We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Dolphinwatch

212 reviews
Carrigaholt, Ireland
More
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.
Closed Now
Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Certificate of Excellence
Travelers talk about

Dolphinwatch
Booking unavailable on TripAdvisor

Want other options you can book now?
Reviews (212)
Filter reviews
176 results
Traveler rating
168
8
0
0
0
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
Traveler rating
168
8
0
0
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviews sea birds shannon estuary their natural habitat excellent trip minke whale boat trip saw dolphins trip today recommend this trip beautiful coastline ticket office two hours an amazing experience interesting facts answer any questions spend an afternoon west clare
Selected filters
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 176 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The trip was great we saw dolphins as promised, but also I learned a lot from Mary Kate and the skipper! Wasn’t expecting to be so blown away by the scenery! We were out for a good amount of time, had plenty of room onboard,...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Michelleknry
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Is you love Dolphins or just being out on the water with fantastic views this is a must trip. The highly experienced staff were friendly, helpful, and accommodating. During our 2.5 hour trip we saw upwards of 8 dolphins up close. The onboard crew knew...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank richardbG5793LD
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the three hour boat trip on a beautiful sunny day. The crew have great respect for the Dolphins, who happily swan along beside the boat, fitted with silencers so as not to disturb them in their natural habitat. Exceptional views of the Cliffs...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Jackie186605
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have had an amazing experience on this boat. We have never seen dolphins that close before. It took a while before we saw the dolphins but Jeff and Mary Kate were determint and it was worthwile waiting! During our trip Jeff (captain) told us...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Inge K
Susanne M, Owner at Dolphinwatch, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

You are so welcome! And many thanks for taking the time to write this great review, too.

Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

I’ve never missed an opportunity to visit the Shannon dolphins with Dolphinwatch from Carrigaholt. I’ve taken the kids and been out 6 or 7 times and it never disappoints. I love that the kids get to experience the thrill of watching dolphins in their wild...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 78jennib
Reviewed September 7, 2018 via mobile

Today we saw four different groups of dolphins both bottlenosed and common! We saw amazing bird life. Mary Kate and our skipper gave us loads of information on what we were seeing. It was an awesome experience thoroughly recommend!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank maryv828
Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

I have travelled with Dolphinwatch 7 times now when holidaying with my family in Co. Clare/ loop head. This is one of the highlights of our trip every year, the crew are fantastic and highly knowledgeable about the Dolphins and other animals in the area,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Rob O
Susanne M, Owner at Dolphinwatch, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2018

WOW! Many thanks for that sterling review. We look forward to seeing you next year already, too. We really appreciate your enthusiasm. Again, thank you for taking the time to write this review. If I could give your family a review it would be five...More

Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

Amazing! We got super close to Dolphins in the wild. I have had the pleasure of seeing them in a few places but this has been the best experience so far. They came right next to the boat, we saw babies and hunting behaviours. Didn’t...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Loujhudson87
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

The crew are so lovely and really informative. The scenery is fantastic. We seen so many dolphins and they cake so close to the boat it was just brilliant: definitely recommend this. Great value for money. Tip: Bring snacks for the boat, there’s a cute...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank SimpleShell
Reviewed August 10, 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Stuart G
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
snookies608
May 2, 2019|
Answer
Response from Susanne M | Property representative |
Our times differ depending on sea conditions and tides. Generally though we aim to make our schedule between 11:00 am & 4:00 pm. If you book in advance, I will send you a text with our updated schedule the day before. Or... More
1
Vote
Mark6S59
April 6, 2019|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Susanne M | Property representative |
Hi Mark, The boat is 52 ft. and carries up to 50 passengers -it is stable and comfortable, most of the time. We are travelling on the water which means that there are times when the boat will be a bit on the bumpy side... More
1
Vote
Vicki B
March 4, 2019|
Answer
Response from maryv828 | Reviewed this property |
There is a crew dog on the boat but I am not certain other dogs are allowed
0
Votes