Shearwater Coastal Cruises

Shearwater is a luxury charter catamaran cruiser based at Pwllheli Marine, North Wales. We specialise in scenic coastal cruises of the Llyn Peninsula, visiting seal and seabird colonies of offshore islands, where we are regularly joined by our resident population of Bottlenose Dolphins. We undertake dolphin photo-ID work for the Seawatch Foundation and conduct Sea-Search projects with Marine Conservation Society volunteers.

Bookings for our morning (2.5hrs) and afternoon (4+hrs) are taken by the Pwllheli Tourist Information Centre. We also conduct private cruises (max.12 passengers) and dive charters.

Alan Gray, David Kennedy and Roy Gregory

Shearwater website

01758 740899

07815 717241

email

Anglesey Sea Zoo

The Anglesey Sea Zoo is Wales largest marine aquarium, nestling on the shores of the Menai Strait. With over 50 species, the Sea Zoo has re-created the habitats of the fauna and flora found around Anglesey and the North Wales coastline.

From the intricacy and complexity of the invertebrates in the Bone Free Zone, your tour takes you through a Shipwreck, a walkover the Shark Pool and then on to the wonders of the Open Ocean. Our underwater camera gives you a fish’s eye view of the Fish Forest looking out as well as members of your family looking in! We aim to provide an exciting yet educational visit, incorporating our conservation efforts to preserve our local marine environment.

Dr Dylan Evans

http://www.angleseyseazoo.co.uk/

01248 430411

email Anglesey Sea Zoo

Quest Charters

‘Endeavour’ is run and skippered by Scott Waterman, a BSAC Advanced Diver for the past 18 years, with over 1500 logged divers, >1400 of which were in the Irish Sea. Scott holds a commercial Yachtmaster Certificate and is a qualified RYA Instructor.

In addition to a passenger carrying license, the boat also holds a 60 mile work boat endorsement allowing it to carry out all types of commercial duties. In the past these have included everything from Ocean Science experiements for the University of Bangor, modelling photo shoots and dolphin surveys for Marine Awareness, North Wales. We normally leaves from St Georges Pier, Menai Bridge, which is less than 5 minutes from either bridge onto Anglesey.

Scott Waterman

http://www.questdiving.co.uk/

01248 716923

questcharters@aol.com

Waterline Boat Charter

Enjoy the stunningly scenery and wildlife of North Wales with Waterline boat charter. Our boat will give you unrivalled access to quiet, unvisited bays and inlets, isolated islands and white sandy beaches. On our wildlife and scenic trips we regularly see Dolphins and almost always Seals (especially when the Seals are hauled out at low tide to sun themselves).
Birdlife abounds from rare Choughs nesting in cracks on the cliffs, Peregrines bullying Guillemots and Razorbills, Puffins, Shags, Cormorants, Shearwater, Petrels and a host of other seabirds!  Nesting season is a cacophony of sound.
Waterlines operate and follow Wise boat operator guidelines. We use a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB). Our Tornado 6.5m deep-V hulled RIB has excellent sea handling characteristics and is great fun to experience!  We are licensed to take up to nine passengers.
Paul Turkentine, the skipper, is a keen naturalist and scuba diver. He has worked in conservation for many years, as a National Trust countryside warden, and is currently on contract to the Countryside Council for Wales with their marine monitoring team.  He is also the regional coordinator for Seasearch helping to record and survey the marine life around the coast of Britain.

Paul Turkentine

http://www.water-line.co.uk/

01286 882619

info@water-line.co.uk

Plas Menai National Watersports Centre

At Plas Menai you’ll find an unrivalled choice of watersports and mountain sport courses. Learn something new, go for qualifications or work in watersports – the opportunities are here at the National Watersports Centre.

You can try dinghy sailing, windsurfing, powerboating, canoe and kayaking, yacht sailing, climbing and mountain biking on our courses and adventure breaks. With over 23 years experience in teaching outdoor activities and coaching the national sailing squads, you’ll be in great hands.

Matt Beaumont, Mike Biggs, Keith Bailey, Jamie Johnson

http://www.plasmenai.co.uk/

01248 670964

info@plasmenai.co.uk

Menai Rib Ventures

We sail from Victoria Dock, Caernarfon to explore the stunning coastline of North Wales. Experience the tranquility of the Menai Straits, its stately homes, ferocious tides and whirlpools or travel seaward to Llanddwyn island, a rocky peninsula of outstanding beauty, surrounded by white sand beaches.

Our vessels are state of the art RIBs equipped with quiet but powerful 225hp engines capable of carrying up to ten people at 50mph, in comfort. Our trips last for one hour and lifejackets are provided. Also private skippered charter for family, fun or commercial reasons, and custom corporate events for whole or half days.

Phil Scott and Jamie Johnson

http://www.ribride.co.uk/

01286 674540

info@ribride.co.uk

Welsh Yachting Association

National governing body for sailing in Wales.

Ceri Yeomans, Ruth Iliffe and Ruth Sharratt

http://www.welshsailing.org/

01248 670738

admin@welshsailing.org

Mordaith Llyn Ltd

Marine wildlife watching around Bardsey Island and western Llyn in modern, fast and safe boats.

Also commercial and survey services.

Colin S. Evans

01758 760424

07971 769895

Sion Williams

Wildlife watching and fishing trips from Porth Colman, a small fishing cove on the north side of Penrhyn Llynn, North Wales.

