Menai Strait, Bridges & Swillies

Architecture, Scenery, History & Wildlife

The Menai Strait is a fascinating and spectacular stretch of water, steeped in history with beautiful scenery and wildlife. Seacoast Safaris is the only boat operator on Anglesey with passenger vessels licensed to go through the ‘Swillies’ and under both the bridges where you will get a unique perspective of these architectural masterpieces. The relative shelter of the Menai Strait offers a relaxed setting with an interesting commentary from your skipper and guide.

Heading in a South West direction from Beaumaris along the Menai Strait with breath-taking scenery and awesome architecture. We pass Victorian piers, and the lavish homes along ‘Millionaires Row’ under the iconic bridges of Thomas Telford and Robert Stephenson and further again towards the Plas Newydd stately home. Between the two bridges is the infamous stretch of water known as ‘The Swillies’ where the shipwreck of HMS Conwy now rests under the surface. In The Swillies we’ll see the beautiful islands of Tysilio and Ynys Gored Goch on the way. Look out for grey heron standing like statues along the banks while other wading birds such as oystercatchers, redshank and curlew explore the lower shores. We are the only operator on Anglesey to offer cruise boat trips under the bridges.

Our most popular cruise to take in this amazing stretch of water is ‘The Best of Puffin Island & Menai Strait’ where you get two cruises rolled into a relaxing 2 hours. Combining all the very best of Puffin Island with plentiful wildlife and the Menai Straits with spectacular views, the best of both cruises take place on Supanova or Salacia.

Deluxe Cruises

Our Deluxe Cruirses on-board Supanova or Salacia provide each passenger with extra space, extra speed and a more face to face experience with your skipper/guide. With limited numbers on-board there’s plenty of space for that more exclusive feel.

Deluxe Menai Strait Cruise
Duration 65-minutes; Max Passengers 22
Adults (16+) £24.95
Children (11 - 16) £20.95
Children (4 - 10) £18.95
Young child (0 - 3) Free

* Dogs free

You can also enjoy the Meani Strait as part of the Best of Puffin Island & Menai Strait Cruise, two cruises rolled into two hours.

Our larger Cruise boat Neptune Explorer also sails this route on occasion and cruises last around 80-minutes. Neptune Explorer normally only sails this route as an alternative to Puffin Island when conditions at the island are unfavourable or when large parties book ahead, all availability will be on our booking page.

Menai Strait Cruise
Duration 80-minutes; Capacity 54 passengers
Adults (16+) £18.95
Child (11-16) £13.95
Child (4-10) £11.95
Young child (0 - 3) Free

* Dogs free

Important Information for all Cruises

Our Cruises are suitable for all ages, there’s a toilet on-board each boat, you can even bring your dog with you. If you have special access requirements we have prepared an access statement. Please note we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on Salacia or Supanova, it may be possible to accommodate wheelchairs on Neptune Explorer but please read our access statement and contact us before booking.

Our Cruises depart from Beaumaris Pier (postcode LL58 8BS) unless otherwise stated. You must check in at our ticket kiosk 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time. Please note TRIPS WILL NOT BE DELAYED FOR LATE ARRIVALS.

It is always best to book, we fill up fast especially in the holidays. Please book online, or if you want to just check sailing times you can see them on our booking page too. You can book online up to 1 hour before departure. We don't take bookings over the phone or by email, but if we have any availability left you can book at our ticket kiosk by Beaumaris Pier.

Frequently Asked Questions

Well behaved dogs are welcome on-board, however, there is no specific space allocated for them. Dogs will be required to sit by your feet or on your lap (not on the seats) so it may not be suitable for particularly large breeds. Please be considerate to other passengers when bringing your dogs and consider access especially along the council operated ramp as the surface is small open squares and not paw friendly.

We normally see puffins on our Puffin Island boat trips between early April and mid-July. These dates are just a guide and could be earlier or later, but once the puffins have finished breeding we will not see any puffins on any of our boat trips.

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

You will need to check in at our ticket kiosk 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time. All the details are on your booking confirmation email. For information about parking and directions to our ticket kiosk have a look at our plan your visit page.

Please look at the booking page for all scheduled trip times.

We advise customers to book online, you can also book in person at the ticket kiosk if we have any seats remaining, but please note 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 and we can advise you how to go about booking.

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.

Please note we don’t normally cancel trips if it’s raining so check the forecast and bring appropriate clothing (jacket and waterproof trousers are best in the rain).

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.

Yes, there are toilet facilities on our boats.

Our trips run daily between early Spring and mid-Autumn, we usually announce the first day of the season on our socials, and all scheduled trips are available to book online. If it’s out of season and you’re looking for a trip or private charter then please feel free to email and we might be able to arrange something for you.

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

Our boat trips will only go ahead if it safe to do so. If Seacoast Safaris 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.

Please note the wind strength and direction are the main factors we take into consideration if we have to cancel, we do not normally cancel if it’s forecast rain, if you are concerned about taking a trip in the rain please keep an eye on the weather forecast as you are able to cancel or move your booking up to 24 hours before departure (see cancellation policy).

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. Please note we do not normally cancel due to rain.

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.

We will only ever sail if the conditions are safe, however trips to Puffin Island are sea cruises and sometimes the sea state around the island can be rougher than within the Menai Strait. If you are a nervous sailor please bear this in mind and maybe consider booking a Menai Strait Cruise.

Great fun

Went on Rib Ride to puffin island, great day out really good fun, we all enjoyed it, 5 adults and a 9 year old. Had a bit of everything, spectacular scenery, bit of speed, some donuts, then porpoises and seals, what more can you ask for?

Nigel B (TripAdvisor)

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