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Address: | Shed 5, Albert Pier, Penzance Harbour, Penzance TR18 2LL, England
Phone Number: +44 7749 277110
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Inspiring sea safari sailing trips aboard a ten metre catamaran, with the...

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.

Fully licenced and insured

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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Wonderful experience. Best marine life seen

Great trip on a catamaran on which we used the engines on the outbound trip and sailed back most of the way which was lovely. Good to have a knowledgeable guide who provided just... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Peter W
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Towcester, United Kingdom
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Towcester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great trip on a catamaran on which we used the engines on the outbound trip and sailed back most of the way which was lovely. Good to have a knowledgeable guide who provided just the right amount of info and stories yet allowing everyone to enjoy the trip. Saw porpoises on the way out then treated to a wonderful experience... More 

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Ipswich
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49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked one of the 3hr trips with marine discovery after attempting to book with one of their rivals (let's call them Ariel the little...) but as they were shockingly rude we looked elsewhere. So glad we did! Was night and day in terms of customer service levels. Hannah- you're an absolute credit to your company! Didn't see much wildlife... More 

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Devon, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was pleasant to sail rather than motor, as I suppose most similar trips must. Saw a few seals, porpoises and plenty of seabirds. No dolphins unfortunately but then wildlife doesn't perform to order. Knowledgeable and friendly crew.

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

Hi, thanks for the review and glad you enjoyed the sailing. We say this a lot, but it's worth repeating, that at no point do we call this a "dolphin watching trip". Though we see dolphins frequently at certain times of year - in fact this summer (2016) we have seen them on more trips than we haven't - we... More 

London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this boat ride! It was due to be on the Monday of our holiday but unfortunately there was really bad weather so it got moved to Wednesday afternoon. The lady on the phone at the company moved this for me and my family. I then rung up on Tuesday to check if it's still on and it was... More 

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

Hello Gemma, thanks for the review. Glad you enjoyed the boat trip and the sightings. I'm a little puzzled by your comments about signage though. When you booked you received a very clear map with your confirmation which you said you had got, and you also phoned up to ask for directions from our staff in the office the day... More 

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a last minute decision but it turned out to be the highlight of the holiday. The people that take you out on the catamaran are marine biologists so know the signs on the sea to spot wildlife. We saw a minke whale, some porpoises and some dolphins. I will always remember a dolphin jumping in front of me,... More 

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Thank kjb1801
Hannah J, Owner at Marine Discovery, responded to this review

Hi, I'm very glad you enjoyed yourselves and thank you very much for posting your feedback. We hope to see you back another time. We have certainly had an excellent summer in 2016 for dolphins and porpoises, and now the minke whales are starting to appear too (never as common a sight). Online reviews are not something we as a... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very professional, knowledgeable staff. Went out on a rather choppy day but felt safe as everyone wears a life jacket. Saw porpoises, a sun fish, seals and lots of birds. I did get soaking wet so make sure you wear shoes and clothes you don't mind getting wet or though if you stay in the back of the boat or... More 

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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the three hour trip a few weeks prior before setting sail and were hoping the weather held which fortunately did. The team from the moment we booked until the time we got back on dry land looked after us extremely well. We were fortunate to see various birds, seals, Dolphins and porpoises. Had we not seen any wildlife... More 

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Bucks Cross, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been out several times and can't recommend these trips enough. We always have a great time and have been lucky enough to see wildlife on every trip. Duncan, Heather and Tom all make the trips enjoyable. If you are nearby give them a try. 5* experience

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

Hi, many thanks for your lovely review and to the other people who have taken the trouble to post a review this season. Each one is very much appreciated. We hope to see you again soon. Loving my new name too :-D Hannah, Marine Discovery More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

Went on the 3 hour trip and it was brilliant. We saw dolphins, seals and lots of birds. Being on the catamaran was exciting itself and also very relaxing, especially as you could lie on the large area of netting at the front of the boat so that you were directly above the sea if you wanted. The skipper and... More 

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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

After two failed attempts to see dolphins on our holiday in Cornwall, we decided at the last minute to go on the Marine Discovery trip from Penzance. There was a slim chance it was going to be cancelled due to lightning being forecast, but the person I spoke to explained when they would make the final decision. Luckily, the trip... More 

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