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Saimaa Seal Watching cruises

Experience the beauty of lake Saimaa and spot rare Saimaa Ringed Seal, without worrying about eventually cold or rainy weather. Ecoboat is weather-proof and comfortable for people of all ages. Join captain Arto on a Seal watching cruise by his unique electric Ecoboat. You will get a great and relaxing nature experience, and with some luck see a rare Saimaa Seal. So, what are you waiting for?

AT A GLANCE

HIGHLIGHTS & FEATURES

  • Good chances to spot a Saimaa seal
  • Enjoy the beauty of lake Saimaa
  • Unique Ecoboat, the only one in lake Saimaa
  • Small group experience & private service
  • Family-friendly
  • Best service guaranteed by captain Arto, thousands of happy guests since 2009
  • Experienced English-speaking guide tells you lots of stories
  • Safe and comfortable boat with weather-proof cabin and soft leather sofas
  • Coffee/tea and home-made sweet bunnies included
  • Open public cruises available for single travelers
  • No special skills required
  • Rewarded as ”Travelers´ choice 2021” by Tripadvisor

BOOK THIS TOUR

Select open public departure or private charter and book online

ADDITIONAL INFO

  • After booking you will get instant confirmation and instructions on departure location to your email.
  • Starting point during 1.5-13.6. is in Ylössaarentie 35, 52200 Puumala, Finland. Leave your car at parking of Okkola holiday cottages. Follow the signs to the shore 250m (open in Google maps).
  • Starting point during 14.6-30.9. is Puumala marketplace boat harbor, Satamatie 2, 52200 Puumala, Finland, boat is located by the ”Kalakontti-fish-truck”. (open in Google maps ).
  • Please arrive to Boat latest 5 mins before departure time, and leave enough time for finding a parking for your car. Missing the departure time does not entitle you to a refund of the price paid for the services
  • Boat is weather-proof with a cabin. We recommend warm clothing according to days weather. On cold days we have warm blankets in boat for your comfort
  • Boat is safe and equipped by all necessary safety equipment. There are some small-size safety-vests for children too
  • The tour operates in almost all weather conditions (if there is a thunderstorm, we will wait untill it passes over and only then start the tour)
  • Please arrive to Boat latest 5 mins before departure time, and leave enough time for finding a parking for your car. Missing the departure time does not entitle you to a refund of the price paid for the services
  • Captain Arto will entertain you with stories about Saimaa Seals and the nature, as well as show some multimedia during the cruise. For children there are some in-boat activities too
  • Coffee/tea service with home-made sweet bunnies is included, and for children there is juice too
  • You may buy Seal souvenirs from Artos small in-boat-souvenir-shop (soft toys, key-rings, magnets, pillow covers etc). We accept cash and credit cards
  • All our guides have undertaken our own training program and are highly qualified. Guidance is provided in Finnish & English, some of the other languages are available

May and early June are the best times to spot seals lying on a rock sunbathing, as the adult seals are changing their fur during that period. Later in summer when weather is warm, seals may be seen in the water as they come breath to the surface. Nice nature experience and friendly service are guaranteed at all times!

Seal watching tours ECOBOAT
Seal watching tours ECOBOAT

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT PUUMALA SEAL WATCHING 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.

INCLUDED

  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Hot drinks and sweet bunny
  • Weather-proof comfortable Ecoboat
  • Warm blankets during cold days
  • Use of binoculars

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transfers to departure location
  • Souvenirs are sold for extra fee

WHAT TO BRING

  • Seasonal outdoor clothing
  • Camera and drinking water

CANCELLATION TERMS

  • Full refund if cancelled not later than 7 days before departure. 
  • 75% refund if cancelled not later than 48 hours before departure
  • 50% refund if cancelled not later than 24 hours before departure.
  • No refund if cancelled less than 24 hours before departure or no show
  • Change of day is possible when made latest 18h00 local time the day before departure. All changes cost 10€ extra and are subject to availability

FAQ

  • When is the best time to see Saimaa seals? Best period is May and early June. Best times of the day are mornings and evenings, but we do see Seals also on day-time during early summer season
  • Where does the boat leave from? Early summer tours 1.5-13.6. depart from Niinisaari island a few kms from Puumala center, in Okkola holiday cottages peer. Address: Ylössaarentie 35,  52200 Puumala. Summer tours 15.6-30.9. depart from Puumala center harbor, address: Satamatie 2, 52200 PUUMALA
  • Can I book only one seat? Yes, but only on Public open departures. In case there is no open departure available on the time of your choosing, then you need to book a private charter and pay the minimum fee which is higher
  • What if it rains? Do not worry. Ecoboat is weather-proof, the cabine keeps you dry and warm
  • Do you have safety vest for children in boat? Yes, there are some small-size safety vest for children. If you have many children with you, you should inform us in advance so that we will take more of small-size safety vests on the tour
  • Are pets allowed to travel with me? No, unfortunately not. We love pets but we do not allow them in the Ecoboat, because this might cause allergic reaction in other clients.
  • When is my booking confirmed? Immediately after payment you will receive confirmation email with instructions about the tour. If you think you have made the booking but have not received the confirmation email, then please contact us via the contact form and we will figure that out together
  • How do I pay for the tour? You can book in our online-store and pay by Credit cards, via European SEPA bank payment or Alipay. We require payment at time of the booking
  • Do I have to book in advance? Yes. You need to book in advance to guarantee a seat. For Seal watching cruise, you can book untill 61 minutes before departure time
  • Do I need cash to buy some souvenirs in Ecoboat? You can pay also by Credit card.
  • Can I find more information about the Ecoboat? Yes, have a look at our Ecoboat web-page for more info
  • I try to book but it does not work, what should I do? First make sure that you have checked the ”accept conditions” box. If it still does not work, please contact us via the contact form and we will contact You as soon as possible
  • OTHER QUESTIONS?  Please contact us via the contact form and we will answer as soon as possible

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