Situated on the banks of the River Camel*, about 2 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Padstow is the perfect place for exploring both river and ocean. Other locations within our area such as Port Isaac, Polzeath, Trevone, Harlyn amd Porthcothan are right beside the Atlantic.
*The name “Camel” comes from the Cornish “Cam Hayle” meaning “crooked estuary”.
Padstow Sealife Safaris sail out of Padstow harbour to explore the Cornish coastline, famed for its rugged beauty and extensive wildlife. For children, adults and photographers this is an exciting high speed wildlife experience, taking in the sights of our coastline and offshore islands, slowing along the way to get up close encounters with our local marine life. Their spectacular 2 hour Sealife Safari provides the opportunity to potentially view Grey Seals, Dolphins, Porpoises, Sunfish, Basking Sharks and an array of birdlife, all in their natural wild habitat. In the spring & summer the dramatic cliff faces are teeming with Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes and from April to late July Puffins are also in residence on our very own local “Puffin Island”. For a shorter trip, their 1 hour Seals Cave Experience heads out in search around caves and offshore islands for seals both in the water and resting on the rocks, keeping an eye out for any other wildlife that may be around. For those more interested in local scenery than wildlife they offer our 1 hour coastal tours, following the coastline north to the historic fishing town of Port Isaac. If it’s wildlife you want, the exhilaration and freedom of speeding along in the Ocean Voyager on the open sea or just taking in the lovely Cornish coast from a unique perspective then they have the trip for you. Bespoke tours are also available and can be tailored for you to provide a truly special experience for any occasion. Padstow Sealife Safaris is a true local family business, operated by a skipper with expert local knowledge and a member of the Padstow Lifeboat crew.
Wavehunters run 2 hour Sea Safaris on their 12 seat, 9 metre, rib. Their expert, local, seamen show the unique heritage and diverse marine and bird wildlife of the rugged North Coast. Their sea safaris are proving a great way to gain a different perspective of our much loved coastline. Depending on the time of year you should expect to see Basking Sharks, Seals, Dolphins, Porpoises, Puffins, Gannets and many other varieties of seabirds. Trips run from Rock and Padstow on the Camel estuary: 2 hour trips are £40 per person, £25 for under 16’s. Booking is recommended.
The Jubilee Queen offers summer coastal cruises run daily (weather and sea conditions permitting) from Padstow Harbour to the offshore islands. You can see a variety of seabirds and marine life. Bar and toilets on board. Times of trips vary daily according to the tide and conditions. Information is available daily from boards around the harbour and Padstow TIC. Pay on board.
Emma Kate Fishing Trips & Charter Boat Hire offer daily fishing trips running from either Padstow Harbour of Lower Beach. They offer 4 & 8 hour wreck and reef fishing, 8 hour and 12 hour shark fishing and 2 hour mackerel fishing. Skippers Lee and John have over 40 years experience between them, Junior and Senior Cornish boat angling Champions in the past. EMMA KATE is a LOCHIN 38 type sea fishing boat, built by one of the best and oldest British boat building companies LOCHIN, which are known for designing lifeboats & police patrol vessels. She is powered by a twin 250HP IVECO Turbocharged diesel unit, which gives her stability & sea-keeping abilities to a maximum.