ECO TOURISM

Sustainable tourism and sealife conservation

We are very passionate about the environment we work and live within every day and being out on the water daily means we can see the effect that humans have on our stunning coastline and for the wildlife that lives within the bay.

We believe that education is the way forward and we loving sharing stories with our customers about the work done by many of the local charities in the bay and what they can do to help.

Reporting wildlife sightings is something we focus heavily on and is something everyone can do when out exploring the coastline.  We work closely with many organisations monitoring the health and numbers of wildlife in the bay.

The Seal Project in Brixham are responsible for identifying and monitoring the seals in Torbay and we report all sightings to them with photographs so they can keep a track on their wellbeing – we haven’t quite mastered the art of identifying seals ourselves yet.  Released seals are tagged and we look out for those too.

Sea Watch Foundation are another charity we work with, reporting our sightings of dolphins, basking sharks and other marine mammals.

We also have a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) in Torbay protecting one of the largest colonies of breeding guillemots in the British Isles.  Showing off these wonderful birds whilst minimising disturbance whilst they are nesting is truly wonderful.

What else are we doing?

Marine + Coastal Wildlife Code – We are keen advocates of the wildlife code recently launched to help protect the seals and marine life living around on our shores.  Using social media to encourage visitors of the coast, whether walking or as a water user, to respect our wildlife and understand the dangers we can often inflict unknowingly. We are also a member of WISE – Wildlife Safe Operator having received the UKs national training scheme for safe wildlife observations meaning that we keep sensible speeds and distances when close to wildlife so as not to disrupt their natural behaviours.

Seagrass Protection – We are avid supporters of Blue Meadows who are working hard to protect the seagrass beds around the UK coast.  Torbay is one of those areas and we have offered to fund more eco-friendly mooring balls in the bay to help protect and regenerate the seagrass beds around Elberry Beach.  For the meantime we will focus on education through our trips and RYA training school.

Beach Cleans – when we can’t get out on the water, we never pass up an opportunity to walk our coastline picking up plastics and litter.  In fact we don’t often return from a boat trip without having scooped something out of the ocean.

Electric Boats – We want to be one of the first RIB ride companies in the UK to be running fully electric sightseeing tours.  We are in consultation with many manufacturers and we are watching the fast changing developments closely offering our business as a test bed for electric commercial operations.  It is not only about the development of the RIB itself but also the infrastructure needed ashore with regards to fast charging terminals within the Marina.  We WILL get there very soon – we are certain.

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star rating  Went on the raptor today and that boat can shift! Reached 73mph, but was surprisingly smooth, guessing because it seemed to just skim over the water. Exhilarating and fun, and... read more

Paul A
August 2, 2022

star rating  Perfect experience - great! The hole Family enjoyed the trip. Speed and history on one boat And the nature withe the wild birds - a dream!

helmut695
August 17, 2022

star rating  The speed boat is an absolute must if you're after a thrilling boat ride! - We visited as a family of 6, with the youngest being 10 and booked the thrilling speed boat ride. We were not disappointed!! This was so much fun! We reached... read more

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March 16, 2023