Cardiff Bay’s Unique Boating Adventure

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"Great Family Adventure from Only £29 a Boat"

 Operating off Mermaid Quay Pontoons 

Booking Kiosk located on lower boardwalk below "Cadwalders ice cream cafe" 



Here you will be able to hire and skipper one of our easy to drive boats, giving you the chance to leisurely and safely get afloat out on Cardiff Bays tranquil waters our boats can take up to 6 people but in those 6 a limit of 4 adults 2 children aboard 

 Self-Drive Hire Routes  

Route 1: 30min SELF-DRIVE: This popular affordable introduction to boating allows you to get afloat for a 30 minute 360° or 1 hour 720º self-drive circumnavigation on Cardiff Bay where you will have the opportunity to take in its abundance of wildlife and waterside buildings both historic and modern whilst skippering your easy to drive boat. 

Route 2: EXTENDED SELF-DRIVE: This is the same as above but allows you to extend your rental period either on the Bay or exploring up the Rivers Ely or Taff which feed the Bay. For this  for all our rental period prices can be found on our hire tariff and are subject to river flow and conditions. 

Route 3: GROUP MULTI BOAT TOUR: This unique 1 hour pre-booked group tour, approximately 8 miles self-drive excursion. U-Drive We Guide water safari out onto Cardiff Bay and up the River Taff,where our guide boat will  lead out up to 4 self-drive boats on an enjoyable voyage taking in the sights of the Bay and River Taff up to the towering Millennium Stadium. You can hire from2 to 4 of our amazing motor boats, great for group bookings, birthday parties, school trips, corporate and team building days etc. Maximum of 4 boats, each boat carries 6 persons, maximum 4 adults 2 children. Minimum age of driver to be 18yrs. PLEASE BOOK ON LINE OR CONTACT US DIRECT FOR AVAILABILITY.

You needed no experience in driving boats as a full instructional brief is given on operating this easy to drive boats as well as a safety and route explanation.

You must read and sign our full terms and conditions prior to launch.

 Maximum 6 persons ( 4 Adults plus 2 Children ) aboard these unique Dutch built boats

 Pre-Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment especially in high season.


It's as simple as.....

Filling out our online enquiry form booking request form or email:

Calling us on:  07976 700044
Visiting us at the Mermaid Quay, Lower Boardwalk Pontoons, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay. CF10 5BZ

All you need to do is complete a Hire Agreement and pay your hire rate to secure your booking. Pre booking is highly recommended during peak times. The named boat hirer must be over 18 years old. Formal photographic ID and proof of address is required at time of boat hire. A Security/damage deposit is required which is refunded upon the safe return of the boat and all equipment.


Throughout the year Easter to October and subject to subject to weather conditions and daylight hours.

Pre booking is highly recommended during peak times and subject to availablity. 

The boats are collected and returned to the pontoons at place of embarkation.

Please allow an extra 20min before boat hire time booked, this is for boat hand over (instruction/lifejacket fitting etc.) and safety briefing. 


The boats available to hire from the Boathouse are the very safe and durable Whaly 4.35m and 3.70m. Made from 100% polyethylene they are extremely strong, impact resistant, virtually unsinkable and 100% recyclable. These boats have a semi v hull which gives the boat a shallow draft and offers excellent stability. The boat is powered by a sealed 8hp 4stroke EU emission firendly motor running on unleaded fuel and limited to 5 knots (6mph). Due to their low power and speed, these boats are user friendly and an extremely safe way for people to get on the water and enjoy the waters out on the Bay,River Taff and the River Ely.