RIBRIDE adventures on the Menai Straights

Ribe Ride Adventure

During the Easter holidays we headed to North Wales with Adventure Map, who are 10 of the best adventure companies in North Wales, working together to promote the region as the best place for outdoor adventure tourism in the UK, with a handy app for your smart phone.

The AdMap App, available on app store and google play, tells you what adventures are nearby to help you to discover exciting adventures in North Wales.

We stayed in a beautiful holiday cottage in Anglesey and the closest adventure to us was RIB RIDE, which is based on the Menai Straights.

They have a range of RIB ride adventures to choose from and we were lucky enough to try two of them; the family friendly Bridges and Swellies adventure and the Velocity RIB Ride.

RIBRIDE North Wales

Bridges and Swellies Adventure

This adventure departs from Porth Daniel, Menai Bridge and is suitable for all the family aged 4 – 104!!

RIBRIDE North Wales

We were all kitted up with life jackets and given a safety briefing before heading out onto the water for the hour long trip.

RIBRIDE North Wales

From the launch location we headed under Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge, where you enter the infamous Swellies with its shipwrecks, rocks and whirlpools.

RIBRIDE North Wales

The kids were fascinated by the movement of the water as we headed towards the Britannia Bridge and Nelson’s statue.

RIBRIDE North Wales

Although you ride at approximately 50mph along the straights, the speed is interjected with breaks where you learn fun facts and stories about the surrounding area.

Ribe Ride Adventure

Our skipper was brilliant fun, aiming the chat perfectly at the family and answering any questions we threw at him.

RIBRIDE North Wales

The kids favourite part of the adventure though – doing donuts on the water!!

RIBRIDE North Wales

The Bridges and Swellies tour takes around an hour and costs £25 per adult and £20 per child (aged 4-16).

Velocity RIB Ride

Not for the faint hearted, this adventure is strictly for children aged 10 and over and you get to don some very lovely overalls to protect you from the wind.

RIBRIDE North Wales

Like the Bridges and Swellies adventure, you are given a safety briefing and life jacket before boarding the RIB.

RIBRIDE North Wales

This is no ordinary boat, it is an adrenaline-fuelled fast moving RIB going from zero to around 70 knots (80 mph) on open water.

RIBRIDE North Wales

Like the previous tour, it wasn’t constant speed, although there was a lot less talking!

RIBRIDE North Wales

I have been on a power boat on the sea, but this was an entirely different experience as it felt so smooth – almost as if it was gliding above the water.

RIBRIDE North Wales

When he opened the boat up to its top speed, it was an exhilarating experience that we will remember forever. It almost felt like half an hour on the water wasn’t enough as we all wanted to go again.

RIBRIDE North Wales

We spent the rest of the day with a very windswept look!!!

RIBRIDE North Wales

Velocity RIB Ride costs £35 per person and lasts for 30 minutes.

TOP TIP: Wrap up warm, even on a summers day as it is quite chilly on the water, especially when travelling at speed!!

For more information on their other tours, head to ribride.co.uk

Disclaimer: We were guests of Adventure Map for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Image Credit: Follow Films

24 thoughts on “RIBRIDE adventures on the Menai Straights

  1. This looks awesome and SO much fun! My lot would love it. Kaz

  2. Candy Rachelle says:

    Looks like you had an awesome family adventure and that boat is so funny and epic. Lol!

  3. Melanie williams says:

    What a fab family fun adventure…looks like you had fun for sure xx

  4. katie says:

    Oh my word, this looks like so much fun! Right up my street!!!

    Katie xoxo

  5. Goodness, you lot are brave! We are not great swimmers so would be unlikely to go out on the water but this is an incentive to keep trying!

  6. Oh wow, how cool is this!! I bet you all had a blast and what a way to see somewhere – always a different perspective from the water

    Laura x

  7. What a lovely day to experience the menai straights on the boat ride, kids totally looked like they enjoyed it for sure. Something we would consider if we head to North Wales

  8. Sam says:

    This sounds like so much fun! It’s always great when you can have a guide that knowledgable and fun.

  9. Laura Dove says:

    Wow this looks amazing! My kids are real dare devils and would love that!

  10. Myles says:

    Your kids looks like they had a blast! Sounds like you got an amazing time!

  11. Linda Hobbis says:

    You’re so brave. I’m a complete wimp when it comes to things like that. We’ve got a white water rafting centre near us and my sister had to stand in for me when the hubby wanted to take a group out!

  12. I need to know how you took those mid-ride photos when you were in front of the camera?! They are brilliant!

  13. Oh wow this looks like so much fun! My husband and son especially would love the faster trip as they are both thrill seekers lol!

  14. This looks great fun! Definitely something I would love to do

  15. Looks like you all had a fun time! Love some of the shots of your faces on the boat!

  16. kumamonjeng says:

    I love such adventures and love to experience it for once with my family. Glad that there are life jackets for the guests. And it is so big for your little boy and he looks so cute in the oversize jacket.

  17. Woah that looks like such an epic boat ride! The kids look like they are really enjoying themselves.
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  18. Chad says:

    Amazing!!! Everyone seems super excited about this adventure. I would love to do it one day, super cool.

  19. Looks like a really fun trip! That boat ride is perfect for the kids and adults!

  20. How beautiful! What an experience! What an adventure! Better if in the family!

  21. That boat looks so epic!! Love the way you do life with your family!

  22. Jon says:

    This looks ace! I don’t think I’ve done this sort of thing since we used to go on banana boats in Ibiza!

  23. Talya says:

    Oh wow this looks like so much fun – and who wouldn’t love doing donuts on the water?!

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