We've been running seal snorkelling trips from St Martin's for over twenty years. Being in the water with seals and seeing these magnificant creatures swimming effortlessly and gracefully around you is a fabulous wildlife experience.
We will meet you on St Martin's at our shed which is opposite Higher Town quay. Once you've changed into a wetsuit, it's a short boat trip out to the Eastern Isles to where the seals live. After a quick briefing its time to go into the water. Our top tip is to keep looking behind you. Seals love to sneak up behind snorkellers and often nibble at their fins.
Not snorkelled before?
That's not a problem as no experience of snorkelling is needed. All we say is that you need to be confident to swim in open water. We'll give you advice and guidance on how to snorkel before you get in the water. You will be in a wetsuit so it's impossible for you to sink!
What to bring?
We will provide wetsuits, masks fins and snorkels. All you need to bring is a swimming costume and a towel. Once you've finished snorkelling there will be a hot drink and a snack waiting for you on the boat.
The trips last about three hours. If you're coming out with us in the morning remember snorkelling makes you really hungry! There are plenty of great places to eat and drink on St Martin's or alternatively, you could bring a packed lunch and explore our beautiful island at your leisure.
If you're not staying on St Martin's you will come over for your seal trip on a scheduled tripper boat. However, our morning trips start at 9am which is before the tripper boats run so for morning trips only, we can offer a pick up service. It costs £8 per person and we can collect you from Old Grimsby, Tresco or St Mary's Quay. You will be travelling in our RIB so please wear appropriate clothing for the journey.
What else can I do on St Martin's?
St Martin's is a wonderful island. You can get a coffee or lunch from Polreath Tea Rooms, Little Arthur Cafe or The Island Bakery, all in Higher Town. The Sevenstones Inn is in LowerTown, a 25 min stroll from us. There are beautiful beaches, lovely walks and stunning scenery to enjoy. Why not pop into North Farm Gallery, Scilly Flowers by post, the Vineyard or Fay Page's fabulous open studio and treat yourself to a memento of your visit to St Martins. For information about getting to Scilly click here.
Snorkelling is an activity which requires a certain level of mobility and fitness and the safety of our customers is our most important priority. If you have access or mobility issues please speak to us and if there is a safe way for us to take you out with the seals, then we can make it happen.