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Boat Trips

Sealwatching Cruises

Sealwatching Cruises


Brian Dawson

01268 491540


Town Quay,
The Quay,
Burnham on Crouch,
SS15 6NP


Take a closer look at our common seals.
These animals, once bears? Fit into the marine environment splendidly, spending most of their time in the water feeding on fish, molluscs and crustaceans. They can defend themselves, but do live in harmony at the haul out sites. Our Common seals give birth in June and July on the sands between tides. The pups or calves are born at an advanced state and can swim within an hour of being born.

Seals are marine animals, fur covered, fin footed, with an acute sense of smell and hearing, but have poor eyesight on land. They can dive for up to 40 minutes, when their heart beat drops from about 60 beats a minute to just 6 beats.
On board you will learn all about their life cycle from when man killed them for food and oil to the present day's protection and purpose built hospitals. Their main enemy is man, but also phocine distemper virus, more about that on board.

We have many stories that we have collected over the past 18 years about our seals and would like to pass onto yourselves.

Join us on board to learn more about these wonderful mammals, the Essex coast, history of the river and its wildlife. Not forgetting the 'Wallasea Wetland Re-creation Project' the breaching of Wallasea Island.

Education/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Times are dependant on tides. Please check website.


£22 each - full boat charter maximum 12 passengers £200.00.



Plan route to Sealwatching Cruises using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TQ 679886  Lat: 51.57146 Long: 0.42200

By Road:
From SWF follow signs to Burnham on Crouch B1012/B1010. From Maldon B1018 to North Farnbridge the B1010 to Burnham.

By Public transport:

Timetables and information can be accessed via the public transport information partnership Traveline South East. Traveline allows you to plan journeys from and to a postcode, postal address, town or village, named station or stop, or point of interest.

Call 0871 200 2233 to speak to an operator and plan your journey, or log onto www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk and simply type in where you are travelling from and to for a detailed trip summary.

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Burnham station


  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed