Plymouth Rock Pool Safaris



Our rock pool safaris are a fun, educational and active day out for people of all ages, based at Plymouth’s world class rock pooling spots of Mount Batten Beach and Firestone Bay.

A window into another world

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Have you ever peered into a rock pool and wondered what lies within? Turned over a rock and experienced the joy of discovering a scuttling crab? Your friendly marine biologist will safely guide you and your family to explore the magical world of the rocky shore. They will share their passion and expert knowledge to introduce you to astonishingly diverse wildlife in a relaxed and fun session.

Rock Pool Wildlife
Rock Pool Safari report
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A Unique Experience

No two safaris are the same. During the activity you will take photos of the wildlife you see on our special waterproof devices, which we will include in a detailed personalised report of all your rock pool discoveries.

Your data is also uploaded to the National Biodiversity Network, so this report provides you with a permanent record of the session and your contribution to our ongoing marine wildlife research.

Suitable For Everyone

Our rock pool safaris are perfect for families looking for a healthy and educational activity they can experience together, adult friends who are interested in nature and the environment or even special occasions like a birthday party.

If you are visiting as a tourist, or a proud local, then we think there is no better way to see Plymouth than by learning about the unique diversity of marine life found in our incredible rock pools.

Exciting marine wildlife discoveries!
A private rock pooling session

The value of having an expert on hand to show and explain to you the wonders found in our rock pools is incomparable. Come and join us for an unforgettable experience as together we explore Plymouth’s beautiful coastline and its mesmerising marine life.

For further information please fill in the form below or call 07857 127376.

The Rock Pool Project is a not-for-profit enterprise dedicated to education and the study of marine wildlife. All profits from our activity go towards supporting our research and community engagement activities.


Frequently asked questions:

When are sessions available?

Sessions can be booked all year round, with timing dictated by the tides. The lower the tide the more wildlife we’ll discover in your session! All our sessions coincide with a low tide.

Where do sessions take place?

We have guides based in the Plymouth area. We are blessed with amazing rock pooling sites all around us and we regularly travel to locations throughout the region. Additional surcharges are applicable to locations that are over 30 minutes drive from our base location – please simply contact us to enquire about this before booking online.

What equipment will we need?

Suitable footwear and clothing for the conditions, as well as sun screen, etc. Further information can be found in our rock pooling guide. There is no need for guide books or cameras as these will be provided by us, but feel free to bring your own if you would like to!

What can we expect to find?

Rocky shores in the South West are the most biodiverse in the country. We will find many different species of crustaceans and molluscs, beautiful seaweeds, starfish, fish and much much more!

Can I purchase a session as a gift?

Yes you can! Please visit our vouchers page for further information.

What if we need to cancel our booking?

Bookings can be cancelled with a full refund up to seven days prior to the event. Please see our Event cancelation policy for further details. Should we need to cancel the event for any reason you will receive a full refund.