Captain Ray


The Singing Sea Captain

Portrait of Captain Ray RossCaptain Raymond Ross operates the original Kenmare Bay sea safari.  His popular boat trips have been in operation for over 25 years and have a world-wide reputation.  The trip certainly fulfils Captain Ray’s aim to provide a high quality attraction that would allow people to experience the prolific wildlife and stunning scenery of Kenmare Bay.

Raymond’s passion for the sea was fed enthusiastically by his parents George and Bibi who encouraged his nautical exploits 100 per cent. With a professional life as a marine biologist studying shellfish, you could say that he is a very ‘fishy’ captain. Indeed there is not much that Captain Ross does not know about the marine wildlife of Kenmare Bay. His sensitive approach to the 300 or more seals resident in the Bay means that visitors to Seafari will experience extremely close-up views of these normally very shy animals. Awed visitors gaze in wonder as the seals dance to Captain Ross’s Irish whistle playing.

Ray at wheelNot only does his work take him to sea but in his spare time he takes to the water again whether it be scuba-diving or offshore yacht racing. In fact he travelled 25,000 miles on board the Cork yacht ‘Moonduster’, holder of the Round Ireland Race record, as part of their team.

Years of mountain rescue means that he has an extensive knowledge of the Caha and McGillicuddy Reeks mountain ranges which frame the bay and passengers aboard Seafari have the opportunity to learn how this dramatic scenery has taken shape through time.

Above all Captain Ross is renowned for his great sense of humour and visitors on board Seafari are guaranteed that whilst the boat is not often rocked by waves in these tranquil waters, it will be rocked by laughter.

Often described as a ‘larger-than-life’ character, Captain Ross is definitely part of the attraction of Seafari Cruises.

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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