Sion Williams

01758 730231

07817 312576

Starida Sea Services

Puffin Island pleasure cruises spotting seals, puffins, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, gannets, shearwaters, terns and dolphins.

Starida have 3 boats: 2 angling boats and one dedicated passenger vessel, all operating from Beaumaris.

All cruises with full commentary and all staff are WiSe accredited.

Jason Zalot, Stan Zalot, Sarah Zalot and Kevin Worthington

http://www.starida.co.uk/

01248 810251 / 01248 810251

jasonzalot03@aol.com

Four Reasons Charter Boat

Trips around Puffin Island / Conwy Bay / Great Ormes Head / Llandudno Bay.

Specialising in dolphin safaris in Conwy Bay, including seals on Puffin Island and nesting birds off the Great Ormes Head.

p.s. the only WiSe accredited boat in Conwy!

Tony Jones and Lee Jones

07780 972411

01492 593019

tj.rigging@btinternet.com

Seekat Charters

Sea life spotting trips off the north Anglesey coast, aboard a stable catamaran.

Many species: dolphins, seals, propoise and an abundance of seabirds.

Trips to Isle of Man – basking sharks often seen.

Jon Shaw

http://www.seekatcharters.co.uk/

01407 830040

info@seekatcharters.co.uk

Enlli Charter

Bardsey Island ferry service running between Pwllheli, Aberdaron and Bardsey Island.

Operation of sea safaris by R.I.B.

Tours of Tremadog Bay, Bardsey Island and St Georges Channel.

1hr, 2.5hrs, and 3.5hrs

Tony Bruce and Alwyn Povey

http://www.enllicharter.co.uk/

01766 522000

07836 293146

email

Dyfi Discoveries

We run boat trips covering bothe the history of Aberdyfi and the wildlife of Cardigan Bay. We use a custome-built 10m RIB with bench-type seating suitable for all ages from babies to the not-so-young!

Our trips explore the coastline and reefs between Aberystwyth and Tywyn, keeping a watchu for bottle-nose dolphins, harbour porpoise and Atlnatic grey seals. We also offer a gift shop selling unique fair-trade gifts, recycled crafts and local gifts.

Sandy Andrews

http://www.dyfidiscoveries.co.uk/

01654 767676

mailto:info@dyfidiscoveries.co.uk

CCW Marine Monitoring Team

The role of the Countryside Council for Wales’ Marine & Freshwater Sciences Group is to help achieve the conservation and sustainable management of the Welsh Coast, seas and fresh waters. We work closely with other colleagues in CCW to achieve this. Together we have a detailed knowledge of the habitats and species of its rivers, lakes, coast, estuaries and sea, and the environmental pressures on them.

Pedryn is our research vessel. A Delta-built RIB (Category 2 rated), her home port is Y Felinheli, near Bangor. She is equipped primarily for diving, but also used for bird, marine mammal, side-scan sonar and grab sampling surveys. Skippering duties are shared between Marine Monitoring Team staff and a regularly contracted skipper.

Thomas Stringell, Rohan Holt and Paul Turkentine

http://www.ccw.gov.uk/

01248 385500

Fish ‘n’ Trips

Fish ‘n’ Trips, Abersoch, has been established to operate within the WISE recommendation enabling visitors to have an unforgettable experience observing and recording the abundant and varied marine wildlife.The cruises operate in the sheltered and usually calm waters off Abersoch, around St Tudwal’s Islands . These waters have a Gulf Stream influence which supports the prolific marine life. The area is home to a colony of grey seals. The islands provide nesting sites and habitat for a variety of seabirds particularly during the summer months. The shoals of sand eels and mackerel encourage the larger marine mammals such as bottle-nosed dolphins and harbour porpoise.The skipper and crew have a wealth of experience in these waters and promote an informative and friendly atmosphere aboard their vessel Jenny II.

Phillip Brown, Miles Pickering

01758 712023

or

07739 557032

phill@phillbrown.wanadoo.co.uk or pickering911@btinternet.com

West Coast Ribs (Anglesey)

Wildlife / adventure boat trips on and around the Menai Straights, Anglesey.

Paul Pritchard

Telephone  07902 937384

www.westcoastribs.co.uk

paul425333@aol.com

 

Celtic Cruising

 

Celtic Cruising offers a range of themed or bespoke holidays under sail for up to eight people, exploring the dramatic landscapes, heritage and wildlife of North Wales. Occasionally we visit the Isle of Man, Ireland or the Inner Hebrides.

Using our 46 foot sailing yacht the Celtic Star as your base you can have a holiday of gentle relaxation or fun and adventure, it’s up to you. Optional outdoor activities include walking, climbing, cycling and canoeing. In addition our themed weeks offer wildlife, photography, exploring Welsh history or we can combine as many options as you can squeeze into your week with us.

Richard Haig

Telephone 01492 583956

www.celticcruising.co.uk

info@celticcruising.co.uk

 
Adventure Elements

Based on the Isle of Anglesey Adventure Elements offer a range of sea kayaking courses, trips and expeditions. On day tours around the island we often see seals, porpoise and dolphins. The stunning coastline of Anglesey is the perfect place to explore by kayak.

James Stevenson

www.adventureelements.com

07986 992254

info@adventureelements.com

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