Aquaholics are able to offer an extensive variety of diving and power boating trips aboard our new 9m RIB which is fully insured and licensed by the Marine Coastguard Agency as a commercial vessel and can carry up to 12 passengers and 2 crew.

We are based in Portstewart but with our new RIB we are able to offer destinations and pickups along whole North Coast of Ireland and Western Scotland. Popular dive and non -diving trips include Islay, Rathin Islay, Tory Island, Malin Head and Inistrahull Island.

Throughout this area we offer diving in unpolluted waters, excellent visibility and an abundance of marine life and wrecks. With our rocky coastline and islands we can also find shelter no matter what the weather is like.

Phil Cross, Richard Lafferty

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Telephone: 02870 832584 or Mobile 07968 164748

Fax: 028 70832584

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Operating out of Ballycastle Marina, the adventure begins here…

Join us on a fantastic voyage round the North Antrim, Giants Causeway and Rathlin coastlines plus the islands of Gigha and Sanda.

On the towering basalt and chalk cliffs at the West Light, be amazed by the thousands of guillemots and kittewakes while on the offshore stacks are razor bills, fulmars and puffins. There is also a colony of seals numbering over 100 at the Rue Light House on Rathlin – these are so curious that care has to be taken not to disturb them when they are surrounding the boat.

We also offer RYA Powerboat courses, and a fast transport service.

Alan Wilson, Robert Stirling

07962 309670

Triton Marine Charter Services

Triton Marine Charter Services offer a variety of water based activities which include sea angling, diving, marine wildlife cruises, and coastal tours. Trips include the use of our remotely operated underwater camera.

Based in Ardglass and operating in the Irish Sea, including the Isle of Man and Strangford Lough. Our vessel, Triton Explorer, a purpose built Interceptor 42, is fully licensed and insured to carry 12 passengers, operated by a fully qualified skipper and crew.

Jason Parker

02844 842865

Private Classic Yacht for Charter

Occasional non-commercial trips on a 1894 classic yacht, Glance, 53ft, in Strangford Lough and beyond. Home port is Quoile Yacht Club, Strangford.

Skipper is a biology/geography teacher. Racing in Lough, cruising NW France, Ireland and Scottish west coast.

Welcome aboard for contribution to running and maintenance costs.

You’re guaranteed good food, good wines, and a good craic!

Isabel Hood

02844 881539


Irish Sea Cruises

Irish Sea Cruises use highly qualified personnel. We take great pride in our boats and their maintenance.  We are equipped with “state of the art” technology and navigational aids.

Rhonda and Vince have a lifetime of experience at sea.  We have previously been involved in various Television documentaries, Film making and Radio broadcasts – our boat is an extremely stable platform capable of slow manoeuvring and quiet running. This also makes us the ideal vessel for wildlife watching along Strangford and Carlingford Loughs (plus visits to the whiskey distilleries!).

Vince & Rhonda Kearney

02844 832866

Ards Tourism

Ards Tourism offers boat tours of Strangford Lough as part of the Experience Ards programme. The programme includes walking, bus and themed tours to suit all ages and interests.

For further information, please contact Ards Tourism Information Centre, via:

Tel: 028 9182 6846


07979 511524



Team Peach Hoverquest

Corporate training and education.

Water and land based activities including waterbourne treasure hunts and tours.

David Hague

02842 788088

North Irish Diver Ltd

Based in Islandmagee we offer Sea Safaris & Scuba Diving Trips along the Antrim Coast to Rathlin & Islay Islands, the Scottish coast, Isle of Man, Strangford Lough, Co. Down coast & Belfast Lough.

Powered by ultra quiet out-board engines, this vessel is one of the quietest and most Eco Friendly RIB’s in Ireland. Fully insured and MCA certified. Skipper with over 30 year’s experience.

Safety Boat and Survey Vessel; Film and TV work; Private & Corporate RIB Charter; Bird & Whale Watching Trips/Surveys; Fast Passenger Transport; PADI Scuba Diving Courses.

Elaine Bell, Peter Steele and Peter Christian

028 9338 2246

07753 816069

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Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland)

Our aim is to protect, conserve and promote the natural environment and built heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.

Our vision is that we will have a healthy and well protected environment and heritage in Northern Ireland which contributes to the social and economic wellbeing of the whole community.

Mike Allen, Ronnie Snyder, Tim Mackie,Leslie Blair, Mags Bainbridge, Alan McChesney, Neil Armour,

Michael McNiell, Hugh Edwards, Jennifer Firth, Stephen Foster, Colin Armstrong

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Venture Diving

Venture Diving operates the 35’ motorboat “Mermaid” which is licensed by the MCA to carry 28 persons. Her skipper – Philip has over 30 years experience in and around the coast of Donaghadee and the Copeland Islands. He provides Bird and Seal watching trips, angling trips and landing on Big Copeland Island. Phillip is a keen bird watcher and member of the Copeland Bird Observatory. Groups large and small are most welcome. For further details please contact Philip.

