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Brixham TQ5 8DG, England
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Pelagic Seabird Trip

Excellent Trip with Nigel and Nigel (Boatowner and Guide). 5 miles out we saw large flock... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2017
Thomas M
Great day fishing

We had a fun day wirh Nigel on board the Optomist fishing boat with a couple of friends. The crew... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2017
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We offer a variety of Boat trips for up to 10 persons. Fishing trips to wrecks, reefs and banks also mackerel fishing. Wildlife and Bird watching trips with WISE accredited guide to nesting colony and our popular Pelagic trips out in Lyme Bay. Booking is essential for all trips we also offer sightseeing cruises around Torbay see our website for more details
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“shearwater” (4 reviews)
“skua” (2 reviews)
“dolphins” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Brixham TQ5 8DG, England
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Excellent Trip with Nigel and Nigel (Boatowner and Guide). 5 miles out we saw large flock (500-1000) Manx Shearwaters with Balearics amongst them. Excellent views. Also Fulmar and Kittiwake, and an Arctic Skua harrasing 2 Arctic Terns. We then went out 7.5miles where the water...More

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Nigel L, Owner at Optimist Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

Glad you enjoyed it look forward to seeing you in 2018

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Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We had a fun day wirh Nigel on board the Optomist fishing boat with a couple of friends. The crew were professional, helpful and very nice. Nigel didn't even yell at me when I got my hook stuck in his finger as he helped me...More

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Nigel L, Owner at Optimist Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

Glad you enjoyed it, hope we may see you in the future and hope the Plaice tasted great.

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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Had a brilliant 3 hrs at sea,venturing approximately 8 miles out the 2 Nigels skill & knowledge allowing us great views of Shearwaters,petrels & skua as well as the more common species. We also saw some dolphins making this a perfect trip for wildlife lovers....More

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Nigel L, Owner at Optimist Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Glad you enjoyed it look forward to seeing you again regards Nigel L

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Reviewed 8 October 2016

I've done 2 trips over the last couple of years. Nigel and the skip are friendly and we've had superb views of skuas, shearwater including sooties and Balearic and on board cuppa's too. What's not to like.

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Nigel L, Owner at Optimist Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2016

Hi Peter, Glad you enjoyed the trips, we are already booking up for next year as these trips seem very popular, look forward to welcoming you aboard again in 2017 just give Nigel a call

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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Great day out birdwatching. Friendly. On time. Flexible. Gets the job done. Mugs of tea if it's not too choppy!

Thank Paul C
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Nigel L, Owner at Optimist Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2016

Glad you enjoyed it, look forward to seeing you again on next years pelagics (July - September) early booking is essential as we are receiving bookings already. Regards Nigel

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Reviewed 7 September 2016

I took a group of 17 birders from Gloucestershire, chartering two pelagic trips to look for seabirds. Nigel was extremely helpful and even found a couple of local birders to help make up the numbers, thus saving us a few pounds. We had two excellent...More

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Nigel L, Owner at Optimist Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2016

Thank you Colin, glad you and the group had a good time and that we were able to give you sightings of some good birds we will be running similar trips in 2017 so look forward to welcoming you back. Don't forget these are very...More

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Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Great close up of lesser and greater black back gulls, fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, manx shearwater and a fantastic close up of a sooty shearwater - highlight of the trip. Also razorbills, herring gulls and common scoter. Well recommended.

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Nigel L, Owner at Optimist Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2016

Glad you enjoyed it, it was great to see the Sooty Shearwater, every trip is different with a variety of species coming in to the chum. Look forward to welcoming you aboard again in the future.

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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and my dad booked this trip days in advance before even going on holiday. Took a while to find the boat but got there in the end. Loads of fishing boats and trips were coming back with loads of mackerel caught on different...More

Thank Rachel W
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Nigel L, Owner at Optimist Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2016

Very sorry you felt this way Directions to the boat were given and a contact number should have got lost. At the time the mackerel were few and far in between and were only being caught on certain states of the tide, unlike this week...More

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Reviewed 25 July 2016

A very interesting sea trip with dolphins and seabirds to spot. We were three person include two teenager. The guide explain a lot and the skipper gave is best to find places to spot the sea life. The trip last three hours.

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Nigel L, Owner at Optimist Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2016

Thanks, glad you enjoyed the trip we do run wildlife and seabird watching trips on a weekly basis throughout the summer season and beyond, hope we may see you again soon

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Reviewed 16 July 2016

Needed a ride to photograph the tall ships off Berry head on Weds 13th July - Optimist was a nice stable platform to do this and Skipper Nigel very good at putting us at the right angle and distance. He is a nice guy to...More

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Nigel L, Owner at Optimist Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2016

Thanks Max, glad we were able to put you in the right spot, look forward to another session one day and good luck with the pictures Nigel

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John B
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Response from Nigel L | Property representative |
Yes on Skerries banks trips, it is inclusive but for wreck trips there is a £10 deposit refundable if no tackle lost, hope this answers your question Regards Nigel; Optimist Charters
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