Explore Jersey’s Archipelago

Experience a unique marine environment just off Jersey’s coast

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Home to one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, explore Jersey’s archipelago to discover a submerged coastal landscape of reefs and islands, revealed at low tide. Walk, wander and swim around this unique habitat before it returns to sea bed.

Just fifteen minutes from Jersey, a short ride in a RIB will speed you out to one of the largest unexplored areas in Europe, Les Ecréhous and Les Minquiers, miles of reefs, sandbanks and rocky islands revealed at low tide. Spanning an area of sixteen kilometres by eleven kilometres, the area’s home to seabirds - the eagle-eyed will spot terns, oyster catchers, cormorants and curlews - as well as bottlenose dolphins and grey seals.

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It’s an area with rich history, the fishermen’s huts and islands that make up Les Ecréhous were named by the Vikings with a name that means ‘rocky islands’ in the Norse language. The sandbanks of Les Minquiers span a larger area than Jersey and curl around crystal clear lagoons - on a sunny day you could be anywhere in the world.

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Jersey’s archipelago is easy to get to – local adventure companies Island Rib Voyages and Jersey Seafaris both take visitors out to the area in fast RIBs with a full schedule of tours to choose from. It’s a unique area, as Jersey Seafaris owner Richard Stevens explains: ‘Every time I’m here I see something different, and I love seeing visitors’ reactions to it. Without the tide, this area just wouldn’t exist. It’s a unique part of Jersey’s heritage’.

A lost landscape, completely silent save for the sounds of the sea, the area has its own unique appeal. Away from the sound of everyday life, it’s a quiet space of withdrawal with the invigorating salt winds of the sea punctuated by wild seabird calls. It’s a space to wander, a place to experience rare habitats revealed for just a few hours before being reclaimed by the sea.

These days it’s more about the wildlife than the heritage, with visitors aiming to catch a magical glimpse of dolphins swimming wild off Jersey’s coast. ‘There’s always a good chance of seeing dolphins on the way out to the Ecréhous. It’s probably close to one in three trips, a pod of dolphins will join us and swim alongside the RIB. Sometimes it feels as if they’re close enough to touch. There are seals out at the Ecréhous too, and the population seems to be growing year on year. The signs are encouraging and show the area is a thriving habitat with plenty of fish. It’s a stunning natural environment to discover and learn about, but most importantly to treat with respect’.

Discover island-hopping with a difference - and get a chance to glimpse dolphins - a trip out to Jersey’s archipelago of islands and reefs adds a unique dimension to a Jersey stay.

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