To get to the other islands, there’s no other choice than to go by boat. But what a great option it is! You get to see the islands (and the local wildlife and sea life) from the very best perspective. There are around 15 boats that work from St Mary’s and most are members of the St Mary’s Boatmen’s Association ( facebook, twitter) They leave regularly from the quay on St Mary’s and travel to all the Off Islands (Tresco, Bryher, St Martin’s and St Agnes), and to the uninhabited islands such as Samson, Tean, St Helen’s, the Eastern Islands and Annet, where you can spot seals and rare seabirds such as puffins.
If you want to cover a lot of ground in a day then we recommend a Three Island Tour which takes you to Tresco, Bryher and St Martin’s or St Agnes on the same day. You’ll start off with coffee on Bryher, then lunch on Tresco (and enough time for a quick visit to the gardens), and then afternoon tea on St Agnes or St Martin’s. A fantastic day out! If you head to the quay then you’ll find that boats leave regularly for these tours.
If you want to see things more from an ocean perspective, then you can go on a Sea Safari to see shipwrecks, seals and seabirds. A viewing screen lets you check out marine life captured by the underwater camera too, so that you can see what’s going on below as well as above the surface.
If you’re looking to get more ‘hands on’, then there are also plenty of options to go fishing yourself. You don’t have to be an experienced angler (although there are trips for you if that’s the case!), and you can head out for a short trip or for a whole day. The sea around the Isles of Scilly is one of the richest fishing areas in the UK – you could catch a pollack, a conger eel, or even a blue shark!