You can now take seal-watching speedboat trips from Lowestoft, meaning locals and visitors alike now have the chance to see the wondrous creatures in their natural habitat. The boats are run by Jet Adventures, which has its base at Sea Lake Road, Oulton Broad, and operates a number of different trips along the Suffolk and Norfolk coasts.
The tour departs from Jet Adventures’ Oulton Broad base and enters the North Sea via Lothing Lake. After leaving Lowestoft Harbor the boat will turn right and head north towards Gorleston.
Trip participants will enjoy a unique view of the South Norfolk coast as the boat travels at high speed past Gorleston and Great Yarmouth. Once past Great Yarmouth, the boat then slows down at Scroby Sands.
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Perhaps best known for its offshore wind farm which opened in 2003, the sandbar at Scroby Sands is also home to a number of seals. A description of the trip on the Jed Adventures website states: “There are normally lots of seals there, some on the sand (depending on the tide!) and some dancing in the water. You should get amazing photos, they are very curious.”
The boat will circulate at reduced speed around the seals so as not to disturb the animals. Boat passengers will have the rare opportunity to see the animals from a safe distance, while being able to take some incredible snaps.
The journey takes approximately two hours and customers are advised to dress for the weather. Jet Adventures offers trips to Scroby Sands on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays during the summer.
Tickets cost £35 for adults, £30 for children and seniors and £5 for dogs. More information can be found on the Jet Adventures website.