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Cork Whale Watch

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| Reen Pier, Union Hall, Ireland
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great day! experience of a lifetime

went whale and dolphin watching with colin. Had a fantastic day. never knew we had this much... read more

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kkjwalsh
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Kilkenny, Ireland
Most memorable experience

The trip was the highlight of our holiday in Ireland. Very experienced skipper who does his utmost... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
marudi
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Aalst, Belgium
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Colin Barnes is Ireland's longest established and best known whale watch operator, and has been enthralling whale watchers and wildlife enthusiasts in West Cork since 2001. Cork Whale Watch offers wonderful opportunities to observe marine wildlife in West Cork. These productive coastal waters provide critical feeding habitat for a diversity of species including cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), seals and sea birds, along with prolific fish life.If you've seen natural history documentaries on whales from anywhere in Co. Cork or Waterford, the chances are it was filmed from the MV Holly Jo. Among Colin's contributions are: RTE's "Wild trials", "Wild Journeys", "Living the Wildlife" and in recent years Colin has worked with both BBC Autumnwatch and Winterwatch and BBC Seasons to film large whales off the Cork coast. As a former fisherman of 40 years experience observing whales in West Cork, Colin may not have letters after his name, but those that do, know who to contact if they need to find, film or carry out research on whales and dolphins along the Cork coast. Colin has contributed to and co-authored scientific publications on both fin and humpback whales in collaboration with Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), and contributes to the All-Ireland Cetacean Sighting Scheme, by reporting sightings data to IWDG. Colin is a rare breed of conservationist, who has evolved from the fishing industry, his passion and understanding of local marine ecosystems is second to none. Colin is available for longer filming and research charters year round.
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“holly jo” (101 reviews)
“common dolphins” (54 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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| Reen Pier, Union Hall, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

went whale and dolphin watching with colin. Had a fantastic day. never knew we had this much wildlife just a few miles out from our coastline in the atlantic ocean. to see a humpback whale so close, also a minke whale, and common dolphin is...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

The trip was the highlight of our holiday in Ireland. Very experienced skipper who does his utmost best to make this an unforgettable experience. Shares his knowledge with you and it is clear he has a deep love for whales (these gentle giants), dolphins, birds......More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I had a great day out on the Atlantic with Cork Whale watch. The weather was perfect and the whales, seals, dolphins and basking sharks were out in abundance.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We took our children on this trip and it was amazing! We saw so many dolphins and humpback whales it was so much better than I imagined! We were exceptionally lucky to see what we did and their knowledge, experience & enthusiasm was evident. Totally...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Incredible experience as a photographer thank you.Great service and wonderful handling of the boat .Managed to obtain very strong photographs for my forthcoming book on rewilding many thanks David Woodfall

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Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the best days ever. Colin was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He went above and beyond to ensure we saw as many whales and dolphins as possible.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Saw Loads of Marine and Bird life, Minke whales , Humpback whales , Common Dolphins, Gannets Seals. Brilliant.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

What a fantastic experience. We were lucky on the day to have nice sun, plenty of Minke, Seals, 100's of Dolphins, who play at the front of the boat / chase it like a dog chases a car! very knowledgeable on local wildlife, good craic...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We went as a group with Calvin Jones and Colin our Skipper really made a super team. On board we spotted seabirds, Whales,Dolphins and Basking Sharks .Out at sea for 3 hrs approx. It was my second time to travel on the Holly Joe. Take...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Colin and crew work hard to ensure you have the best possible experience, the know so much about the region and are happy to share their vast knowledge.

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Darren C
30 April 2017|
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Response from PadraigWhooley | Property representative |
We see Atlantic grey seals on every trip as we visit their haul out sites at either High Island or the Stag Rocks. We generally don't approach too close to them, especially durr=ing their pupping season which is however... More
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4muskateers
18 March 2017|
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Response from PadraigWhooley | Property representative |
Hi there....yes, suggestt you go to the FAQ section of our website and go to the bottom question....Where should I stay? All these options are within a 30 min. drive of Reen pier. The B&Bs in union Hall are as close as 5-10... More
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