Book a Whale & Dolphin Sea Safari

The Bay of Biscay is one of the top five places in the world to see whales and dolphins

ORCA Whale & Dolphin Sea Safari

Portsmouth is the gateway to this vital marine habitat and the starting point for your Sea Safari.

ORCA partner with Brittany Ferries to offer our unforgettable Sea Safari trips each summer, taking lucky groups of passengers across to Santander to showcase some of the wonders of the ocean that can be seen right on our doorstep.

During our return trip we voyage across the English Channel and deep waters of the Bay of Biscay.

Our expert guides will help you spot the magnificent creatures that inhabit these waters, such as fin whales, countless dolphins and elusive beaked whales.

Other possible encounters include pilot whales, Risso’s dolphins, and even the largest animal on earth, the blue whale!

Some of the species you may see:

Long finned pilot whale

Risso's dolphin

Blue whale

Experience the trip

In this video Chris Packham, a patron of ORCA, expains how vital these Sea Safari trips are as 'citizen science' research. Take a look to see what it's like on the cruise.

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Included in your trip is:

  • Brittany Ferries return travel
  • Cabin and evening entertainment
  • Dedicated support from expert ORCA guides
Guests will also have the chance to spend a short time in Santander before boarding for the northward crossing.
During 2017 ORCA spotted over 2500 individual animals plus countless birds during six trips, including two with ORCA Patron Nigel Marven.
For 2018 we’ve decided to go one better with seven dates available
ORCA Sea Safari sightings 2017

2018 Sea Safari dates

  • 26th - 28th June

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  • 10th - 12th July

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  • 7th - 9th August

    Wildlife TV presenter and ORCA patron, Nigel Marven, will join the ORCA Guide team for this cruise.

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  • 14th - 16th August

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  • 11th - 13th September

    Blue Planet II & Planet Earth II cameraman, Matt Brierley, will join the ORCA Guide team for this cruise

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  • 18th - 20th September

    Wildlife TV presenter and ORCA patron, Nigel Marven, will join the ORCA Guide team for this cruise

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  • 25th - 27th September

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Train to be a Marine Mammal Surveyor

Book a Whale & Dolphin Sea Safari

Book a Whale & Dolphin Sea Safari

Become an ORCA Wildlife Officer

Become an ORCA Wildlife Officer

ORCA in Schools

ORCA in Schools

Make a Small Change

Make a Small Change

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