Boat Trips

Baltimore Sea Safari offer a variety of boat trips from Baltimore in West Cork, ranging from a 20 mins Seal Watch and harbour trip to a 2 + hour full Sea Safari experience. All of our trips offer a chance to see whales, dolphins and porpoise in their natural habitats. We have a good working relationship with fishermen, ferries and other boat operators in the area, and with a group sharing of information on sightings of whale, dolphins and other wildlife, it helps to increase the chances of our passengers seeing such wildlife.

During every trip we visit seal colonies and we provide a commentary on the sights of interest and the fascinating history of the area and its wildlife. We have a very good sightings record for wildlife in an area that has the most spectacular and scenic coastline in Ireland to explore.

Sea Safari Boat Trip

2 – 2 1/2-hours @ 11am and 2pm daily – €25 per person

This is our most popular trip; a thrilling fun-packed coastal sightseeing tour of the West Cork coastline, with whale, dolphin, seal and wildlife watching. Enjoy close-up views of the many beautiful islands, sheer cliffs, sea caves, lighthouses, signal towers, beacons, castles, golden beaches, secluded bays and inlets, and tranquil coastal villages as we tour the magnificent unspoiled coastline. We will take you into a sea cave, the only boat trip in West Cork on which you can experience this amazingly fantastic view. We cruise through the areas where our past experiences have shown to be the most likely where we may come across whales and dolphins. On all of our trips we visit local seal colonies which inhabit our shoreline. Passengers should keep a lookout for Harbour Porpoise which are a regular sighting during this trip, Basking Sharks, Ocean Sunfish, Sea Turtles, Jellyfish and a myriad of seabirds may also be seen. 

Evening Adventure Boat Trip

1-hour trip @ 5.30pm – €20 per person

This is a shorter version of our Sea Safari trip; and is an excellent way to get out on the water for a taster of what the waters and the coastline around Baltimore and the islands have to offer. Take in the beautiful West Cork scenery and splendid views, whether on a tranquil journey along the Ilen River; through Roaringwater Bay and past Jeremy Iron’s Kilcoe Castle or heading offshore past Sherkin Island and Baltimore Beacon to visit the magical Kedge Island, with its seal colony. Each route that we take is unique with many different sights and wildlife to be seen. We will divert our boat to encounter any fresh whale, dolphin or wildlife sightings that may be in the area.

Seal Watch and Harbour Trip

20 min – Available on request – €10 per person (minimum of 4 passengers required)

Experience the thrill of a fast boat ride, while enjoying the main sights of Baltimore village and harbour from a different viewpoint. The boat trip will take you past Baltimore Lifeboat Station , the famous Baltimore Beacon, Sherkin Island and up into the ilen River, where we visit seal colonies. as we drift gently past the seals you will get a great opportunity to view, photograph and admire them as they study us from the shore or as they swim past us. If the tide is high enough we will pass through Hacketts Creek. You can admire the panoramic views of Baltimore village and Spain Tower as we push on the throttle and return to the Pier. 

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We operate our boat trips from the Ferry Pier in Baltimore. However, trips can be arranged from other ports in West Cork on request.