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Great Blasket Islands - Boat Trips & Island Landings

Dingle, Ireland
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35 minute Fast ferry from Dingle marina to the Island - Island Cafe and lodgings - Speed boat * Adventure tours -1.5 hour trip in fast comfortable boat with cabin - Abundant nature Glimpse Fungie and the wonderful marine life surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the Dingle peninsula coastline.
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Curlybob2010 wrote a review Aug 2021
16 contributions5 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our trip to the Blasket s. We were on the sight seeing trip with a 2.5 hr landing at the island. The boat trip was pretty wild given the weather but we felt safe in the hands of Billy and his crew. They made every effort to show us the amazing cliffs and caves en route. We made the mistake of getting wet on the boat from the spray (you need to be well covered if you’re outside) so it was hard to dry off on the island as the day was damp enough and there is no shelter on the island but that was our fault not being prepared. The OPW tour with Thomas was excellent .. not to be missed and the beach is amazing. The seals are fascinating as they observe all the visitors. Be sure to wear good footwear as the climbs up from the slipway are tricky and be sure to bring plenty of rain gear to stay warm as the island has its own weather. Fabulous place full of history and worth a visit. May not be suitable for small children given the steep drops but maybe with close supervision! I’d recommend the boat trip on Peig Sayers. Well worth it.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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0Ave2013 wrote a review Jun 2021
Dublin, Ireland92 contributions79 helpful votes
Excellent experience! A beautiful day and great conditions allowed us have a speed boat ride out with pauses to watch dolphins and enjoy the stunning scenery. Upon arrival on the Blasket Islands, Check out the OPW cottage for the free tour, shout out to Tommy our fantastic guide. We enjoyed a long walk and a picnic, cafe and bathrooms are closed
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Date of experience: May 2021
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AH2015AH wrote a review Jun 2021
Waterford, Ireland7 contributions
We did the 2.5-hour boat tour and it was worth every single cent. We saw dolphins, puffins, and Stags to name a few. Would highly recommend this tour.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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JMT-CT wrote a review Oct 2019
Bethlehem, Connecticut7 contributions1 helpful vote
My family and I stayed in Dingle during the summer of 2018 and I am just getting around to writing a review of our Blasket Island tour now. Sorry, Billy. During our time in Ireland last summer, Ireland was experiencing a heat wave which was most certainly unexpected. We didn't see nary a cloud for almost a whole week. Accordingly, the day of our trip to Great Blasket was one of crystal clear blue skies and warm weather. As with most moving experiences, it is often difficult to adequately convey to others the joy and wonder that accompanies them. This is one such experience. Billy O'Connor welcomed us aboard his boat, the Peig Sayers, along with other tourists for a full day excursion to the Blasket Islands. After casting off the dock lines in port in Dingle and leaving the harbor, we hugged the coastline heading west. Billy piloted his boat into little openings along the rugged and rocky coast showing us interesting rock formations along with little bits of Irish history along the way. At Great Blasket we disembarked and were ferried to shore via tender. Making our way up the steep paths we hiked our way to the cafe on the island for tea and lunch before exploring the island. Although the temperature might have been near 90 degrees Fahrenheit (30+ Celsius) on the mainland, it was far cooler on Blasket courtesy of a stiff ocean breeze. The deep green of the island against the blues of the sky and ocean were a feast for the senses. At the base of a cliff, accessible by natural stone steps and a man-made staircase is a broad and seemingly untouched beach inhabited more by seals than humans. It is stunningly beautiful. After returning to the boat, Billy took us alongside the southern coast of Great Blasket to the smaller islands in search of Puffins. Sure enough we saw untold scores of Puffins perched on rocks and floating on the sea. Although they are small birds, their bright beaks and large paddle shaped feet were hard to miss. Try as I might, the rocking of the boat on the Atlantic made it impossible to get any usable photos so I put the camera away and just enjoyed the scenery. It was magical. All in all, our day with Billy O'Connor on a trip to Great Blasket is a treasured memory. I'm sure that the Irish weather isn't often as accommodating as it was for us, so visitors to the Blaskets need to bring the right gear. From my perspective, no trip to Dingle is complete without a trip to Great Blasket Island and, simple put, Billy O'Connor is the man to take you out there. Thank you for a wonderful experience. I hope to return someday.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Louise wrote a review Sep 2019
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Booking with Alice was great and very personal, considering the weather wasn’t great during our week and we eventually changed days no problems. The ride out was a little choppy after days of heavy rain so not much wildlife en route - no problem, that’s nature! I really liked that we hung around with Fungie for a bit with absolutely no chasing, just observing him, (a big difference to the Fungie boats.)So lucky the sun came out on the island for a few glorious hours of exploring. Couldn’t get enough of the scenery and unspoilt island. A hugely enjoyable day, will absolutely go again and stay overnight next time (it was full this time) Tip for those prone to seasickness - ours was the 09.00 trip and we didn’t eat breakfast and were 100% fine on the boat! Had a leisurely picnic (you bring your own) on the island with tea/coffee included in the tour price. Thanks so much Billy, Alice and Chris!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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