Seafari Cruises
Seafari Cruises
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Seafari cruises invite you to explore the prolific wildlife of Kenmare Bay on Ireland's premier seal-watching and eco-nature cruise. In our comfortable and sheltered passenger vessel, we will transport you from the picturesque Kenmare Pier in County Kerry into the magical and tranquil waters of Kenmare Bay.
Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland
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Declan C
1 contribution
Oct 2019 • Family
We had a wonderful trip with Ray and he crew today. Although it was very cold at sea, Ray kept the guests in good spirits with his mix of songs, jokes and language skills! Alex brewed the tea and coffee and with a shot of Sea Dog rum everyone was nice and warm and enjoying the views. Never has tea/coffee and some biscuits tasted so goods. Rusty the gorgeous red setter pub kept also added to the enjoyment.

The highlight of the trip was the pair of young sea eagles who flew from island to island as we sailed past. Flying right alongside the boat at one point with identification marks visible.

Incredible value for money for a family of four.

Get out this week if you are in Kenmare as Ray wraps up for 2019 this week. Wrap up well and you are in for treat.
Written 29 October 2019
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Thenod
Cowfold, UK263 contributions
Sept 2019
Having turned up on a wet miserable day with only 6 people in total on the pier I doubted we'd be going anywhere. Luckily we were still going out and what a thoroughly enjoyable time we had. From Captain Ross singing songs and telling awful jokes to the spectacular scenery and wildlife was a hoot from start to finish. Undoubtably Rusty Captain Ross's puppy scurrying around the boat was a star attraction. They thought of everything from Rugs to keep you warm and binoculars for everyone to have a good view of the wildlife. Complimentary hot drinks and sweets and a little medicine to keep out the cold (Rum) A mention for Alex the crew mate who was always on hand doing something. Obviously we were there for the wildlife and we were not disappointed. It was wonderful to see the Pair of Sea eagles quite close up plus the seals and sea birds. It was one of the highlights of our two week holiday in Ireland and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Written 3 October 2019
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Sept 2019 • Solo
Accidentally I came across the tour at the Kenmare Pier. Captain Ray still had some room and took me along. Very lovely boats tour through the bay and we got to see harbour and gray seals. Stories and educational facts were told and it was nice to be out and about and get a different view of the mountains and the shoreline. We got served with hot tea, coffee and biscuits.
I very much enjoyed myself and would do it again at any day.
Written 28 September 2019
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Sebastian T
3 contributions
Sept 2019 • Couples
We really enjoyed the trip with Ray and Alex. It was very interesting and especially we loved our new friend rusty, the cute little Irish setter Boy. Thanks for having us
Written 26 September 2019
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HI Sebastian T, A big thank you for taking the time during your holidays to review your experience on SEAFARI. We are delighted that you enjoyed your trip around our beautiful Kenmare Bay Area of Conservation and we hope that the rest of your holiday in Kenmare, Kerry and Ireland will be just as interesting and fun. Rusty was missing you the moment that you left the boat and I'm sure that he was looking for you on board on the next day's cruise! Fair sailing and happy days, -Captain Ray, Crew and "Rusty"-
Written 27 September 2019
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Carrottop
Northrhine-Westphalia6 contributions
Sept 2019
A friend and I went onto the Seafari cruise with Ray and Alex on a rather windy but sunny day last week. There were four more people on board. We really enjoyed ourselves! There was tea, coffee, juice drinks, biscuits, sweeties and lollies, all made fresh and included in the price. We were given blankets agains the chilly wind and binoculars to watch the shoreline. It was a fun and fact filled trip and we saw porpoises (normally very shy creatures!) and seals and many sea birds.
Written 24 September 2019
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Garrett G
Cork, Ireland14 contributions
Sept 2019 • Family
Really lovely people but tour was too long just for the sake of it
Good for American tourists humour history etc but wasn't a lot of wildlife to actually see
Talk on seals went in for 30 mins !
Was bored at the end and craving to get home
Was 30 mins late starting and lasted 3+ hours
Lovely people running it and nice to children
Written 22 September 2019
