Castlehaven Bay Night Kayaking Tour 

  • Fully guided tour by qualified and experienced instructors.
  • No Wetsuits required. We suggest comfortable clothes like fleeces/hoodies/tracksuit pants. We will supply splash jackets and splash pants to go over your clothes.
  • Slow-paced, gentle kayaking- suitable for all fitness levels.
  • Moments of mindfullness to appreciate the serenity of the area. 
  • Escape from everyday life and unwind in a beautiful area surrounded by nature.
  • On clear nights, the guides will point out many celestial objects such as stars, planets, satelites, constellations and more. 
  • With the right weather conditions, enjoy the bioluminescent plankton in the water below your kayak. 
  • Learn about the history of the locality, battles fought, piracy and myths and legends.

This trip provides a unique experience of being on the water from dusk into darkness. There is always something to make you gasp on this trip, the sparkle of bioluminescence, the sounds of seabirds coming in to roost, the sunset, the rising moon, the aromas of honeysuckle and gorse on the breeze, the panoply of stars overhead, and the deep, dark peace and serenity of night. It is a trip which feeds body and soul.

Castlehaven Bay is an exceptional location for our night kayaking tour.
It is a scenic, sheltered bay with an inner lagoon called Rineen, which is perfect for protected and gentle paddling.
During the months when we expect to see bioluminescence in the water, April to October, it can be seen equally well in Castlehaven Bay, as in Lough Hyne.

  • Time: starts one hour before darkness – duration: 2.5 hours
  • Ability level: beginner +
  • Minimum age: 16+  
  • Availability: nightly. Advance booking necessary online or by phone.
  • Location: We run this tour from Castlehaven Bay in West Cork, 1.5 hours driving time west of Cork city.  

Directions to Reen Pier from Union Hall:

Go to the Catholic Church in Union Hall and follow the sign for Reen Pier (2miles). About 200m before Pier turn right at the Atlantic Sea Kayaking sign and go to the end of the sand spit where we will meet you.

Coordinates 51 31 57.8”N 9 10’03.0”W



  • Soft soled shoes

  • Comfortable outdoor clothing such as a fleece/tracksuit or shorts.
  • We supply Splashproof gear to go over your clothes. The weather can vary from day to day so it is best to be prepared for all conditions.
  • A warm hat/ scarf if it is cold.

  • A change of clothes incase you get a little wet.

  • A bottle of water.



All necessary safety and kayaking equipment provided

This is experience is best enjoyed with no technology as screens intefer with your nightvision. To respect the privacy of our clients we ask people not to take recording equipment out on the kayaks please.

We have a no alcohol/drug policy for the safety and enjoyment of all, this includes prior consumption.

Toilet Facilities: Please note that the last toilet facilities are in Union Hall. There are portaloos at the location.

Looking forward to seeing you on the water!

Cancellation Policy:

If you need to cancel your trip,

  • We operate a 3 day cancellation policy.

  • Please be sure to let us know at least 3 days in advance via email (or by phone during office hours). If you choose to reschedule your trip, you will receive a voucher code to enable you to do this. Alternatively you can choose a full refund.

  • Without 3 days notice and in the event of you not showing up, you will be liable to pay the full amount and no refund will be possible.

  • For group bookings we require at least 7 days notice of cancellation via email.

 If we need to cancel your trip,

  • It will usually be because of high winds / unsafe weather forecast.

  • We will not cancel the trip solely because of rain, but occasionally we have to cancel because of rain and strong winds.

  • As forecasts are very changeable, we usually make our final decision to cancel the day before the trip.

  • We reserve the right to cancel trips at short notice for safety reasons. This could be due to a sudden change in weather conditions.

  • You will receive an email and text informing you of the cancellation to the contact details you supplied at the time of booking.

  • Following a trip cancellation by us, you will receive a voucher code to reschedule your booking, or you may choose a full refund.

Join the waitlist if your preferred tour and date is full. The Atlantic Sea Kayaking Team will reach out to you if space becomes available. 

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