Boat Tours Bantry Bay

From €18  Per Person

Bantry Bay in West Cork has a rich marine life and flora warned by the Gulf Stream. The variety of Boat Trips in the Bay are listed here. Take a boat trip to the sub-tropical Garnish Island. Go Mackerel Fishing in Bantry Bay with the children and teenagers. Take a Marien Wildlife Tour, or charter a boat for a memorable family trip. Fishing trips inshore and offshore organized for groups.


10 + Years Old
Scenic Tour
3 Hours


Tour Info


Bantry Bay in West Cork stretches 9km from the Atlantic and the warm Gulf Stream gives the area abundant marine life. The coast and cliffs of the Sheep’s Head and Beara Peninsulas enclose the bay and its islands include Whiddy, Garnish and Bere Island.  You may see grey seal colonies, dolphins, porpoises and possibly whales or the white-tailed sea eagle nesting in Bantry Bay. Two boat tours are available, one taking a max of 10 and the other up to 30 people.

Choose your boat tour then drive around either the Sheep’s Head or the Beara Peninsula, both of which have great walking routes. Activity Days will organise the tours to allow you to make the best use of your time in the area.

1 Boat To Garinish Island 

Take a boat to sub-tropical Garinish Island in Bantry Bay to view ‘one of the most important gardens in Europe’. The island was lushly planted by John Annan Bryce and the garden is one of the most beautiful in Ireland. The Gardens are divided into sections with a beautiful Italian Garden with casita, Walled Garden, Martello Tower, a small Greek temple, and other areas.  t’s suited to all the family but the gravel paths and flights of steps are not ideal for a buggy. The island is managed by the OPW who charge €5 per person for entry onto the island for 90 minutes, or free with an OPW card. Trips start from 9.30 am and we can take a max of 25 per boat, pre-booked.


2 Mackerel Fishing

This boat trip is great for families and beginners with all equipment provided and an instructor on hand to ensure you make the most of your 2-hour experience. Sail into sheltered  Bantry Bay, enjoy the magnificent scenery and experience the thrill of catching your first fish. You can take the fish home to cook afterwards, a great introduction to sea fishing for children. The trip normally runs from 10am to 12am but the boat can be chartered for up to 10 people.


3. Bantry Marine Wildlife Tour 

Take a boat trip into Bantry Bay where pods of dolphins surf the bow wave, Minkie and Baleen whales are often seen and in 2020  larger whales were seen at the entrance to the bay.  This operates from either Glengarriff or Castletownbere.  In summer you may see colonies of grey seals, Seabirds, Dolphins,  and possibly Whales (Minke or Humpback) or the resident Eagle pair on their nest. The Captain tells of the area and its history as you sail along the calm waters of Bantry Bay. Trips are for 10 max and usually in the afternoon or evening and the boat can be hired for a private charter. Larger groups can be accommodated for a charter of up to 30 people.

4.  Inshore and Offshore Fishing Trips Bantry Bay

Sea fishing from a boat in Bantry Bay at Glengarriff or Castletownbere is a great way to relax, and an even better way to see the spectacular south coast and the surrounding islands. All trips will be tailored to suit your needs. Anglers will benefit from the skipper’s experience and local knowledge. Cost per boat trip – send  an enquiry form


5.  Boat Charter Bantry Bay –

Charter a boat in Bantry Bay for groups from 4 to 30 people. It’s a very safe way to experience the bay in 2021 with trips ranging from 1 to 4 hours.   Send an enquiry form


Boat To Garinish Island – €20

Mackerel FIshing – 2 hours  Adults €55,  Children (8-12 yrs) €35 per person

Bantry Bay Marie Wildlife Tour  – 3hours Adults €65, Children €40

Inshore and Offshore Fishing Trips in Bantry Bay – enquiry form

Boat Charter on Bantry Bay –  Send an enquiry form with details of the party

Group Size

4- 30 people

We Provide

Lifejackets, Warm wind proof jackets, Expert Skipper Guide in Boat 

Please Bring

Boat with expert skipper who will give story of the area as you travel Bantry Bay.  Lifejackets . If you bring a camera make sure it is in a waterproof case and a rucksack is the best way to carry all gear.

