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Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle

Highlights
  • 4-hour dolphin and whale watching cruise from Dingle
  • Soak up the scenery on a cruise around Dingle Bay and the Blasket Islands
  • Snap photos of Slea Head, Europe’s westernmost point
Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle
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Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle
USD 70.17
Overview
Experience the thrill of observing whales and dolphins on this 4-hour cruise around Dingle Bay. Marvel over the startling coastal scenery as you drive along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, then hop aboard for a memorable cruise around the bay. Glide past Slea Head, the westernmost point of Europe, then cruise out to the Blasket Islands and look out for humpbacks whales, dolphins, seals, basking sharks and puffins.
What to Expect
The tour boat M.V. "Blasket Princess" departs from Ventry pier, Dingle, Co. Kerry every day at 13:00 hrs. weather and / or sea conditions permitting. Ventry pier - Ceann Trá - is 4 miles west of Dingle town on the Slea head drive, road R559 and on the Wild Atlantic Way. You can park in the village or 500 meters past the pier at the beach or on the pier.
The tour boat holds a maximum of 40 passengers, but usually less, and has 3 to 4 crew depending on the number of people expected for that day. This consists of the skipper, one crew, one wildlife guide for any questions and one spotter / marine biologist. The first part of the trip takes you out to Dingle Bay and on towards the Great Blasket island. The trip passes the seaward side of Dunbeg fort and on past Slea head and Couminole beach and Dunmore Head - the most westerly part of Ireland. We often see harbour porpoises on this part of the trip and sometimes common dolphins and Minke whales off Slea Head. We continue on to the Great Blasket island and moor off the island for a while with views of the old deserted village and the beautiful Trá Bán - White Strand. The skipper of the boat lived and fished from the Great Blasket island and he will give a brief description or answer any of your questions about this island outpost. The boat continues on to Carraig Fhada to view grey seals in the water or hauled out on the rocks. The Blasket Islands hold the biggest population of grey seals in Ireland.
The itinerary of the boat tour changes every day and like nature itself no two boat tours are the same and the skipper decides in real time where the best place to go is that day with the optimum chance to see wildlife taking into account the weather, sea conditions, sea swell etc and also taking into account passenger comfort and safety. The vessel is licenced by the Dept. of Transport for 44 passengers in total and has all the necessary life jackets, life rafts, safety and communication equipment and crew training.
The second part of the trip usually goes out to the mouth of Dingle Bay between the outer Blasket islands and Skellig Rock where some of the recent Star Wars - The Force Awakens was made. Depending on wildlife distribution and sea conditions the tour may go north past Sybil Head and The Dead Man ( island) or west beyond Tiaracht lighthouse - the most westerly lighthouse in Europe.
Puffins can be seen at Inishvickillaun between April and the end of July / beginning of August when they migrate back to the waters off Canada. At the start of the season April to May, when sea water temperatures are around 12 degrees Celsius, basking shark are plentiful in the area. They are the biggest fish in the North Atlantic and the second biggest in the world after the whale shark.
Of course the biggest highlight of the trip can be the appearance of killer whales or humpbacks but although we often see humpback whales on our trips we can never guarantee sightings.
Reviews (102)
1 - 5 of 90 reviews
Reviewed 5 September 2018
a trip to remember

If you want a WAW experience then these type of trips are for you , out in the open atlantic for 4 hours with a good running swell ,some will enjoy it more than others. We got to see a large tuna jump clear of...More

4  Thank Desmond D
Reviewed 24 August 2018
Fantastic day with the whales and doplins

It was a fantastic outing that we'd been looking forward to immensely. Our guides were knowledgeable and friendly, pointing out the marine life and points of interest on the way. We saw two types of dolphins, minke whales, seals, a wide variety of bird life...More

1  Thank searlad
Reviewed 6 August 2018
Whales and Dolphins everywhere!

Our Afternoon Eco Tour was simply incredible! Boarding at the dock could not have been easier. We headed off in a rainstorm with almost no visibility. The captain assured us that this would change and as we got near Great Blasket Island, the rain ended...More

4  Thank derl98
Reviewed 31 July 2018
Dozens of dolphins and plenty of puffins

We had a fabulous ride out past the Blasket Islands to where the dolphins welcomed us, literally by the dozens. They would breach five or six at a time, obviously having lots of fun playing with us. We saw the blow of a humpback in...More

Thank ngbngb
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile
Bucket List tour that ticked many boxes

Wow! Simply, wow! Quite possibly the best day trip I have ever experienced. Michelle has, for many years, longed to visit The Blasket Islands, so, having trawled the net for options I plumped for the all day tour option offered by Mick Sheeran at Eco...More

1  Thank Tony F
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Noopur J
26 June 2018|
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Response from Pittivomdorf | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, unfortunately not. We were there with a private bus company
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Jeff M
20 May 2018|
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Response from Pittivomdorf | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jeff, in our case, we got a guarantee that we would see the dolphin. Otherwise we would have gotten the money back. I assume that this is also the case in bad weather. But.... they also sail on waves.
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