No visit to Cornwall is complete without exploring the wealth of wildlife that makes its home here. With over 420 miles of coastline, Cornwall’s wildlife flourishes thanks to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream which creates Cornwall’s unique climate. Here is our pick of Cornwall’s top wildlife experiences, so you can get up-close and personal with the exciting and varied creatures that call this county home.
A boat trip on The Jubilee Queen, which sails from Padstow, is an exciting way to discover the variety of seabirds and marine life that the Cornish North Coast has to offer. Complete with a full commentary from the experienced crew, this dog-friendly wildlife cruise offers the chance to catch a glimpse of puffins, razorbills, dolphins, basking sharks and even the rare sunfish.
AK Wildlife Cruises in Falmouth offer full or half-day expeditions to explore the more tranquil waters of the Cornish South Coast. As you make your way from Falmouth out to sea, gaze in wonder at the majestic granite cliffs covered in wildflowers, and keep a keen look-out for rare seabirds, seals, porpoise, dolphins, jellyfish, whales and basking sharks. Each sighting gives an exhilarating thrill, and only builds your enthusiasm for the next.
Wet weather or rough seas need not dampen your spirits as a visit to The Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay provides a magical encounter with both native and exotic wildlife no matter what the weather has in store. A highlight of any visit is a walk through the underwater tunnel, where you can get a fish’s eye-view and explore a coral reef complete with black tip reef sharks, rays and a loggerhead turtle.