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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...more
It’s the start of any trip and the lady in the office is most welcoming and helpful (mind you this is Ireland and this village is the same every place I’ve seen polite friendly and helpful) .
They want you to see the dolphins the...More
We picked a beautiful day in August for the trip with lots of sun. Unfortunately the dolphins had been a bit shy for the last few days and we were told up front we may not see any - which we all accepted given this...More
A very enjoyable and well-organised tour of this stunning part of the Irish coast. The boat was very comfortable and staff were friendly and informative. We saw several beautiful dolphins on the excursion, and the tour along the cliffs and close-ups of the many caves...More
Susanne M, Owner at Dolphinwatch, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
We were traveling from Ennis to carrigaholt for a trip on Jeff Magee’s fab boat to spot a few dolphins. Came on an accident on the road back and were a bit late.
We phoned ahead and were told that the boat had left ,...More
We were blessed with very good weather on our trip which gave us excellent visibility. We saw two mothers with their calf’s and another pod of three to four dolphins. Some of them swam right up to and under the boat. Kids really loved this....More
This is probably about our tenth time on this trip and it is so different each time, it is really well worth doing. One of the best activities (if not the best) in Co. Clare. The knowledge of the crew, and the friendliness and helpfulness,...More
We loved!!! On the first 30-40 minutes I thought we will not see any dolphin.... but I was wrong, we did see easily 20-25 dolphins plus a little one, it's was a great experience. Great staff, friendly and helpful and we really feel safe on...More
We did this trip last week. Booked for 3pm . Had lunch in the Long Dock pub beforehand..really good spot for lunch before or after. The boat is smooth and clean, manned by a knowledgeable skipper, two really friendly ladies both of whom are qualified...More
Susanne M, Owner at Dolphinwatch, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for such a thoughtful, intelligent and appreciative review!
This was a nice way to spend an afternoon while on our family vacation to Ireland. The hosts, including guides Mary Kate and Debs, were very pleasant, accommodating and knowledgeable. The captain made great efforts to bring us to areas where we would be more...More
We were patient dolphin watchers and it paid off. The first part of our boat ride the dolphins were dispersed about. We took time to watch the birds and Geoff did some fishing to show us what they were eating (but unsuccessfully). Then we saw...More
I personally did not witness any of this type of behaviour and I remember that bins were provided on the boat but I suppose it would do no harm for the crew to remind people not to litter in the sea, possibly at the start of... More
I personally did not witness any of this type of behaviour and I remember that bins were provided on the boat but I suppose it would do no harm for the crew to remind people not to litter in the sea, possibly at the start of the journey when giving their safety information. I found the crew to be knowledgeable and engaged in the subject when talking about the sea, dolphins, birds and the area so I would be very surprised if they knowingly allowed people to litter
Response from Susanne M | Property representative |
You are the best judge of your child as to how much they will get out of the trip. 2 hours (or more and sometimes much more) can be a long time for the parent of a toddler exploring their sea legs and for other passengers... More
You are the best judge of your child as to how much they will get out of the trip. 2 hours (or more and sometimes much more) can be a long time for the parent of a toddler exploring their sea legs and for other passengers enduring unhappy little ones. Our on-board toy box helps keep everyone happy though! We have a few basic rules for children while on board for their safety and the comfort of other passengers, which are outlined at the beginning of the trip. We decide whether small children are allowed on board given the sea conditions and length of trip.
Response from Dolphinwatch C | Property representative |
The late Summer and Autumn is the best time for seeing whales in this area - Minke & Fin Whales. We do have a resident group of bottlenose dolphins, though, all year round - the largest group is Europe. There are... More
The late Summer and Autumn is the best time for seeing whales in this area - Minke & Fin Whales. We do have a resident group of bottlenose dolphins, though, all year round - the largest group is Europe. There are approximately 200 bottlenose dolphins in this group at the Mouth of the Shannon. Our boat trips are the best way to see them (April - October) but it is sometimes possible to see them from Loop Head (the walk around the point beyond the lighthouse - a Signature Point on the Wild Atlantic Way) with a pair of binoculars and a good deal of patience. Look for bird activity, as the dolphins feed in the same areas as the seabirds. Even if you don't meet a whale, you will certainly enjoy the wild and beautiful remoteness of the Loop Head Peninsula.