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Dolphinwatch

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Carrigaholt, Ireland
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About Dolphinwatch
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.
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Anna wrote a review Nov 2019
Dublin, Ireland6 contributions7 helpful votes
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 ,
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Susanne M, Owner at Dolphinwatch
Responded 6 Nov 2019
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!
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Vicki N wrote a review Oct 2019
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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.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Susanne M, Owner at Dolphinwatch
Responded 26 Oct 2019
Hi Vicki. Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Much appreciated! Greetings from Geoff and the crew.
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Acborg wrote a review Oct 2019
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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.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Susanne M, Owner at Dolphinwatch
Responded 10 Oct 2019
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.
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SabsK wrote a review Oct 2019
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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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Susanne M, Owner at Dolphinwatch
Responded 9 Oct 2019
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.
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JaneB wrote a review Sep 2019
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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
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Susanne M, Owner at Dolphinwatch
Responded 26 Sep 2019
Thank you so much for your great recommendation! Much appreciated. We hope to see you again.
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