Explore UNESCO World Heritage site Waddensea by boat
Full day and half day seal tours from Amsterdam

Enjoy a half or full day seal spotting safari at the Unesco World Heritage site Waddensea while scouting for seals and birds on these unique mudflats! Visit a historic town on the IJsselmeer coast and take a picture at the famous enclosing dike between Noord-Holland and Friesland on this family friendly trip.  These are small group tours!

OUR TOURS

Half day tour

On this half day tour we will take you on a journey along the breathtaking Unesco World Heritage site Waddensea. We will explore the Waddensea by boat at low tide, scouting for grey seals, harbour seals and migrating birds.  We will visit one of the historic towns on the IJsselmeer coast as well as see the famous enclosing dike between Noord-Holland and Friesland up close, on this family friendly trip.

  • Enjoy a half day seal spotting safari at the Unesco World Heritage site Waddensea
  • Transfer by minivan from Amsterdam
  • Scout for grey seals, harbour seals and birds from our cosy boat
  • Visit a historic town on the IJsselmeer coast
  • See the famous enclosing dike up close, protecting the low country against flooding
  • Small group tour!
  • Family friendly, suitable for all ages
  • Perfect trip for nature lovers
  • Included: all fees for transfer and boat, two drinks and a snack on board the boat
  • Not included: meals, all private expenses

From € 75,00

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Full day tour

On this family friendly full day tour we will take you on a journey along the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site Waddensea. We will explore the Waddensea by boat at low tide, scouting for grey seals, harbour seals, and migrating birds. We will sail to one of the Waddensea Islands and explore its national park, vintage village and beaches. Back on board we will serve a delicious dinner with local fish and produce! On the way home we will stop at the famous enclosing dike between Noord-Holland and Friesland.

  • Enjoy a full day at the UNESCO World Heritage site Waddensea
  • Transfers from Amsterdam by minivan
  • Scout for grey seals, harbour seals and migrating birds from our  boat
  • Visit the island of Schiermonnikoog, its beautiful National Park, beaches and vintage village
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner (depending on departure time) on board or in the harbour, including fresh fish, meat and fresh local produce
  • Stop at the famous enclosing dike, protecting the low country against flooding
  • Small group tour!
  • Family friendly, suitable for all ages
  • Perfect trip for nature lovers
  • Included: all fees for transfers and boat, two drinks and lunch or dinner on board

From € 130,00

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TESTIMONIALS

      We booked a full day tour with Dutch Seal Tours because we really wanted to see one of the Dutch Islands and the seals of course! The island of Schiermonnikoog... read more

    thumb jackyfreer
    10/14/2018

      The tour guides were very accomodating as we booked very late, and still let us come on the trip. The boat ride was very informational in a beautiful setting... read more

    draanan1
    7/02/2019

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For bookings call +31(0)621 81 64 80 or book online.

Unesco heritage

The Waddensea is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world. The Waddensea is one of the largest wetlands in the world. It consists of islands, channels, gullies and flats, which are continually changing shape and sometimes even location. The Waddensea is unique: it is the only tidal and coastal island system in the world with a temperate climate that is so large and contains such an enormous variety of plants and animals. A World Heritage Site since 2009 it has a surface area of almost 11,500 km² and is shared by The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.

Wildlife

The Waddensea is teeming with life! Mussel banks and mudflats that arise from the sea at low tide form a rich area where large amounts of mussels, shellfish, worms, shrimps and plants make up a richly laid table for many birds and fish. Many North Sea fish use the Waddensea as a nursery while others live there year round. Marine mammals, such as the harbour seal, the grey seal and the porpoise, profit from the rich fish life in the Waddensea. The seals hunt in the sea at high tide and rest on the sandbanks at low tide. More than 30,000 harbour seals live in the Waddensea as well as over 2000 grey seals. The area is famous as both a breeding ground and winter fuel station for migrating birds. In total, 10-12 million migrating birds pass through every year, consisting of waders, geese, ducks and gulls.

Vintage villages

During our half day tour we will stop in the beautiful historic town of Medemblik on the IJsselmeer coast. Founded in the 13th century the town became important and wealthy in the 16th and 17th century, largely because of the trade vessels which sailed to faraway cities on the Hanze Trade route. The town has a small castle from the 14th century as well as a working grain mill.  Wandering along its canals it is easy to imagine the times of the golden age!

During our full day tour we explore the vintage fisherman’s village of Schiermonnikoog, located on the smallest Dutch Wadden Island which has the same name. Founded by monks from Friesland in the 12th century, the village grew to house farmers and fishermen. Most buildings in the center still date from the 17th and 18th century!

About us

Dutch Seal Tours was founded by Sarah and Eva, close friends since they were kids. Both coming from a family of passionate flatboat sailors, we spent a substantial part of our childhood out on the mudflats of the Wadden Sea, searching for shellfish and scouting for seals. We have already passed on the love for this unique wildlife area to our kids and friends, but we are convinced the Waddensea is one of the must sees for international nature lovers! This small country is home to a great UNESCO World Heritage site teeming with wildlife and we would like to share it with you! As conservation of the area is key, our focus is on sustainable tourism. It is a wonderful world out there, let’s go exploring!

Dutch Seal Tours is a member of VvKR (Dutch Association for smallscale travel organizations).

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