Dolphinwatch
Boat Tours • Dolphin & Whale Watching
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08:00 - 18:00
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08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 18:00
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08:00 - 18:00
Thursday
08:00 - 18:00
Friday
08:00 - 18:00
Saturday
08:00 - 18:00
Sunday
08:00 - 18:00
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Dolphin Watching & Wildlife Eco-Adventure Watch and learn about Ireland’s resident group of bottlenose dolphins on this guided boat trip into the Mouth of the Shannon. With approximately 200 individuals in this group, the dolphin encounter rate with Dolphinwatch is one of the best in the world. Every trip is different in this dynamic environment! You might meet a grey seal emerging from a cave, spot a herd of wild goats on a hillside, learn about the many species of nesting seabirds, and delight in the stunning cliffs and caves of the Loop Head Peninsula and the coast of North Kerry.
Carrigaholt, County Clare, Ireland
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Anna
Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
Sep 2019
went in sept and the weather was fab , so we picked an ideal day to see the dolphins , The views from the boat were amazing along the cliffs , Lots more to see , Seals , Mountain goats and lots more wildlife ,
Written 5 November 2019
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Thank you for your review! Glad you had such an enjoyable time. We hope to see you again on another adventure at the Mouth of the Shannon!
Written 6 November 2019
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Vicki N
2 contributions
Sep 2019
If you only take one trip for Dolphin watching in the Loophead area. This is the one to take. Geoff and Sue (along with Minnie and Mary Kate) are very knowledgeable and the trip is nothing short of spectacular from both a dolphin and geology standpoint. The views are indescribable. The knowledge of the lore, geology, and animal wildlife (including birds and fish) of the Loophead area is second to none. I HIGHLY recommend.
Written 25 October 2019
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Hi Vicki. Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Much appreciated! Greetings from Geoff and the crew.
Written 26 October 2019
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Acborg
1 contribution
Aug 2019
My wife and daughter came by for a holiday to Ireland in August. Out of all the wildlife and dolphin tours we have taken, this was by far the best one we've been to and was money well spent.

The captain was very knowledgeable about the rocky slopes, formations and all to do with the surroundings, while his staff was very experienced about dolphins and cetaceans in general and we learnt a lot from her.

We saw quite a few dolphins from a distance, passing in couples or with their calves and I had to be quite fast to take shots with my camera as they pop out of the surface and under again in an instant ! We saw a couple of seals too but we did not move too close to them so I had to take a few good zoomed shots. I would actually recommend bringing with you a binoculars or a good zoom lens as most of the time they will not be close to the boat.

So happy to see these mammals in the wild and not going to buy a ticket to see captive dolphins, etc... These intelligent beings belong to the ocean and not in a pool to perform tricks !

