EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN BOOKING A BOAT TRIP ALSO PLACES TO STAY, ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU ARE IN ST DAVIDS
WHEN DO WE OPERATE
Boat trips run from 1st April to 31st October. The booking office is open 7 days a week. 08.45 to 17.00, 08.00 to 20.00 in peak season.
HOW TO BOOK A TRIP
Telephone, email or call into our booking office to discuss which trip you want and when you want to go.
Payment is required to make the booking, you can pay by cash or card.
Booking in advance is advised. We will email you the tickets, relevant information and directions.
If you have a disability that may be aggravated by the movement of the boat, ie. bad back, neck or you are pregnant, please let us know before you book your trip.
Sailings are weather dependent. Please ring or call into the booking office no later than 1 hour before your trip to check if the trip is going before you head down to the departure point.
If the weather is too rough and we cancel the trip for safety reasons you will receive a full refund or you can transfer to another day.
Take warm waterproof clothing with you even if it is a lovely day, it's always colder at sea.
We do still sail if it is raining.
BOAT DEPARTURE POINT
Access to the lifeboat station is down a large flight of steep concrete steps with handrails to the base of the cliff, up a steep flight of steps with handrails to the top of the lifeboat station then along the lifeboat station slipway, see the photographs below so that you can decide if this access is suitable for you.
Make your way to the bottom of the concrete steps leading to the Lifeboat Station and approach our boarding master who will be waiting to check you in. You should be here 15 minutes before your trip.
IF YOU ARE LANDING ON RAMSEY
If you are landing on Ramsey Island it is advisable to bring warm, waterproof clothing in inclement weather as there is no cover once out on the island trail and the boat crossing can be wet. Sunscreen and a hat are also advisable in hot weather.
Due to the steep steps at St Justinians and at Ramsey harbour and the rough terrain on the island trail, a reasonable level of fitness is required and sturdy footwear or walking boots are recommended.
There is a small shop on the island selling hot and cold drinks and snacks, but not sandwiches. Toilet facilities are available on Ramsey Island.
Ramsey is a rat free island, if you are bringing a picnic, please ensure it is securely packed in a rucksack or cool bag. If you leave your bag unattended in St Justinians for any time, please check it carefully for signs of rodent damage before boarding the island boat.
TO GET TO THE BOAT DEPARTURE POINT
Boats depart from St Justinians Lifeboat Station which is about 2 miles from the centre of St Davids. You can walk there or ride your bike, there are bike racks there.
You can drive directly to St Justinians and park in the temporary car park - £3 per car.
Please don't park on double yellow lines or on the roadside, we are working with the locals to keep the area clear.
There are porta-loos situated near the bus stop at St Justinians, it is a good idea to use the loos before you make your way down the steps.
Make your way to the bottom of the steps to the old lifeboat station. Our boarding master will be waiting for you, you should be here 15 minutes before your trip to check in.
Passengers may cancel their booking with full refund no later than 24 hours before sailing. We reserve the right to cancel trips without warning due to bad weather conditions or for safety reasons, in which case you will be offered an alternative trip or receive a full refund.
CAN I BRING MY DOG
Dogs are welcome on our dog friendly boat trips around Ramsey Island. Some dogs are happy onboard, others find it stressful, it is up to you to decide but please, no barky verbal dogs as they upset the other passengers. Registered assistance dogs are welcome on Ramsey Island.
GENERAL INFORMATION AND ACCESSIBILITY
A safety briefing is given on departure of your boat, please listen to the briefing, it is for your own safety.
The sea is a dangerous and ever changing environment and all adventurous activities carry certain risks which cannot be ignored.
We do not accept responsibility for incidents that occur outside our control.