Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to bring with me on my trip?
Here is a link to a handy checklist, that covers pretty much every thing you will need for your day trip with Bantry Bay Charters CHECKLIST
Do I need to wear a life jacket?
Children under 16yrs old MUST always wear a floatation device.
Adults are not required to wear them, but we do advise that you wear one.
We have PFD ( personnel floatation Devices ) which are foam waste coat type. They are light and comfortable to wear and can be used while swimming and/or around the pier and beach etc.
We have 16 IMO full Abandon ship, that are required by the Dept Of marine, these keep you afloat for at least 36 hrs ( if required) they are big and Bulky and only used if we need to leave the boat
We also supply Auto inflate life jackets. Inflatable Life Jackets have the advantage of being light to wear with ease of movement.
Ideal for yachting, sports/power boating, angling aviation and industrial use. An inflatable life jacket is designed to remain compact until full buoyancy is needed. The buoyancy is provided by activating the CO2 cylinder that inflates air tight chambers contained inside the lifejacket.
Are children welcome?
Yes, children are very welcome. We run trips of varying lengths and it is down to the parents to decide what style and length of trip would be suitable for their children.
Some charters are not suitable for younger children i.e The Offshore fishing trip is suitable for children 15yrs+
What if a member of our party gets sea sick?
Please note that the boat will not return to port until the allotted finish time, except in the case of bad weather or by agreement of all passengers. If you are unsure about how you will handle the sea, or if you suffer from motion sickness, we advise that you take motion sickness medication at least an hr before your trip begins.
What is the Maximum group size?
The boat is licensed for a maximum of 10 passengers and 3 crew, therefore no more than 10 passengers can be on board at any time. Should you have a larger group, we can make arrangements to accommodate you.
What is the Minimum group size?
Anyone can book on their own, although it is not viable for us to run an adventure with less than 6 people so smaller parties will be sharing with other parties or charged for private charter, whichever the preference.
How do I book?
You can book by phone, email or by messaging us here on our website. Contact us
What if I need to cancel my booking?
If you need to cancel your adventure please contact us by phone or email as soon as possible. We offer a full refund providing you let us know 48hrs in advance of your charter. Should you cancel after this time you will lose your deposit, but if you postpone, your deposit may be used as a credit towards another charter date.
Can all of our group go fishing on the boat?
You will all have a chance to fish, however, only up to 6 people can fish at one time to avoid too many people bringing fish onboard at one time.
What safety policies do you operate?
"Deep Star" is fully equipped with life jackets, a life raft (Life Raft Instructions), flares, thermal blankets, a first aid kit and a VHF radio. All crew are fully trained in sea survival, first aid and rescue and trips will only be run in safe conditions. Your safety is our utmost priority!
Can we tie up or anchor in sheltered waters?
If you would like to customise your full day charter, it will be possible to tie up or anchor in sheltered waters, where you can swim, snorkel, have lunch and so much more.
Can I bring my dog on a charter?
Dogs are very welcome, but only on private charters. We have a few doggie floatation jackets available on request.
Where will our Charter leave from?
You will leave from Glengarriff pier, unless otherwise arranged at the time of booking OR due to adverse wind conditions, where it will be more suitable to leave from Bantry Pier.
For more information see Terms and Conditions