Puffin and Seals

Our skippers are your fast and fun guides to the history and wildlife around Puffin Island; history, islands, lighthouse, mine workings, nature, pier, seabirds, seals and shipwrecks.

Experience the coastline of the Strait and head out to sea at Puffin Island.

The island is a haven for wildlife with puffins (seasonal May-June) and a large seal colony.

A unique view of Beaumaris Castle and the town’s brightly coloured seafront houses will delight you. Then we head past an old seaplane factory and mine workings, out into the open sea, past old shipwrecks. We approach Puffin Island, or Ynys Seiriol, named after Saint Seiriol who founded a monastery opposite the island at Penmon Point. This uninhabited Island is home to the largest nesting cormorant population in the UK and, of course, the famous Puffins (seasonal visitors). You will watch the wildlife, see the massive colony of seals and experience a bird-spotting bonanza.

This trip departs from Menai Bridge, LL59 5DE and the experience is 1 and-a-half hours in duration. Please check in at the Bookings Office on arrival.

Puffin spotting mid May to July

Puffins spend most of their lives out at sea on the eastern coast of North America to the western coast of Europe. They are only on the island for a short breading season, May to mid August. Sometimes they arrive early and leave later. Please book a trip in June or early July for your best chance to spot these wonderful birds.

The Puffin population on Ynys Seiriol/Puffin Island is growing. We have been very lucky to spot many pairs nesting there in recent years. The 2019 season was exceptional to spot Puffins.

We are sorry that we cannot guarantee that you will see Puffins. The breading season may be short. The birds could be sitting on nests in their underground burrows or they maybe out to sea fishing.

We know there are more Puffins on the Skerries and in 2019 we saw 100’s of pairs on the water. This is a great summer trip and worth the open sea crossing from Holyhead to get to these amazing unique group of rocky islands.