Puumala Seal Watching cruise

Puumala Seal watching cruises are continued in 2020.  The likeable Saimaa ringed seal is one of the rarest seals in the world, and it only lives in lake Saimaa in Finland.  The landscapes in Puumala are fantastic and there are over 20 Saimaa seals living in the area. The five first weeks after ice-out are the best weeks of the year to see seals lying on a rock sunbathing, as the adult seals are changing their fur during that period. Later in summer seals can normally be seen only in the water as they come breathing in surface every 10 minutes approx. Join the friendly captain on a Seal watching cruise and get to know Saimaa seal, its habits, habitat, and if we are lucky…  see Saimaa seal with your own eyes. My ecoboat is the most seal-friendly boat available, and it brings you on the waters of Saimaa Seal  during all summer. Ecoboat is very comfortable and weather-proof, thanks to the covered cabin it keeps you warm, and it is great for photography.  I offer both private charters and open guaranteed departures on which you can book even one seat. Select your favourite tour, make easy booking online, and see you on Saimaa seal watching tour !

Summer 2020 schedules

  • 1.5-14.6. is the best time for Saimaa seal watching, and we give 99% guarantee for spotting seal on sunny days.  NEW better route and departures from Okkola peer in Niinisaari island, right in middle of the best seal area. Guaranteed departures on fridays, saturdays and sundays, you can book individual seats.  Adult Saimaa seals spend lots of time on sunny rocks in early summer as they are changing their fur, making this the time of the year to spot seals.
  • After 15.6. some guaranteed departures from Puumala harbour. Days and schedules will be informed later
  • 1.5.-30.8. private charters are available.  It will be more challenging to spot seals in summer time, because seals remain in water during warm water season, and seals can only be spotted when they rise to surface to breath every 5-10 minutes.  Still we guarantee a nice nature experience and many seal stories along the way, as well as the best lake views.

Highlights

  • Saimaa ringed seal population near Puumala  is over 20 seals, and you have 99% possibility to spot a seal
  • Ecoboat is the most seal-friendly boat &  the only 100% electric passenger boat in Finland, very comfortable and warm even if the waters are still cold after winter
  • Lake Saimaa landscapes near Puumala are amazing. Puumala is amongs the best seal areas in lake Saimaa
  • Your friendly captain will tell you stories about Saimaa seal and lake Saimaa
  • Best service guarantee

 

1. Early summer guaranteed  departures in Puumala

In May-June I offer guaranteed departures on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with individual-booking-option. There will be morning tours, day tours and evening tours, and you may select the one that suits best your schedule. Guide recommends morning and evening departures as they are the best times to see seals. Early bookings are recommended especially for groups, because there are only 10 seats in the boat.

BOOK SEAT ON EARLY-SUMMER TOUR
  • When → available in spring  2020 from 1.5. untill 14.6 on fridays, saturdays and sundays
  • Where → departures from Niinisaari island a few kms from Puumala center, in Okkola holiday cottages peer. Address: Ylössaarentie 35,  52200 Puumala (400m walk from Okkola parking to the shore). This is ideal location for departures, as it is located right in the middle of the best seal area. Click here to get driving instruction
  • Difficulty → easy, suits well to everybody. Also for lightly disabled persons as they can be helped enter the stairs into boat (wheelchair cannot be taken in boat, however)
  • Start → Fridays  09:00-12:00 and 19:00-22:00 .  Meeting place in Okkola sauna shore, address: Ylössaarentie 35,  52200 Puumala (400m walk from Okkola parking to the shore).
  • Start → Saturdays 09:00-12:00,  14:00-17:00 and 19:00-22:00. Meeting place in Okkola sauna shore, address: Ylössaarentie 35,  52200 Puumala (400m walk from Okkola parking to the shore).
  • For starts on other days and times, contact guide and check out the private charter summer option below. If you want a private charter on above days, simply book all 10 seats on  the departure you like, before anyone else does
  • Price → 59€/person
  • Price includes → Saimaa seal watching tour 3 hours, guide services, ecoboat, coffee, use of binoculars
  • You should bring → outdoor clothing as per the weather, camera. Cabin of the boat is covered and weather-proof. In a sunny day it will be warm inside, but when spotting a seal, we need to open the windows for photography and cold air comes in. We do have some warm blankets in boat.
  • Service language →  english and finnish (guide speaks helpfull german/russian/italian/french too)
  • Note → No pets accepted on board
  • if you have any questions, send them by the contact form
  • Book online  via the button. Payment by creditcards. You will get immediat confirmation in your email . 
  • Extra services → Optional meal in restaurant Niinipuu on cruise days at 12:30-13:30  or  at 17:00-18:00 (not available 4.5.). Fee 19€/person.  Must be booked latest 24hrs prior. Link to booking meal online  You may also call Paula directly at +358 500 259 378

