A Unique Day Out
exploring Puffin Island
We are pleased to be able to offer unique day trips to Lundy aboard the catamaran Obsession II. With plenty of space for up to 12 passengers, she boasts both covered and uncovered outdoor seating and a comfortable wheelhouse for those who prefer to be inside. Weather and conditions permitting, passengers may also take advantage of the upper ‘fly’ deck, from which the views can be stunning.
A typical trip sees us departing Ilfracombe Harbour between 8.00 and 10.00, for the 1½ hour (approx.) passage to Lundy Island. All you need to do is sit back, relax and keep your eyes peeled for the local wildlife. Sea birds are plentiful, and seals, dolphins and porpoises are regularly sighted on the journey.
Once we have arrived at the Island, our trip will take two parts.
Depending on tide and weather, we may begin by taking you on a wildlife sea safari, down the coast of Lundy, or we may come alongside the jetty so that you may disembark and spend a few hours exploring on land. Either way, you will have time on Lundy and a chance to experience its charms and diverse wildlife from the sea.
£55 adult, £35 child
This part of your trip will see you travelling along the east side of Lundy, with one of our main aims being to visit the resident population of Atlantic Grey Seals (and if we are lucky, some visiting Harbour Seals as well!). Our experienced skipper and crew will point out all the seals, sea birds and any other wildlife, both on the land and in the water, and the more curious of the seals may even come up for a closer look at the very familiar boat.
During nesting season, when the puffins that give the Island its name are plentiful, we’ll also take you around the west side to Jenny’s Cove, the best place to watch these joyful and lively birds. In 2016, we took the Lundy Warden aboard to assist with her puffin survey, and over 500 individuals were counted!
You’ll enjoy the majesty of the 400 ft granite cliffs, and hear tales of island history, of wrecks and wildlife. Our skippers are very familiar with the stories that Lundy can tell, and are always more than happy to share their enthusiasm for this unique little island.
The length of time you will have ashore will be tide and weather dependant, but typically will be around 5-6 hours. This gives you plenty of freedom to explore the unique topography of the Island, and to enjoy the hospitality offered by the Lundy residents, who are all willing and able to give information and help you during your time with them.
At a mere three miles long, and half a mile wide, Lundy rises 400 feet above sea level and is a place of outstanding natural beauty with tremendous views of England, Wales and the Atlantic. With nothing but sea between her and America, she was the last refuge for many a sailing ship bound for the 'New World', and has many stories to tell of days gone by.
Activities on the Island range from the adventurous (such as rock climbing) to the relaxing (sitting and basking in the tranquillity), with plenty in between. Snorkelling with the seals is always very popular. Visit the Lundy website to find out what Warden led activities are being run while you’re there, or just check out the notice board in the Marisco Tavern to see what's on offer during the day. Do bear in mind that most activities on the Island book up quickly. We are happy to assist you as far as we are able in organising your day.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the huge tidal range of the Bristol Channel, passengers are very likely to be required to climb up or down a few steps of a ladder to go ashore at the jetty or to re-board their vessel. This is unavoidable and therefore you must be able to manage this to disembark. The ladder is safe and secure, and our crew will assist as far as they are able. By booking with us, you are confirming that you and your party are willing and able to achieve this.
Lundy has been a pioneer for the UK’s marine conservation for over 40 years. In 1971, the waters around the Island were designated as the first Voluntary Marine Nature Reserve, and then in 1986 this became the first Statutory Marine Nature Reserve. In 2000, the first No Take Zone in the UK was placed along Lundy’s east coast, and within this area nothing (particularly plants and animals) may be taken or added – up to the high water mark along the shoreline. 2010 saw Lundy’s Marine Nature Reserve become the UK’s first Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ), specifically for the protection of the Spiny lobster, also known as a Crawfish, which is very rare.
When you sail with Obsession II, you are making a WiSe choice, as we are accredited as a Wildlife Safari Safe Operator, both locally by the joint Lundy Island / North Devon Biosphere scheme and nationally as a member of the WiSe Wildlife Safe Operator scheme.