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Padstow Sealife Safari
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Owner description: Padstow Sealife Safaris offer passengers the chance to experience the high speed thrill in search of the rich and diverse marine wildlife that the North Cornish Coast has to offer, yet in a safe and responsible manner. Our ethos is for sensitive wild life observation without disturbing their nature habitat. Your safety and comfort are paramount to us. All passengers are fitted with life jackets and a safety briefing given before departure of every trip. Waterproofs are available on request. We understand that some people may have a disability or are just concerned about the boat, just tell us and we will do our utmost to help. The vessel is fully licensed and carries Third Party Insurance (excluding personal effects).
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3 reviews
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Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

We used Sealife in October half-term.we wanted to see the beautiful coastline off Padstow from the water.Ian(the owner) provides that and more. His rib was just perfect.12 of us 5 adults 7 kids (age 10 up to 16) set off on a 2hr trip.the water looked a bit choppy but this boat just glides across with ease and power.we were given an informative account of the local area and some history and info on it's wildlife inhabitants..it's so good skipping across the water fantastic views and hearing all your own groups screeches of excitement.To add to that we searched for seals.Ian explained that the wildlife moves from place to place and we watched him at work moving from cave to cave until all of a sudden we spotted some seals,swimming near the rocks..we appreciated his persistence.such a bonus to see the seals..the time did fly and by the time we returned we had overrun slightly..we will definitely be re-booking when we return.thanks for a great experience.

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English first
Northampton, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Outstanding service”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

I booked a seal trip a week in advance of our holiday. When we arrived in Cornwall the weather forecast kept changing so we popped into Padstow a few days before our trip was booked for. We met Ian who assured us that the forecast was OK for Friday. However, Ian tried to call me four times the day before, sent a text and email (didn't realise mobile was on silent), and then called the following morning to ask if we could go earlier as the weather was due to change in the afternoon (we were booked for 14 00hr). Nothing but praise for his persistence in contacting us. The trip was excellent, we saw seals etc. Ian handled the boat beautifully, provided a good commentary, would thoroughly recommend and will return next year. The sea was choppy but the rib gave a very smooth ride. Thank you.

Visited October 2013
Thank derry162
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Henley, Oxfordshire
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55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

Took work on a sea safari - I'd done it before but they hadn't. To a man they loved it! Great sights, fantastic way to see a beautiful coastline and the thrill of a rib thrown in too. This is a great experience to do in Padstow! Can't recommend it enough! If you have the chance, do it!

Thank VeryFussyTraveller
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“Very Worthwhile”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

We did the two hour safari on 6th Sept 13 - very enjoyable. Guide had rotten cold but was still very informative about the wildlife and the local area. We saw (and heard !) seals and lots of bird life - no dolphins - but it didn't detract from the trip. Weather was very kind to us - we saw the boat go out again later that day in pouring rain - felt very sorry for guide (who really was not well). Would recommend it to anyone. Would do it again on next visit to Cornwall.

Visited September 2013
Thank Diane M
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Padstow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Saw dolphins and seals!!”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

We were not expecting too much.. after all its not a zoo with animals on demand! But we were lucky enough to spot doplins as soon as we left the harbour. Mazin! Later on the Captain took us to see some seals. Little ones and a big daddy! Overall a great tour.. learnt a bit too. We highly recommend anyone to try it.

Visited September 2013
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