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St Mary's Boatmen's Association
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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...more
The Strand, TR21 0PT, England
+44 1720 423999
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Reviewed 26 October 2018

A fantastic, efficient and reliable service for inter island travel. if you're they're for a week buy 10 tickets for a discounted price. The Pelagic trips by Joe on Sapphire are highly recommended. Bella the dog tells you when the Dolphins are about to appear..... you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank david S
Reviewed 22 October 2018

During our week's stay on St Mary's, we used this highly efficient service to visit Tresco, Bryher and St. Martin's. As they don't have a website they post the times on Facebook. You can purchase tickets from Tideline in Hugh Town, at the ticket kiosk...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Teide_Orca
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

As this was our first full weeks trip to the Isles of Scilly, we wanted to explore some of the other islands. The St Mary’s Boatmen’s Association offer trips out to all the inhabited islands mostly leaving St Mary’s quay at about 10.00 - 10.15...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank HazzaNorfolk
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

These boatmen are fabulous. They no the waters and take hundreds of people and their pets to the “off islands” and back daily. Pay for ticket at the kiosk on the quay on St. Marys. They are patient, efficient, friendly and very knowledgable. They’re an...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Excellent trips around the islands offered by very helpful and friendly crew. Watch out, boats sometimes leave a few minutes early and there are often queues so arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of your departure time. Boarding starts about 30 mins before.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Claire T
Reviewed 19 September 2018

A visit to Scilly is not complete without a trip on one of the boats to either the outer islands or wildlife excursions provided by these knowledgable , witty, local boatmen. Trust them completely, they know what they are doing, and sometimes even where they...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Phil B
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Always friendly & efficient when we've used them. Cheaper than the other boat services on Scilly. Definitely our preferred option.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mark74UK
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Great service, right on time, most impressive. Today we bought the double ticket to Tresco and Bryher. Hopefully we will use this service most days, weather permitting. Thank you fora brilliant day out.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank itchyfeet2014
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

A great way to get to see the islands and lots more!!! The trip to Bishops Rock lighthouse on the Meridian was truly amazing!!!!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ritchie S
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Worked-out that if we were going to visit the Islands we should use these boats. Boatman came round to our accommodation every morning and told us about which boats were going where and at what time. Found out that if you buy ten tickets at...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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6 May 2017|
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Response from sconnyla | Reviewed this property |
No you just turn up on the day . They put extra boats on if necessary.
23 August 2016|
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Response from browni22 | Reviewed this property |
Not too sure, may need to contact the Boatman's association.
John W
6 July 2016|
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Response from isaac_ogden | Reviewed this property |
You'd arrive in Scilly about 12 - if you are on time and get off the boat sharpish, there will be a St Mary's boat going at 12:15. Returns are 2:30, 3:45 and 4:45. It might even be best to pick a day with a low tide in the... More