Seal Colony Eco Tour

Walton Backwaters
Common harbour seals on the Seal Colony Eco Tour by kayak Sit-on-top kayaks on the beach during a break on the seal colony Eco tour Sea kayaks on sandy beach for the guided seal colony eco tour by kayak. Stable sit-on-top kayak showing the rudder. A sea kayak of one of the guides to the wild seal colony A small group of guests preparing to launch for the seal colony eco tour Sit-on-top kayaks & touring kayaks on the grass awaiting paddlers for the seal colony eco tour Guests clearing trash from a sandy beach on the seal colony eco tour

Seal Colony Eco Tour

Visit a wild seal colony by kayak, the quietest, gentlest way to get close up 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. We depart Dovercourt beach (just past Harwich cricket club) and paddle southeast down the coast towards the Walton backwaters. We don’t divulge the whereabouts of the colony for obvious reasons and we maintain a strict interaction policy, which means the seals approach us, minimising their stress. Your Guide will give you information about the seal's habits before we enter the area and he/she will take questions when you leave. You'll have 20-30 minutes of free time paddling in the creek with the seals before we head back out into Hamford water and head to our lunch stop at Stone Point.

A 30-40 minute lunch break with a beach clean and 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 4-5 hours (dependant on the group and 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 always complete a beach clean of any beach we land on during your event, usually at the end of our lunch break and we ask our guests to participate. Please bring along a strong bin bag and gloves (if they need them) to help us with the clean up. Obviously, this isn't compulsory but we all use the environment and we want to take care of it for future visitors and the marine wildlife that lives there. After all, this is our coastline.

Review - M. Alderton, 14th November 2016
A group of friends and I had a wonderful time on this trip. We were all new to kayaking, but our guide, Kurt, did an excellent job of explaining the basics to us and leading our trip along the picturesque Essex coastline. When we arrived at the colony, the seals we met were very inquisitive and some popped their heads up out of the water right beside our kayaks. The beach we stopped at for a well-earned lunch was a beautiful place to rest before our paddle back to the departure point. The day was thoroughly enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone. Thanks to Nomad for an unforgettable experience!

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Please ensure that all of your guest seats are allocated - unallocated seats will not be allowed on the water (thank you). 

Kurt (Lead Guide)


Launch location

Dovercourt Beach, West End Lane Carpark, Dovercourt, Harwich, CO12 3TS

Next Departure time

29th May 2021, 1:00 PM


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


Free or pay & display.

Additional Notes

Social distancing guidelines will be maintained on all NOMAD Sea Kayaking trips, courses, wild camps, & events until the end of June 2021. Your Lead Guide will provide guidance during your safety briefing. 

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.

Weather Remit: A wind of a maximum of 15 knots steady blow and this includes wind gusts. This is at the discretion of the Lead Guide responsible for the event.

Sixteen years of age and over.