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“Fun trip seal island.”
Review of St Ives Boats

St Ives Boats
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Dolly P is the blue boat operated by St Ives Boats from the harbour at St Ives. Dolly P, is a Lochin 33, a 10 metre boat powered by a 350hp Volvo Penta engine, for a fast, stable and comfortable ride. We are licensed by the MCA to carry 12 passengers up to 60 miles. Our most popular Trip is the one hour trip to Seal Island, which we run hourly (weather permitting) on a daily basis. Seal Island is home to a colony of Grey Atlantic Seals and is 6km west of St Ives. The boat, Dolly P, clings to the coastline before reaching Seal Island where the boat stays for 15-20 minutes to observe the seals. The other boat trips we offer are trips to Godrevy Lighthouse, trips to Hell's Mouth and Private Charters, including Ashes Scattering Services.We also offer Fishing trips from St Ives, both 1 1/2 hour Mackerel Fishing Trips and 4 hour Wreck and reef Fishing Trips. Bookings can be made by Mel, who you will find Outside The Lifeboat Station. Or phone to book
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Fun trip seal island.”
Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

Good value for money. We called in the morning had a trip to seal island a few hours later. Parking is a nightmare round St Ives we park by the leisure centre and walked. Parking is £5.70 for the day, boat trip is £10 per adult (over 15) £8 for under. Boat is very fast gives a bit more time by the isle for the seals, the trip is all over within an hour. The skipper I did not find informative he only spoke briefly before departing about choppy seas and using the hand rails. He spoke by the isle when one of the kids asked a question and advised when we were departing. Overall a fun trip, great experience a shame not as informative as expected.

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Ormskirk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Dolly P boat trip to Seal Island”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

We have stayed near beautiful St Ives for our summer holiday for the last 3 years and no holiday would be complete without a trip out to Seal Island on Dolly P. Dolly P is by far the fastest and best boat trip going out from the harbour. We actually went on 3 times this year!! Seeing the seals in their natural habitat is always an amazing expereince and the coastline views are second to none. The trip is extremely good value for money. All staff are cheerful and helpful and Mike the skipper is friendly and informative. This trip is a must if you are visiting this gorgeous part of the world.

Visited July 2014
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Brierley Hill, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great fun!”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

Booked up a trip to Seal Island on a recent visit to Cornwall. I phoned up first and spoke to a lovely lady who gave me all the information I needed. It was a beautiful day and we saw a few seals once at Seal Island. The best part of the trip though was how fast the boat ride was! It seemed to go faster than the other boats around and the driver was purposely making it bounce up and down on the waves, everyone on the boat enjoyed it, young and old alike! We were even aloud to stand up and feel the wind and spray from the sea, it was great!

Visited July 2014
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Hartshorne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A must do in St Ives”
Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

Fabulous time had by myself and my family on the Dolly P today. We went on the Seal Island trip and did indeed, see seals.

£10 for adults and £8 for children seemed reasonable to me.

The Captain was brilliant and great with the children.

The boat whizzed about and provided us with a real adventure. I would recommend to anyone looking for something to do for an hour.

Top tip, go at low tide rather than high tide.

Also the Dolly P has a toilet!

Perfect family fun.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Informative skipper, interesting routes to and from Seal Island, and the seals appeared on cue.”
Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

Informative skipper, interesting routes to and from Seal Island, and the seals appeared on cue. Weather was good, sea quite calm and the Dolly P performed excellently.

Visited July 2014
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