Dolphin & Whale Watching Tours West Cork Ireland
The Boat: Voyager is a well-equipped, twin-engine catamaran, built specifically for whale and dolphin watching tours off West Cork and is licensed to carry 12 passengers and 2 crew by the Department of Transport (Marine). She is fast and stable and has all round excellent visibility, ideal for wildlife watching tours. With a toilet on board, and a spacious wheelhouse with seating, passenger comfort is assured. We also have a larger boat available which can take up to 50 passengers in great comfort which is ideal for the many corporate and private groups we take out.
Where: Voyager leaves BALTIMORE HARBOUR daily at 9.30am and 2.15pm. Baltimore Harbour is a 15 minute drive from the market town of Skibbereen. Always arrive 20 minutes before scheduled departure. Dress VERY warmly and bring any food or drink you may require during the tour including sunglasses and sunscreen. We do try and stop at North Harbour on Cape Clear Island for a refreshment break half way through the tour. Cape Clear is Ireland’s most southerly community. Voyager is a white catamaran with an orange roof.
Directions: Baltimore Harbour - approaching from the east or north go to the market town of Skibbereen and then take the signs for Baltimore along the R595. Baltimore is a 15 minute drive from Skibbereen if you don’t get caught behind any tractors! Drive through the village of Baltimore to the harbour. Parking available but allow plenty of time to find a parking space when arriving during the busy times of the day. A variety of food and drink is available in Baltimore. There is a convenience store which is open all hours. There is no bank in Baltimore. Banking facilities are available in Skibbereen. See also: Cork Ireland - how to get here. Please arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time; we have a safety briefing before departure.
When: During the early part of the season, starting in April, we run dolphin & whale watching tours in the morning and during the afternoon leaving Baltimore Harbour at 9.30am and 2.15pm respectively. During the high season, July and August we will run tours at 9.30am and 2.15pm but also schedule sunset tours leaving at 7pm and early morning sunrise tours are scheduled according to demand. Other times may be booked by arrangement. Corporate bookings, group bookings and children are all very welcome. All sailings are subject to the prevailing weather and tidal conditions. EARLY BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL DURING THE HIGH SEASON TO ENSURE YOU GET THE TIME AND DAY YOUR REQUIRE.
What to see: Minke, Fin and Humpback Whales, Common Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises may be seen at different times of the year. We also have regular sightings of Risso's Dolphins and Bottlenose Dolphins. More rarely do we see White Beaked Dolphins, Killer Whales and Atlantic White Sided Dolphins. Common and Grey Seals may be seen year round. In addition we see Turtles, Blue Sharks, Basking Sharks and the most unusual Sunfish at different times during the season. A variety of other marine birdlife is seen throughout the season - Gannets, Shags, Cormorants, Kittiwakes, Skuas, Shearwaters, Guillemots, Razorbills, Peregrine Falcons and various species of petrel are commonly sighted on our tours.
Prices: Our whale and dolphin watching tours take around 4 hours, sometimes a little longer as we do stop at North Harbour on Cape Clear Island for refreshments half way through the tour. The return part of the tour is along the beautiful West Cork coastline and around the islands viewing the castles, harbours and inlets that have changed little since the days of the old clan chiefs of O'Mahony and O'Driscoll.
€50 euro per person
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