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Nicola Boyce, Director of Shearwater Travel

Do you need inspiration for your next holiday? Perhaps you are too busy to look for the perfect trip, or simply don’t enjoy the holiday booking process?  If so, then I’m here to help.

I am the owner of Shearwater Travel Limited a small, fully independent travel agency.  After years of travel and booking holidays, I set up Shearwater Travel so I could share my love of travel with others and help them find their perfect holidays.  My clients have been very happy (see what some of them have said below).  I genuinely look for what works for my clients.  I’m not tied to products or driven by targets.  So what you get from me is unbiased trusted travel advice.  And if this sounds expensive, I promise you it isn’t.  If you book through Shearwater Travel you will usually pay no more than booking directly with a tour operator or through consumer booking platforms.

I truly love what I do and take as much care and attention booking my clients’ holidays as I would with my own – and I’ve had some great holidays!

So if you would like me to help you find your next trip, please get in touch with me at

Nicola Boyce, Director of Shearwater Travel

From the journal

Indonesia Raja Ampat

Inspired by Simon Reeve’s Wilderness

If, like me, you’ve been enjoying Simon Reeve’s new Wilderness series, you may be feeling inspired to visit some of the more remote parts of our planet. I’m not suggesting for a moment that we trek for hours through insect infested swamps, or spend an evening eating bull testicles. But visiting some of these areas is easier than you may think. … Read More

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São Tomé & Príncipe

If you fancy going somewhere so under the radar that your friends will have to look it up on a map, where the beaches are made of soft yellow sand, the rainforests pristine and the sea full of beautiful marine life from tropical fish to turtles and whales, then read on to learn more about São Tomé and Príncipe … Read More

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Autumn Sunshine

If you want to wait until schools are back to get your dose of vitamin D later in the year then read on for my top 5 recommendations for sun in autumn and early winter. All my recommendations are less than 7 hours’ direct flying time from the UK, offer reliably warm weather, little chance of rain, gorgeous landscapes and more to do than lie on a beach. … Read More

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What my clients say about Shearwater Travel

Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what some of our clients say about us.

Nicola it was absolutely thrilling, stupendous, amazing! One of our best holidays!!!! Rave reviews from all of us. Thank you, thank you. You are amazing at your job! You've made this so easy and stress less thank you!
Camels. Jordan
Jordan, April 2023
Thank you for organising a fab holiday!! We had an amazing time. So glad we booked high! Accommodation was lovely and the two apartments worked brilliantly. Thank you so much.
Ski-ing, December 2022
We had a gorgeous trip to Paris. The hotel was absolutely perfect for us - chic and comfortable and great service. It was in a brilliant location which was quiet and yet so central. Just a short walk away from wonderful cafes, shops and restaurants. All of the advice from Shearwater Travel, from ideas of things to do, to hotel choices, location and travel was personalised and extremely useful. Nicola responded to queries (including urgent ones) promptly and at all times of the day and evening which was so much appreciated. She also achieved pricing we could not have done had we organised this independently. We will definitely be using Shearwater again for future trips and highly recommend their services.
Paris, April 2022
We cannot recommend Shearwater Travel highly enough! Normally quite self-sufficient when it comes to holidays we sought Nicola's help with a family holiday to Greece as we were unfamiliar with the Greek Islands. Nicola listened carefully to what we were looking for and came up with an interesting list of suggestions including a couple of thought provoking left-field options. She then worked with us to come up with a tempting shortlist and we finally ended up booking an island destination and villa combination which absolutely nailed the brief. Everything was painless and very professionally handled. We look forward to booking with Shearwater again!
Paxos, July 2021
Thank you for organising such an amazing trip around Mexico. K and I really loved it and the itinerary was brilliantly balanced. You were right in challenging my desire just to flop: I got so much out of the cultural and nature stuff too.  A perfect tonic.  Thank you
Mexico, January 2023
I just wanted to let you know how much we loved our time in Mallorca, Covid aside! The hotels were both absolutely gorgeous and we loved staying in both. Pollensa was amazing, and we definitely hope to return sometime - there was so much we didn’t get to see and do. The walking was fabulous and all your tips about the island were so helpful. Thank you also for the guidebook which was put to great use and is now very well thumbed!  Highlights for us (apart from Pollensa and all the walking we did from there) were Valldemossa, Deia and all the sightseeing around Palma.
Mallorca, June 2022
We have just returned from a fantastic trip to Oman and wanted to say thank you for all your help organising such an amazing holiday. From the outset you were always available to answer any questions and offer well-informed advice and top-tips. It really helped us get the most from our time in such an interesting country, there really is so much to do - snorkelling with turtles, wild swimming in deserted wadis, dune bashing and hiking in the mountains and so much more! The hotels you recommended were excellent with wonderful service and beautiful views. We thought Oman was truly amazing and the Omani people were extremely welcoming and proud of their country. Once again thank you and where can you send us next?
Paul and Alison
Oman, November 2021
Nicola organised a half term trip for us to Portugal. It all went like clockwork and we had a lovely break in a really nice hotel. She gave us some good advice re testing and made sure we had all the instructions we needed beforehand. Highly recommended!
Eastern Algarve, May 2021