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“Great bunch of people.”

St Mary's Boatmen's Association
Ranked #1 of 6 Tours in St Mary's
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: St Mary's Boatmen's Association (SMBA)is a co-operative of ten boats that can carry up to 72 to 100 persons per boat. The Association operates between 1st April (or Easter if it falls in March) until 31st October annually. There are trips seven days a week with the boats operating on a rota system. The boats depart St Mary's for the other islands (direct trips)and to see wildlife and the outer rocks and islands (circular trips) at 10:15am and 2:00pm as a minimum. At busier times there are additional departures, particularly to Tresco which should also have services at 11:15 and 12:15. Tides and weather may affect services occasionally. 2014 Prices from £8.50 (child £4.30) return. Most expensive cruises are to Bishop Rock or The Seabird Special at £16. A child fare applies for kids over one year and under fifteen. Take advantage of our 'ten ticket' special offer - Ten direct tickets for £72 (a saving of £13). These tickets can be upgraded on the boats if you want to do a more expensive 'circular'.
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Cost is small.
On time.
Very friendly and helpful.
Satisfaction guaranteed.
Best community service I've ever seen.
Good luck to them all.

Thank Andy F
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

trips to off islands organised by St Mary's Boatmen's Association are to be recommended. Our hotel (Schooners) was visited every morning at breakfast by a jolly boatman who detailed all the trips for that day. All boatmen at the quay were friendly, helpful and ensured safe access for us older people.

Thank Hantscouple555
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

A MUST DO when visiting the Isles of Scilly.....A number of scenic Islands to visit during the day and some evenings , these boats and the men who organise the schedules are amazing , helping you on and off from the Quay steps nothing is too much trouble ! Their local knowledge and knowledge of bird life and trips to see the seals and puffins ( in season ) just magical .

Thank Carol D
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

In a world where too many businesses operate on the basis of charging as much as they can for doing the least possible it's very refreshing when you encounter an organisation that puts looking after its customers right at the top of the priority list.

We visited the Isles of Scilly as a treat during our annual family camping holiday to Cornwall. In order to get a little more time to look around we decided to fly out to the main Island of St Mary's in the morning and then sail back on the Scillonian ferry in the evening. After walking round the stunning coastline from the airport to Hugh Town, we chose spend the rest of our day visiting the island of Tresco and bought return tickets with the Boatmen's Association. The short crossing over was a pleasure and we had a fantastic day on the Island. In order to catch the Scillonian ferry back to Penzance we had to be back on the main Island of St Mary's for 16.30 or thereabouts and arrived at the small jetty in good time to catch the Boat back. Unfortunately, most people on Tresco must have had made the same plans and the boat filled up before we got to the front of the queue. With mounting anxiety I realised that the next scheduled boat would not get us back in time to catch the Scillonian Ferry and had visions of being stranded overnight on the Scillies with two children. Just as it felt my heart couldn't sink any lower the boatman asked if anybody needed to catch the Scillonian. As soon as he found out our predicament he got straight on the radio and requested another boat to come over. He then followed that up by contacting the Scillonian to request they hang on for a few last minute passengers which they readily agreed to do. To say I was mightily relieved would be an understatement and within 5 minutes the white bow wave of the extra boat could be seen making its way over to pick us up. The boat (which was virtually empty) made all speed on the way back and dropped us at the quay. The Scillonian left a few minutes after we boarded.

The fact that we made it back to the Scillonian at all was purely down to the determination of the Boatmen's Association to do whatever they could to look after us.

A big thank you to the Boatmen's Association and hats off to you all !

Thank M B
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Excellent information available first thing in the morning on all trips to each and every island. Services are on time and well organised.

Thank Jenny E
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