SNORKEL, DIVE & SWIM WITH BLUE SHARKS
96% success rate over the past three years!
THIS IS THE ULTIMATE SHARK ADVENTURE IN CORNISH WATERS
From the end of June we will be again offering expeditions to witness Cornwall's majestic blue sharks. No barriers, no cages, full photo opportunities - these are one-to-one encounters!
These are specialist full day trips with us venturing quite some distance from shore and involve chumming using a special concoction of ‘rubby dubby’. The blues can appear within minutes or up to a couple hours but once around the RIB they will often stay for a few hours at a time. Encounters are best photographed either using a pole-cam or snorkelling. If entering the water it is mandatory that you are totally dressed in dark colours, including HOOD, GLOVES and BOOTS and you do so entirely at your own risk. My insurance only covers you when you are in the boat so if you require in-water cover you will need to arrange this privately. You will be asked to sign a waiver before departure.
Although we can take out seven passengers we generally advise a maximum of four snorkellers.
Note: this is not a trip for the inexperienced! The chum is very smelly, the bobbing around of the RIB can cause seasickness if you suffer from it easily and it is not possible to return to shore unless you want to end the whole trip. There will also be an element of angling for bait fish so if this would offend then please don’t book. Minimum age 18 unless accompanied by parent/guardian, please advise of anyone under 18 when booking.
Interacting with sharks in the wild can be potentially dangerous if you have any doubts please discuss these with us prior to booking. Blue sharks are wild animals, they are not trained in any way or domesticated and can be unpredictable, however, attacks on humans are incredibly rare.
This is not a cage trip. If you enter the water you will be in the sharks natural habitat, on its terms with all the associated risks, however, the experience is indescribably awe inspiring.
These trips are by whole boat charter only at the moment at £800 per day (up to 4 people recommended). I will take out 5 people for the same price but please be aware it will be a bit cramped and please bring the absolute minimum of gear. JUST TO REPEAT - WHOLE BOAT CHARTER ONLY. If you are one person then the cost is the same (£800) so why not grab some mates? Sorry I do NOT do single person bookings unless you want to book the whole boat - please do not email and ask for exceptions.
When to swim and snorkel Blue sharks?
The best time generally is from late June through to mid October with August being the peak season but the over-riding factor is the weather. The sharks are here at this time of year without question, it is just you need the right conditions to find them. Ideally it should be sunny with calm winds. We will make a weather check a few days before your booking. For availability click here.
Why West Cornwall?
West Cornwall is by far the best place to see blue sharks as the water clarity is much better (typically 8-20 metres).
RIB Logan is a 7.2 metres (24 feet) rigid hull inflateable boat, which is the preferred option to use for snorkelling as it is easy to get in and out of. She is licensed to carry seven passengers plus skipper up to 20 miles from a safe haven, which is more than far enough. Although we can take out seven passengers four is recommended to swim with the sharks and the norm. We carry a full itinerary of safety equipment including oxygen.
Place & Time?
As RIB Logan is on a trailer we generally use Penzance for access to the south coast (Penzance slip can be found by clicking here), look for the Sailing Club building and we usually depart at 09.00 and return around 17.00 depending on tides and conditions. All day parking is available in the harbour car park and you will need about £6 in change. Note: the nearby public toilets now require a 20p coin.
How to Book?
Please go to my Contact page and send an email (FB is OK for chit-chat but please email for bookings) or if short notice telephone (sorry no caller ID no answer!). For availability click here - green days are open. Please note that all bookings are subject to my terms and conditions and by booking all passengers are deemed to have accepted them. Should we have to cancel due to bad weather deposits are refunded. Sorry I don't do individual bookings unless you want to book the whole trip exclusively.
What do I need to bring?
You will need a drysuit or a thick wetsuit such as a 5mm as the water is quite cold – 16 to 20 degrees centigrade, hood, boots, gloves and windproof jacket. Also basic snorkelling equipment i.e. mask, fins, snorkel and weight belt. We can arrange for weights for overseas travellers. For dry passengers, waterproof trousers and jacket, hat, gloves, sunscreen, sunglasses and flat soled non-slip boots. We are out all day so you need a packed lunch, snacks and drinks. Please bring only essential gear with you as space is limited and any electronic or camera equipment needs to be in a waterproof box or bag. Please don't bring large crates, boxes and bags.
Wetsuit & Equipment hire?
We do have a range of popular sized quality wetsuits for hire as well as masks, fins and snorkels; £20 per person per day. Any hire equipment must be pre-booked at least 48 hours prior to departure. We do not have any gear hire facility at the launch site.
It is not possiible to return to shore during the day unless you want to end the trip.
The sea is vast with an endless flushing mechanism! For the girls it is also relatively easy to pee over the side, from the ladder or please advise if you prefer I can bring a portable loo.
Is seeing them guaranteed?
Blue sharks like all marinelife can be sometimes tricky to locate and a few hours can be spent chumming before we find them, so sorry but sightings are not guaranteed. However, we are running at well over 95% success rate and encounter them over and over again in the same place with many hours spent in the water with them. There is also a good chance of seeing dolphin, sunfish (Mola mola), whale, porpoise and many species of sea bird as well.
Where can I store my equipment?
For those booking for more than one day all your snorkelling gear can be left with us - there is heaps of room in the boat shed to store all your wet stuff and hang out your suits.
Where to stay?
Mount Haven Hotel, Marazion, TR17 0DQ, 01736 710249 www.mounthaven.co.uk
Luxury hotel with stunning views over Mount's Bay and excellent restaurant, 10 mins drive from Penzance.
The Longboat Hotel, Penzance, TR18 2HZ, 01736 364137, www.thelongboathotel.net
Good value, lively hotel just a few minutes walk from the quay - can be a bit noisy on Friday and Saturday nights.
Award winning B&B, 20 mins drive from Penzance for up to 7 people.
Good value B&B, 20 mins drive from Penzance, suitable for groups of up to 12.
General listings www.cornwall-online.co.uk
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