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Snorkel with seals on the Isles of Scilly

  • St Martin's, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom (UK)

  • Bucket List Experience

Last updated: 19 May, 2024

If you’ve ever wanted to swim with a seal, this is a great place to tick it off your bucket list. The crystal-clear waters around the Isles of Scilly are rich in sealife – an ideal habitat for grey seals, who are curious and playful around humans.

Snorkelers can encounter these intelligent creatures up close, watching as they glide effortlessly through the water and interact with each other. A peaceful yet exhilarating experience.


Price from: £65
Minimum age: 7
Age suitable: 7+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Seal Snorkelling Adventures run twice daily, 2.5-hour tours departing from St Martin’s in summer months.

No snorkelling experience is but you need to be comfortable swimming in open water. Minimum age 12, and kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Be warned that Atlantic waters are freezing cold, but thick wetsuits will be provided.

When to do it

Tours operate twice daily from April to September.

Who to go with: tour operators


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Seal Snorkelling Adventures

  • St Martin's, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom (UK)

Local Isles of Scilly operator offering tours to snorkel with seals, from St Martin’s.