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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Booking Line

07507 948025

Your Journey

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.

Our private trips offer more comfort and speedier boarding so that you get more time to sit back, relax and enjoy. The 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.

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Prices

Semi Private Sea Safari
Very Family Friendly

£150

for a family of 4

  • £90 for 1st person + additional £20 per person (max 6 people)
  • 90 mins guided trip
  • Max 2 social bubbles per trip
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90-Minute Private Charter
from

£280

Per boat

  • 90 mins guided trip
  • Exclusive hire & no sharing
  • Swift boarding
  • Max 12 people
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2-hour Boat Trip
from

£40

Per person

  • £160 for a family of 4
  • From Padstow Rock & Port Isaac
  • A wildlife spotting adventure
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Fast Boat
Coming Soon!

£35

per person return

  • 45 mins
  • Operates between Padstow and Port Isaac
  • Runs throughout the day
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To book your boat trip please click 'book now' and select your departure point, trip type, date, time etc. If you require further info please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Booking Line

07507 948025

Our Trips

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.

Fast Boat

Our Fast Boat shuttle service runs throughout the day between Port Isaac and Padstow. If you’re looking for the chance to explore these 2 historic harbours, this offers a car-free way. From each harbour the South West Coastpath and numerous coves and beaches are within walking distance, along with shops, restaurants, bars and cafes.

Private Charter

Our private charters are available for half a day or a full day.

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
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Wildlife

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.

Atlantic Puffin

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 Seal

Grey seals can be seen lying on beaches waiting for their food to go down.

Skipper

  • 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

Faq's

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.

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.

Reviews

Without a doubt a highlight of our holiday in Cornwall. My two boys, aged 11 and 17, loved it. The sea was choppy but this added to the trip and we felt safe with the expert and knowledgeable Andy, who did his best to find some wildlife for us. Who knew Sunfish visit U.K. waters? This is a must-do for any visit to the area.

Stephen O’connell
Boat Trip

We went out on a 2hr boat ride, which was an incredible experience that we would recommend for everyone. Beautiful, dramatic coastline and lots of interesting snippets of local history as we pulled up into stunning little coves and old ports on the way. We were lucky enough to see 3 seals sunbathing on rocks and bobbing in the sea, which was lovely. Also the ladies that were organising the tours, could not have been nicer and went above and beyond to ensure we all got to go out together. Highly recommend that you don't miss out on this incredible experience. 10 out of 10!

Martin Jones
Boat Ride

We went out on a 2hr boat ride, which was an incredible experience that we would recommend for everyone. Beautiful, dramatic coastline and lots of interesting snippets of local history as we pulled up into stunning little coves and old ports on the way. We were lucky enough to see 3 seals sunbathing on rocks and bobbing in the sea, which was lovely. Also the ladies that were organising the tours, could not have been nicer and went above and beyond to ensure we all got to go out together. Highly recommend that you don't miss out on this incredible experience. 10 out of 10!

Oliver M
Boat Ride

Brilliant two hour sea safari today, the wonderful weather and calm seas helped, but also felt totally relaxed as the rib raced across the water. Our guide clearly knew the local area and coastline, full of interesting information, and we did indeed see puffins, Dolphins, a seal, and even a bizarre sun fish! Highly recommended.

Alistair M
Seafari

Our skipper for the trip was Andy, also a helmsman at the Port Isaac lifeboat station, who has a wealth of knowledge of the marine environment and local area. Andy took us out for a two hour trip where we saw a lot of bird life but sadly no dolphins (each of the other trips that day had been lucky). The trip was peppered with stops to hear stories of the land and people as well as the sea, which our kids (age range 3-6 ish) loved. One of your younger ones fell as sleep despite the chop. Loved it!

Robbie B
Seafari

Great surfing lesson today. Really helpful staff and Jonny the instructor was brilliant with the kids and the older kids. Would recommend to anyone. Best Cornwall experience. Will be back

Jon
Beginner surf lesson

A brilliant 90 mins. Saw lots of dolphins and the views of the coastline were spectacular. Very friendly person on the RIB. Thanks.

Paul C
90 min sea safari