Who doesn’t want to ride a killer whale? Predator Adventures, out of London, England, is offering just that in a high-speed watercraft straight out of a James Bond film. They’re the first (and so far only) licensed commercial tour company offering this unique experience in the United Kingdom.
The Seabreacher is a highly advanced submersible watercraft developed by a couple of friends — New Zealand born boat builder, Rob Innes, and certified machinist, Dan Piazza — who together launched Innespace Productions out of Redding, CA in 1997. The craft can reach speeds of 60 mph on the surface, 20 mph underwater, and launch 18 feet into the air. Its thrust trajectory mimics that of actual sea creatures — like the killer whale.
The watertight cockpit seats two, and the experience is like pairing a dolphin with a fighter jet. In a word, unforgettable. You can buy your own Seabreacher for $80-100,000. The folks at Predator Adventures are the official UK distributors; they can hook you up.
As for the tours, their expert pilots do the driving, and all you have to do is sit back and scream a little (probably). Being that it’s a 1:1 experience, you get to decide if you like it mild or wild; just tell your pilot before takeoff.
Experiencing this tour means taking a trip to the Royal Victoria Docks in East London. Predator Adventures is launching their tours February 1, 2018, but they’re taking bookings now. Rides are offered as 20 or 30-minute individual rides or two 15 minute rides for pairs — and it’s highly recommended you book in advance.
How to get there
Predator Adventures is the only place in the UK to experience a Seabreacher tour. They’re located at the Royal Victoria Docks in East London.
Park at the Royal Victoria Car Park (L2). It’s located behind the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Western Gateway, offers 750 parking spaces and is a five-minute walk away. Alternatively, you should be able to find free parking on DOCK Rd.
What to consider
- Arrive 15 minutes before departure.
- Book early, book online.
- If you’re injured, you probably shouldn’t put yourself a high speed, high-pressure situation like this.
- Due to the confines of the cockpit, there is a height and weight restriction. (6’5” and 240lbs, respectively).
- A Predator Adventures tour makes a great gift.
- Rides start at £89.
- Your experience is not weather-dependent (because of the watertight cockpit), but if there is dense fog, they’ll reschedule you.