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BEST BOAT TRIP EVER!!! This is the best boat trip I've ever been on, bar none. We booked it as part of the Brixham... read more...This is the best boat trip I've ever been on, bar none. We booked it as part of the Brixham Fish Market Tour, which was also really good - if a very early start!
We got talking to John the skipper who was born here and has been on boats all his life, like his father before him. He knows Torbay like the back of his hand, which means he can safely take the Brixham Belle into places other sightseeing boats can't - we went really close into the coastline at one point and saw amazing rock formations, caves and quartz, as well as hundreds of birds and even a huge seal sunning himself on a rock. We were so close we could almost reach out and touch him.
Further out to sea we saw porpoises and looked for dolphins - there have apparently been a lot around lately (and they're much more playful than porpoises, which is something I didn't know till this morning) but unfortunately we didn't see any today.
The nice thing about this boat trip was that it seemed very flexible - maybe it was because there weren't all that many of us on board (like I say it was early!), but we went where things looked most interesting, and felt that John really cared about showing us the best of the sea and coastline around Brixham. He obviously knows and loves his local area, and his job, and that made for a really special and memorable trip.
The commentary was very informative, as you'd hope for from a local, but was also friendly and entertaining. Crew member Adam (?) - sorry if I've got the name wrong - was kind and helpful too, and the boat was clean, tidy, and obviously well looked-after. There is also a bar and a toilet on board.
Well, I guess it's obvious that we had a really lovely time, but I honestly can't rate this experience highly enough. We just had an hour's trip today, but they also do longer runs (Brixham to Teignmouth?) and fishing trips, so we're hoping to go back for more before the end of the summer.
If you do one thing in Brixham, make it a trip on the Brixham Belle (ideally after a fish market tour if you can get onto one - they get booked up early). It completely exceeded our expectations, and was absolutely wonderful! read less..
Round Robin to Teignmouth We went on this trip yesterday and it was the best boat trip I have ever been on. We had... read more...We went on this trip yesterday and it was the best boat trip I have ever been on. We had booked on an earlier trip which had to be cancelled due to weather conditions - which we quite understood. We said we would try and book again but John very kindly texted us on the Wednesday morning to say the trip was running if we wanted to go. We hadn’t asked him to do this so it was a very nice touch. The commentary on the boat was very interesting and informative which showed John’s understanding and love of the sea and local knowledge. The boat was able to go very close to the shoreline - cliffs, caves and coves - and to observe the wildlife. I have been on several boat trips around Torbay but have never been on one as interesting as this. The customer service was excellent - he took the time with everyone to make sure they knew what they were doing when the boat reached Teignmouth and good directions to get the train and the subsequent boat from Paignton. We would highly recommend this trip to anyone. We are back here in May next year with our son and granddaughter and hope we will be able to make this trip again. Full marks to John and Adam on this trip. Excellent value for money too. read less..
What a great company! Travelled from Brixham to Torquay and back today - excellent service, really friendly. The staff are... read more...What a great company! Travelled from Brixham to Torquay and back today - excellent service, really friendly. The staff are stars, (especially Anthony - a fount of local knowledge) the skipper is a hoot and the service is second to none. All this on a 94 year old boat - beats the competition hands down.
Can't recommend these guys enough - thanks for a pair of memorable trips.
James, Julia, Emily (and Lottie the Jack Russell) read less..