Cork Harbour Boat Hire - Cork Harbour Islands

Cork Harbour Boat Hire

Self-Drive Boat Hire

Cork Harbour Boat Hire allows you to explore the vast depths of Cork Harbour on a fantastic boating adventure. This is an ideal day out in Cork for groups of all ages and sizes, with the easy to drive boats making it very easy to navigate the waters with Cork Harbour Boat Hire. There is so much to explore in Cork Harbour, and this fantastic boat trip is an ideal way to take in the fresh sea air and see another side of Cork.

The waters of Cork Harbour are full of fascinating history and captivating sights. With a vast array of wildlife known to inhabit the region, you will have great fun trying to spot all the different birds and sea creatures. Take a trip around Spike Island, the old monastic settlement and prison which resides in the middle of Cork Harbour. Cork Harbour Boat Hire makes this wonderful adventure on the open seas straightforward and accessible for everyone.

With tours ranging from one hour to three- and four-hour adventure tours, there is something to suit groups of all ages. You will receive full training before setting out on the water, ensuring everyone can enjoy their trip around Cork Harbour safely.

Our tours are led by a fully qualified safety boat guide, who allows you to independently explore and discover Cork Harbour while showcasing the Harbours natural beauty.  From the water visit the Irish Naval base, cruise past Spike Island, spot the sights; St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh’s seaside Promenade, view the historic White Star line ticket office and original pier where the last Titanic passengers disembarked on its fatal voyage and more all while skippering your very own boat.

  • March to October – All days 10 am to 8 pm.


Self-Drive Boats (All days): 1hr - €49; 2hrs evening tour- €95
High-Speed Boats (per seat): 1hr - €25; 2hrs (with 1 stop) - €40; 3 hrs (with 2 stops) - €55

Add €5 per head for Cork City pick up & the same for the return

  • A great evening out with fab craic and stories of ghosts
    Amanda Barry, Co. Tipperary
  • A fabulously informative tour delivering in an interesting and entertaining way
    S. Stiles, Connecticut USA
  • Fantastic - 5 Stars! Somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. A guided tour around this with a guide and videos to enhance the experience, everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Titanic’s short stop in Cobh, lots of information that I had never known but I wouldn’t like to spoil it for others! Definitely worth a visit!
  • This hotel was amazing. I hugely enjoyed my stay. Each staff member that I encountered was very helpful, smiled, engaged with my daughter (3 years of age) and was very polite. The hotel was beautiful, the entrance was amazing so I would say perfect for an event. They had a gorgeous outdoor area too which you would actually think that you were in the country but you are literally ten minutes from the city center or mahon point shopping center. The room was lovely, very clean and spacious. The food was gorgeous.. myself and my boyfriend are both coeliacs and they had great choices on the menu. we both got burgers which were grilled chicken breasts. Tasted amazing! I cannot wait to go back!
    Family Visit - March 2016
  • “A Really Recommended Tour!” I must say it was one of the better tours I've been to, loads thanks to our tour-guide John, who was very knowledgeble and passionate about whiskey and really friendly who welcomed us in highly manner and made sure we had a great experience on "Behind The Scenes Tour"
    Visited April 2016
  • “Great Tour and Tasting” We had a great time here. Even got my wife enjoying the tasting and bottling her own special bottle. The staff is great and I would definitely recommend the tasting addition to the tour. Everyone gets some samples but the tasting ads a little something special. Some really cool items you can only buy there. Highly recommend for any whiskey fan or anyone old enough to enjoy a proper libation.
    Visited September 2015
  • I just had an unbelievable 2 days on the island with the guys from Spike island adventures. They're all mad but in the best way possible. Getting chased around the island by them for your lunch is definitely an experience not to be missed!
  • The people that run "Spike Island Adventure" are a great bunch. Cork County are very lucky to have another great facility for children & adults that is fun. I would recommend it to anyone as its great fun. Its suitable for all groups and Terry and the lads can be contacted to discuss any queries you have. I enjoyed the whole experience and its a great place to go but don't forget to bring a camera
    Visited July 2015
  • We recently visited Fota Island with our two children. We were greeted on arrival by a friendly member of staff and that set the tone for our weekend away. We found all the staff to be very courteous, helpful and made us feel at home. Diane in particular was great and genuinely friendly which made us feel welcome. Our children loved the pool and breakfast. We ate in the Spike Bar in the clubhouse just a short walk from the Hotel. The food was to a very high standard and again the staff were excellent and very family friendly. We loved the location of the hotel not too far from the city and near some lovely towns in East Cork. We visited the titanic experience in Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park, Ballymaloe and Ballycotton. Will be back again!
    Stayed in March 2015, travelled as a family.
  • I just wanted to say that I had a fabulous weekend on the sailing course.I was a complete beginner and I cannot believe how much progress I made in less than 48hrs.Peter was a fantastic instructor and Jo, your gastronomic delights made the task of galley-slave a real treat and we each tried (in vain) to take credit for your efforts.
    Deirdre Curran
  • Love it...The grandour of yesteryear beautifully presented and preserved
  • This is a totally wonderful experience and is a must for anyone who wants the real meaning and feeling of Christmas. The setting of Fota House and the wonderful warm welcome you receive from the moment you cross the door to enter until you leave is just outstanding.
  • My family just love it here. Beautiful all year round. A family favourite spot
  • We had an eggcellent day today at Fota House and Gardens at the Easter Egg Trail!. Thank you so much
  • Thanks so much for the wonderful experience today. All three of my kids had an amazing time. The history lesson was a fantastic added bonus. Will definitely visit Fota house again soon
  • Love it!! The sense of space for the animals is great can't wait till it's finished! A great day out and the kids love it and are so caught up with the animals and play areas they don't realise how much exercise they are getting too!! Trip to the park is the best nights sleep ever
    Audrey Collins