Took a 3hour trip with Elemental Tours on the 21st September after seeing them mentioned in BBC Wildlife Magazine. We took the trip in the hope to see Basking Sharks! We were also out at sea for longer than the three hours! I was very apprehensive about taking a trip on the boat as I have never been on a RIB boat before, but i felt at ease during most of the trip - especially as it was a nice calm day. In fact I really enjoyed the boat trip, found that type of boat a brilliant way to explore the sea as it was quick and exhilarating and meant we could easily stop and manouver if someone saw something and cut the engine out if we needed to be quiter (e.g. around the porpoise). It was also quite comfortable and you felt really close to the water.
Out trip took us out of Penzance, past Mousehole, Lamorna Cove, Porthcurno and the Minnack, Longships Lighthouse all the way to Cape Cornwall. Rory was an excellent guide who was very passionate about the wildlife and really knew his stuff which made all the differeence, he was also very informative and entertaining with the stories and I learnt a lot about the history/geoglogy of the Cornish Coast.
In terms of wildlife, we didn't see any basking sharks, but thats the unpredictability of nature. Seeing Seals, Porpoise, Sooty Sheerwater, Shags and diving gannets was not a dissapointment, seeing all these species, the beautiful cornish coastline, along with the exhilarating boat ride and wealth of information made the trip worth the money! This trip ois slightly more in cost than other boat trips but this one is unique, the boat is different, we got more time at sea than we paid for, and you feel you have a guide who is someone who really knows their stuff and where to look and really cares about the sea life. Although we didnt see basking sharks I still learnt a lot about them, and enjoyed seeing the porpoise - which I had never seen before. Would love to come again and do this next time we are in Cornwall, who knows what we will see next time!!
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