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 offer Cornwall wildlife spotting and sightseeing trips and charters from Padstow, Rock and Port Isaac. Explore hidden coves, learn about the sealife, spot dolphins, puffins and seals in their natural habitat while cruising our turquoise waters. Whether you are booking as a couple or larger family/bubble, they’ve made it more affordable than ever to get on board and take to the sea in a safe and fun way. Choose between their Semi Private Sea Safari and Private Charter and a 2 hour boat trip combining the perfect family friendly duration at sea with exclusivity and extra comfort on the boat. They also offer longer private charters by arrangement and 2-hours trips at certain times daily.

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.

Supreme Boat Trips offers daily sight seeing and fishing trips from Padstow harbour. The Supreme is a Corvette Craft Bullet 38. Take your pick from 2 hour Mackeral fishing trips or 4 & 8 hour Wreck and Reef trips.  All fishing equipment is supplied and you can keep what you catch as long as it is within legal limits.  Or simply jump on board for a relaxing river or sea bound sight seeing trip.  Toilet facilities and tea & coffee can be pre-ordered. The Supreme is also available for private charter.