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 BBC wildlife producer and cameraman, Matt Brierley, talks about his experience on a Sea Safari and some of the sightings they enjoyed.

Book your Sea Safari today

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 2018 ORCA spotted over 3600 individual animals plus countless birds during seven trips, including two with ORCA Patron Nigel Marven and one with BBC wildlife producer Matt Brierley.

Our 2019 dates are now on sale with five options throughout the summer. Places will fill up fast so make sure to book today to avoid disappointment!

ORCA Sea Safari sightings 2017

2019 Sea Safari dates

  • 9th - 11th July

    Wildlife TV presenter and ORCA Patron, Nigel Marven, will join the ORCA Guide team for this cruise
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  • 6th - 8th August

    BBC Earth and CBeebies presenter, Lizzie Daly, will join the ORCA Guide team for this cruise

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  • 13th - 15th August

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  • 17th - 19th September

    BBC wildlife cameraman and producer, Matt Brierley, will join the ORCA Guide team for this cruise

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  • 24th - 26th 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

Photography Competition

Photography Competition