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“Definitely recommended.”

Murphy Sea Cruise - Private Tours
Reviewed June 6, 2013

I was planning a last minute trip to Kerry to go to Skellig Michael. When I called Murphy Sea Cruises they were fully booked out for the dates that I wanted to travel, however they took note of my contact number and as soon as there was a cancellation they called me.

It was a pleasure to travel to Skellig Michael with Murphy Sea Cruise, they were polite and friendly. Having had a terrible experience with a competitor of theirs who are based in Ballinskelligs, it is after times like that when you value good customer service.

Also, Murphy Sea Cruise is based in Portmagee, a vibrant fishing town where the pier is in close proximity with shops and cafes, and has stunning views of Valentia Island. There is plenty of opportunity to chat to locals and visitors alike, and to see what the fishermen have caught for the day. Murphy Sea Cruise were even kind enough to offer freshly caught Pollock on our return from Skellig Michael.

Skellig Michael is a MUST when travelling to Kerry. The island with it's monastic site and wildlife is simply amazing and something I highly recommend visiting. Departing from Portmagee has the added bonus of great views of the nearby cliffs and Puffin Island.

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Reviewed August 7, 2012

There are a dozen purveyors of trips to the Skelligs, but you'll feel confident about your boating safety if you choose Pat Joe Murphy, Captain of the beautiful Shelluna. Pat Joe has a yellow cottage office down the road and across the street from the Portmagee docks (picture included), but everyone in the area knows him to call for you to arrange your passage. He was recommended to me by Bridie and Jack O'Connor of the Beach Cove B&B, a wonderful place to stay if you plan to climb Skellig Michael or just enjoy a tremendous beach.

Check-in was at 9:45 AM for a 10:00 departure time, and Pat Joe was punctual. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, only a dozen or so people venture over per vessel. The trip over took almost an hour, and Pat Joe announced that we should meet him at the small cement launch area at 1:30 PM. That's about how long it took to climb up and down the very steep 700 ft. cliff to the beehive huts, with a short stop for a snack just below the last flight of "steps" that lead to the top. Three Irish government employees are on the island at any time in the summer season, and the one who was at the top to speak to us recounted some history of the ancient monestary before we had a short time to look around.

Wear polarized sunglasses, no matter what the weather, particularly if you wear contact lenses, as wind gusts will dry out your eyes and the sun on the water is otherwise a bit glaring if you're lucky enough to have a sunny day. There are no amenities on the island nor the boat, so bring a snack and use the facilities at the Bridge Bar across from the docks in Portmagee before your adventure.

On the trip back, Pat Joe stopped alongside LIttle Skellig, a bird and sea lion colony, so that we could take photos of the tremendous wildlife. The smooth ride, both there and back, was in large part enjoyed because of Pat Joe's skill at the helm. I would recommend this adventure for preteens and older. I had quite a memorable day!

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