Spotting Seals in Cornwall

Taking a Sea Safari with Orca Sea Safaris

I bet you thought that I’d finished my ranting about how beautifully, awesomely, wonderful Falmouth is hadn’t you.

Oh no, I have one more little gem for you that won’t come as much of a surprise if you managed to read the title.

Yes, that’s right, I saw seals in Cornwall!

I was invited to try a ‘Sea Safari’ with the lovely guys at Orca Sea Safaris. They offer wildlife watching and coastal tours around Cornwall and if you think the area is pretty from the shore, you should see it from the sea. On the tour you can see sharks, whales, dolphins, seals, jellyfish, sunfish and loads of birds so I was pretty excited to jump onboard.

Falmouth Harbour

Falmouth HarbourOur ride for the next 2 hoursOur ride for the next 2 hours

Our skipper aboard the Ocha Sea Safari boat

Our skipper aboard the Ocha Sea Safari boat

Sexy waterproofs

Sexy waterproofs

Our group of 10 we stylishly dressed in warm and waterproof layers before we hopped on the boat and took to the seas.

As soon as we were out of the harbor the little boat was speeding through the sea. I was a worried about getting seasick but I needn’t have worried. It felt like we were flying smoothly over the waves as we skimmed the surface out in the open water. It was a fantastic feeling of relaxed excitement as we zipped through the sea with the occasional belly leap as we dropped from a high wave. But the relaxation part came from having the sun on your face, the salty wind in your hair, a refreshing spray from the sea and stunning views all around. In that moment, I don’t think I could have been happier if I tried. Well, until I saw a seal that was!

Ships in Falmouth

Flying through the waves on a sea safari

St Mawes Castle Falmouth

light house in Falmouth Cornwall

Our skipper was both a boat driver and a tour guide of the sea as he pointed out significant spots and historical sites along the way. We headed towards St Mawes Castle and then to a lighthouse where the seals are known to hang out. There was another boat lingering nearby so we knew a seal must be close by. After much eye straining, pointing, shouting and confusion over black buoys and rocks, we finally saw a seal.

He's there somewhere I promise!

He’s there somewhere I promise!

I’ll admit, I’ll probably never make a wildlife documentary photographer but sometimes it’s better to enjoy a moment than to be too busy taking photos of it.

For the remainder of the sea safari my heart leapt every 30 seconds when I was sure I saw a seal just below the surface. Every odd shaped wave or shimmer under the water had me jumping to my feet in excitement. I was pretty much a nervous wreck of excited tension and energy when we made it back to shore.

  • Massive thanks to Orca Sea Safaris for inviting me along for the 2-hour Coastal Explorer.

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


  • Lindsey
    June 18, 2013


  • June 19, 2013

    What pretty views of the coast! Should you ever want to see more seals, come out for a visit to San Diego, California. We’ll take you out on the boat and you’ll see a ton of them. 🙂

  • June 21, 2013

    Wow, the views are just amazing, and seals? I love seals. They’re so cute.

  • July 27, 2013

    Ha Ha just read you post and going to take your word for it that there’s a seal in that photo…… Where’s wally for seals!

  • September 27, 2013

    I would never have thought to go seal watching in the UK! It looks like a great day out, even if it doesn’t quite live up to the Galapagos’ standards!


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