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Isle of Wight Fossil Hunts - Island Gems

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a rare gem

We recently had the good fortune of coming across Island Gems, recommended by a friend on a visit... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Greater London, United Kingdom

Me and my wife had a really great time on the fossil hunt. Our guide Felicity was excellent - very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ian C
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Two hour fossil hunting trips and dinosaur walks to local beaches on the South West coast of the Isle of Wight. Trips run all year round and everyday in the school holidays. Private trips, public trips, school trips, special occasion trips and...more
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Military Road | Gem Cottage, Godshill PO38 3HZ, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We recently had the good fortune of coming across Island Gems, recommended by a friend on a visit to the Isle of Wight. One of the best moments of our holiday. Two hours of fun facts and hunting. Martin is an excellent guide and really...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my wife had a really great time on the fossil hunt. Our guide Felicity was excellent - very knowledgeable and engaging and helped us find some lovely fossils. We also learn a lot about the island and it’s geology along the way. Would...More

Thank Ian C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jenny was very efficient in dealing with our booking and arranging for us to meet our guide. Martin took us on our guided walk. We have a 7-year-old son who enjoyed it (and Martin's company!) so much that he could easily have spent the whole...More

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FredMer, Manager at Isle of Wight Fossil Hunts - Island Gems, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your kind review, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip and hope to see you again sometime in the future. Sorry that you had a little difficulty in locating the starting point, but there is no post code to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful afternoon we had in the company of Martin having a crystal walk. We found some amazing pieces , and learnt a lot about the geology of the island. Thoroughly enjoyable

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Sometimes guides can be just too enthusiastic and knowledgeable about fossils and dinosaurs. Flick talked so much and wanted to tell us everything that we missed the tide to see the dinosaur footprints while she was selling shark teeth and explaining her desire to get...More

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FredMer, Manager at Isle of Wight Fossil Hunts - Island Gems, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. I am sorry you didn't get to see the footprints on your trip, however, this would not have been Flick's fault. She endeavours to take fossil hunters out to the footprints whenever it is humanly possible. Regettably, the sea does...More

Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed our fossil hunt trip with Greg, he was a great help in showing us what we were actually looking for and the best places to find them. The trip kept all the family entertained which can sometimes be difficult with a 5...More

Thank Sarah F
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Booked trip in Godsill at the Gem shop with very helpful lady called Jenny. Felicity was our tour guide. Absolutely fantastic. Great with the children. Very knowledgeable and interesting. Recommend this two hour trip which was great value for money. Sandra John and lennox

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Reviewed 2 June 2018

Many thanks to Flick for an amazing evening fossil hunting, such fantastic knowledge and an infectious passion for the subject. I would have happily done it again the next day. Highly recommended.

Thank georgiemeek
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Thank you for a brilliant fossil tour. It was lovely to meet someone (Flick) who is so in love with their job. Your knowledge is outstanding and we all really enjoyed ourselves.

Thank Joanne C
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

After meeting in the national trust car park (pay & display) we spent 2 hours at low tide looking for fossils with felicity. Felicity is a really knowledgable guide who provides the information in a way that’s fascinating for adults and engaging for children. We...More

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20 April 2018|
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Response from Adrian K | Reviewed this property |
Call Island Gems in Godshill.
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Response from Alison S | Reviewed this property |
If you're a novice and haven't a clue about fossils, then booking the tour is a great idea. The guide was very knowledgeable and I found myself shushing by Child so I could be educated. Once you know what your looking for... More
13 April 2016|
Response from FredMer | Property representative |
Hi, From the mainland you would have to get a ferry on to the Island. If you are coming in a car, we can provide directions to our trip localities, if you are coming on foot, there is a bus service. You would have to... More