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Puffin Island Boat Trips & Adventure RIB rides

From our high speed adrenaline fuelled RIB Rides to leisurely sightseeing and wildlife cruises we cater for the whole family, so why not join us in ‘Exploring Wild Wales’.

Seacoast Safaris - boat trips and cruises to Puffin Island off Anglesey

Puffin Island & Menai Straits Pleasure Cruises

Puffin Island or Menai Straits cruises are a leisurely and relaxed 90 minutes aboard ‘Cerismar Two’. Here at Seacoast Safaris we believe in bringing people closer to the very best of Anglesey’s wildlife, viewing and experiencing these natural habitats from aboard a safe and stable platform we ensure the best wildlife encounters with minimal disturbance. ‘Cerismar Two’ is MCA licensed to carry 60 passengers, has all-round seating, a shelter canopy at the rear and a sun deck or splash zone at the front (depending on the great Welsh Weather….. ). Cruises are suitable for all ages and disabled access is possible, but please call us to discuss your access needs, you can even bring your dog. It’s a lifetime experience for less than a tenner.

Our boat, Cerismar Two, passing Penmon Point lighthouse
A guillemot, a regular bird seen on our Puffin Island boat trips

Puffin Island Cruise: Departing from Beaumaris heading towards the NE entrance of the Menai Straits we find Puffin Island, also known as Ynys Seiriol it’s the 9th largest island off the Welsh coast, once home the 6th century saint, St Seiriol, whose monastery is still visible on the island today. Puffin Island is now a bird sanctuary and home to many species of breeding seabirds. The main season is between April and July when you are likely to see common guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and of course puffins. We also find fulmar and eider duck breeding on the island and often spot the odd black guillemot in the area too. Other species such as cormorant and shags are on the island all year round as are our resident seals. You may even be lucky enough to encounter porpoise, sometimes even dolphin.

Menai Straits Cruise: Alternatively we head out in the opposite direction down towards Menai Bridge with breath-taking scenery and awesome architecture. Passing Victorian piers, and the lavish homes along ‘Millionaires Row’ we’ll head towards the iconic bridges of Thomas Telford and Robert Stephenson and further again to Plas Newydd stately home. You will pass under the bridges and through the infamous ‘Swillies’ where the shipwreck of HMS Conwy now rests under the surface passing the beautiful Islands of Tysilio and Ynys Gored Goch. Look out for Grey heron standing like statues along the banks while other wading birds such as oystercatchers and curlew explore the lower shores.

Our boat, the Cerismar Two, ready to take you on a pleasure cruise on the Menai Straits
A puffin, photographed from the Cerismar Two

It is best to reserve your seats, you don’t have to but we do fill up fast and don’t worry, if you do book a cruise we won’t take a deposit. Cruise Prices: Adult £9.95, Concession £8.95, Child £7.95, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £30.

Click on the Book Now link below to book online, or if you want to just check sailing times they’re here too.  Our Seacoast Safaris gift vouchers are the perfect choice for someone special who already has everything, they’re also available to buy online just follow the link below.  Alternatively give us a call on Tel: 07854 028 393.

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Adventure RIB tours

 

RIB Tickler is the choice for the more adventurous who want a faster pace, licensed to carry 11 passengers you’ll get out to the same places as the cruise boat, Puffin Island or Menai Straits, just a bit quicker with some high speeds turns and tricks along the way. RIB Tickler, new in 2014, sports a super charged 300hp outboard which really packs a punch. It may not sound like the greenest thing, but modern 4 stroke engine technology makes for quiet running with low emissions and we even turn the engine off when we’re up close to wildlife, only if it’s safe to do so of course!

Enjoying a RIB Tickler ride
RIB Tickler - perfect for an adventure activity day in North Wales

Power Hour is a one hour adventure ride, with the option to head out and around Puffin Island with an array of wildlife, birds and seals, past shipwrecks and Penmon lighthouse. Alternatively head down the Menai Straits past some stunning architecture into the Cadnant Estuary with plentiful wading birds and onto the infamous ‘Swillies’ where awesome whirlpools and tremendous currents rip. Destinations may vary depending on conditions, if you have a preference please get in touch and we’ll try our best. Power Hour is £20 per person.

If you’ve never done it before and would rather a little taster than the full Power Hour, then the Splash & Dash may be more up your street. A half hour blast on RIB Tickler around Beaumaris Bay, you won’t get as far as Puffin Island or the ‘Swillies’ but you will get a taste of the speed and twists and turns. Splash & Dash is £12 per person.

