Seal Colony ECO Tour

Harwich, Essex
Common seal spy-hopping to sea what is approaching across the water. Sea kayaker with a seal in the background with NOMAD Sea Kayaking. Sea kjayalks landed on a sandy beach on the Seal Colony Eco kayak tour with NOMAD Sea Kayaking. Red buoyancy aids neatly stacked ready for use. Part of a black buoyancy aid with a sea kayak in the background. Baby kraken in orange bumper sticker. A black buoyancy aid draped over a sea kayak. Orange sea kayaks on a trailer with NOMAD Sea Kayaking. Seaweeds on rocks. Fleet of orange kayaks tethered. Orange sea kayaks with NOMAD Sea Kayaks. Sea kayaks on a sandy beach on the Seal Colony Eco kayak tour with NOMAD Sea Kayaking. Group photo of kayakers on the beach. Kayaks laid out on the green grass before launching. Kayaker in a sit-on-top kayak. A sea kayak guide on the beach. The stern of an orange sit-on-top kayak. A female sea kayak guide in orange jacket with NOMAD Sea Kayaking. A group photo of guests on the Seal Colony Eco Kayak Tour with NOMAD Sea Kayaking.

Seal Colony ECO Tour

Visit a wild seal colony by kayak, the quietest, gentlest way to get close to these wondrous mammals.

£99.99 p/seat

A great trip to a wild seal colony over a total distance of 8-9 nautical miles & anything from 3 to 5 hours total. We depart Dovercourt beach (just past Harwich cricket club) & paddle southeast down the coast towards the Walton backwaters. We don’t divulge the exact whereabouts of the colony for obvious reasons & we maintain a strict interaction policy, which means the seals approach us, we don't approach them. This minimises their stress. Your Guide will give you information about the seal's habits before we enter the area & he/she will take questions when you leave. Your Guides will manage the interaction between paddlers & seals, ensuring that only seals in the water get close to paddlers. We stand off any seals that are on the banks.

A 30-40 minute lunch break (subject to a beach landing where there are no nesting birds) with a beach clean & launch into Harwich Bay for a deep water crossing, returning to our original launch location. We return to Dovercourt in the afternoon heading directly across the bay for a total event duration of 3-5 hours (dependant on the group & sea conditions). This is a one-off trip that you'll find difficult to do on your own; a most memorable experience.

NOMAD Sea Kayaking tries to complete a beach clean (conditions permitting) of any beach we land on during your event, usually at the end of our lunch break & we ask our guests to participate. Please bring along a strong bin bag and gloves (if they need them) to help us with the cleanup. This isn't compulsory but we all use the environment & we want to take care of it for future visitors & the marine wildlife that lives there. After all, this is our coastline.

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Location

Launch location

West End Lane Car Park, Dovercourt, CO12 3FA

Next Departure time

2nd July 2022, 1:00 PM

Equipment

Sit-on-top kayak, paddle & buoyancy aid included.

Parking

Pay and display.

Additional Notes

Please bring along extra warm clothing, hat, gloves et cetera, whatever you need to stay warm. In very hot weather please bring a sun hat, sun cream, sunglasses. We recommend leaving your electronics onshore unless it is waterproofed and secured. The more expensive the item, the quicker it sinks!! We offer Peli waterproof hard cases for rent that will guarantee they do not get wet or damaged. Please select your Peli waterproof box when placing your booking.

NOTE: This is a wild seal colony & as such can be difficult to reach due to tides, weather or group ability. N.S.K. cannot guarantee that we will reach the seals colony at every event. The Lead Guide may, at his/her discretion, make adjustments to the route &/or distance in the interest of safety & to provide the best possible experience for the guests. This is at the discretion of the Lead Guide responsible for the event.

Sixteen years of age and over.