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Review of Cork Sea Safari

Cork Sea Safari
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Owner description: We offer fun and informative Sea Safari tours of Cork harbour and its many attractions, combined with the unique opportunity to experience high adventure and pure exhilaration.
Reviewed 3 September 2013

If you local or visiting its a great way to see relax and see the harbour! My friends came down from London so what better way to start the day and show what cork has to offer than this boat ride, we all enjoyed the day.

1  Thank 607sarb
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Reviewed 22 September 2012

Great way to see Cork harbour! Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Boat lots of fun on the waves. Guide friendly & knowledgable. EXTREMELY cold, if you think you have enough layers, bring two more!!

4  Thank klaspa
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

The words you don't want to hear when you've booked a tour “Sorry we are going to have to cancel" spoken by Jason the guide on the day we booked out tour.....Friday the 13th! He spent 45 minutes valiantly trying to fix an engine problem. From his arrival at the dock 15 minutes before the tour was due to depart he explained the problem, and that if we could bear with him he would do his best to fix it. It wasn't to be, but through the entire process he kept us fully informed and when the time had finally come to break the news that he didn’t want to waste any more time he was fully apologetic and looked genuinely distraught at disappointing us. As we really didn’t want to leave Cork without taking this tour we asked that if the problem could be fixed would we be able to join the tour tomorrow. He asked us to call him, and he would let us know. True to his word later that day when we called, he said the problem had been resolved and joining the tour the next morning would be no problem. The reason I wanted to document this sorry tale is to give you an example of the safety, attention to detail and customer care that Cork Sea Safari Offer. Safety needs to be your priority on a trip like this and it was definitely the case here.
So fast forward 24 hours and we were back on the dock. Once again Jason arrived well in advance of the tours scheduled departure. Straight away he welcomed us and thanked us for coming back. Then we went down to the boat with the other groups of travellers going out with us for a quick safety demonstration, how to put on life jackets and the provision of high quality sailing jackets. Then we climbed aboard and off we went. Jason explained that you had to move slowly towards the mouth of the harbour due to speed limit on the water to protect rowers, this gives you plenty of time to check out the surroundings and places like Black Rock Observatory that you pass en route, but once you get past the point where the limit ends, let me tell you the boat really opens up.
Jason had explained that chances of seeing Dolphins on the trip were 50/50. It’s a big sea, and he can only know where they have been, not where they are. Over the next 3 hours we travelled 63 miles of some of the most beautiful coast line I have ever seen trying to track them down. On this occasion it wasn't to be. Please don't let this put you off. The Tour is more than worth it even if Dolphins had never been mentioned. Jason is really knowledgeable about the local area, and was more than happy to point out highlights, explain the history and even take you up close for more photo opportunities of local spots like Roaches Point Lighthouse. Perfect weather conditions and amazing visibility still can't show you Dolphins if they aren't there. Eventually after exhausting every possibility we headed back. When safely on dry land, Jason couldn’t have been more apologetic that we didn’t get to see Dolphins and even went so far as to offer us 50 percent discount if we want to take the trip again in the future. Do not hesitate to book with this fantastic, safety conscious organisation. 2 tips - park at the nearby city hall multi story, reasonable pricing and a 2 minute walk to the dock. Also have a coffee in the nearby Cafe Gusto right beside the dock, amazing coffee and the use of the bathroom, as there isn’t one on board. You'll see why when you see the boat :)

6  Thank Stevie R
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Reviewed 9 May 2012

We took the dolphin tour on the bank holiday weekend Sunday. Weather was fine, not too much sun, not very windy and luckily not raining.

At the beginning, Jason explained the chances of seeing dolphins are 50 50. The same information is available on the website before booking, so we understood the risk. Jason also offered to give us a chance to welcome a massive cruiser ship getting into Bobh harbour from the sea. It was beyond the three hours' tour and Jason offered it for free.

Everything needed to know was explained along the way to the entrance of the harbour, where the dolphins are supposed to be seen. It feels like very cold when the boat was traveling at some speed, but coats, hats and gloves were provided, so it wasn't too bad.

As soon as we arrived at the entrance of the harbour, we spotted some dolphins. We then spent one hour + going around / after them. It was hard to capture those beautiful creatures on camera, especially when the boat was moving, but it's the experience lasts longer, rather than photos. Jason also drove the boat very fast at some stage to create a wave for the dolphins to follow, which worked out very well.

We were then taken to Cobh harbour. The view there was absolutely amazing and you got to view it from the sea.

I chose not to stay in Cobh for the cruiser arrival and went back to Cork instead.

The trip was definitely beyond my expectation and I would undoubtedly recommend this to anyone who visits Cork.

4  Thank Lai W
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

Took the trip to kinsale from Lapps quay.
Firstly it was a fabulous day, sun shining calm seas and it coincided with cruise liner leaving cobh.
Skipper made the day, not once did we feel he was rushing to get us to kinsale, we followed the cruise liner for a while then out to roches point to see dolphins, then probably best thing I have ever seen, the dolphins escorted cruise liner past the lighthouse at roches point by leaping from water just in front of it. After a while we moved on to kinsale by following the coastline, stopping in various points where skipper explained locations. It was a fantastic day very exciting when we hit some rough patches

6  Thank Ray F
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