Water activity

County Cork: Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

4.8 / 5

19 reviews

Activity provider: Aquaventures

County Cork: Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Activity provider: Aquaventures
Likely to sell out

From US$ 40.72 per person

Likely to sell out

Watch gracious humpback whales, fascinating seals, and dolphins on this boat trip along the Wild Atlantic Way, perfect for nature and wildlife fans.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 - 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Spot minke whales, dolphins and aquatic birds
  • Enjoy a comfortable boat trip with indoor seating
  • Hear commentary from an experienced local skipper
  • Gaze at the stunning scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way
Full description

Enjoy seascapes and the rugged Irish coastline as you cruise through the water spotting marine animals on this adventurous boat excursion. Catch sight of sunfish and even basking sharks with the help of a local skipper.

Set off from the North Pier of Baltimore and head out to see offshore islands and marine wildlife. Walk around the deck for a panoramic experience. Sit to watch the wildlife in comfort and shield yourself from the wind when it's cooler. Learn about the wildlife from your expert guide.

  • Boat tour
  • Whale and dolphin spotting
  • Knowledgeable guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are optional for this activity
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Meet your skipper at the North Pier of Baltimore harbor (just beyond the pier access barrier). Find the nearest free parking at the postcode P81 WT27 on google maps. Look for the yellow boat called Wave Chieftain.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Windbreaker
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Food and drinks
  • Snacks
  • Jacket
  • Sports shoes
  • Binoculars
  • Closed-toe shoes

Know before you go

  • Children under the age of 17 must wear a life jacket
  • This tour can change or be canceled due to bad weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

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Perfect organization in advance. The atmosphere in this idyllic little harbor can only be described as calming. The skipper was extremely friendly and accommodating. Even if you didn't see any larger whales, numerous dolphins cheered the mood. The boat trip on the Atlantic far off the coast of Ireland alone was worth the booking.

August 12, 2022

We had a fantastic afternoon out on the Wave Chieftan last week. We spotted many seals, dolphins and sun fish. We spotted a whale spouting but unfortunately it had swam away by the time we reached the location of the plume, but it still did not take away from the excitement of almost seeing a whale! We spent ages circling in the area of the plume hoping that the whale would resurface nearby, to no avail, but we tremendously enjoyed the experience regardless. I would absolutely recommend this boat trip to all.

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August 3, 2022

A very enjoyable afternoon. We boarded on time then the friendly skipper, Gerry, gave us all the essential information. The boat was a great size for the number of people on board and everyone was able to get a good view whenever anything was spotted. We weren’t lucky enough to see any whales but we did see some dolphins, seals and puffins. I would definitely go again, our whole group (3 adults, a teen and a preteen) thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.

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July 4, 2022

Product ID: 411038