Water activity

County Cork: Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

4.6 / 5

26 reviews

Activity provider: Aquaventures
Water activity

County Cork: Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Activity provider: Aquaventures

From US$ 43.19 per person

Watch fin, humpback and minke whales, and dolphins on this boat trip along the Wild Atlantic Way, perfect for nature and wildlife fans. Have the chance of spotting basking sharks in spring and seals all year round.

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Duration 2.5 - 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Spot minke, fin and humpback whales, dolphins and aquatic birds
  • Enjoy a comfortable boat trip with indoor and outdoor 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, dolphin, and seal spotting
  • Seasonal basking sharks and sunfish (MolaMola) spotting
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 2 years
  • Wheelchair users

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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 WT28 on google maps or use this link https://w3w.co/bangers.frames.runway/ 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 is subject to minimum numbers and suitable weather/sea conditions. In the event of a change to the schedule, you will be offered an alternate date or voucher, or a full refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 26 reviews

Review summary

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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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March 27, 2023

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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March 27, 2023

Perfekte Organisation schon im Vorfeld. Die Stimmung in diesem kleinen idyllischen Hafen kann man nur als beruhigend beschreiben. Der Skipper war äußerst freundlich und zuvorkommend. Selbst wenn man keine größeren Wale zu Gesicht bekam, zahlreiche Delphine heiterten die Stimmung auf. Allein das Schifffahren auf dem Atlantik weit vor der Küste Irlands war die Buchung wert.

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March 27, 2023

Product ID: 411038