If you fancy a boat trips in Cardiff Bay there are lots of ways to do it.
Pleasure boat trips
The Waterbus, the Aquabus and the Openboat are similar in their style in that they include boat trips round the Bay and depending on the boat also up the river Taff and Ely.
It goes without saying that if you are going to take boat trips then shoes, similar to trainers are best and short sleeves are not always ideal even if it is hot!
The aquabus operates from Mermaid Quay into the City Centre. The Rivers Taff and Ely can be navigated and you can visit the Cardiff Barrage on the Embankment comfortably and with some panache.
Address: Cardiff Marina, Ferry Road, Cardiff PostCode: CF11 0JL Phone: (0)29 2034 5163 www.cardiffaquabus.com
The original boat on Cardiff Bay was the Waterbus operating pleasure boat trips in a bright yellow boat, so look out for it.
Address: Pierhead (Cardiff Waterfront), PostCode: CF10 Phone: Julia 07940 142409 www.cardiffwaterbus.com
District: Cardiff Bay Address: The Waterfront ,Cardiff Bay PostCode: CF10 5BZ Phone: n/a www.theopenboat.co.uk
If you fancy doing it yourself then there are some great easy drive bots to hire, they are very stable and sensibly powered, situated in the Graving dock behind Techniquest check out The Boathouse Self-Drive Boat Hire
Address: The Graving Dock (Behind Techniquest) PostCode: CF10 5SG Phone: 07976 700044 www.theboathousecardiff.co.uk
RIB boat trips (Rigid Inflatable Boat)
If you fancy a bit more excitement you can go for special boat trips so try a Bay Blast with Cardiff Sea Safaris. They also operate longer boat trips outside the bay into the channel which means that you have to go through the barrage locks!
Cardiff Sea Safaris
Address: Lower Board Walk, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay PostCode: CF10 5BZ Phone: 029 2048 7663 www.boattripscardiff.co.uk
Sailing Boat trips
If you want to experience sailing boat trips in a 36ft yacht called Takamaka, then give Trysail a go. Skippered by Steve marks the yacht goes from Mermaid quay and sails across to the barrage up the River Ely taking in the International white water centre before returning to the quay via the wetlands nature reserve.
Address: Mermaid Quay Cardiff Bay PostCode: CF10 5BZ Phone: 07595 338203 www.trysailcardiff.co.uk
Power Boat Trips
Address: The Pierhead Barry Docks Barry PostCode: CF62 5QS Phone: 01446 746170 http://www.7marine.co.uk
If you want to try a proper power boat experience the you have to take a short trip to Penarth Dock. After kitting out in waterproofs and having had a full safety briefing your instructor takes you out into the Bay to get the feel of things before you get to have a go. The 2 hour trip also takes you out throught the locks to head to Penarth pier in the quest for waves, great present for someone!