Puffin and Seals

Our skippers are your fast and fun guides to the history and wildlife around Puffin Island; history, islands, lighthouse, mine workings, nature, pier, seabirds, seals and shipwrecks.

What to expect

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

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.

Please note: 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.

Good to know

We aim to keep you dry but this is a boat trip and in some conditions you may get a bit wet so please wear appropriate clothing for both the RibRide and the weather!

It is always cooler on the water so we recommend lots of layers including a waterproof layer and sensible shoes. In the colder months, hats, gloves and scarves are strongly advised. Sunglasses or other eye protection are also a good idea.

RibRide is happy to welcome customers of any ability, however RIB tours are a physical activity. If you have medical concerns, please contact our office for advice and guidance.

Life jackets are mandatory and provided by RibRide.

If you are pregnant, we generally advise against participating on a RibRide, as trips can be a bit bumpy in certain conditions. If you do want to go out, we would ask that you consult with your doctor or midwife beforehand and consider booking this trip as a private event so we can tailor the trip to better suit your situation and the weather conditions on the day.

Our Adventure RIBS hold a maximum of 11 passengers.

We love our furry friends but sadly no dogs are allowed on our trips.

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.

Covid 19

Currently we are only able to operate this trip as whole boat (private event) booking. This means it will only be your group on the RIB. In order to maintain social distancing between your group and our Skipper, the maximum we can take onboard is 6. As a consequence we have had to implement a temporary alternative peak and off peak pricing structure as laid out below.

Peak (1-3 May, 29 May-6 June, 17 July-31 August 2021)

  • A single price for up to 6 people - £260

Off-Peak (all other times)

  • 1-2 people £200
  • 3 people £225
  • 4 people £250
  • 5 people £275
  • 6 people £300

As soon as we are allowed to mix individuals on the RIBS we will revert to our per person pricing.