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“White Cliffs & Beyond trip”
Review of Dover Sea Safari

Dover Sea Safari
Ranked #1 of 4 Tours in Dover
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Step aboard our purpose built comfortable RIB speed boat, the Dover Explorer, for an exciting fun filled Sea Safari. Sit back in our padded seats and let our highly professional Skipper and Crew take you out through Dover Harbour, passing the huge cross Channel ferries and heading out to sea on the Safari of your choice. Our Skipper and Crew will provide a professional fun and interactive voyage that is suitable for all ages and abilities. We offer a range of scheduled guided Sea Safari's ranging from: 1hr 30min White Cliffs & Beyond Safari passing along the base of the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, spotting the smugglers cuttings and caves. Turning for home upon reaching and passing under the award winning Deal Pier. Or, our 2 hour Seal Safari to visit and observe our fascinating Harbour Seal colony in the mouth of the River Stour, as seen on BBC Autumn Watch.Your expert Skipper and crew will personally ensure your voyage is a unique entertaining Sea Safari experience. We can also tailor a private Sea Safari to suit your requirements.
Reviewed June 8, 2013

We booked the White Cliffs & Beyond trip for Bank Holiday Monday 27th May, a couple of weeks in advance, as part of a week's family holiday in Kent. We were lucky with the weather, which was fine and sunny, but heeded advice on the website to wrap up warm, as it is much colder on the water. This is very true, and we were glad of our layers, especially hats and gloves. We met at theSea Sports Centre on the beach level, where waterproof trousers and jackets were provided for us, although no childrens sizes, so our 6 year old was rather swamped, but it kept him warm and dry! (They were investigating getting childrens sizes at the time we visited, so may have them in future). We then had to walk to the boat at its mooring which should only have taken a few (3 or 4) minutes, but we had a delay as the swing bridge had broken and the barriers were down! The trip itself took 1 hour 20 minutes, leaving the docks at Dover and heading eastward. Our guide Claire was very friendly and knowledgable, and told us all about things we could see along the stunning views of the White Cliffs - about ship wrecks, smugglers, secret tunnels etc. We travelled along to Deal pier at a fairly sedate pace, stopping occasionally at points of interest. We were there at high tide, but if the tide is low they take the boat right under the pier at Deal. Then we turned around and the captain ramped up the speed, zig-zagging us through the water, carving a spectacular wavy wake behind us. I've never seen my two sons (11 & 6) grin so much! It is a bit bumpy going over the waves, so be careful if you have a back problem, but it all adds to the fun! Goggles were provided to those of us not wearing sunglasses, to help keep spray out of your eyes, but we were at the front of the boat, so didn't get a lot of spray anyway. We had particular fun racing a cross-channel ferry back into the docks - it had precedence, so we had to cut around behind it - through it's wake - more big waves!
We had such an amazing time that we decided to book the longer, 2 hour, Secret Seal safari for the Friday, the last day of our holiday, but unfortunately on that morning, we had a call to say it would have to be cancelled due to high winds, and we would be refunded. We were rather upset to miss the second trip, but they were very good and refunded our credit card immediately.
The cost of the White Cliffs & Beyond trip was £70 for the four of us, which I think is OK for such an unusual day out - we made a day of the visit to Dover by going up onto the White Cliffs (NT visitor centre) first and looking down on the port from above before the boat trip.
I would definitely recommend this for anyone - singles, couples, family with children of any age, groups of friends etc. There were a group going out just after us who were going for their 4th or 5th trip they enjoyed it so much!

Thank SCPSolihull
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Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

My husband booked this tour, and what a fantastic day! The cliffs are magnificent viewed from the sea, and the boat captain and the guide Claire were super nice and knowledgeable. They were just so quintessentially English!! We went to view the seals, which were just adorable. From there we went on recommendation to the Sues Seafood van near the port where we ate cockells by the shore. Perfect day by the beach.

Thank LeoSusan
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We were supposed to go on the Secret Seal Sea Safari on 11 May. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. So you might think, "Why are you reviewing this attraction?" Well, we wanted to take time to compliment the Sea Safari folks for letting us know in advance our trip was going to be cancelled and for refunding us promptly. I spoke directly with one of the folks at Sea Safari and explained we couldn't even take a rain check because we were leaving on a cruise and wouldn't be back to Dover any time soon. They were extremely hospitable about it and refunded the entire price of our excursion within 24 hours! We will definitely take this trip when/if we're ever in Dover again. I was very impressed with the way they do business!

Thank sparkopotamus
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

A very interesting, safe and informative trip. Magnificent close up views of the white cliffs and surrounds from the sea. Everything went smoothly and all equipment supplied. Very professional and helpful staff. Suggest you book ahead.

Thank Ernest W
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We went on this trip yesterday. It was the most fantastic place, the staff are great and really made it a fab excursion. There is lots of interesting information along the way and the sands themselves are just magical. They rise up out of the sea from nowhere, and as we were leaving, they were visibly disappearing. A truly amazing place, completely unique, as the sands are shifting all the time, so when you are standing on them, you are the only people in the world who will ever witness them that way, I can thoroughly recommend this trip and will go again some time.

3  Thank MelFisher
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