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 water as they come breathing in surface. Join friendly captain Arto on a Seal watching cruise and get to know Saimaa seal, its habits, habitat, and if you are lucky…  see a Saimaa seal with your own eyes. Ecoboat is the most seal-friendly boat in lake Saimaa, and it brings you on the waters of Saimaa Seal  during all summer. Ecoboat is very comfortable and weather-proof, the covered cabin 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 cruise !

What do customers say about Puumala seal cruises

Michael says it was a great trip. Click to read review

Great trip, especially when the weather is good. Quiet boat as it is electric, beautiful scenery and a knowledgeable and relaxed guide.

Seals, seals, seals ! Click to read customer review

We spent three hours in the beautiful Puumala archipelago with Arto….

Teemu joined the silent boat tour to see Saimaa Ringed Seal… Click to read review

Arto hosted a great tour to see Saimaa Ringed Seal in Puumala with his electric boat.

Highlights of Puumala Seal watching cruises

  • Saimaa ringed seal population near Puumala  is over 20 seals, and you have up to 99% possibility to spot a seal
  • Ecoboat is the most seal-friendly boat &  the first 100% electric passenger boat in Finland, very comfortable and warm even in cold water season
  • 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

Summer 2020 schedules

  1. Early summer open departures Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun between 1.5-14.6. This is the best time for Saimaa seal watching as adult seals spend lots of time on sunny rocks in early summer when they are changing their fur. I 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. You can book individual seats on these departures.
  2. Private charters all summer 1.5.-30.8.  If you are coming on tour after 15.6. it will be more challenging to spot seals because seals remain in water during warm water season, and seals can only be spotted when they rise to surface to breath air.  I allways guarantee a nice nature experience and many seal stories along the way, as well as the best lake views.
  3. Late summer open departures after 15.6. from Puumala harbor on Thursday evenings.

 

1. Early summer guaranteed  departures in Puumala

In May-June I offer guaranteed departures on Wednesdays, 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  1.5-14.6.2020 on Wednesdays (NEW), 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 → Wednesdays 19:00-22:00 .  Meeting place in Okkola shore, address: Ylössaarentie 35,  52200 Puumala (300m walk from Okkola parking to the shore).
  • Start → Fridays  09:00-12:00 and 19:00-22:00 .  Meeting place in Okkola shore, address: Ylössaarentie 35,  52200 Puumala (300m 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 (300m walk from Okkola parking to the shore).
  • Start → Sundays  09:00-12:00 and 19:00-22:00 .  Meeting place in Okkola shore, address: Ylössaarentie 35,  52200 Puumala (300m walk from Okkola parking to the shore).
  • 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 booking button. Payment by creditcards. You will get immediat confirmation in your email . 

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).
  • Where → departures  15.6.-30.8. from Puumala harbor, address: Satamatie, 52200 PUUMALA. Departure may also be arranged from Sahanlahti resort for +50€ extra fee (contact us before booking to check availability)
  • 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, 52200 PUUMALA 
  • Price → 59€/person  Minimum fee is 295€ (5 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 online 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.

BOOK SEAT ON OPEN SEAL CRUISE
  • When → on summer thursday evenings between 22.6.- 15.8.2020
  • Where → departures from Puumala harbor, address: Satamatie , 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 → thursday 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 booking button. Payment by creditcards. You will get immediat confirmation in your email . 

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