Philip McNamara

Telephone 02891 883750 or 07815 669732


Causeway Lass – Deep Sea Fishing Portrush

I operate the ‘Causeway Lass’ from Portrush on the North Antrim coast. Portrush has been the 1st choice destination for sea anglers for generations. Fishing out of Portrush offers some of the best opportunities for good catches of Pollock, Cod and Conger as well as Spurdog, Ling, Mackerel, Tope, Smoothhound, Skate, Dogfish and Whiting. I specialise in fishing over Inshore Sand-Banks and offshore wrecks, using the most up to date 3D chart plotter technology to enhance the possibility of good catches.

In addition to fishing we also offer weekly 2 hour wildlife and sightseeing trips. An abundance of Gannets, Guillimots, Razorbill and in the summer months Puffin. The coast around Portrush also boasts an ideal habitat for both Grey and Common Seals as well as frequent visits by Dolphins, Minki Whales, Orca, Rissoe Dolphins and Porpoise. The Causeway Lass is an ideal platform for photography and filming projects and is available to charter on request.

Richard Connor

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Telephone 0771 211 5711


RNLI Lifeguards

Providing Lifeguard services and Beach safety information across Northern  and Southern Ireland.

Mike Grocott & Jess West


Foyle Paddlers and Canoe Club

Foyle Paddlers is a ‘Club Mark’ and ‘WiSe’ accredited canoe club. We offer recreational paddles on the majestic river Foyle and around the North Donegal coastline. We are based at the Prehen Boathouse, Victoria Road, Londonderry. We have a range of single and double sea kayaks and open canoes. Our coaches are trained to BCU standards in a range of Kayak and Canoe disciplines.

Paul Strawbridge

Telephone: 00353 876591982


Redbay Power Boating


RYA Recognised Training Centre, Redbay, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Rib training, power boating, powerboat training.Situated in the beautiful Glens of Antrim on the North Antrim Coast in the village of Cushendall we offer a full range of RYA training courses.

From the complete beginner to the advanced helmsman, we offer a full range of tailor made courses to suit your requirements.

Charles Stewart

Telephone: 02821 772343


Strangford Loch & Lecale Partnership

Strangford Lough and Lecale is a place of contrasts, from the exposed outer coast and the fast flowing “Narrows” entrance to the Lough to the calm expanses of the northern sandflats.

Anna Liesching

Telephone: 02842 728886


Tollymore National Outdoor Centre

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, situated on the edge of the Mournes, is Northern Ireland’s National Centre for Mountaineering and Canoeing Activities and is funded and managed by Sport Northern Ireland. Our aim is to provide an unrivalled service to customers regardless of their level of experience.

Mike McClure

Telephone:02890 383855


Portrush Sea Tours

Sightseeing Tours of the North Coast and Western Isles. Wildlife, History and Geological commentary.

Crawford Rawkin

Telephone: 02870 823304


Rathin Island Ferries Ltd

Ferry Operation in Rathin Sound operating 264 days a year.

James Mc Faul, John McCurdy, Douglas Cecil, Michael Cecil, Claran O Driscoll

Telephone: 02820 763939


D & P Marine

D & P Marine are based out of Ballycastle on the North Coast of County Antrim. We have access to some of the best boat fishing, diving and sea safari tours on the North Coast of Ireland including Rathlin Island and the West Coast of Scotland.

Davy Frayne, Paul Martin

Telephone: 07880 625102

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Rathlin Cottages

Rathlin cottages offer bespoke sightseeing tours of the North Coast and Rathlin island on their boat Alhamdulillah. Birdwatching trips can be organised to the basalt and chalk cliffs at the west lighthouse. History buffs can be transported to the days of “Braveheart” with a trip to the cave occupied by Robert the Bruce. Historical commentary  is also available. Guests can be collected at Rathlin or Ballycastle when it is possible to arrive on Rathlin via the huge colony of seals at the Rue lighthouse.

Alan Curry

Telephone: 07565 871319


Bann Boat Hire

Bann Boat Hire is based on the River Bann consisting of 6 open style fishing boats. The package is complete and includes 6hp outboard motors, fuel is provided, canopy cover for showers, life jackets and safety equipment supplied. Tuition is provided prior to departure giving the skipper and crew an opportunity to discover the rivers beauty and fantastic wildlife, never mind the historical sights along the river. 2hrs £30.00, 4hrs £50.00 and 8hrs £80.00. A wonderful day full of fun and adventure for all the family so why not bring along a picnic and make a day of it.

Tony Hodges

Telephone: 07752 676051

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Carrickfergus Marina – Harbour

Assistant Harbour Master

All Types of vessel

Belfast Lough

Seal Monitoring at Carrickfergus

Dave Comer, Nigel Thompson, Ryan Hack

Telephone: 07950 455594

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SurfSUPNI provide the most unique welcome to the pictureesque village of Portballintrae on the Causeway Coast. Apart from the stunning views, the safest place on the North Coast to Stand up Paddleboard and a beautiful bay full of coastal fauna and flora, this is the premiere SUP school in Northern Ireland. Join our ISA and WiSe Accredited Coaches and guides and crack paddle-boarding in 1 lesson whilst meandering this safe harbour. Get up close exploring our marine biodirversity and hear amazing tales of rich and unrivalled coastal heritage – What are you waiting for?
John Bustard

Telephone: 07796 614844

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