An exhilarating RIB ride on the Menai Straights, Anglesey
Treating the local wildlife with respect, we see seals, sometimes dolphins and a variety of birdlife

Follow the link below to book a RIB ride online. If you can’t find any available trips here or a time to suit then just give us a call there’s a good chance we can squeeze you in or even put on an extra trip. Seacoast Safari RIB Rides also make a perfect gift for that thrill seeking friend or family member who already has everything, these are available to buy online too.

RIB Tickler is not suitable for very young children or dogs, all passengers need to be able to hold on to handles and follow instructions, if in any doubt give us a call and we can talk you through it Tel: 07854 028 393.

Make a splash this summer - adventure RIB rides off Anglesey on the Menai Straits

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Safety first – while it is all about fun and fantastic wildlife encounters you just need to know that at Seacoast Safaris we are all maritime professionals with many years’ experience between us. We’ve always been ahead of the game with our safety policies and all our vessels are always up to spec with the maritime safety legislation requirements. The recent refurbishments to ‘Cerismar Two’ have made her the safest passengers vessel operating in this area and with new (2015) twin low emission engines, whilst not cheap, have reduced our diesel consumption by 25% since 2014 which only helps to improve our ‘green’ credentials too.

Our local, knowledgeable and qualified skippers will not only keep you safe during your trip but will also keep you informed and entertained with a live commentary. Amongst the crew we boast a marine biology graduate, published author, lifeboat men and most of us are SCUBA divers too.

Please get in touch if you have something special or bespoke in mind or simply can’t see a tour that suits, we do operate throughout the year, but out of the main season you’ll need to call to check availability.

Please follow the link to our parent company page for info on our vessels and commercial services: Beaumaris Marine Services Ltd.

FAQs

Well behaved dogs are welcome on Cerismar Two Cruises, but RIB Tickler is not suitable for dogs.

A: Puffins nest on the island typically between the beginning of April and end of July, maybe even into first week of August. Puffins are wild animals and we cannot guarantee you will see them even if you visit during the breeding season. There are approximately 50 breeding pairs of Puffins on the island.

A: Dolphins are found in the waters around Anglesey, while we do spot dolphins every so often we can’t really advise a good time to see them. Harbour porpoise are seen quite regularly on our cruises, but again we cannot predict or guarantee sightings of these or any other animals.

A: Cerismar Two Cruises are suitable for all ages. RIB Tickler is not suitable for very young children, please call us directly if you have children under 5 so we try and tailor a trip to suit your group.

A: Cerismar Two cruises are suitable for pregnant women, however it would be advisable to check the weather conditions as although we never sail if it is unsafe some days may be rougher than others.

It is not advisable to take a RIB trip if you are pregnant.

A: There is good access on the pier, it is mostly level with a ramp onto a floating pontoon (the ramp is steepest when the tide is out). Access from the pontoon to Cerismar Two deck is via three steps and assistance is always available, please call us to discuss your access requirements.

You must be able to sit astride a jockey seat, hold onto handrails and follow instructions to take a RIB trip.

A: The main season for Puffin Island cruises is between April and October, we try and sail daily from 11am but please check for specific times either on the online booking page or by phone before setting out. For cruise availability at other times please get in touch.

RIB tours operate all year round with daily sailings at peak times and a reduced schedule throughout the winter. Please check for specific times either on the online booking page or by phone before setting out.

A: Puffin Island is privately owned you are not allowed on the Island without special Permission.

A: Cerismar Two is licensed by the MCA to carry 60 passengers (and 2 crew). RIB Tickler is licensed to carry 11 passengers (and 1 crew).

A: Puffin Island Cruises and Menai Straits cruises last approximately 90 minutes.

The RIB tours are 30 minutes or 60 minutes you can specify when booking.

A: We will only operate if it is safe to do so. Often if conditions do not allow us get to Puffin Island there may still be an option to sail in the Menai Straits as it is more sheltered. In certain conditions you may get a little wet so please ask on the day. If you are making a special journey please make sure you call to check your sailing before setting out.

A: There is a toilet on the cruise boat ‘Cerimar Two’.

Photo Gallery

Want to view some more photos of our cruises and adventure RIB rides? (hint, click on the photos to zoom in)

Seal spotting at ten feet bank buoy - looking towards Puffin Island
A cormorant in flight - a regular sight off our Puffin Island boat trips
Britannia Bridge viewed from under Menai Bridge
A puffin, photographed on one of our Puffin Island pleasure boat trips
The Menai Bridge, designed by Thomas Telford, viewed from the ‘Swillies’
A seal swimming just off Puffin Island
Penmon Point lighthouse, between Anglesey and Puffin Island
A razorbill, another of the regular birds spotted from our Puffin Island cruises

Look out for the red kiosk right by Beaumaris pier!

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Nr Beaumaris Pier
Beaumaris, LL58 8BS
United Kingdom

07854 028 393

enquiries@seacoastsafaris.co.uk