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Address: Baltimore Harbour, Baltimore, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 86 120 0027
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
2:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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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Fantastic trip in October. We saw three Fin whales, Minke whales and Dolphins. Knowledgeable and helpful crew. I would recommend this trip to everyone and will be back again next... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic trip in October. We saw three Fin whales, Minke whales and Dolphins. Knowledgeable and helpful crew. I would recommend this trip to everyone and will be back again next year.

Thank Butlerisobel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My initial planned tour with Whale Watch West Cork was canceled due to poor weather conditions. However, Nic and Wendy arranged a new appointment, for which I'm very grateful and happy as it turned out to be the highlight of my stay in Ireland. Upon arrival, Nic greeted each of us very warmly and kindly and welcomed us aboard the... More 

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Sunderland, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nic Slocum and his team offer a fantastic 5+ hours excursion out of Baltimore Harbour about the Voyager boat. Our trip last Monday afternoon was one of the best days of our lives. We saw common dolphins buzzing around our boat (twice), minke whales, harbour porpoises and grey seals. Nic is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about cetaceans you can't help... More 

Thank DaveyPalmer
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We went to see Whales but as you know they are wild animals?cetaceans.The Whales were not being sociable today but the show put on by Wild Dolphins made the journey well worth it.First we saw The Porpoise,who we were told are not sociable creatures so the took off.This voyage is worth it all,A lovely day and plenty of time on... More 

Thank palinbook
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

We had a great time, at first finding it difficult to see the whales but with guidance and advice from Nic - great many thanks - we tuned in and could see and understand more and more of the Fin Whales, Minke and also dolphins and seals. Dolphins probably had the most effect for the young ones as they were... More 

Thank tjr199
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

We went Saturday 13/08/16 and had so much fun that we wanted to go on the evening trip but it was full. Was a bit sad not to see any whales but we were told before hand that that was a possibility. The dolphins though really made up for it. We will be returning again towards the end of the... More 

3 Thank Kenneth o
Antwerp, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

The skipper had a nice personality, but we could not escape the feeling of beeing part of a game show. We have done both companies whale watch trips and this was not the best. Not that it was bad, besides the fact of not seeing whales and hearing the skipper say the minkies had not shown themselves that entire day...then... More 

2 Thank MickeyMuis
Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

Quite simply loved the whole trip. We took the morning slot and arrived at Baltimore Harbour at 9am. Parking is really easy and just a 30 second walk to the quayside and to the boat. Very welcoming and professional taking safety very seriously. They manage a great balance between being happy and jovial and ensuring that you dont feel like... More 

1 Thank Nigel G
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

For the price they are charging this a complete rip off. As a family with two children to pay €200 to see a small pod of dolphins is a real let down. This is advertised as Whale Watching, and one of the best even. But the whole experience was disappointing. Over priced and disappointing. As for the 'talk' about how... More 

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

Hi Ariadnabr I am sorry you were disappointed with your experience with us. As you will see from the many 5 star reviews we have the vast majority of people consider the €50 euro per person ticket price for a 4-5 hour whale/dolphin experience to be exceptional value for money. This includes a refreshment break at the historically fascinating island... More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

Loved the whole experience. We saw Minke Whales, loads of dolphins and seals in early July. We were advised that you could also see humpback whales later on in the season, but also warned that we might not see anything at all. It is booked via a phone call to Nic Slocum via the Whale Watching in West Cork website.... More 

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