You haven’t really discovered Cornwall until you explore it from the water.
St Ives boat trips are the perfect way to see St Ives and the surrounding areas from a different perspective.
You can’t beat the feeling of being out on the open water, surrounded by blue skies and turquoise water. Spot seals and dolphins, go fishing, or simply sit back and enjoy the ride.
Imagine gently bobbing on the ocean waves, the sea breeze blowing through your hair and the occasional refreshing spray of sea salt. If that doesn’t tempt you to book your Cornish holiday, we don’t know what will!
Venture to seal island on the Dolly P with St Ives Boats
Western Carracks, which is locally known as Seal Island, is situated just over three miles from the coast of St Ives. St Ives Boats offer daily tours to Seal Island on the Dolly P, as long as the weather allows.
Seal Island, a rocky outcrop near Zennor, is home to a colony of Grey Atlantic Seals. Sometimes you can spot up to 30-40 seals, basking in the sunshine or swimming. Seals are quite inquisitive marine creatures, so they may even swim over to the boat to say hello.
Grab your tickets for one of the most popular sea safaris in Cornwall from St Ives Lifeboat Station. The trip lasts about an hour and departs from various locations depending on the tide.
Go dolphin spotting with St Ives boat services
St Ives boat trips are great for seeing local marine life. Why not go on an exciting adventure to search for dolphins in the beautifully clear waters of St Ives Bay?
Embark on a pleasure cruise with St Ives Boat Services to be in with a good chance of spotting common or bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins often swim alongside the Four Sisters Boat, so you may even be lucky enough to catch them on camera!
Dolphins move up and down the coast at quite a fast pace, feeding on shoals of fish. Therefore, there is no guarantee you will see them. You’ll have fun trying though, and will still be amazed by the spectacular sight of the rugged Cornish coast.
Go fishing with experienced skippers from Prime Time St Ives.
St Ives boat trips are also a great opportunity to have a go at fishing. Have a memorable day out with all the family on a fishing trip with Prime Time St Ives. Their private charter fishing trips are becoming increasingly popular with visitors to St Ives.
Experience the delights of a lively sea fishing trip with their experienced and knowledgeable skippers.
After a day out fishing on the water, why not head to one of St Ives’ delicious restaurants to sample some locally caught seafood?
Go on an exciting rub ride with St Ives Boat Rides.
If you’re a thrill-seeker, you’ll love this. St Ives Boat Rides offer rib tours for up to 12 passengers. It’s an exhilarating way to see the stunning St Ives scenery.
This high-speed boat trip takes you on a ride around St Ives and Hayle’s beautiful coastline and beaches.
It is the fastest sea-going Rib Ride in the UK, so grab your tickets and a life jacket and get set for a fantastic ocean adventure!
Go on a Godrevy Lighthouse tour.
If you’ve brought the pooch with you on your family holiday, the Godrevy Lighthouse tour is for you. Dogs go free, and two children can also ride free with the family ticket.
This one hour and a quarter cruise is one of the longer St Ives boat trips and enables you to see Godrevy Lighthouse up close and to discover its history.
On the way from St Ives harbour to Godrevy, you’ll pass Hayle Bar, the Towans and Red River. As well as the stunning scenery, you’ll probably see some Atlantic Grey Seals and a lot of seabirds.
Hire a self-drive motorboat and explore the Cornish coast
If you’re feeling adventurous, how about opting for self-drive St Ives boat hire? They make for a great family day out, whether you want to catch some fish for supper or just experience the freedom of being on the water.
St Ives Boat Rides provide 5 and 6 seater boats with steering wheels to make them easy to drive.
Life jackets are available for everyone, including the dog! Hire a self-drive boat for a spot of fishing or simply explore the Cornish coastline at your own pace.
Alternative boat trips around Cornwall.
Falmouth boat trips
This extremely popular boat trip takes you along the stunning and unspoilt River Fal. The boat ventures from Falmouth and heads down the river to St Mawes, then on to the National Trust gardens at Trelissick.
The route down the river is that of splendour, giving you the opportunity to experience the quiet river and the wildlife situated among the stunning treelines. The adventure doesn’t stop there. With a round ticket, you can get off the boat and head into the majestic Trelissick gardens for a wander and a bite to eat.
If you want something a little more adventurous, then hope off at St Mawes and hire a kayak to continue your seafaring from a different craft.
If you prefer a wilder adventure, why not head out with Orca Sea Safaris and see what the ocean has to offer. This boat trip, either one or two hours, will take all over Falmouth’s bay searching for seals, dolphins, and basking sharks.
You can expect to see much of the wildlife that Falmouth has to offer on these trips, and their guide gives you an idea of what you can expect to experience. You will also have stories, information and points of interest shown to you by their knowledgeable staff and captains.
Newquay Boat Trips
Leaving from the vibrant town and harbour in Newquay, this company offers similar services to the Falmouth Orca Sea Safaris but from a different setting entirely. Not only that but if you fancy getting in a cage and experiencing blue sharks up close and personal, then this is the trip for you.
If you fancy something a little more relaxed, then why not grab your snorkelling gear and head out on the snorkel safari, where they take you into kelp forests and an underwater view of the most lively places under the sea.
If you are after an adrenaline-fueled boat trip, Cornwall Waverunner Safaris is definitely worth looking at. Their powerboat tours will take you an incredible 15 – 20 miles along the north coast of Cornwall. The high-speed boats and bumpy rides make for an exhilarating and unforgettable experience. It’s a perfect way to see the north coast of Cornwall if you like speed and don’t mind getting occasionally splashed.
Padstow Boat Trips
Experience the stunning landscapes and cliff formations from the sea. This Safari has a vast offering of different experiences from the historic harbour in Padstow. Offering both calm adventures and gentle encounters to powerboating your way along the coastlines.
If you want something a little more personal, then hire a skippered boat and take to the seas as you wish.
If you are a fan of Doc Martin, this is the boat you will want to be on. Wavehunters, who also offer surfing and stand up paddleboarding, often run trips to the famous Port Issac, the filming location for our favourite Doctor.
Their trips also find them visiting other historical locations such as Tintagel and Boscastle, so bring your waterproof cameras.
A coastal holiday wouldn’t be complete without at least one trip out onto the water. If you want to learn more about the water-based activities Cornwall has to offer, have a look at our St Ives watersports blog post. If you fancy a calmer option, our outdoor swimming pools blog posts could help you find the best places for a chlorine-free dip.
You can find your perfect accommodation for your St Ives seaside holiday with Carbis Bay Holidays. View our holiday cottages and get set for an adventure in the ocean!