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Hop aboard Skybus this Easter

With the Easter break fast approaching, you might be looking to book a last-minute holiday to spend some quality time away with the kids. Whether you’re already planning to pop down to Cornwall, or you want an island escape without the long-haul flight, the Isles of Scilly are an adventure playground just a bunny hop…

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Wildlife

Look out for seabirds and dolphins from the Scillonian III

John and Carol are volunteers for the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project and live on the islands; here they explain the wildlife you can see from the Scillonian III. When you travel on the Scillonian it’s great fun to look out for seabirds and dolphins following the boat. Huge and impressive gannets are always…

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Island life

Your Isles of Scilly Food Guide

On the Isles of Scilly it’s all about food metres rather than food miles. You can see the lines of carrots, potatoes, squash and spinach growing in the fields and then just a few hours later they’ll appear lovingly prepared on your restaurant plate that evening. In recent years the island’s food industry has flourished.…

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Island life

Time to get your boots on! Walk Scilly 12-18th April 2014

Walk Scilly is now in its 8th year and set to start the season on the islands yet again with 22 wonderful walks covering all the islands. The seven day festival offers a series of themed walks across the islands’ 60 miles of pathways. Learn about the wildlife, natural environment and historical landmarks with an…

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All Aboard! Our Q & A with the Scillonian’s Chief Officer

As Chief Officer, Matt Wheeler is in charge of the cargo, deck and crew. He’s second in command and an integral part of the bridge team, who work together to ensure the safety of the crossing. We caught up with Matt to talk about dolphin spotting, wedding parties and transporting meerkats- all part of his job…

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Romance is in the air

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so why not surprise someone special with a romantic escape to the Scilly Isles? Is there anything more romantic than being whisked away to a remote island location? The Scilly Isles have it all, crystal clear water, white-sandy beaches and they’re close enough to escape to for a…

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Our recommended reads for your journey to the Scilly Isles

While you’re planning your escape to the splendid Scilly Isles, remember that the journey itself is part of the holiday experience. Imagine yourself soaring above the Cornish coastline in our sixteen-seater Skybus, relaxing with panoramic views at the new Land’s End airport, or looking out for dolphins from the deck of the Scillonian III as…

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Wildlife

Diving Gannets sighted on the Isles of Scilly

A bit breezier today after a long calm spell but luckily the forecast looks like it’s settling down again in a day or two. The sightings recently have been very exciting with regular Harbour Porpoises and Common Dolphins being spotted with the odd Risso’s Dolphins. The undoubted highlight were 3 sightings of the huge Leatherback…

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Sunfish still shine, sharks and dolphins too

The settled weather continues and we are getting good sightings on most trips. Ocean Sunfish, one species that are being spotted more often. Ocean Sunfish are definitely becoming more common. Is this because of the good weather, easier spotting conditions or global warming? Who knows. At the moment several are seen on each trip and…

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Calm seas, sun and dolphins.

What amazing weather we are having at the moment. Every day the sun is shining and the sea is perfectly calm. The ship has been full of passengers who have enjoyed sitting on deck, basking in the sun and seeing some good marine wildlife sightings. Small groups of Harbour Porpoise were easy to spot in…

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Sightings step up a gear

Things have been rather quiet recently with just the odd sighting of a Basking Shark, Harbour Porpoise or an Ocean Sunfish. The sea temperature is still a few degrees down on what we would expect at this time of year and this has slowed down my spotting rate a bit. Yesterday in the bay I…

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