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Marine Discovery

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Address: | Shed 5, Albert Pier, Penzance Harbour, Penzance TR18 2LL, England
Phone Number: +44 7749 277110
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Inspiring sea safari sailing trips aboard a ten metre catamaran, with...

Inspiring sea safari sailing trips aboard a ten metre catamaran, with the winners of the 2013 Responsible World Whale Watch Awards . A voyage on "Shearwater II" gives you the best opportunity to find the marine wildlife of south west Cornwall, including seals, porpoises, seabirds, dolphins, basking sharks and whales. All trips are fully guided with experienced and entertaining guides, who are trained educators. Shearwater II takes just 12 passengers and 2 crew, so you get a great view of the wildlife and the views without having to peer over other people. Please call or email to enquire.

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NB please remember that sightings of specific species cannot be guaranteed and that we advertise this fact widely. Therefore the most useful and accurate reviews of our company rate us on the factors we can directly control e.g. customer service, politeness, ease of booking, quality of welcome and so on, rather than whether the reviewer saw the exact species they wanted. Marine Discovery is shut between November and March due to weather constraints and winter maintenance. If in doubt, call to check.

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Great Trip

On a wet and coolish August day we had a great experience. They provide waterproof clothing (which was necessary unfortunately) and we set off on a four hour trip. We saw sunfish... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 13, 2015
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

On a wet and coolish August day we had a great experience. They provide waterproof clothing (which was necessary unfortunately) and we set off on a four hour trip. We saw sunfish, seals, harbour porpoises and a good variety of marine birds. The two guys were very informative, enthusiastic and good fun. They are keen to pass on their extensive... More 

1 Thank A H
Hannah J, Owner at Marine Discovery, responded to this review

Hi there, many thanks for your review and everyone else who has taken the trouble to review us over the 2015 season. We have had a great year's wildlife, though as you pointed out, the less said about the "summer" weather the better! We are now shut for the winter and re-open in March 2016, and we look forward to... More 

Somerset, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

I meant to leave this review several months ago! We stayed in Penzance for a long weekend to celebrate our anniversary on June 13th. Our boat trip with Marine Discovery was on the 12th and accompanied by some of the worst foggy June weather you could possibly imagine, but still we had a magical time and would definitely recommend. We... More 

Thank PoppyTheDestroyer
Hannah J, Owner at Marine Discovery, responded to this review

Hello Poppy, and thanks so much for coming back and posting your review. I remember that day - Risso's dolphins in the mist! Glad you got to see lots of wildlife and had a great time to celebrate your anniversary. I hope you come back again to visit us, preferably in clearer weather! All the best. More 

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23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We really enjoyed our trip on the Shearwater II with Duncan and Hannah, so interesting and informative. Beautiful sitings included harbour porpoises, seals and sun fish. Thanks for making our trip so special :)

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Birmingham, UK
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48 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had a great experience on this trip, taking the 4 hour trip and seeing dolphins and porpoises and seals. If I went on the trip again I would take a pair of binoculars, and a camera with a good zoom lens because we needed to maintain a respectful distance from the wildlife, it's not like you can reach out... More 

Thank VikingMen
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had a fantastic morning aboard Sheerwater II, myself my wife & two kids aged 13 & 9 we were lucky to have calm sea & good weather, we saw harbour porpoises, a sunfish, Rissos Dolphins & grey Seals along with a variety of seabirds. Duncan the skipper & his deckhand / photographer for the day (sorry forgot his name)... More 

Thank Jayadele
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This was booked as an early birthday present and what an experience. Myself and my husband were with 10 others aboard Sheerwater II on a four hour trip. We had only just left Penzance harbour and harbour porpoises were spotted, so much to see, dolphins, lots of seabirds including Manx Sheerwater. We were so lucky, the water was beautiful and... More 

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I booked this trip as a highlight of my family (63, 47, 43, 11 & 9) week in Cornwall and was not disappointed. My family and I got to Penzance Harbour far too early as we didn't want to risk being late as we were driving from Mullion, the kids and my mother in law were getting very excited. At... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We chose Marine Discovery as it seemed to be the only catamaran sea safari... and we weren't disappointed! The weather was amazing and just being out on the water was a fabulous experience... in fact the trip would have been worth the money without the animals... my 10yr DD was entranced by sitting up at the front catching the spray.... More 

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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We took out four children (10, 8, 7 & 5) on the 3 hour trip. It far exceeded our expectations. After an initial safety and orientation briefing we were taken aboard the catamaran. The craft was spacious and we were able to move around to get better views. Duncan talked us through what we were trying to see as well... More 

2 Thank Stephen W
Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We were taken through the prep drill beforehand, making sure we all had wind and waterproof clothing. Then we set off on a three hour boat trip with about a dozen people in total. Soon after departing we saw some seals on rocks, then travelled further and came across dolphins swimming around us. Seeing the dolphins was amazing and well... More 

2 Thank MarkNethercoat

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