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Whale Watch West Cork

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Baltimore, Ireland
About Whale Watch West Cork
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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dpconroy wrote a review Sep 2021
Rush, Ireland34 contributions21 helpful votes
Fab day with a genial host in Nic. Great knowledge and insights. Saw Fin and Minky whales and enjoyed the full 5 hours on board and at Cape Clear. Highly recommend this experience.
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Date of experience: September 2021
Marian H wrote a review Aug 2021
United Kingdom9 contributions6 helpful votes
Amazing experience with Nic and JJ who were attentive hosts and knowledgable on the area and marine life. The trip takes almost half a day with a stopover at Cape Clear Island so worth every penny. Loved being able to spend proper time on the water, didn’t feel rushed and two small catamaran boats meant you weren’t surrounded by other tourists distressing the wildlife. Nic fitted me in with a late email request so was very easy to book. Only issue was to allow enough time for parking in Baltimore as it gets very busy. Loved every minute, would highly recommend!
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Date of experience: August 2021
knyttet16 wrote a review Jul 2021
Bantry, Ireland2 contributions
What a wonderful day! An amazing experience for both big and small and worth every penny! Nic is so knowledgable, welcoming and a great host on his boat. It's a day that brings a mixture of many experiences...from the whales and dolphins, to beautiful views, Cape Clear and chats about the wildlife. Could not recommend it high enough and will bring all my future guests to west cork out for a day with Nic. Thank You!
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Date of experience: July 2021
James K wrote a review Sep 2020
10 contributions1 helpful vote
Interaction with the skipper was great. Spotted a few mink whales and various marine life. Tour was fantastic. I am not experienced with whale watching but when we got off shore the skipper made sure what we were to look out for. West cork is a great place to go and adventure on trips like this. I am from Limerick and next time I am around baltimore I would highly consider doing this again. Thanks and best of luck.
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Date of experience: September 2020
mcgrate wrote a review Aug 2020
Dub,Ireland96 contributions24 helpful votes
Poor, poor communication. Nic let our group down and left 4 devestated kids standing on the pier after telling us didn't have enough room for us. Had communicated with Nic via text. I requested space on the trip, he confirmed he had availability and what pricing was. He asked me how many people we were and I confirmed our numbers back 7 people. Drove 1.5 hrs to Baltimore only to be told he had only booked us in as 4 people so we had to leave 3 people behind or not go at all. Obviously we couldn't send all kids solo or leave any behind so we all stayed behind. Nic admitted this was his admin error as he didn't confirm our numbers correctly. He also tried to tell us we needed a confirmation number, however this was not stated anywhere on his comminications or website. He had my number and could have phoned us. In short, his admin error (scribbles in a black book) wasted a full day of our holiday and left 4 heartbroken kids watch his boat pull away from the pier. I went looking for alternative trips and spoke to some locals, I was told this happens often and he over books in hope of some cancellations. Indeed another group on the pier today had to leave a person behind so perhaps we wee not the only ones affected. He didnt offer us an alternative date or trip. Just shrugged his shoulders and off he went. Ver shoddy business eithic. No doubt Nic will likely respond on here and tell me again should have gotten this mystery "confirmation number". Would be intetested to know if all his other bookings were given a confirmation as the booking process via a mobile number is all very lax and "cash based". At 55 a pop with no child discount, its expensive for what you get. Can't comment on the trip, but would urge people to book with a more credible company who don't overbook and leave kids standing on a pier.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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