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St Mary's Boatmen's Association

The Strand, TR21 0PT, England
+44 1720 423999
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Excellent service for off island boat trips

Great service by these boats that take passengers on a daily basis to and from the other islands... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jaynus
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
great transfer service between islands etc

friendly & helpful staff. Tips are advertised on boards on the quay and at hotels. Great trips... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
rebecca c
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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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 a week with the boats operating on a rota system. The boats depart St Mary's for the other islands (direct trips)and to see wildlife and the outer rocks and islands (circular trips) at 10:15am and 2:00pm as a minimum. At busier times there are additional departures, particularly to Tresco which should also have services at 11:15 and 12:15. Tides and weather may affect services occasionally. 2014 Prices from £8.50 (child £4.30) return. Most expensive cruises are to Bishop Rock or The Seabird Special at £16. A child fare applies for kids over one year and under fifteen. Take advantage of our 'ten ticket' special offer - Ten direct tickets for £72 (a saving of £13). These tickets can be upgraded on the boats if you want to do a more expensive 'circular'.
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“inter island” (8 reviews)
“other islands” (15 reviews)
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The Strand, TR21 0PT, England
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+44 1720 423999
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great service by these boats that take passengers on a daily basis to and from the other islands. Helpful and friendly. Listen to what they say as on a lot of the islands you are picked up in a different location to where you are...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

friendly & helpful staff. Tips are advertised on boards on the quay and at hotels. Great trips & transfers as always - ta very much. Top Tip - they have a facebook page that is regularly updated - really useful.

Thank rebecca c
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely service, polite crew. I been coming to the Isles of Scilly for nearly 20 years and the boatmen service is always been second to none.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a boatman association which will take you around the Scilly isles on various trips . Great fun and a reliable service between the islands

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We travelled from St Mary's to St Martin's on our recent holiday. Friendly boatmen, who helped with our luggage.

Thank Sarah R
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Reviewed 12 July 2018

If you travel to the Isles of Scilly for a really relaxing holiday then one of the 'must do's' is a few trips to the Off-Islands, Bryher, St Agnes, Tresco, St Martins otherwise you'll spend the days just pottering around St Mary's [that's OK but...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2018

These Guys are the best, always friendly. good value and reliable service they are a very important part of our holiday!!

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Reviewed 3 July 2018

Boatman visited our hotel each morning with news of trips available. We chose to go to Tresco. Listen carefully when you arrive as you will probably leave from the other end of the island and it is a long walk! This could possibly have been...More

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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Have been on several trips on the St Mary’s boats - boatmen are always friendly, work hard to get the trips off on time and lay on extra boats if needed.

Thank Judith W
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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

These guys do a brilliant job everyday and in all weathers. They also have to put up with loads of different customers - their diplomacy skills are second to none. Good job boys keep up the good work!

Thank cornwall-blue
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bethan2017
7 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.
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tinaTruroCornwall
24 August 2016|
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Response from browni22 | Reviewed this property |
Not too sure, may need to contact the Boatman's association.
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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
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