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2hr Needles sightseeing boat trips
2 Hour Private charter Needles boat trips
Close up views of the famous Needles lighthouse and Alum bay coloured sands.
Available from April to December on any day that we're not already booked on fishing trips.
****Due to the Coronavirus outbreak we will not be running any trips during April,
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Departing from Keyhaven on board Osprey II our sightseeing trip takes you slowly down the river then out into the Solent passing close to Hurst Castle before following the main shipping channel out to the Needles for some great close up views of the famous rocks and lighthouse, if the sea conditions are suitable we will then venture a little further past the Needles and into Scratchells bay with views of the former rocket testing site high up on the white cliffs that stretch along this part of the Isle of Wight into Freshwater bay.
From there we will return round the Needles once again and follow the foot of the cliffs into Alum bay with it's famous coloured sand cliffs, after leaving Alum bay it is a slow gentle cruise along the island shore taking in the sights through Totland bay, Colwell bay and passing close to Fort Albert and Fort Victoria before crossing the Solent once again back into Keyhaven.
For the birdwatchers there are usually plenty of different species to see from the waders in the river to the Cormorants and various Gulls on the Needles rocks and sometimes Gannets and Terns can be seen feeding. Over the last few years Dolphin sightings around the Needles area have become more common than ever before, obviously we can't guarantee that you'll see one but keep your eyes peeled and you never know you may just get lucky.
There's no recorded commentary here our trips are on a far more personal level, Greg your skipper will point out all the places of interest along the way and you're very welcome in the wheelhouse if you have any questions or would just like to have a look around, you can even have a go at driving the boat if you ask nicely.
There are no snacks or refreshments to buy on board the boat but you are very welcome to bring your own along to make yourselves a picnic at sea.
Unfortunately the coronavirus outbreak has thrown all our early season plans up in the air and out of the window as we're not really sure what to expect over the next weeks and months. For now we've decided not to run any trips during April and we will assess the situation on a month to month basis thereafter taking notice of all government advice and guidelines. If you have a trip booked with us during April we will be contacting you very soon.
All our private charter trips can still be booked in advance for later in the year and we will then assess the situation closer to the time of each booking, trips will only go ahead if both you and us are happy to do so and there is no foreseeable risk to anyone's health. Deposit payments will be refunded on any booking that has to be cancelled due to the coronavirus.
We apologise for any inconvenience and hope that everything can return to normal as soon as possible, please take care everyone and good health to you all.
If you'd like to contact us during March please email us or text Greg's mobile and I'll get back to you as soon as possible, our normal phone number will be active again from April.
2020 Needles Sightseeing Trip
Private Charter boat price £135
Duration around 2 Hours
Maximum 10 people
A deposit of £50 which can be paid on our website is required to confirm your booking.
The balance payment is to be paid in cash on board the boat on the day.
Please note that due to poor mobile signal we're not able to accept card payments on our boats so please remember to bring enough cash with you to pay for your trip.
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These trips are subject to the weather and sea conditions being suitable for us to take you out to the Needles in complete safety, we want you to enjoy your trip out on the boat so when you make your booking you will be asked to phone us at 7.00pm the night before your trip to confirm the marine weather forecast and sea conditions are suitable for your trip to go ahead. Hopefully all will be fine but if the conditions are not suitable to take you to the Needles we will let you know your options when you phone us the night before your trip. Options may include a shorter trip staying in the Solent, rearranging your trip for another day or time (if possible) or cancelling your booking and refunding any deposit paid, whichever you prefer.
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