plenty of water activities for you to enjoy in Bantry Bay
Bantry Bay is a beautiful and world renowned bay right on our doorstep. Our waters are calm and pristine and you can walk to admire it’s beauty from the town. Enjoy many of the water activities on offer in Bantry Bay. Take a boat tour to learn about our history and mariculture, try a sailing course, hire a kayak, charter a fishing trip or simply take the ferry to Whiddy Island to relax in the stillness of the surrounding water.
Guided Tours, Self-Drive Boats, Kayaks & SUPs
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Bantry Bay with Bantry Bay Boat Hire and be part of the Wild Atlantic Way adventure!
Explore these beautiful waters on a Guided Tour or hire a Kayak, Self-Drive Powerboat or a Stand Up Paddle Board.
With birthday party packages, private tours, group packages, school tours and summer camps on offer, there are plenty of options to suit everyone. Get out on the water to experience Bantry Bay and the breath-taking Wild Atlantic from a different perspective!
Bantry Bay Charters
Bantry Bay Charters offers top quality marine adventures for groups, families, couples and individuals to enjoy! Join the “Deep Star” for serious Deep sea fishing, fun mackerel fishing, scenic and historical coastal cruises, or an alternative customised ‘Day on the Bay’.
Rod and tackle hire available. Departures from Bantry or Glengarriff piers and private charters are also available.
T: +353 (0) 83 089 6828
The Bantry Blueway
The Bantry Blueway offers a network of mapped trails for kayaking and boating in Bantry Bay.
With starting points at The Abbey beach or Bantry beach you can navigate your way along this marked waterway. Bring your own kayak or hire one locally.
W: The Bantry Blueway
T: +353 (0) 27 53277
Islands of Bantry Bay
Bantry Bay is home to to three beautiful islands that all offer something unique and are well worth exploring; Whiddy Island, Garnish Island and Bere Island.
These islands are three of the seven inhabited islands of the southwest coast and all are within easy reach of Bantry. Discover more about Island Hopping the West Cork Islands.
Fishing & Angling
Whether deep sea angling in Bantry Bay or tranquil freshwater fishing in Lough Bofinne, Bantry is a great choice for the fishing enthusiast.
Discover more about Fishing & Angling in Bantry Bay.
Bantry Bay Marina
Located within walking distance of the town, Bantry Bay Marina is a fantastic facility for marine leisure crafts, offering toilet facilities and charging points. Visit Bantry Bay Port Company to find out more about mooring rates and landing pontoons at Bantry Bay Marina.
Bantry Bay is also a regular host to Cruise Liner visitors both in Bantry Harbour and Glengarriff Harbour. Find out more about Cruise Tourism.
Bantry Sailing Club
Located just outside the town near the Abbey Beach, Bantry Sailing Club has been in operation since the late 19th Century and is a thriving club today.
It offers all levels of sailing courses, for beginners and competent sailors, summer camps and regularly hosts regattas in the summer months.
Bantry Rowing Club
Bantry Rowing Club is based at Reendonegan Lake just on the outskirts of town.
Meeting regularly for training, competitions or hosting regattas both on the lake and in Bantry Bay, it is a very popular local club and new members are always welcome.
W: Bantry Rowing Club
T: +353 (0) 27 50504
West Cork Sailing & Powerboat Centre - Adrigole
West Cork Sailing & Powerboat Centre is set in Adrigole Harbour off Bantry Bay with an amazing fleet of boats for all abilities and a purpose built centre.
Escape to the crystal clear sheltered waters of Bantry Bay, for professional yacht cruising and powerboat training or to simply hire a kayak or canoe.