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Seal Watching Harwich

The Pier, The Quay Hapny, Harwich CO12 3HH.

Departing from Harwich this is a truly wonderful 120 minute trip. So far every single trip has seen lots of seals but if you don’t see seals close up you get a free trip!

There are currently up to 250 seals in the Walton backwaters, a healthy breeding population which has risen from only 5 in 1986.

We take you through the backwaters to Oakley creek, known as Hamford Water Nature Reserve, where the seals enjoy resting on the mudbanks.

One of our boats is an open vessel and one has a cover. Unfortunately both are not disability friendly, we are sorry for any inconvenience caused. Our boats have capacity for up to 45 passengers.

Dogs are only allowed on Private hire trips, not on public trips.

In addition to seals, a variety of birds can be spotted including the Wigeon, Pintail, Ringed Plover, Curlew, Dunlincan, Sandpipers, Gannets and Arctic Skuas.

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Opening Times

Open all year round

Please book in advance on the website.


Summer season (April - October)



Child (6 - 16 years)


Child (1 - 5 years)


Babies (under 1 year)


Winter season (November - March)



Child (6 - 16 years)


Private Hire - All year around

1 - 12 passengers


13 - 15 passengers


16 - 20 passengers


21 - 25 passengers


26 - 30 passengers


31 - 40 passengers


Summer season only.


Please book in advance via email.



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