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Whale Watch West Cork

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Address: Baltimore Harbour, Baltimore, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 86 120 0027
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Activities: Whale watching
Description: Responsible tourism award winner - Whale Watch West Cork runs responsible...
Responsible tourism award winner - Whale Watch West Cork runs responsible whale and dolphin watching tours led by zoologist and conservationist Dr Nic Slocum. All tours depart from Baltimore, Harbour, West Cork on board Voyager- daily between April and November (sea conditions permitting). Each tour takes you around the beautiful islands and headlands of West Cork,stopping at Cape Clear Island affording visitors an insight into the unique lifestyle of the islanders of Roaring Water Bay. Our overseas arm, Whales Worldwide, runs exclusive wildlife holidays to unique destinations including Baja, Maui, Patagonia and Sri Lanka to watch whales responsibly in their natural habitats. Each tour is personally guided by Nic Slocum with a maximum of ten like-minded guests per holiday. We are dedicated to providing each of our customers with a safe, comfortable and educational whale and dolphin watching experience. We seek to impart accurate knowledge on the marine mammals and other wildlife we encounter and on the wider issues of marine conservation through informed commentary with special emphasis on the current threats facing these unique animals and their fragile environment. We directly support conservation measures through education and research.
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Wonderful Day

Okay so we didn't see a lot of whales..one minke to be exact but we had such a wonderful day out it didn't matter too much. The one whale we saw appeared out of nowhere and for a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Okay so we didn't see a lot of whales..one minke to be exact but we had such a wonderful day out it didn't matter too much. The one whale we saw appeared out of nowhere and for a while afterwards we watched for her to reappear. We heard her and smelt her before we saw her again a couple more... More 

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Grand Haven, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Nic was a terrific host and informative & knowledgable guide on our whale watch excursion. We did see several porpoises and seals on our trip and a brief sighting of a minke whale! Having no guarantees of viewing anything, we considered ourselves quite fortunate. The visit to Cape Clear Island was also a highlight of the day and is where... More 

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Unfortunately we didn't see any whales but Nic's enthusiasm to find something was great. We enjoyed seeing the birds diving and as we went so far out into the Atlantic in search of the sealife, Nic decided to take us to the Fastnet Lighthouse. There we did see some seals and it was great to get so near to this... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We saw Minke whales! Nic Slocum is informative and animated, his passion for the animals is infectious. Nic initially gave us a boat safety talk and then informed us that sightings are not guaranteed, large feeding area, small number of animals. We saw about 25 whales at various distances, we were all 'spotting' and as soon as one was seen... More 

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WhaleWatchWestCork, Owner at Whale Watch West Cork, responded to this review

Hi DR Thank you so much for your inspiring words. To enable you to have the experience you had makes my job the absolute delight that it is. I am so pleased you enjoyed yourselves so much. Thank you again for mentioning our responsible viewing strategy. I am delighted to say that Whale Watch West Cork designed the definitive Code... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Unfortunately there was only one brief sighting of a Minke whale (which I missed!). However we did see seals, dolphins and porpoise. The lack of whale sightings was not because of a lack of trying on Nic's part, in fact we were out for almost 6 hours on a 4 hour tour, such was his determination to try and find... More 

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WhaleWatchWestCork, Owner at Whale Watch West Cork, responded to this review

Hi Ann C Wow. That was a quiet day wasn't it. Fleeting glimpses! I wish we understood more about the social behaviour of these enigmatic creatures. Perhaps it would take away some of the mystique if we did though! We are involved in work with colleagues in Switzerland, UK and here in Baltimore, West Cork to gain more understanding of... More 

Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

There are no words to describe the feeling you get when the whales come up close... We were lucky enough to meet a few curious whales who wanted to check out our boat, and we took some stunning pictures! Nic is a really knowledgeable guide who told us a lot about the different types of whales, and who did not... More 

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WhaleWatchWestCork, Owner at Whale Watch West Cork, responded to this review

Hi J Bombon I really appreciate you taking the time to review your experience with us. It was certainly a pleasure having you both on board and being able to show you the amazing whales off Baltimore and the Islands. It is a pure delight when we are floating, engines off and a curious animal circles the boat many times,... More 

Saint Marys, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Words can't describe an ecperience of touching grey whales and their babies--not because YOU want to but because they're coming up and demanding a good rub! San Ignacio Lagoon is pure magic! From the moment I contacted Nic Slocum to stepping foot on the beautiful shores of the quiet lagoon, the communication was fantastic and the flights and accommodations were... More 

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WhaleWatchWestCork, Owner at Whale Watch West Cork, responded to this review

Hi MaryEllen911 We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review of your experience on a Whale Watch West Cork / Whales Worldwide whale watching holiday. You enthusiasm and joy at seeing the Pacific gray whales at San Ignacio Lagoon makes my job the absolute delight that it is. The so called "friendlies", Pacific gray whales that will... More 

Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

To write a book on this would not fully explain the natural sights we saw. 3 adults - 'slightly older variety' ventured out on a bright sunny and slightly windy afternoon in May to see the fabulous south west coast. Nic our 'skipper and guide' gave us a warm welcome as we board his catamaran. We felt safe as he... More 

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WhaleWatchWestCork, Owner at Whale Watch West Cork, responded to this review

Hi April10102013 Thank you so much for your lovely words. We really appreciate you taking the time to post your review of your experience with Whale Watch West Cork. Most importantly, thank you very much for coming out with us and we are delighted that you so enjoyed the experience - you all so appreciated the beauty of Baltimore and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Awesome experience.....the knowledge of the captain, the views, minke whales, harbour whale, seals and good weather made for a perfect day!!! Highly recommend. ..

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WhaleWatchWestCork, Manager at Whale Watch West Cork, responded to this review

Hi Peggy S Thank you very much for taking the time to write your lovely review of your experience with Whale Watch West Cork. Your kind words make it all worth while. It was a huge pleasure having you all on board last Sunday. When you are next back in West Cork I hope we have the pleasure of taking... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We booked this trip a couple of weeks ahead via email, Nic was very helpful. The trip itself was just wonderful, scenery was beautiful, Nic was a lovely man clearly loves what he does and shares his knowledge. We must have seen a approx 100 dolphins, missed seeing a Minsk whale, but considering we were in the low season -... More 

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WhaleWatchWestCork, Manager at Whale Watch West Cork, responded to this review

Hi SunshineFamilyLondon Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of your experience with Whale watch West Cork in April. It was a real pleasure having you all on board and I am delighted you enjoyed yourselves - the dolphins really were magnificent that day. I hope we have the opportunity to take you out again... More 

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Additional Information about Whale Watch West Cork

Address: Address: Baltimore Harbour, Baltimore, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 86 120 0027
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Cork  >  Baltimore
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 2:00 pm  2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 2:00 pm  2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 2:00 pm  2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 2:00 pm  2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 2:00 pm  2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 2:00 pm  2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 2:00 pm  2:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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