guided grey seal snorkel safaris at The Farne Islands

We've got some cracking sites to go snorkelling in Northumberland. Get up close and personal with the cheeky grey seals of The Farne Islands. We'll set sail with our friends Sovereign Diving from Seahouses Harbour and head out for snorkelling adventures around the islands.

On the way, our experienced snorkel guides will teach you all about the life and habitat of the seals along with some guidelines for responsible interaction (they are wild animals after all!) We'll also give you your snorkel safari briefing covering safety points, communication and how to protect our fragile marine environments.

Once at the site, you'll hit the water with our guides in group no bigger than 5. If you're new to snorkelling, they'll teach you the basics like snorkel clearing and finning techniques before exploring the site. You could even get some practise in before your safari by booking some snorkelling lessons in our training tank.




Sunset Cruise

Equipment Hire

(please let us know your shoe size, dress or t-shirt size and height so we can bring equipment for you to try on)


Grey Seal Talk and Responsible Interaction Briefing

Safety Briefing

Snorkel Skills Workshop

Hot drink and cookies

Donation to Tynemouth Seal Hospital on your behalf


per person


our safaris have finsihed for this year, but register below and we'll get in touch as soon as we have dates for 2022

MAY 2021

Saturday 22nd May @ 2.30pm

Saturday 29th May @ 2.30pm

JUNE 2021

Saturday 5th June @ 5.00pm

Saturday 12th June @ 5.00pm

Saturday 19th June @ 5.00pm

Saturday 26th June @ 5.00pm

JULY 2021

Saturday 3rd July @ 5.00pm

Saturday 10th July @ 5.00pm

Saturday 17th July @ 5.00pm

Saturday 24th July @ 5.00pm

Saturday 31st July @ 5.00pm


Saturday 7th August @ 5.00pm

Saturday 14th August @ 5.00pm

Saturday 21st August @ 5.00pm

Saturday 28th August @ 5.00pm


Saturday 4th September @ 5.00pm



We're so lucky to have these amazing snorkel sites right on our doorstep! The Farnes are a group of around 30 small islands and rocky outcrops a couple of miles off the Northumberland Coast. They're home to one of the biggest colonies of Grey Seals in the UK (some 5,000!). The place is home to a vast range of other wildlife too including guillemots, puffins, gannets and if you're really lucky you might even spot a dolphin or two!

The seals are super friendly. You'll learn about responsible interaction during your briefings. Snorkellers are not allowed to touch or stroke the seals... however... that doesn't mean they won't touch you! They are very curious and like nothing better than getting nice and close to snorkellers. They'll nibble on your fins, get eye to eye with you - you might even get a hug!


You don't need to be experienced to join our snorkel safaris - but it is important that you're comfortable in the water. If it's your first-time snorkelling (or just want to learn a bit more) your experienced snorkel guide will conduct a skills workshop at the start of your tour. They'll show you how to adjust and don your gear, clear your snorkel, clear your mask and how to use fins efficiently. Your guide will be with you at all times and will also have a safety float that you can hang on to (and even get a tow if you're feeling tired!)

Your wetsuits are very floaty, but if you'd like some extra lift, we also have snorkelling buoyancy aids for you to wear.

If you think it still sounds a little bit out of your depth, why don't you have a look at our snorkel lessons. You can jump in our training tank at the dive centre and build your confidence first.


All of your snorkelling equipment is included in the tour. Before your snorkel safari, you need to get in touch to let us know your shoe size, your dress or t-shirt size and your height. This way we can make sure that we bring the right equipment for you to try and get comfy!

You will wear:

  • A thick 5mm - 7mm wetsuit
  • Hoods, gloves and wetsuit boots
  • Fins
  • A mask and snorkel
  • A weight belt (for those who would like to do some duck diving)
  • A buoyancy aid (for those who want to remain firmly at the surface)

Anyone from the age of 10 years old can join us on our grey seal snorkels. It might be possible to take 8 and 9 year olds depending on their comfort in the water (and the cold) after some initial training with us before they hit the sea. Check out the PADI Skin Diver Course for more information. 

We'll meet on Seahouses Harbour at the time displayed above. We've got some paperwork for you to fill in before we head off.

If you're lucky, you can park on the pier itself. Not to worry if there's no spaces though, there's a couple of big carparks at the top of the hill. Regardless of where you park, it's all pay and display.

It works best if you come with your swimming cozzies already on underneath as we get changed into suits on the boat on the way out to the sites. There's a toilet on board but it's really small so difficult to get changed in! For afters, changing robes or a big towel work well.

While we're on the boat, we need to wear facemasks and the usual social distancing rules will be in place. There's hand gel available on the boat but you might want to bring your own too and we will provide mask defog for your masks - gone are the days of spitting in them to stop them fogging up!

The trip out to the islands takes about half an hour, maybe we'll see some puffins, guillemots and even dolphins on the way! When we arrive at the site, your guides will give you a safety briefing and also go over how to interact with the seals responsibly. You'll jump in and if you want, your guides can give you some coaching on snorkelling techniques too. Then you'll head out for your guided tour and get up close and personal with the cheeky seals! We're usually in the water for about an hour but the boat is moored close by if you need it.  You'll be in the water for around an hour.

Depending on the site we visit, the total trip takes about 3 to 4 hours.

You can find more details about our cancellation policy plus all the other terms and conditions here.