2. Private Saimaa seal watching tours by Ecoboat in Puumala (all summer)

This is a private charter tour with  only you and your friends on board. If you like privacy and you want to enjoy Saimaa seal experience with your friends only, and speak only your own language with guide, this will be your best choise. The best time to spot seals is early summer, but with luck the seals may be seen also later in summer.

BOOK PRIVATE SUMMER TOUR NOW 
  • When → 1.5.-30.8.2020
  • Where → departures 1.5.-14.6. from Niinisaari island a few kms from Puumala center, in Okkola holiday cottages peer. Address: Ylössaarentie 35,  52200 Puumala (400m walk from Okkola parking to the shore). 15.6.-30.8. from Puumala harbour, address: Satamatie 6, 52200 PUUMALA. Departure may also be arranged from Sahanlahti resort for an extra fee (contact us for details before booking)
  • Difficulty → easy, suits well to everybody. Also for lightly disabled persons as they can be helped enter the stairs into boat (wheelchair cannot be taken in boat, however)
  • Start →  at 09:00-12:00 or 14:00-17:00 or 19:00-22:00. Meeting place by default in Puumala boat harbor, address: Satamatie 6, 52200 PUUMALA 
  • Price → 59€/person  Minimum fee is 354€ (6 persons). In case that you would like to have a longer tour, extra hours can be booked for +100€/hr/group. Contact us in advance to check availability of extra hours
  • Price includes → private tour 3 hours, guide, ecoboat, coffee, use of binoculars
  • You should bring → outdoor clothing as per the weather, camera. Cabin of the boat is covered and weather-proof. You may bring your own picnic food if you like
  • Service language → guide speaks english, finnish, french  and also some german, a bit of russian
  • Note → No pets accepted on board
  • if you have any questions, send them by the contact form
  • Book online  via the button. Payment by creditcards and instant confirmation to your email

3. Summer time guaranteed departures from Puumala harbour

From midsummer till mid-august there will be some guaranteed evening departures. Individual seat can be booked on these cruises. This is a highly recommended summer experience in Puumala for first time visitors, guests, locals and all people interested in Saimaa seals. Skipper entertains with seal stories and will also play some accordion during cruise.

  • When → in summer  2020 from 22.6. untill 15.8 . The days will be informed later
  • Where → departures from Puumala harbour, address: Satamatie 6, 52200 PUUMALA.
  • Difficulty → easy, suits well to everybody. Also for lightly disabled persons as they can be helped enter the stairs into boat (wheelchair cannot be taken in boat, however)
  • Start → evenings at  19:00-22:00 
  • Price → 59€/person
  • Price includes → Saimaa seal watching tour 3 hours, guide services, ecoboat, coffee, use of binoculars
  • You should bring → outdoor clothing as per the weather, camera. Cabin of the boat is covered and weather-proof. 
  • Service language →  english and finnish (guide speaks helpfull german/russian/italian/french too)
  • Note → No pets accepted on board
  • if you have any questions, send them by the contact form
  • Book online  via the button. Payment by creditcards. You will get immediat confirmation in your email . Booking button will be added soon

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