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Marine Discovery

#2 of 7 Tours in Penzance Features Animals
| Shed 5, Albert Pier, Penzance Harbour, Penzance TR18 2LL, England
+44 7749 277110
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So much fun!

I was given a voucher for 2 people for a tour, but we added another 2 of us on with no problem... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Pagham, United Kingdom
via mobile
Absolutely wonderful

This wildlife watching sailboat excursion completely lived up to their 5 star TripAdvisor rating... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2017
Ottawa, Canada
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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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| Shed 5, Albert Pier, Penzance Harbour, Penzance TR18 2LL, England
+44 7749 277110
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was given a voucher for 2 people for a tour, but we added another 2 of us on with no problem. Very helpful and even recommended us where to stay in Penzance. The boat trip was so much fun, we sat at the front...More

Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

This wildlife watching sailboat excursion completely lived up to their 5 star TripAdvisor rating! Our family of four adults loved every minute. Hannah and Duncan told us beforehand that April was a less plentiful month for wildlife, but despite that we saw harbour porpoises, grey...More

3  Thank intrepidpam
Hannah J, Owner at Marine Discovery, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2017

Hello Pam, thank you so much for your fantastic, detailed review. It was a real pleasure to meet you and your family and spend the afternoon with you. Enjoy the rest of your time in the UK, and we hope to see you again sometime...More

Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

I was so excited about this trip as I've always wanted to see dolphins in the wild, the trip was coming to an end and we had seen various marine creatures but no dolphins, I'm not gonna to lie, (although I had enjoyed the trip...More

2  Thank Jess H
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Booked into Marine Discovery this afternoon and had a fantastic three and a half hours although we were not fortunate enough to see many mammals there was plenty of interesting bird life during the trip. This activity is not a trip around the bay with...More

1  Thank clives868
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Booked on the 3 hour excursion. Your vessel is a catermaran and there is plenty of space onboard. After a full safety brief and the donning of waterproofs, we were off. After a short visit to the island of Mousehole where we were able to...More

2  Thank Frances H
Reviewed 13 October 2016

My wife and myself went recently on a three hour trip with Marine Discovery. We wondered whether we would sail as it was quite windy. Had three hours of getting wet (shouldn't have sat at front), trying to catch glimpses of sea life in sometimes...More

1  Thank socialentrepreneur
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We took the 3 hour trip with our 7 and 9 year olds in July. Amazing wildlife surrounded us and we were lucky enough to see porpoises, dolphins, gannets, seals and lots of bird life. The sailing experience was lovely and it was nice to...More

1  Thank Hathers42
Reviewed 28 September 2016 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...More

2  Thank Peter W
Reviewed 20 September 2016 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...More

1  Thank PixieButcher1987
Reviewed 18 September 2016 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.More

1  Thank Oldpigsqueal
Hannah J, Owner at Marine Discovery, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2016

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...More

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Hi My husband and I will be in your area from 7th July for a week. I know you can't guarantee sightings but is this a good time of the year. If so can you let me know what availability you would have. Thanks Margaret Pickering
23 June 2017|
Response from Hannah J | Property representative |
Hi Margaret thanks for the message. We have plenty of availability that week. July is usually pretty good for sightings. Please can you call me on 07749277110 or email me to tell me which trip you would prefer to do and on... More
Hi, my mom is registered as disabled....not wheel chair bound but has trouble due to numerous hip replacements....are your tours assessable for disabled people?
2 April 2017|
Response from Hannah J | Property representative |
Hello, thanks for the enquiry. We have taken plenty of people on our trips who have limited mobility, including wheelchair users. All we need is advance notice of any disability, because this means we can plan the trip on a... More
Rosie K
could you tell me the cost of this trip? Thank You, Rosie
7 September 2015|
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Response from Hannah J | Property representative |
Hello Rosie, Thanks for the question. Hopefully the date of your question was the 6th of September rather than the 6th June, because I only just received notification of it. Our standard length trip (3 hours) is £25 per... More