The Donegal Bay Waterbus is a 80 foot long 130 metric ton, welded, steel boat built in Killybegs, Co Donegal in 2006. It has toured around Donegal Bay since July 2006 and operates all year round up to Christmas Day and New Year, carrying approx. 35,000 passengers annually.
Sailing times are usually morning,afternoon or evening, but are dependant upon weather and the tides. Tickets can be obtained from the ticket office which is the white cottage-like building on Quay St. beside Dom’s Pier 1.
Tickets should be purchased no later than thirty minutes prior to advertised sailing times as boarding commences fifteen minutes before sailing time and we depart punctually on time.
There is a detailed live commentary on the history of the bay and on the wildlife of the surrounding area throughout the duration of the outward trip. On the return leg we have live entertainment comprising of music,song and craic! to give you an unforgetable experience aboard the Donegal Bay Waterbus.
The Boat itself is powered by a two caterpillar 225hp waterjet engines, which smoothly propels the Waterbus around Donegal Bay.
The Donegal Bay Waterbus is a purpose built, luxury passenger boat, capable of comfortably taking 165 passengers; seated on lower and open top decks on a sight seeing cruise they will remember for the rest of their lives. Fully equipped with state-of-the-art navigational and safety systems, ladies and gents, wheelchair accessible, toilets and of course full bar facilities, where you can partake of a selection of wines, spirits, beers, as you sit on top-deck in the Donegal sunshine, or on the comfortable cushioned seats below, sailing around Donegal Bay, letting life’s worries pass you by, and enjoying the odd sing-song. The trip is smooth, with most commenting on the fact that they wouldn’t even think they are on a boat at all.
Moored at Donegal Town’s pier, the brainchild of Donegal Town Enterprise Ltd, administrated and operated by six working directors, as a matter of pride, is a non-profit making organisation, as all profits are ploughed back into the community, either through infra-structural works or indeed to charitable causes. The fully trained crew went through a series of rigourous Dept of Marine programmes lasting several months, from Life Saving, CPR, Fire Safety, Radio and Sea Navigational Skills.
The tour lasts about 80 minutes and passes many local points of interest, including the Old Abbey and Seal Island (where a colony of about 200 seals live).