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“Fun trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Orca Sea Safaris

Orca Sea Safaris
Events Square | Discovery Quay, Falmouth, England
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Ranked #13 of 31 Activities in Falmouth
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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“Fun trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

Had a great trip. Weather not great and little sea life. Nothing organisers can do on that. Made to feel very welcome and a thrilling experience riding the waves. Had a great time dispite the wildlife being on holiday. Defrosted in museum which is very good and has a cafe to help the process.

Visited May 2013
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“great scenery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Very informative experience, learnt a lot and did not realise that there were so many ship wrecks around the cornish coast. Obviously the wild life is hit and miss, didn't see any dolphines or seals but plenty of bird life. Seeing the birds (gannets and cormans, if i am right) dive down to catch a fish is an impressive sight. Very enjoyable day out, some advice though, wrap up warm, hats and gloves are a must, a scarf is also a good idea. Sunglasses also help to avoid spray getting in your eyes. Make sure to use the free entry to the maritime museum as well. Lovely hot chocolate to warm up with after.

Visited April 2013
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“Not really expecting that”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

I went with my elderly parents and was worried about access and also comfort. Steve the skipper could not have been more helpful and helped my Mum and Dad suit up and get comfortable on the amazing boat, felt a bit James Bond!

Whilst we did not see any whales we certainly enjoyed seeing the dolphins and bird life, some of the people on the boat cried when we saw the dolphins and to be honest that made the experience even more vivid.

In fact the tour of the coast with a really informative narrative was for me more enjoyable than seeing the dolphins and seals. The coastline was amazing and the boat seemed to positively relish the rather rough sea conditions and whilst we got a bit wet the suits kept us warm.

Our only complaint with the day was getting a parking ticket and I wish we had used the park and float which included all day parking, my Mum and Dad could easily have coped with the walk and I thing the Orca people should have made this clear.

All in all a highlight of our visit to Cornwall and only wish the parking warden had not been quite so quick with his tickets, which by the way I am not paying!

Visited September 2012
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“Waste of space!!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012 via mobile

Was booked to go on this tour back in April. The people who run this company are all nice and friendly to take your money and reply to your email.
We had to come home early due to a death in the family so cancelled about 48 hours before the tour and asked about a refund!! And still to date we have had no contact from this company!!!!!
Really would not recommend at all!!
They have no compassion what so ever!!!

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Caroline H, Manager at Orca Sea Safaris, responded to this review, August 2, 2012
Having read your review I am concerned, this is certainly not the way we deal with our customers. Given the situation you are referring to you would have been offered a full refund.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Wrap up warm!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

I spotted a coupon on Travelzoo before our holiday to Cornwall in May and took the opportunity to snap it up so that we could try going on on an RIB with this company.The day we went out, we were lucky because it was fairly bright but don't be fooled; there is a reason why they dress you up in overtrousers and a warm jacket before you get on the boat,it is absolutely FREEZING out on that water. So unless you are going out on a sweltering hot day be warned,in addition to what is provided you will need a hat and a pair of gloves otherwise you may end up like me,unable to feel your hands for half an hour after getting back on dry land. Another thing worth mentioning is that the RIB has "jockey" seats,so it is a bit like riding a horse for two hours,which can take a bit of getting used to but apparently is better for your back as the boat bounces along across the water. When you go on these trips it really is pot luck what you will see and in all honesty we saw very little other than a couple of gannets but we did enjoy the trip. The skipper was very informative about the area and you are out on the water for two hours so you get to travel quite a way along the lovely Cornish coastline. When the tour is done, you also get admission into the National Maritime Museum which is well worth a look. On the face of it,it might seem a costly day out but I would say look out for the offers;even without a discount it's a great experience.

Visited May 2012
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