Less than four miles offshore from St Ives lies a spectacular St Ives attraction, Seal Island. There are regular boat trips available from St Ives to this rocky outcrop and it’s home to a seriously cute colony of Grey Atlantic seals. The trips enable visitors a close up view of its resident seals, and at times there are up to forty to be seen enjoying the safety of the area.
Boat trips have been ferrying eager visitors to Seal Island since the 1930s so the seals are more than used to the sight of humans passing by. Most trips include around twenty minutes of watching the seals as they go about their business (usually sunning themselves) and tickets can be purchased from Derek who’s usually outside the lifeboat station in St Ives.
This trip is one of Cornwall’s most popular, and it’s extremely rare for a boat not to see at least a few seals. The Seal Island boat trip lasts for around an hour and is a great trip for adults and children. The boat trips leave from various different areas of the harbour, depending on the tide. Keep your eyes peeled during the trip, as there’s even the odd basking shark to be spotted.
Outside The Lifeboat Station, Wharf Road, St Ives TR26 1LF, England
0777 300 8000