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Welcome to Bantry Bay Boat Hire

For An Unforgettable West Cork Experience

Bantry Bay is an area of outstanding natural beauty and we are lucky to call it home.  Let us take you out on the bay to explore our stunning part of the Wild Atlantic Way from the water, and let your senses immerse you in the sounds, tastes and sights of West Cork from the sea.

Come explore the bay with us and choose from a trip on our Sea Safari, Guided Boat ToursKayak Tours or hire a Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board.  Take the family for a boat trip they'll never forget on our Guided Tours in self-drive boats, hire a boat and do a spot of Mackerel Fishing or let the kids off to enjoy our Kayak Camps while you enjoy a walk about Bantry town or spend time exploring the local market.

Being out on the water in Bantry Bay is one of the best things to do in West Cork and we can't wait to share it with you.


Bantry Bay Boat Hire

A unique West Cork experience

Explore the Wild Atlantic Way from the water

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Let the Adventure Begin

Join us for a unique experience by boat, kayak or stand up paddle board.  Watch out for the beautiful wildlife and birdlife that inhabit these shores - it's not uncommon to see dolphin and seals on our trips!


Take photographs from vantage points that are only accessible by water and appreciate the beauty and history of Bantry Bay, a West Cork gem.


Join us for a great day out in Bantry

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Sea Safari

Explore wider Bantry Bay and out around Whiddy Island.  Watch out for widlife, maybe spot dolphins and learn about local history. Min. age 10yrs.

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€50 per person

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Guided Boat Tours

Great fun exploring the inner harbour in our self-drive boats with some tours including local seafood and picnics. Take turns at being captain for the day!

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€65 per boat


Kayak at Sunset Tour

A magical experience and a must-do when in West Cork.  We will hopefully see wildlife and possibly see the wonder of bioluminescence on our trips.

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€45 per person

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Kayak Hire

Single or Double Kayaks available for hire by the hour.  If you would like to hire for longer, simply select the additional hours needed at booking.

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€15 per person


Guided Kayak Tours

Join one of our Kayak Tours with one of our experienced guides.  Day and Sunset Kayak Tours are available or arrange a Private Guided Kayak Tour.

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€40 per person


Kayak to Whiddy Island

Hire a kayak for time in Bantry Bay and end your trip on Whiddy Island where we will collect your kayak and you can get the ferry back to Bantry.


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€25 per person

What People Say

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Easy & Enjoyable

We did 2 hour kayaking and 1 hour boat hire. No stress. Covid ready. Felt safe - that they were ready to help us if needed. Aaron presented as calm, mature and experienced which had us all at ease.
Local knowledge and folklore a bonus. Equipment from kayak to paddle to wetsuit and life jacket all seemed perfect.

Great Guide & Relaxing Paddle

We had a fantastic evening and would highly recommend Bantry Bay Boat Hire. Aaron was a great guide. He brought us along the bay and gave us the really interesting history of Bantry Bay, Bantry House and Whiddy island.
He was able to bring us along a sheltered route to make for a very relaxing night time paddle.
He also has excellent cleaning procedures which should reassure anyone worried about COVID.

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Fantastic Sunset Kayaking

Fantastic sunset kayaking trip with Aaron! So much fun, lovely group and Aaron made sure everyone was safe, comfortable and enjoying it. Great local knowledge and history, dolphins, beautiful sunset and bioluminescence in the water when it got dark! Highly recommend.

Where To Find Us

We are located on The Railway Pier in Bantry, which is a short walk from the town centre, just past the Supervalu supermarket that you can see from Wolfe Tone Square.  Bantry is just over 1hrs drive from Cork city so we are the perfect choice for a day trip from Cork.

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