Frequently Asked Questions
What boat do you use?
We use a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) similar to those in service with the RNLI and the armed forces. It is one of the safest forms of fast marine transport. Ours is a Delta 9.5 metre commercial rib capable of 40 knots (45mph), licensed for carrying up to 12 passengers. The open-plan seating gives the best possible viewing of wildlife from all parts of the boat.
What should I wear?
We provide life-jackets, waterproof jackets and trousers, but you should wear warm clothing - temperatures at sea (particularly in a fast boat) are always colder than those on shore.
Can we bring children?
All ages are welcome but tours are not considered suitable for the very young or the infirm. The crew will be happy to advise you.
When are Seatours available?
We operate throughout the year, weather permitting. In the event of a non-sailing through adverse weather conditions, full refunds will be made and alternative bookings offered as available.
Do we have to book in advance?
We advise booking in advance, particularly during school holidays. No deposit is required.
Are you covered by insurance?
We carry full marine insurance including third party liability but we cannot be held liable for loss or damage to personal effects. We are happy to provide dry-bags to help to safeguard your property on board. Our crews are experienced and fully qualified boat operators with a good knowledge of local history and wildlife.
Are there discounts for parties?
Family and group discounts are available - please enquire when booking for details of current offers.
What will we see on the wildlife tours?
Common and grey seals are seen daily around Sanda. We usually see various species of seabird including gannets, auks, shearwaters, fulmars and all the British seagulls. Puffins are present during the breeding season from April to early August. There are regular sightings of peregrine falcons, porpoises and bottlenose dolphins. Occasionally we see golden eagles, skuas, minke whales and basking sharks. We comply with all codes of practice relating to wildlife watching.