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Meet The Team


“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 Explore.Evolve.Enjoy came about – Big Blue’s ethos. So now I combine everything I have learned from organising events, with my passion for adventure travel!”

Daniel Manley – Say Hi: [email protected]

“Travelling has been my one big joy in life for a long time. Discovering how unique each corner of the world is, trying new activities and experiencing different lifestyles, that’s when I’m enjoying life to the fullest. It all started with Australia, where I first felt this love for travel. After exploring and living in several countries, those unforgettable life experiences have really helped me set some clear goals. The biggest one being Big Blue Adventures! Isn’t life all about sharing memorable experiences with others? That’s what I get to do on a daily basis with Big Blue…”

Heleen Lamm – Say Hi: [email protected]

Our Story


Big Blue Adventures is an adventure travel company based in Cardiff, Wales, first established in 2016 and now expanding with trips to Portugal. Big Blue is run by Dan & Heleen, a Welsh-Dutch couple with a love for outdoor adventures. 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. Personal customer service is extremely important to us: we go that extra mile to make your holiday an unforgettable one. This is reflected by the Travel & Hospitality Award we’ve won for “excellence in customer service 2017”.

We’ve also won the Small Business Entrepreneur Of The Year award at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2018. We welcome everyone to join our trips. You don’t need to be super fit, young and experienced to go on any of our adventure 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. Trust us when we say that we aren’t professional surfers ripping it up, or people who would jump from any height without giving it a second thought, we just love taking like-minded people on an adventure!

Dan & Heleen at the GBEA 2018

Supporting cleaner oceans

BBA Portugal hosts Nuno & Débora

BBA host Kat enjoying a group surf-lesson

Our own IPA beer supporting #2MinuteBeachClean thanks to Crafty Devil Brewery

BBA owner & host Dan canyoning Snowdonia

BBA owner & host Heleen coasteering Pembrokeshire

CIOB team-building day with beach clean

Our Vision


We support charities like #2minutebeachclean and 4Ocean who help clean our seas. Where possible, we include a beach clean on our trips and we’ve also raised money for the charity. We’d hate to see our ocean end up with more plastic than marine life!


We encourage independent & green companies. This is why we only work with our instructors who all run their own small businesses, instead of collaborating with more commercial branches. When we include a gift-bag on our trips we aim for local & green products, like NomNom chocolate from Wales, 4Ocean bracelets that help clean our seas, and hand-made towel ponchos from Portugal by Peeky Ponchos.