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Hi Garrett G, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience on SEAFARI. Thank you also for your very kind words regarding the SEAFARI staff and we constantly strive to give as friendly welcome and service to all our very special guests. SEAFARI gives a very personal service and assistance with complimentary binoculars and guidance in spotting and recognising the various fauna and flora that we spot during our cruises but alas, sometimes the weather and the wildlife don’t always perform on cue. SEAFARI’s commentary is as varied and comprehensive as time allows to give as wide a subject range as possible to cater for all tastes and interests. We are though very lucky to have the largest Common Seal rookery/breeding/pupping colony in the south of Ireland on the Kenmare Bay Special Area of Conservation. The Rookery is the main attraction for our guests we spend approximately 30 minutes close to the animals and most of our guests very much appreciate this time “communing” with our seal friends. Because SEAFARI has been visiting the Seals for the past 27 years we have established a very close and trusting relationship and the animal’s behaviour is as “natural” as it can get with human visitors in close proximity. Sometimes the Seal activity is very playful and there is a lot of movement and at other times they just want to relax and sleep on. We just have to enjoy their presence and accept the visit on their terms and sometimes this can be of less interest to some of our guests. Our advertised sailing times are actually our boarding times and in all our correspondence with our guests we explain that there is a boarding and settling in time on board which can take up to 30 minutes depending on numbers. We are sorry that you felt the cruise was too long but the vast majority of our guests really enjoy the time on the water surrounded by our beautifully spectacular Kerry Mountain and coastal scenery. Fair sailing and happy days, -Captain Ray and crew-
Written 23 September 2019
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Elena
2 contributions
Sept 2019 • Couples
Seafari is the reason we went to Kenmare in the first place. Captain Ray turned out to be the most funny and charming host. Absolutely recommendable!
Written 19 September 2019
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james5572015
Dublin, Ireland31 contributions
Sept 2019 • Family
I did the cruise on a Tuesday afternoon with my wife and sons (3 yrs & 5 months). Ray was very pleasant and did advise in advance to bring the buggy for our baby and toys for our eldest son as they may get restless. He also advised that the time was somewhere between 2.5 / 3 hours. We arrived just before 230pm and we took off just after 3pm. Ray was very knowledgeable on the area and the local wildlife and we did get to see the seals but it was just too long and I felt we could have easily done it in 2 hours after departing. We got back at 7pm which was nearly 4 hours after departing and both of sons were wrecked and hungry at this stage. This is a nice afternoon for adults but it’s too long for small kids.
Written 13 September 2019
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karen w
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Sept 2019 • Couples
We had a great trip with Ray and Rusty his second.mate puppy. It started off rainy and cloudy but Tay cheered us up with song jokes and story telling. Also tea coffee and biscuits. Soon the sun came put and he took us really near to a group.of common seals sunbathing on the roxks
Ray is very knowledgable and would highly recommend this trip
Written 13 September 2019
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constanzee14
2 contributions
Sept 2019 • Couples
We decided to cut killarney a bit short and go on the seafari instead - absolutely worth it! Captain Ray and his helper Alex bring you sunshine and happiness even when there's rain. Ray has a lot of knowledge and respect about the nature and animals. We saw seals and birds from very near. Ray provided us with lots of information, funcats and tipps and tricks not only about nature, but also about the city, pubs, etc. And he also sang ;-) Meanwhile Alex made sure we were warm and cozy providing us with blankets, cookies, other sweets, tea and coffee. It's an absolute must-see when around Kenmare!
Written 6 September 2019
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Hi Constanzee, Thank you for taking the time on your holiday to review your happy experience on SEAFARI Kenmare. We are always delighted to hear that our guests had a great experience with us and it helps us to keep up the effort to make sure all our passengers have the best holiday experience in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Fair sailing and happy holidays, -Captain Ray and crew-
Written 7 September 2019
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