Paddles up: A tranquil adventure awaits on Kenmare Bay

A sight that many of us see every day, but one that we don’t get out and explore enough… Kenmare Bay offers a picturesque escape into nature’s embrace, and what better way to explore its serene waters than through a delightful kayaking journey with Emerald Outdoors? This local gem has been crafting unique, accessible aquatic experiences for the last seven years that beckon adventurers of all ages, from sprightly youngsters to spirited seniors. They have received numerous accolades including ‘Tour Company of the Year 2024’ and ‘Best Watersports Company 2024’ in county Kerry.


For those who might be apprehensive about donning a wetsuit or getting soaked, fear not. Emerald Outdoors ensures that all participants remain comfortably dry, bypassing the need for wetsuits altogether. Their stable double kayaks are perfect for those seeking security and comfort on the water. With all equipment provided, all you need to bring is your sense of adventure and perhaps (hopefully) a good sun hat!

The tours themselves are designed to be as inclusive as possible. They are not physically demanding, which means that you don’t have to be an experienced kayaker to join in the fun. These outings are perfect for anyone looking to dip their toes into the world of kayaking without the worry of rigorous physical activity or ending up in the water. It’s about enjoying the journey, feeling the gentle tug of the current, and perhaps most importantly, embracing the calming rhythm of paddle strokes on water.

Emerald Outdoors’ guides are truly a highlight of the experience. More than just skilled paddlers, they are raconteurs who bring the landscape to life with fascinating stories and light-hearted jokes. As you glide through the Greenane islands and over clear waters, the guides share tales that range from local folklore to intriguing facts about the bay’s ecosystem. Their knowledge of marine biology not only educates but also inspires a deeper appreciation for the environment we are so lucky to inhabit.

One of the most enchanting aspects of the tours offered by Emerald Outdoors is the choice between day and night excursions. Experience the sun sparkling on the water by day, with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and wildlife sightings. As you paddle through the sunset and into the night, a different kind of magic settles over Kenmare Bay. Guided by the soft glow of the moon and stars, night tours offer a peaceful, almost mystical experience on the water. Add to that the possibility of experiencing natural bioluminescence that illuminates the water with every paddle stroke it becomes an opportunity to see the bay in a new light—quite literally—and to appreciate the calm that evening brings to the sea.

The benefits of kayaking extend beyond the visual and adventurous. It is a meditative exercise, perfect for those looking to find a moment of peace away from the stress of daily life. The rhythmic motion of paddling can be a therapeutic contrast to the often hectic pace we are accustomed to. Many find that a few hours on the water helps to clear the mind and rejuvenate the spirit.

Moreover, kayaking promotes gentle physical activity, enhancing flexibility and strength without the strain associated with more intense workouts. It’s an activity that encourages you to move at your own pace, in sync with the natural flow around you. The use of double kayaks means that teamwork is the word of the day; you can share the work and the experience with your partner as you navigate between the islands on a shared journey of discovery.

For the locals of West Cork and those visiting our lovely region, embarking on a kayak tour with Emerald Outdoors offers a unique way to connect with nature and experience the beauty of Kenmare Bay up close. It’s a chance to learn something new, to share laughs with fellow kayakers, and to create memories that will last a lifetime.

So, why not take a break from the usual and treat yourself to a kayaking adventure? It’s a gentle nudge towards something different, a step out of the ordinary into a world where the waters whisper stories of old and the horizon beckons with newfound adventures.

All in all, a kayaking trip with Emerald Outdoors isn’t just about seeing the bay; it’s about experiencing it in a way that is both engaging and serene. Grab a paddle and let the currents guide your next great adventure. Happy paddling, and see you on the bay!

Bookings available online at or you can contact them on 083 0317011.

WCP Staff

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