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St Ives Boats

Outside The Lifeboat Station, Wharf Road, St Ives TR26 1LF, England
0777 300 8000
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Ranked #3 of 13 Activities in St Ives
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
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... more » 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 1½ hour Mackerel Fishing Trips and 4 hour Wreck and reef Fishing Trips. Bookings can only be made by Derek, who you will find Outside The Lifeboat Station. « less
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Dagenham, Essex
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The hour-long trip to and from Seal Island was made all the better by the near-perfect weather. Only two seals came out to play, but that was no fault of the friendly and obviously very experienced Skipper. You take your chances with wildlife and he took the boat in as close as was safe to the rocky outcrop. Although the... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This was a great trip on the 'Dolly P'. The guys who run the boats are very good. Very friendly and helpful. We were also fortunate enough to see dolphins right up close to the boat, which made the trip extra special. Great service, great experience

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

turned out to be a tame seal called Sammy, very cute and used to audience. The trip was very informative and when we got to "Seal Island" we could see two seals we could not get to close as there were wild seals and it would have been wrong to invade there space too much, rightly so. Seal Island is... More

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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Well worth a trip to Seal Island on one of the boats; we enjoyed a ride on the 'Dolly P', my wife, baby and I. The driver was very friendly throughout and made everyone feel at ease. I'd recommend this to other's generally. So, why not a higher rating? Well, having been on a different boat to Seal Island in... More

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Lovely hour or so on the Polly P. Not being fit I had been apprehensive beforehand and unsure if I could go - it's a short dinghy ride from the pier to the boat and a transfer from one to the other. It was fine. Men on both used to guiding people and weren't phased by my kneeling part way... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

My four year old daughter and I took a trip on the Dolly P to go to Seal Island. The boat is down a set of steps at the end of the pier but there was someone to help my daughter on and then when we left, there was just one crew member. Before we went out, he explained where... More

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Dolly P is the best trip - exciting, fast, informative and so lovely to see the lighthouse and the seals!! Our kids loved it and we are definately going to do another trip next year - the captain backed into the coves and we saw so much more than other boats - booked it when we arrived in St... More

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Plymouth
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We went Seal watching on the DollyP as a family of four, the skipper & crew were friendly & doing their job with ease. Good Seal viewing and plenty of time to take photos, we did not feel rushed to turn the boat back towards the harbour. A pleasant and fun ride against the wind provided a few big spray... More

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Swindon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

With our 2 young girls being huge Dolly Parton fans, we had to pick the Dolly P for our boar trip to seal island. We went on a murky rainy day, huge spray up the side of the boat which meant the girls got to sit up front with the "captain". It was a great trip. Got to see the... More

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Gosport, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

Booked up after reading the reviews on here which were mostly favorable and we were not disappointed. After boarding we were told it would be a bit choppyand it certainly was. Spray everywhere and the boat was rocking all over the place. This, in my view beat any roller coaster ride! Once we reached seal island we speed to watch... More

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