About Big Blue Adventures
Meet The Team
Founder, Co-owner & Adventure Host
“I have always wanted to be my own boss, to put my love and passion for something into a dream and see where the journey takes me. Having worked relentlessly to get my events management career ticking along nicely, I found myself looking for a new challenge. Then it hit me whilst on my sea-kayaking trip around the Isles of Scilly with the Marine Conservation Society, and also while exploring Asia with Heleen; I wanted to give people the opportunity to explore and enjoy outdoor adventures, no matter what fitness level or budget. To create first class, safe and fun experiences for people to remember and cherish. That’s how ‘Adventure = Happiness’ came about – Big Blue’s ethos. So now I combine everything I have learned from organising events with my passion for adventure travel!”
Co-owner & Adventure Host
“To travel often is something that I intensely crave, it’s when I’m in my happy place. Exploring new countries and trying new things is when I feel like I’m living life to the fullest. It all started with Australia, where I first fell in love with living abroad. Whilst exploring and living in several countries, those unforgettable life moments really helped me carve a clear path for my dream job, Big Blue Adventures! Life is all about sharing memorable experiences with others and that’s what I get to do on a daily basis with Big Blue… My favourite BBA activity is probably coasteering, I like that feeling of pushing your boundaries and jumping from heights is not something we are used to doing in The Netherlands 😉 Surfing is on top of the list too, even though after all these years I’m still rubbish!”
Adventure Host – Portugal
“I joined BBA because of Dan & Heleen, when I first met them (whilst out paddleboarding) and found out what they’re doing with Big Blue I immediately wanted to be a part of this amazing project. The possibility to work with passion and dedication and have fun at the same time. BBA is more than a work team, it’s a family! In my free time I’m also a surf instructor, so it’s not surprising my favourite Big Blue activity is surfing! I love being in the ocean and the feeling of gliding across the waves, and even when I get beaten up by some big waves, I do it all with a huge smile on my face.”
Adventure Host – Portugal
“I joined the Big Blue family because I strongly agree with the business ethos which is to not only provide 5* service but also stand up for wellness and nature. The thing I love the most is our team. Nothing beats a day where I get to hang out with these guys and have a laugh. My fav Big Blue activity has got to be coasteering on the coast of Sesimbra! The different obstacles and height of the jumps into the ocean is awesome! I’m goofy both in life and stance in surfing. I speak both fluent English and Portuguese and I was once bitten by a baby shark, diving off the coast of California. That’s a story for another time haha! We’ll chat about it on our next Big Blue adventure 😎”
Big Blue Adventures is a group adventure travel company based in Wales. First established in 2016, running local trips, now we’ve expanded further with adventures in Portugal and with more destinations on the horizon! Big Blue is run by Dan & Heleen, a Welsh-Dutch couple with a love for travel, watersports & outdoor activities. We are supported by our amazing crew and a network of experts, with each package being tested by our team. We only sell adventures that we know are safe, of high quality and provide the best possible experience. Big Blue also aims to be as sustainable as possible, collaborating with Mossy Earth by supporting their tree planting projects, partnering up with independent local suppliers and using as many eco-friendly products as possible.
Personal customer service is extremely important to us, we go that extra mile to make your trip an unforgettable one. This is reflected by the Travel & Hospitality Award we’ve won for ‘excellence in customer service’. We also picked up the Small Business Entrepreneur Of The Year award, at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards and a TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence.
We welcome everyone to join our trips. You don’t need to be super fit, young and experienced to go on any of our group packages. Our activities can be adjusted to fitness and confidence levels (from adrenaline-junkies to rookie adventurers), it’s all about trying something new and pushing your boundaries. We just love taking like-minded people on a tailor-made adventure!
Dan & Heleen at the GBEA 2018
Dan & Heleen shortlisted for GBEA 2020
BBA Portugal host Nuno paddleboarding in Cascais, Lisbon
BBA host Kat stoked to take a group on a surf-lesson in Gower
BBA Portugal host Igor enjoying a sailing trip in Algarve
BBA owner & host Dan sea-kayaking in Pembrokeshire
BBA owner & host Heleen hiking in Snowdonia
Our own IPA beer supporting #2MinuteBeachClean thanks to Crafty Devil Brewery
CIOB team-building day with beach clean in Wales
Isle Utilities corporate retreat with beach clean in Arrifana, Algarve
We’ve partnered up with independent companies. BBA mainly works with instructors, accommodation and other suppliers who all run their own small businesses, instead of collaborating with more commercial branches. It’s important to give back to the local economy, so we always aim to partner up with local providers.
Reducing our carbon footprint – We support Mossy Earth’s reforestation & rewilding projects across Europe and internationally. Regularly planting trees will help us reduce our carbon footprint from travelling to our destinations and soon you’ll be able to add trees to your own booking! (watch this space).
Beach cleans! Where possible, we’ll include a beach clean on our group trips. We’d hate to see our ocean end up with more plastic than marine life.
No plastic waterbottles on BBA trips! We encourage our guests to bring their own reusable bottle or we may just add one to your giftbag…
Our giftbags include many eco-friendly and local products, such as: organic suncream, bamboo coffee cups, handmade soaps without plastic packaging, 4Ocean bracelets made of recycled waterbottles, local craft beers & spirits, to name a few!
Add to that that Dan and Heleen are both fantastic, happy to help in any way they can and always super friendly. The local tour guides that helped on our jeep tour and some other activities were also fantastic and made the whole experience something truly amazing.read more