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St Ives Boats

Wharf Road | Outside The Lifeboat Station, St Ives TR26 1LF, England
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Dolphins in the fog

I recently booked up to go on a boat trip to seal island on the Dolly P boat with my two 5 year old... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dan P
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Seal Island!

My boyfriend and I decided to come on the prime time trip to seal island. They run every hour and a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Deblou87
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average5%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Wharf Road | Outside The Lifeboat Station, St Ives TR26 1LF, England
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"on the rocks"
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"natural environment"
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"captain mike"
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"recommend this trip"
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"nice trip"
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"magical trip"
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"pod of dolphins"
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"bought tickets"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I recently booked up to go on a boat trip to seal island on the Dolly P boat with my two 5 year old boys. When I phoned, I was told there was fog but they were hopeful it would clear. We didn’t think we’d...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I decided to come on the prime time trip to seal island. They run every hour and a half from the little light house on the pier. You’ll find a lady by the beach selling tickets. We got on the boat and...More

Thank Deblou87
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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

We were told that Dolly P is best boat to go to Seal Island on as it is the fastest and you get to spend more time there. This is true - we passed the boat that left 25 mins before us and arrived at...More

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Reviewed 4 September 2017

We booked on the harbour in St Ives and went on one their boats (Lady P), massive fun with the speed and surf crash in round the boat. Very fast and exhilarating. Great chance to see the seals. Probably best boat trip we've had in...More

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Reviewed 24 August 2017

Fantastic! Booked first thing in the morning, Mel was helpful and friendly over the phone, had us booked in quickly and advised us on parking which was very helpful!!!! The tide was out so we had a smaller boat pick us up and take us...More

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Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

We were cutting it fine on time today because of parking**, so we got in touch with Mel who was very friendly and accommodating and managed to move us to a later slot which we really appreciated. Nothing seemed enough trouble! The place you collect...More

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Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Right from the start, we knew we were on to a winner. Dolly P's was recommended to us by a friend and was definitely worth the trip. We spoke to Mel on the phone prior to heading into St Ives. She was friendly and knowledgeable...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We boarded the dolly P for a visit to seal island. The skipper was fantastic and made the trip very exciting. It was the highlight of our holiday despite the seals hiding when we reached the island. This is their natural habitat though so that...More

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

Booked a trip to seal island on 1st August 2017 for my three children and myself for 12pm on 9th August 2017. All booked and paid for in full on the phone. On 8th August at 4.24pm received a call from Derek saying that the...More

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mike l, Owner at St Ives Boats, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

St Ives Boats would like to point out that this review refers to an entirely different company! There are several other boats offering trips from St Ives, but they often refer to themselves as St Ives Boats. The correct name of the company that you...More

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Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

We went to St Ives yesterday just to go on a boat trip. We chose the Dolly P trip to seal island. The lady we booked with was very friendly and informative, and when we got to the quay the whole boarding process was very...More

1  Thank Rob G
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