Our 90 Minute Private Charter means that you can enjoy your sightseeing and wildlife spotting trip without sharing your boat and with swift boarding you'll get to spend more time at sea. You’ll enjoy all the Sea Safari experience, but with added privacy and flexibility. Your skipper will guide you to the best spots for spotting dolphins, seals and seabirds which call these shores home and you will get the chance to explore the coastline as you choose. This trip is for a maximum of 12 people.
2-hour Boat Trip
Our 2-hour Boat Trip takes in our magnificent Cornish coastline with its hidden coves, rocky craggs and high sea cliffs. Along the way you'll learn all about the variety of wild seabirds and sealife, along with the history and legends of north Cornwall. Your skipper and guide will take you to the best spots to see dolphins, seals and seabirds which call these shores home. Depending on the season you may also be lucky enough to spot a puffin nesting on one of the sea craggs and witness dolphins leaping and playing in the sea. A truly magical sight.
North Coast Explorer
This trip takes you to the villages of Port Isaac, Trebarwith and Boscastle, the sites of Tintagel castle, the 7 sisters of the rumps, the sisters rock and Bennie off Boscastle, as well as the seal colony of Bucator. We will also head off to the 50-meter contours in search of dolphins and whales. 3 hours really isn't enough to see this coastline.
Our private charters are available for 90 mins, 3 hours or 6 hours.
Included in your charter hire is a fully qualified skipper who will take you where you would like to go. Explore hidden coves and cruise the open sea spotting dolphins as you go. Your skipper will guide and share with you secret spots and point out notable landmarks. You could also throw in a paddleboard and float into caves, perhaps take along a picnic and find a sheltered spot to enjoy your lunch and a sunbathe.
- Exclusive Charter
- From £500 per half a day
- Maximum 12 people
- Flexible packages available including board hire as requested
- Perfect for special occasions, celebrations and corporate events
- Media use also available
Semi Private Sea Safari
Very Family Friendly
for example family of 4
- £90 for 1st person + additional £20 per person (max 6 people)
- 90 mins guided trip
- Max 2 social bubbles per trip
90-Minute Private Charter
- 90 mins guided trip
- Up to 12 people
- Exclusive hire - no sharing or waiting
- Swift boarding
2-hour Boat Trip
- £160 for a family of 4
- From Padstow Rock & Port Isaac
- A wildlife spotting adventure
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We depart safely from Rock, Padstow or Port Isaac and our skippers will take you along the Camel Estuary and out onto the Atlantic. You'll enjoy spotting dolphins, seals, seabirds and when the season is right puffins, which nest on the rocky crags off shore.
The private trips offer more comfort and speedier boarding so that you get more time to sit back, relax and enjoy. All trips can vary depending on sea conditions, however you'll enjoy breath-taking views of Daymer Bay, Polzeath Beach, the Rumps, Pentire Head and Mouls Island. We travel as far as Tintagel and Boscastle too and regularly go to the fishing village of Port Isaac where Doc Martin is filmed and The Fisherman’s Friends gather.Gallery
Short-beaked Common Dolphin
Throughout the year dolphins are regularly spotted off the coast of north Cornwall.The very best way to see them is on a Wavehunters sea safari boat trip.
The species of puffin that can be found at breeding sites in Cornwall is the Atlantic Puffin (formerly known as the Common Puffin) which lives in the North Atlantic.
Grey seals can be seen lying on beaches waiting for their food to go down.
- The minimum qualification our skippers hold is a commercial endorsed advanced power qualification. This allows them to be able to work on commercial vessels up to 24m in length, operating in category 3, 4, 5 and 6 waters - that is up to 20 miles from a safe haven.
- Many of our skippers are RNLI helmsmen, crew man and shore crew
- All our skippers carry sea survival tickets, marine first aid and a VHF communications licence
- The minimum time at sea our skippers have had before starting training with us to become a skipper is 800 miles, 12 night hours.
- All our skippers hold a PHC local knowledge test certificate.
- Extensive knowledge of the area
- Versed in animal behaviour and habitats
- Commentary of any sightings
- Archaeological and geological knowledge
We have been working hard behind the scenes to further refine our Covid secure procedures. We closely follow government, statutory body and harbour master guidelines and have created a Wavehunters Covid Charter, which outlines what we promise to do and what we expect our customers to do in order to keep everyone safe. Our Covid Charter can be found in the website footer. When seated indoors on our water taxi, please wear a facemask in accordance with current government advice.
Our 90-minute Semi Private and Private Sea Safaris always run. Our 2-hours Sea Safari is sold by the seat and requires a minimum booking of 4 seats to run.
All our boats have life jackets for each passenger. Waterproofs are not supplied but we recommend you bring one on board and dress for the elements, the weather can change quickly.
We offer private trips and charters for these occasions. Get in touch for more info.
We endeavour to make all of our boat trips accessible to everyone and is usually from a pontoon at Padstow or Rock. If you have any mobility issues please contact the office before booking and we can advise on the best time and departure point. During spring tides there is occasionally a walk along the beaches during low tide at both Padstow and Rock. Access onto our boats from the beaches is via a small household stepladder.
There is no age limit for our boat trips or charters.
“Just a fantastic ride. Met by skipper Dave, quickly renamed captain Dave by our two girls. We all loved the speed, bumps, and waves, the dolphins (albeit very briefly) the seals and bird life. The trips into the coves and information and stories about the surrounding coastline were great. Just a fantastic way to see such a beautiful part of the world from a completely different vantage point. The whole trip was worth every single penny. Thankyou.”
Sea Safari 28/5/21
“Outstanding. So kind to my 3 year old who didn’t want to get on. Saw seal dolphin amd puffin. Flexible to do one hour trips when most only do 2. Will be back.”
Sea Safari 29/5/21
“ Absolutely amazing!! Andy was so informative and really made the experience! We didn’t expect to see too much as it’s all down to luck so having dolphins come right up to the boat was breath-taking! Would highly recommend.”
Sea Safari 2/6/21
“Brilliant brilliant brilliant. Three of us went and we all really enjoyed it. We saw dolphins close and upfront. They were weaving up to underneath the boat. I would say, if you don’t like fairground rides you probably shouldn’t go! But if you like exciting boat trips then this is just for you. Take warm clothes, even if it looks like it’s a sunshiny day.”
“Great trip! Felt very lucky to see both dolphins and puffins. Friendly, knowledgeable skipper.”