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Cork Whale Watch

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  • Average1%
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“colin barnes”(54 reviews)
“common dolphins”(54 reviews)
“sea birds”(55 reviews)
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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
| Reen Pier, Union Hall, Ireland
+353 86 385 0568
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All reviewscolin barnescommon dolphinssea birdsminke whalesreen piersaw sealsmarine lifegrey sealsrecommend this tripexhilarating experiencean amazing triphis knowledgefive hourspollockopen seahour tripfantastic afternoon
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Reviewed yesterday

Passengers were instructed on boat safety. We were shown photos and told about the sea life we hoped to see. Colin was brilliant throughout this wonderful voyage. There were 16 people on board and plenty of room to move around the boat. A relaxed atmosphere...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This was definitely one of the best adventures you could possible take. we loved our whale-watching trip and Colin and his team did not disappoint! On our trip (4th September) we were lucky enough to see a humpback whale, several minke whales and so many...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Both myself and my husband loved our day out Whale Watching with Colin Barnes who is still so passionate and enthusiastic about sea life after all these years. He made sure that we got to see MInke and Fin Whales and of course we also...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Excellent day out looking for marine wildlife which we encountered minke and Finn whales as well as common dolphins shearwaters birds diving into for food.

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Thank paulp1012018
Reviewed 1 week ago

Colin & his assistant did their very best to find whales for us: we did have glimpses of them! & lots of dolphins doing their playful thing, along with the seals & some seabirds. A very good boat for this purpose - a nice wide...More

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Thank mandacuthbertson
Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing trip, such great knowledge and passion from Colin, we learnt a lot. His enthusiasm is terrific, he afforded us some great viewing of fin whales feeding and common dolphins bait ball feeding, 100s of birds diving and feeding, including Manx and shearwater

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Thank angela p
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing experience, we saw seals, dolphins, fin whales and loads of sea birds on this trip. Crew were friendly and knowledgeable. They aren't joking about the small toilet, but it works.I will be doing this again.

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Thank Extraordinary263646
Reviewed 1 week ago

After many unlucky attenpts to spot the whales in other countries, the Holly Jo succeeded. The captain and his wife are expert and tenacious whale chasers. We spotted loads of beautifully playful dolphins, seals, two minke whales and one humpback whale. The humpback and one...More

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Thank lridolfi1973
Reviewed 1 week ago

Can't describe the exhilaration at seeing ole humpy for the first time. Colin will find you a whale!This area and tour is so unspoilt, I'm hesitant to recommend it. I don't want it to get overrun.

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Thank JessicaMcfantastic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a great time. Colin was a great sport. The scenery was spectacular and seeing the seals first jump off the rocks then the schools of dolphins followed by the big minke whale was magical. Will be back whale watching with this company again

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12 July 2018|
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Response from rcrltd2018 | Reviewed this property |
For nearly 5 hours at sea with excellent scenery and wildlife I wouldn’t be questioning the price @ €50 each.
21 June 2018|
Response from PadraigWhooley | Property representative |
We don't
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