Blue Thunder Boat Trips

There are three different types of boat trips available from Blue Thunder Rib Rides. Specific trips will suit different people better depending on how many people there are in your party and what you would like to get from the experience.

For example, larger parties may prefer to VIP-PRIVATE CHARTER so they have full use of the boat and totally to themselves, then they can make an itinerary. However smaller parties may prefer to book two or three seats.


Sea Safari

The Sea Safari Rib Ride visits our resident seal colony as well as taking in the main sights around St Ives Bay.

Duration: 45mins

Price: £30 per person

Ultimate Sea Safari

*** SPECIAL ***
Only runs when conditions and wildlife allow. Typically sunset dolphin trips. Call for Information.
Limited spaces available.

Duration: 60mins

Price: £40 per person

Bay Blast

Bay Blast Rib Ride is a non-stop exciting thrill ride around st Ives bay, as well as a scenic tour of our rugged coast line.

Duration: 30mins

Price: £30 per person


As with any ocean based activity the weather always plays a part. There are certain conditions when a boat trip in the Bay is not comfortable or safe, even if the sun is shining the wind can render the bay unsafe.

Please read our Terms & Conditions to understand what happens if we have to cancel your trip.

Blue Thunder Rib rides

The Bay, St Ives

Where to check in for the St Ives Bay Trips: We are located on The Wharf, opposite The Sloop Inn pub.

SatNav: TR26 1LP.

Our Boats

Blue Thunder Rib Rides currently has two Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB’s) in the fleet, both vessels being manufactures by Humber RIBS Fabrications. This manufacturer is extremely reputable as they supply the armed forces and the police with their vessels.

The engines we use are also made by leading manufacturers being YAMAHA Motor Company and SUZUKI Marine, these are extremely powerful and reliable engines that give you confidence and reassurance when being out on the water. They are the best equipped boats for what we do.



Power: Twin 2019 SUZUKI 300HP
Length: 9 Meters
Built: 2019
Capacity: 12 Passengers 2 Crew
Top Speed: 60 Knots (69mph)



Power: Twin 2022 YAMAHA 300HP
Length: 8.5 Meters
Built: 2008 rebuilt in 2019
Capacity: 12 Passengers 2 Crew
Top Speed: 60 Knots (69mph)

“This is NOT your average boat trip. I HIGHLY recommend you put your doubts to the side and go for it, you will NOT be disappointed. Whilst out on our trip, we were extremely lucky to see Cornish grey seals in their natural habitat, AND dolphins, including a baby!”

“The warm, relaxed, welcome we received from those members selling the tickets, to the gentleman piloting the rib were an added plus to the whole experience. I probably should point out, lifejackets are provided, and we had a very young girl on our trip who seemed to enjoy it too.”