About Seafari – Sea Safari Kenmare

The Original Kenmare Bay Sea Safari

Seafari was founded in 1993 by Raymond Ross, marine biologist, ocean sailor, photographer, pantominest, singer/entertainer/comedian, nature lover/tree hugger, lover of all things marine and proud to be an Irishman! A family run business staffed by musically talented and friendly crew who are eager to share their love of nature and Kerry providing you with an unforgettably unique and memorable holiday experience with a Sea Safari around Kenmare Bay!

Cruise in the Tranquil Waters of Kenmare Bay

Seafari cruises invite you to explore the prolific wildlife of Kenmare Bay on Ireland’s premier seal-watching and eco-nature boat trip. 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.

From there we travel to one of the largest seal colonies in Ireland with over 300 of these beautif ul creatures. Look out for secret castles and playful otters as well as a wealth of bird-life along the way. Seafari’s knowledgeable Captain and informative guides will show you the historical sites and explain how the ice age has shaped this beautiful bay.


White-tailed sea eagles have recently been re-introduced into Kerry and we are lucky enough to get regular sightings on board Seafari.  The birds are proving extremely popular with tourists, many of whom make the trip to Kerry specifically for a chance to view these magnificent birds on our Sea Safari around Kenmare Bay.


Observe Ireland’s largest and most spectacular seal colony close-up and see if you can spot Kathleen, a stunning seal with a red coat.  The rumour is that Kathleen is a selkie, a seal which was once human according to legend.

Fun and laughter

Sea Safari Seal WatchingHumour and fun are part of a Seafari cruise and whilst the boat is not often rocked by waves in the calm waters of the bay, it is frequently rocked by laughter. Seafari’s family-run cruise offers something for all ages with Sally the Seal and her friends taking part in the commentary.

Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits are offered on all cruises and for those feeling a nip in the air there is a medicinal shot of rum.

Cruise Features

  • Spectacular animal and bird life
  • 2 hour -10 mile cruise around river and islands
  • 5 minute walk from Kenmare town centre
  • Experience stunning Kerry scenery
  • Entrancing close-up views of seals
  • Complimentary sweets, lollipops, tea, coffee, cookies and a "tot of grog"
  • Free use of binoculars, charts and books
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Full toilet facilities
  • No seasickness guarantee
  • On board snacks and souvenir shop
  • Humorous, friendly and informative guides
  • Traditional music and song
  • Face painting, colouring pads and puppet show for kids
  • Full and half-day charters
  • Ideal for corporate events or parties.
  • Licenced, comfortable ship for up to 100 passengers

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