Orca Sea
Safaris

One of Cornwall's top boat trips.

Wildlife watching and coastal safaris in some of the UK’s most stunning waters

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Towns & Villages

Discover our picturesque Cornish towns and villages from a completely different perspective.

From the bustling Historic port of Falmouth with its pastel painted houses and busy Docks, to the smaller villages of St Mawes, Portloe and Coverack...just to name a few.

Every village that we see has a host of fascinating tales to tell.

Falmouth

A bustling Port town that has flourished for over 400 years and is steeped in Maritime History.

Home to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, where your Sea Safari ticket will give you free entry, Pendennis Castle and many other attractions, Falmouth is where our trips depart from...

St Mawes

St Mawes is an old world fishing village on the Roseland Peninsula, with steep and narrow streets rising from the harbour.

St Mawes Castle and the picturesque harbour can be viewed easily from the water...

Portscatho

Portscatho (Cornish for Cove of Boats) is a small active fishing port that housed a hugely successful Pilchard fishing fleet in the 18th and 19th Centuries.

Portscatho and the town of Gerrans further up the hill can both be seen clearly from the water...

Portloe

Set in a steep sided valley on the Roseland Peninsula on the western flank of Veryan Bay, Portloe has escaped development due to its location and remains one of the most beautiful and unspoilt villages in the county.

The name Portloe is said to derive from the Cornish Porth Logh meaning Cove pool.

Portloe was a busy pilchard fishing port in the 17th and 18th Centuries with a small drift fleet and Seine fishery, though now only 3 boats work from the cove fishing for Crab and Lobster.

A rich smuggling history surrounds Portloe where French brandy was said to be hidden in cellars and on local farms. In fact, in 1824 smuggling became so bad that customs erected a watch-house, boathouse and slip to allow them to react more quickly!

The Lugger Hotel dates back to the 17th Century and can be seen from the water. It was a focal point for smugglers in the 1890's and the landlord of the Inn (Black Dunstan) was hanged for smuggling offences.

The Lugger was opened as a hotel in the 1950s.

Porthallow

On the East Coast of the Lizard Peninsula, Porthallow (pronounced by the locals as Pralla) is a small unspoilt fishing village, where you can see the old Pilchard cellars and pretty cottages next to the beach...

Porthoustock

A shingly cove close to the infamous Manacles Reef where the now disbanded Lifeboat set off to rescue passengers and crew from some of the many shipwrecks that occurred in this area such as 'The Mohegan' and 'The John'..

St Keverne

Sitting above the village of Porthoustock, the Village of St Keverne can tell many tales.

The 15th Century Church spire can be seen from the Manacles and was used as a daymark for sailors. It is this tower that gave the manacles their name (Maen Eglos) meaning Church Rocks...

Coverack

A pretty village consisting of thatched cottages, small fishing boats in the harbour, and awesome Sepentine cliffs.

Near to the Harbour you can see the Paris Hotel, named after the Ship that ran aground just off Coverack in 1899...

Cadgwith

A fishing Village since the 16th Century, Pilchard fishing occurred here until the 1950s using large seine boats and seine nets, coordinated by the use of lookouts, known as huers (from the Cornish 'Hevva, Hevva!' ('Here they are!)), positioned on the cove's two headlands...