All RibRiders must check in at the RibRide reception prior to going afloat. Once checked in you will be guided to St George’s Pier where your RIB and Skipper will be waiting. Your Skipper will ensure all life jackets are fitted correctly and once the safety briefing is complete you will be ready to embark upon a thrilling adventure.
Your RIB will gently depart the pontoon before increasing in speed as you journey from Menai Bridge towards Puffin Island. Along the way you will get the chance to view the spectacular houses of Millionaires’ Row and Garth Pier, the second longest in Wales. Further along you will pass by Gallows Point with its gruesome history before the delightfully bright coloured houses of Beaumaris come into view. You will have a unique view of Beaumaris Castle, before heading past an old seaplane factory and mine workings.
As Beaumaris recedes you will head out into the open sea, passing by some old shipwrecks before approaching Puffin Island, or Ynys Seiriol, named after Saint Seiriol who founded a monastery opposite the island at Penmon Point. This uninhabited Island is home to the largest nesting cormorant population in the UK and, of course, the famous Puffins (seasonal visitors). You will watch the wildlife, see the massive colony of seals and experience a bird-spotting bonanza
We then turn the RIB around and it is a fast, fun and exhilarating blast back to base, with bumps and turns along the way.
Our Adventure RIBs cruise at about 30 knts and will reach speeds up to roughly 45 knts dependent upon both the weather and sea state conditions at the time of your trip, so please remember to hold on tightly!
Puffins spend most of their lives out at sea on the eastern coast of North America to the western coast of Europe. They are only on the island for a short breading season, May to mid August. Sometimes they arrive early and leave later. Please book a trip in June or early July for your best chance to spot these wonderful birds.
The Puffin population on Ynys Seiriol/Puffin Island is growing. We have been very lucky to spot many pairs nesting there in recent years. The 2019 season was exceptional to spot Puffins and 2020 was good too, fingers crossed for 2021.
We cannot guarantee you will see any wildlife on our trips, although we will do our utmost to spot what we can and point it out.
Please note: Very occasionally, in adverse weather conditions, it may not be possible to get all the way out to Puffin Island. In this case, all our Skippers have complete discretion to amend the trip to ensure they provide both a safe and highly enjoyable experience for you.