What to bring on a whale and dolphin cruise

Sea Safari 2020 - Whale & dolphin watching with ORCA

Despite it being the summer, you should be prepared for all weather types! We advise windproof and warm layers as well as waterproofs and sun protection. Don't forget your binoculars! Suggested magnifications are 8 X 40 or 10 x 40. Of course you'll want to bring your camera and remember your passport too!

  • Passport (essential)
  • Binoculars (essential). For sea-watching 8 or 10 X magnification are ideal but not higher. ('Opticron' offer excellent models at good value)
  • Telescopes and tripods can be useful for identification of mammals and seabirds in very calm seas, however these are not essential for good viewing and in reality conditions (weather and boat vibration) often negate the benefits of the additional magnification these provide
  • Recommended footwear are non-slip deck shoes. If the weather is wet then slippery decks can be a hazard so bear this in mind when you are running around the deck which may happen if a big whale is sighted on one side or the other
  • Sun hat, suncream and lip balm. (Don't underestimate the power of the sun at sea! You can become sunburnt quite quickly. Factor 30+ is probably best but then that's down to your own preference and experience.)
  • Waterproof jacket and over-trousers just in case of inclement weather
  • Appropriate clothing for both warm & cold weather and that includes a warm hat and a hat to protect you from the sun. Remember though that you could easily lose your hat on a windy deck
  • A container to carry drinking water
  • A camera and enough memory cards to last the trip. (Don't forget your battery charger and a European electrical adaptor)
  • Note book and pen (or pencil)

Visit the ORCA website

For much more detailed information on the wonderful wildlife you may see and why the Bay of Biscay is such an important place for whales and dolphins please download the comprehensive Whale and Dolphin Information Pack about the whale and dolphin cruises in the Bay of Biscay from the ORCA website at www.orcaweb.org.uk.