Things to do in the area

  • Drive – Drive the Beara Peninsula for rugged unspoilt  scenery. The Healy Pass and the  tunnel road  are two of Ireland’s best drives and can be done as a loop drive from Glengarriff or Kenmare. The villages of Glengarriff, Allihies and Eyeries are the main stops with the fishing town Casltwtownbere a great place to buy supplies. 
  • Allihies – In Allihies visit the Mines Museum which tells of the era when the copper mines was the main employer in the nineteenth century. There are walks in the area and a wonderful sandy beach.
  • The islands of Bantry Bay– Garinish, Whiddy, and Bere Island are all inhabited. Bere Island can be accessed by ferry, is great for walking and has a heritage centre. Walking tours of Dursey Island telling of the history of the island can be organised. Access is via Ireland’s only cable car.
  • Artists of Beara – There are many artists on the Beara and a tour visiting some in their studio can be organised. 
  • Gardens of BearaOther well-known gardens on the Beara include Ewe Garden near Glengarriff and Derreen Garden near Lauragh.
  • Day trips Planned of the Beara Peninsula can be organised to see some of the many sites. 
  • Walking the  Beara Peninsula is a great walking and cycling route. Bike hire and walking guides for groups can be organised.

Good To Know

  • Garinish is a beautiful island of lushly planted gardens and paths to wander through. The 90 minutes will allow you to see the gardens but we suggest having your picnic on the mainland in 2021. There are toilets on the island beside the arrival desk. You can bring small children and babies but it’s not suited for buggies.

    Boat Trips and Charters -The boat trips take 10 – 30 passengers depending on the trip. Child rates apply for children from  8 to 12 years of age. The  Mackerel Fishing and Marine Wildlife Tours take from 2-10 people. It’s not suited to small children. 

    Family and Children – Two boat sizes available are one taking a max of 10  people and another a max 30 people depending on the trip.  If you have your own group sole use of a boat may be possible depending on boat availability and size of the group. Child rates apply for children from  8 to 12 years of age. The  Mackerel Fishing and Marine Wildlife Tours take from 2-10 people. It’s not suited to small children.

    Charter Boats – Charter boats can be organized for 1 to 4 hours for a group trip on Bantry Bay. This is a very safe way to experience the beauty of Bantry Bay for a family get-together. Food can be organized if you require it.

    Whiddy IslandDetails of Whiddy Island boat trips are on this link. Full Details on the Islands of Cork in our Blog. 

  • Bring bottles of water and snacks for the trip and keep everything in a rucksack – not a handbag.
  • Cancellation Policy – This tour can be booked and refunded up to 5 days before the tour starts. Money will be refunded to paying card, apart from a €5 booking deposit per person booked.
  • Make sure any camera or phone is a waterproof container- and advise to bring to catch those magic photos or videos.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your trip so can get the safety briefing.
  • If the weather is stormy, fog or too windy this trip will be canceled, due to safety considerations and a refund given.
  • Cancellation Policy – This tour can be booked and refunded up to 5 days before the tour starts. Money will be refunded to paying card, apart from a €5 booking deposit per person booked.

At Activity Days, our priority is your safety, well-being, and enjoyment of this activity. Please note the following;

  • It is your responsibility to bring adequate clothing, footwear, and equipment where specified. Please note that the guide may refuse participation in the activity if you fail to do so and your activity fee will not be refunded.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the fitness criteria prescribed for this activity. Please note that the guide may refuse participation in the activity on this basis and your activity fee will not be refunded.
  • Please note that we and our guides reserve the right to refuse participation in the activity if you are intoxicated, if refuse to comply with the instructions of the guide, if there is a risk to your safety or the safety of others for any reason, or are deemed unfit or unable to participate (in the reasonable opinion of Activity Days or the Guide). In this event, your fee will not be refunded.

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