Thanks again Carrigaholt Dolphinwatch tours....it was a great experience.
Written 9 October 2019
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Thank you for your glowing review! We are always delighted when we hear from passengers who appreciate our approach. Every trip is different, and although you have to be quick when you try to capture dolphins and seals on film, dolphins are often right beside us or bow riding. Binoculars are always a good idea for wildlife spotting, and a zoom lens useful, although, sometimes photographers abandoned the zoom for a wide angle too! Many thanks again and we hope to see you another time.
Written 10 October 2019
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SabsK
1 contribution
Oct 2019 • Family
Sadly there where no dolphins on the dolphin tour. Of course its nature and normal but the kids had a pretty ruff time because the boat was shaking a lot and then we didn't even get to see any dolphins. Other companies do only charge money (and its a lot for a family of 4) when you really get to see dolphins.
Written 6 October 2019
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We certainly can understand your disappointment not to see dolphins. It rarely happens - our success rate is 98%. We also feel downhearted when we don't find them, but there is always that possibility when looking for wild animals. We always try to make our trips as fulfilling as possible, and we did see diving gannets, seal pups and some beautiful and dramatic coastal features - as it is a Dolphins & Nature Boat Trip. The children were allowed up to the flying bridge at the end for a special treat. The sea conditions, on the day of your trip, gave a slight swell with a little bit of choppy sea. I know that your children, especially one of them, was very unhappy with the movement of the boat. If you had told us when booking that your children were frightened of boat trips (after their experience during rough sea conditions on the Cliffs of Moher boat trip), we would not have recommended you do our trip that day. You said that the Scattery Island Tour office person told you that the sea conditions would be calm with us -- but, as you yourself said, you should have asked us, as we are the only ones who could have known. I don't know of any company that only charges if you see dolphins. It would not be financially viable for us to do refunds, as we are a small company with only a certain number of trips possible in the season, due to sea conditions on the west coast of Ireland. If you come back to this area, we would hope that you would try us again on a calm day, which would suit you better.
Written 9 October 2019
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JaneB
11 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
We went out with Dolphin watch last week. It was a brilliant trip, the crew were really friendly and knowledgeable. The trip was really interesting and we saw alot of different sea birds. In particular we had a great experience of seeing the dolphins up close without any feeling that they were stressed by our presence. Brilliant trip which I would highly recommend
Written 22 September 2019
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Thank you so much for your great recommendation! Much appreciated. We hope to see you again.
Written 26 September 2019
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Dermot H
Devizes, UK10 contributions
Sep 2019
A freindly crew greet you including the ships dog. After an nearly an hour you are worried there are no Dolphins to bee seen then the first one is seen and everyone gets excited. They leap out of the water young and old usually in pairs, come close to the boat you can nearly touch them an unforgettable experience. After following the dolphins there is even more to see close to the cliffs, grey seals even a baby. Fantastic rock formations, so close to the cliffs you are in awe.
Written 17 September 2019
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Anon
4 contributions
Sep 2019
Fantastic trip on a lovely day, with a small child. We followed a group of dolphins with calves in the Shannon estuary, as they swam around the boat, and had a nature tour on the way back. Amazing to see everything from this perspective - looking at cliffs etc. from the boat. The crew were knowledgeable and friendly, and Mary-Kate answered all of our questions - both adult and child questions. Minnie the dog was a highlight! Highly recommend this trip.
Written 9 September 2019
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katya b
15 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
We highly recommend this boat trip. The scenery is breathtaking and the guide was very knowledgable and she gave us loads of information about the rock formation of the cliffs etc. As well as lots of information about the resident dolphins in Shannon estuary. My 4 year old daughter was thrilled to see mother and calf pairs. We also saw two adult dolphins a female and a male hanging out with each other. We have been to dolphin shows and swimming programs both do not compare with the thrill and excitement of seeing them in the wild. In the wild it’s more like an adventure whereas at dolphin parks everything is robotic and you have to pay extra money for everything, it’s purely business.
They also have toys for the children to play with on the boat, an added bonus for my daughter who enjoyed playing with the other children. Well done to the team it’s was an amazing experience
Written 22 August 2019
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Thank you so much for your excellent recommendation. Hopefully, all "dolphin shows" and captive swimming experiences will be a thing of the past one day soon. Seeing in the wild is a rewarding experience, as you found out! Cheers!!
Written 28 August 2019
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Lindo1711
4 contributions
Aug 2019
Our host in Doonbeg recommended taking the tour with Dolphinwatch in Carrigaholt instead of the one departing from Killrush, because Dolphinwatch would more or less circle until they find Dolphins. We had bought the tickets in advance but since our car broke down and we had to be towed by the AA at Loophead Lighthouse, we never made it to the tour. Not only would Dolphinwatch phone us to check if something was wrong, they also offered a full refund after they heard what had happened to us. I would’ve never expected something that nice.
Written 15 August 2019
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Anita Mahony
Galway, Ireland3 contributions
Aug 2019
I heard about Dolphin Watch 3 years ago from some German visitors I had and since then it was my intention to do it. Nobody I asked in Ireland had ever heard about it.
I finally got the chance to go yesterday and it was fabulous. The girls on board were very knowledgable and full of interesting facts and when we did come across the dolphins the girls ensured that nobody monopolised the front of the boat where the dolphins like to swim. There were dolphins swimming there for appox half an hour of the 3 hour trip. We got very close to the cliffs also to see their geology. We also saw some feral goats up on the cliff edges and lots of birds. It was €35 for adults which I thought was an excellent price. My friend also loved it. I would definitely do it again.
Written 9 August 2019
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Thanks so much for the great review! And you are so right that for some reason very few people know that the largest group of bottlenose dolphins in Europe are right here at the Mouth of the Shannon...spread the word! And we appreciate you saying that our prices are reasonable. We think so too, but it is also what we need to keep our business going. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon again.
Written 10 August 2019
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