Best of Puffin Island & Menai Strait

Available from April 2021

Departing from Beaumaris on-board our new 8.5m purpose-built catamaran Salacia you will enjoy the wildlife of Puffin Island and the scenery and architecture along the Menai Strait.  With all the comforts and facilities of our larger passenger boats and the exclusivity of carrying a maximum of 12 passengers you will have space to relax and unwind. Salacia is quicker than our larger vessels, with a cruising speed of around 17 knots and a sprint speed of up to 30 knots giving you more time at the sites of interest and meaning she is perfect for exploring the Menai Strait with its famous strong tidal flows..

Departing from Beaumaris this cruise will take the route of the Puffin Island cruise and the Menai Strait Cruise. With a maximum of 12 passengers on-board, there's plenty of space to relax and the increased cruising speed means that you will get more time at the points of interest while still experiencing both cruises in one rolled into 2 hours.


Puffin Island is a bird sanctuary and also home to a colony of Atlantic grey seals. Between April and July you can see the seabirds including Puffins, other species such as cormorant and shag are on the island all year round along with the seals who have their pups in the Autumn. The island is also steeped in history with the monastic ruins of St Seiriol and the old semaphore station to be seen, you will also pass the lighthouse at Penmon Point. The route along the Menai Strait with a spectacular backdrop of the Snowdonia mountain range will take in some fabulous architecture including of course the bridges and also plenty of wildlife of its own, including various wading birds, grey heron and little egret.


If the weather dictates and it's not possible to get to Puffin Island the route may run along the Menai Strait taking in not one, but two Medieval Castles and of course both of the spectacular bridges crossing the Strait.  Whatever the day brings your skipper will choose the best route, if you have a special request or preference you can always consider the option of a private charter.


This cruise lasts approximately 2 hours and is a set price per seat for all passengers aged 1 year and over, if you have small children or nervous sailors then you may be better choosing one of the 80-minute cruises instead.


As well as our scheduled 2 hour cruises, ‘Salacia’ is the perfect boat for private charters.  Hire the boat for an hour or two or even the whole day and cruise the whole of Anglesey’s coast weather permitting. With plenty of room for the family and friends and the freedom to choose your route a private charter is great treat for the family and friends. You can book private charters online or you can drop us an email so we can arrange your bespoke cruise.

 

Prices

2 Hour cruise Price
All seats (1yr and over) £ 29.95
Infant (under 1 year) Free

 

Private Charter up to 12 passengers   Price
1-hour Puffin Island £185 - £205
1-hour Menai Strait £185 - £205
2-hour cruise £320 - £350
4-hour (half day) £440 - £550
Full day £600 - £1100

Dogs free

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, well behaved dogs are welcome on our cruise boats.

Yes, there are toilet facilities on our boats.

Puffins nest on Puffin Island between approximately the beginning of April and the end of July, you will not see them outside of the nesting season. Between April and July, we see Puffins on most Puffin Island trips.

Very occasionally we are lucky enough to see dolphins on our cruises but most of the time we don’t see dolphins.

We only take bookings online or face to face at the ticket kiosk, we do not take bookings over the phone or by email. If you are looking to book for a large group or want a bespoke private charter, please drop us an email.

We strongly recommend that you wear suitable clothing and bring waterproofs. We will do our best to keep you as dry as possible but there may be sea spray (or rain, we are in Wales…) and most seating is not covered. The windier the weather the more spray there is and the wetter you may get.

There are no age restrictions on our boats, all ages are welcome. If you have mobility issues we recommend you read our access statement or get in touch before booking.

Unfortunately, none of our boats have full disabled access. We will always try and accommodate you if it is possible and of course safe, please read our access statement and drop us an email with your specific requirements, however we cannot accommodate electric or motorised wheelchairs on any of our boats.

Our trips normally start at the beginning of April and finish at the end of October, if we are running trips they will be available to check times and book online. If you are looking for a private charter out of season, drop us an email and we might be able to accommodate you.

All our cruises depart and return to the pier in Beaumaris, you do not get off the boat during the cruise.

Our boats will only go out if it is safe to do so. If we have to cancel because of the weather we will try and give you as much notice as possible and you will receive a full refund if you aren’t able to rebook for another day. Sometimes we are able to offer an alternative cruise in the Menai Strait if it is too rough around Puffin Island.

Cancellations by the Customer*



For scheduled cruises, customers who wish to cancel can receive a refund less a 10% fee, or a gift voucher for the full amount if the booking is cancelled more than 24 hours before the booked time. A cancellation fee of 100% applies for cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance, or in case of no-show.



For private charters, customers who wish to cancel can receive a refund less a 10% fee, or a gift voucher for the full amount if the booking is cancelled more than 48 hours before the booked time. For cancellations made 24 to 48 hours before the booked time a fee of 50% applies, for cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance, or in case of no-show a fee of 100% applies.



If you cancel and would prefer a gift voucher rather than a refund, please email us. Our system does not automatically issue refunds so there may be a delay in you receiving your cancellation confirmation and your refund confirmation.



You are advised to insure against and check whether your own personal insurance policy provides cover against cancellation.



*if you have booked a coach party using a separate booking form or a training course please refer to booking T&Cs and cancellation policy on that form.



Cancellation by Seacoast Safaris (for all bookings)



Seacoast safaris will endeavour to ensure that your trip/charter/course takes place in accordance with your booking. However, Seacoast Safaris reserves the rights to cancel without prior notice and at any time where we believe on reasonable grounds that cancellation is necessary due
to unsuitable conditions.



Where Seacoast Safaris cancels a trip/charter you will be offered the following options.




  1. A full refund, or

  2. an alternative trip/charter, with any differences in value refunded, or

  3. a gift voucher to the same value of the trip booked which will remain valid for 18 months.

All our vessels fully conform to the MCA codes and licensing and carry all the necessary safety equipment. All vessels carry appropriately sized lifejackets and life rafts for all passengers.



Due to the design of our vessels you are not required to wear a lifejacket during our cruises.

Lovely boat trip

Really enjoyed this boat ride today managed to see a puffin as it was very late season for them and also got to see a few seals which the little one loved seeing. Next time we are going to do the fishing boat.

Stacey B (TripAdvisor)
 

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