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Falcon II

Falcon II of Dartmouth is based in the picturesque estuary of the River Dart in South Devon.


.. and now with Laurie Fraenkel also

Services Offered

Falcon of Dartmouth charters was established in 2003. The new boat - FALCON II - and its owner/skippers Tony Hoile and Laurie Fraenkel provide:

  • Private charters for sub-aqua diving groups around the South Devon coast exploring the wrecks and scenic reefs for this relatively undived area.

  • Private hire to suit your own requirements, whether family, friends, corporate, or other group. Think of it as your own boat, with an experienced and friendly skipper.

  • South Devon Coastal and River Dart Estuary Explorations for groups of 4 - 12 passengers viewing the superb scenery and wildlife at a leisurely pace.

  • A facility for filming, survey work and a range of commercial chartering options. We have been used several times for BBC and Channel 4 productions.

Falcon II and its skippers are fully certified for up to 12 passengers. Both skippers are very experienced divers, instructors and Tony has been operating this type of vessel since the 1970s. He is the only wildlife-safe (WISE) accredited skipper operating from Dartmouth.

Falcon II is generally available from mid-March until November, but the boat could be available throughout the year by arrangement - don't hesitate to contact Falcon.

Click here for a few samples of sociable outings on Falcon and of some of the sights seen from the boat, above the waterline for explorers and in the divers' playground below.

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The even better FALCON II replaced the original Falcon of Dart in 2010 : bigger, faster and better for divers (with great dive lift) and for explorers of the coast, estuary and river.


Dive South Devon

Falcon II is a 10m, spacious Aquastar meeting Category 2 (60 mile limit) with coding for up to 12 divers.

Skipper Tony Hoile has 30 years experience of extensively diving this area and has a deep knowledge of the sites available. Click the diving option to see more information.

Dartmouth is an ideal base from which to explore the numerous scenic reefs, rock pinnacles and wrecks of southern Lyme Bay, Start Bay and west to Bolt Tail.

Explore the South Devon Coastline and River Dart Estuary

The coastline beyond the mouth of the Dart is a superb area of cliffs, coves, rocks and inlets, ripe for exploration and home to a great variety of wildlife. See it up close from Falcon: one of the very few ways to appreciate it fully. The River Dart estuary is also a stunning area of natural beauty as it winds 8 miles from Totnes to the historic port of Dartmouth where it meets the sea. The deep wooded valley and secluded inlets are home to a huge variety of birds and animals. Click the exploring option to see more information.