Review: Dolphin and Whale Watching with Red Letter Days

We were recently invited by Red Letter Days to choose an experience from the Red Letter Days site after they read my Forty before 40 post. I chose to help tick something off the list, by taking Si with me on a Dolphin and Whale watching boat trip.

 

They arranged for us to go on the trip from Falmouth with the Orca Sea Safari company, whose boats leave from right behind the Maritime Museum. The price for two people is £75 for around a two-hour trip with the chance to see all sorts of wildlife, dolphins, whales, basking sharks if you’re lucky, seals and more.

 

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We glimpsed the boat before we headed to the hut where we had to meet the Skipper, it’s the one with all the seats in the photo above. The seats which are jockey seats. If you’ve never heard of a jockey seat, they are pretty cool. The part you sit on is actually a bit rounded and you have to lift your leg over it to sit down.

 

It sounds a bit odd I know, but it is so that when the boat goes over and through waves, you don’t end up with a very bruised bottom from being bounced up and down on a hard seat. It helps your legs to take a lot of the impact. A genius invention, which I wish Si’s friend Richard had in his boat for when we’ve been out fishing before.

 

When you go on the boat trip, you don’t have to worry about anything other than making sure you wear something warm as it get a bit nippy further out to sea. Before you get in to the boat, the really friendly guys working there will kit you out ready.

 

They give everyone waterproof suits to wear and life jackets. As you can see from the photo below, I could have fitted a friend in mine with me and could do with longer legs. It was so comfortable though and more importantly kept everything underneath it bone dry and warm.

 

Red Letter Days boat trip - Falmouth Cornwall

 

Before we headed down to the boat, we were given a safety talk and were warned that when we got off the boat our legs would most likely be a bit wobbly.  We were told where to sit in the boat and as there were two of us, we ended up in the second row from the front with a brilliant view. You can see well from all of the seats, but being at the front is handy for taking photographs.

 

We were off, slowly at first until we left the harbour area but pretty darn fast after that. I have to say there is really nothing quite like being in a fast boat with the beauty of Cornwall around you, your hair blowing in the wind and the smell of the sea all around you. I have actually added owning a boat to my mental bucket list in my memory banks.

 

Red Letter Days - St Anthony's Lighthouse

 

The photo above is of St Anthony’s lighthouse, and it was brilliant to be able to see it from the water side. It looks amazing and apparently you can even rent the cottage there to sleep in, but our Skipper said not to do it in foggy weather as the siren will keep going off.

 

As we were going around, he kept telling us little bits of history and information about the area. He made me laugh as when he realised he had two locals aboard, he said he had better get all the information right then. He was great to listen to, and we actually learnt a few new things ourselves.

 

The weather was in a strange mood on the day we were out, as it has been for a while actually. It couldn’t decide whether to be hot and sunny or cold and grey, so it did a bit of both. We stayed warm in our suits though, and the breeze kept us cool when the sun did pop out occasionally.

 

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I quite fancy moving in to the little place in the photo above. No matter how small it is, imagine only being able to hear the sea lapping against the rocks at night-time when you are drifting off to sleep. It sounds like heaven to me.

 

When we were out further in to the rougher sea, there was water flying over us which just added to the fun and broke the ice between the people on the boat. It was hilarious at times, my hair was a little messy and wet by the time we got back so remember a hair band if you want to be more sensible than me.

 

Unfortunately, the only wildlife we saw on our boat trip were some Cormorants on a big rock. They obviously can’t guarantee that you will see anything whilst you are out. In all honesty though to us, it really did not matter. The boat trip was so much fun that it was worth it just for that.

 

I think really you need to think of it as a fun boat trip and the wildlife side as just an added bonus, so then you won’t feel disappointed. I wasn’t anyway though. There is a good chance of seeing something usually. Si actually went on a similar boat trip several years ago and saw nine basking sharks and a seal.

 

I loved seeing Cornwall from the sea again, discovering little beaches and places that you can only get to by boat. I think everyone at some point should see the coastline from a boat, it really is a fantastic experience.

 

Red Letter Days - Falmouth

 

The sun decided to properly come back out as we headed back in to Falmouth and it made for a gorgeous view. We all got off the boat with huge grins.

 

Then we all discovered that they were right at the beginning, and that after two hours of sitting on a jockey seat, walking normally was pretty impossible at first. We soon recovered though.

 

As part of the experience, you can also head in to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. Unfortunately though, we had to get back to the boys, so did no more than glance around as we walked through it back towards the car park. It did look good though, and I’m sure we will visit properly at some point.

 

I really do recommend trying out this experience, we had a great afternoon and I would definitely do it again at some point. If you like the sound of it, then pop to the Dolphin and Whale Watching for Two listing on the Red Letter Days site.

 

Stevie 

 

*We went on this experience trip for the purpose of this review, but all thoughts and opinions as ever are my own and honest*

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14 Comments

  1. 13 July 2016 / 7:28 am

    Oh I love the whole concept of red letter days. I’m not very materialistic, so I always prefer an experience as a present rather than an object. The boat trip sounds fabulous, I’m sorry you didn’t see any wildlife but I’m glad it was good anyway.
    Nat.x

  2. 13 July 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I’ve just bought a couple of Red Letter Day experiences, they are great aren’t they? Shame you didn’t see anything but those views were fab anyway! x

  3. 13 July 2016 / 10:45 pm

    I love red lette days, they are such a great gift. There is always something for everyone. Gorgeous views and I’m pleased you enjoyed it X

  4. 14 July 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Shame you didn’t see much wildlife but it sounds like a fantastic experience anyway! Such a gorgeous place :) x

  5. 15 July 2016 / 7:39 am

    I know what you mean – sometimes the experience is so much fun that it doesn’t matter if you don’t get out of it what you thought you would – ie animal spotting. Looks stunning scenery, hope the sea legs weren’t too bad Thank you for hosting #picknmix xx

  6. Helen
    15 July 2016 / 8:58 am

    This looks like such a lovely experience – I’ve been on a few Red Letter Day experiences and have always been impressed! #PicknMix

    Helen x

  7. 15 July 2016 / 9:13 am

    This is so beautiful! I so have to go to Cornwall one day! #PicknMix

  8. 15 July 2016 / 10:24 am

    Such a shame you didn’t see in dolphins, I would love to see dolphins in the wild. It’s definitely a gorgeous place though and going on a boat is so enjoyable. Sarah #PicknMix

  9. luce
    15 July 2016 / 10:26 am

    oh wow! This looks amazing what a great opportunity, and seeing Cornwall from the sea is most definitely beautiful ;-) #PicknMix

  10. 15 July 2016 / 2:53 pm

    Shame you didn’t get to see much with!dlife, but a lovely e,perience non the less #picknmix

  11. 16 July 2016 / 10:00 am

    It looks like you had a fab time. :) what a shame you didn’t see any wildlife but sounds like you still had lots of fun xx #picknmix

  12. 16 July 2016 / 10:25 pm

    This looks so much fun, a shame you didn’t see anything, but next time?! x

  13. 17 July 2016 / 10:55 am

    I have heard of Red Letter Days but yet to try them out for myself. This looks like something I would enjoy though especially the gorgeous views! #PicknMix

  14. 21 July 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Sounds like a lovely experience. We have always heard good things about red letter days. Shane you didn’t see any dolphins but like you say it’s still an experience. Xx