Welcome to St Ives Boats, “Dolly P” and “James Stevens No 10”, St Ives Historic Lifeboat

St Ives Boats offer daily boat trips leaving from St Ives harbour. Sea safaris on the famous Dolly P offer seal watching along the magnificent Cornish coast at Seal Island or across the bay at the famous Godrevy lighthouse . James Stevens no 10 is the restored St Ives Lifeboat from 1899 which offers historical tours around the bay and beyond. On our trips we explore one of the UK’s most stunning areas.

  • We are the only accredited wildlife safe operator (WISe Scheme) in St Ives Bay.and our sea safari crew features a BDMLR marine mammal medic who specialises in the rescue of dolphins, whales and seals.
St Ives Bay in Cornwall has been recognised by The Most Beautiful Bays Club as one of only 32 bays in the world and one of only 2 in the UK to meet the stringent requirements of outstanding natural beauty and interesting wildlife including dolphins, seals, sharks, whales and more.
St Ives Boats

St Ives Boats

St Ives Boats daily trips along the Cornish coast

Seal Island, The Western Carracks, Cornish Coast Nr St Ives, Cornwall
Seal Island, The Western Carracks, Cornish Coast Nr St Ives, Cornwall
Seal Island, (Western Carracks), lies 3½ miles (5.6km) West of St Ives, along the rocky Cornish coastline. Godrevy Island lies just over 3 miles (4.8km) to the East of St Ives. These rocky outcrops, near Zennor and Gwithian respectively are homes to colonies of Atlantic Grey Seals, where they feel safe, protected from predators and the forces of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Sea safari trip trip is suitable for all ages
  • The trip is around one hour long
  • £20 for adults,
  • £15 for under 12s
  • Babies under 12 months go free. You don`t need to book them in, just bring them along
  • Dog friendly boat trip and go free!
  • We are the only accredited wildlife safe operator (WISe Scheme) in St Ives Bay.and our crew features a BDMLR marine mammal medic who specialises in the rescue of dolphins, whales and seals.
Godrevy Lighthouse, St Ives Bay, Cornwall
Godrevy Lighthouse, St Ives Bay, Cornwall
Built in 1899 James Stevens No.10 served as the St Ives Lifeboat from 1900 to 1933 saving 225 lives in those years. Now lovingly and carefully restored our historical boat trip offers a chance to explore the bay and its most famous landmark on a truly iconic vessel. Constructed in the late 1850s to warn mariners of the dangers of the Stones Reef, Godrevy Lighthouse stands 26 metres tall on a small island just off the shoreline near the North Cliffs. Godrevy has been a familiar and welcoming sight for generations of St Ives seafarers, the area is littered with wrecks and tales of rescue and bravery..

  • Historical boat trip is suitable for all ages
  • The trip is around one hour and 30 minutes
  • £20 for adults,
  • £15 for under 12s
  • Babies under 12 months go free. You don`t need to book them in, just bring them along
  • Dog friendly boat trip and go free!
Dolly P heading out onto the Atlantic Ocean
Dolly P heading out onto the Atlantic Ocean
Our boats, Dolly P and James Stevens No.10, are fully licensed to carry 12 passengers and we are pleased to accept private boat charters to fulfil your preferred requirements. As well as the advertised trips, we are happy to accommodate your exact excursion wishes. Starting from just 1-hour at just £225 we aim to fulfil your requirements. Contact us to discuss your needs.

  • Explore the dramatic, rugged shoreline of the North Cornish coast from St Ives Bay. Our boat trips get you up close and personal with Cornwall’s unique heritage and stunning array of wildlife
  • Join us to explore one of the UK’s most stunning areas in and around St Ives Bay.

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We had a special guest onboard this morning, a young lady believe it or not called Dolly P! We had superb conditions for a lovely trip to see the seals.

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Come and visit us at our new check in and information hub on Smeatons Pier. This is our new departure point for all trips with our friends from @bluefin_charters ...

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Our skiff in front and Dolly P in the background, it's going to be a glorious day

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First trip of the year! It's a beautiful day and we've already done our first trip of what will hopefully be a fantastic season.

We would like to thank you all for the wonderful messages of support we've had this last 12 months and hope to bring you the most amazing experiences again over the next 7 months.

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We're starting tomorrow! 😁

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Not long now....

So much work done to Dolly over a very long winter. We're starting again from April 12th and and so excited!

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Finally back at work after a poor spell of weather and one of our friends has come to welcome us back on our first trip.

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We love seeing the common dolphins and sightings have been great this year, they're not always playful but when they bow ride with us it's always special.

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St ives sunrise. Here we go again, looks to be a beautiful day at sea.

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Chrisna V.
Chrisna V.
07:24 08 May 21
Great outing. Easy to book online. Staff are friendly, especially the guide onboard. Passionate about marine wildlife rescue and he's well informed. Can recommend
Spencer M.
Spencer M.
15:36 17 Apr 21
Friendly, knowledgeable crew. Had a great time.
Olga R.
Olga R.
10:39 17 Apr 21
Had a great time today with St Ives Boats. Thank you Mike and Mike for a fun, informative trip. Highlight of the trip!
Sophie C.
Sophie C.
14:21 16 Apr 21
Great trip around the bay, yo see the seals at Seal Island
happiest C.
happiest C.
22:53 27 Nov 20
Loved the boat ride and seeing the seals.I had a fun day and want my mummy to take on the boat again
East London G.
East London G.
19:39 28 Oct 20
We had a one hour boat ride with St Ives Boats ‘Dolly P’ which was £20. You must be at the departure point 20 minutes before the allocated time and depending on the tide you may have to get a small boat to the larger boat.The larger boat has enough space outside for around 10 guests. The hosts are friendly and provide information about the seals, their habitat and how they use the tides to lift up onto the rocks! The trip to the ‘seal island’ takes 20 minutes each way so you get around 20 minutes viewing the seals.
Martin M.
Martin M.
10:42 23 Oct 20
We went on the seal island boat trip. Very interesting trip - Mike was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Trip overall was fun and saw lots of seals, what more could you ask for!
Fee J.
Fee J.
15:02 08 Sep 20
Friendly people and helpful
Hayden T.
Hayden T.
05:50 05 Sep 20
Mike 1 (Captain) and Mike 2 (tour guide) were great. Mike 2 was full of information and passionate about the role they do and fun too. He clearly loves his job.
Mike 1 got us there super quick, before the other boats, and bagged us the best spot. We managed to see 5 seals that were out of the water and just chilling. Plenty of others in the sea too. It was fun, informative and a great trip. Thanks Mike 1 and Mike 2. 100% recommend this trip.
Rachel L.
Rachel L.
10:46 04 Sep 20
Philip K.
Philip K.
16:50 03 Sep 20
Catherine T.
Catherine T.
13:22 14 Aug 20
Amazing experience with the two Mikes - informative and wonderful experience, up close and personal to some very large seals.