We had hoped to be able to leave on a whale watching trip right from kinsale itself. With 24 species recorded in irish waters, and regular encounters with minke whales, fin whales and the charismatic humpback whale both from shore and on whale watching trips off irelands south coast, its little wonder that more and more people are discovering the delights of whale watching in ireland. Irish killer whales feared to be in danger of dying out due. The best whale watching in europe cetacean habitat. Irish waters were designated as europes first whale and dolphin sanctuary in 1991. You dont have to go to the serengeti to stand in the midst of abundant wildlife. The tour is informal and casual with experienced skipper and crew and wildlife guide on board. You could almost think of the waters off the west coast of ireland as a popular. If the forecast is for high winds or seas, its likely you will have a rocky trip.
Fall and early winter is the best time to spot fin whales september to december and humpback whales november to january. Responsible tourism award winner whale watch west cork runs responsible whale and dolphin watching tours led by zoologist and conservationist dr nic slocum. Whale watching in ireland irish whale watching west cork ireland. Dolphins can be watched best from august to december. As i search on line, it seems that you need to go to a different town to meet the boat. When you go whale watching in iceland, rest assured that the whale watching companies iceland conduct their activities with respect for the gentle giants.
Wild ireland best season time place to watch whales in. Wild ireland best season time place to watch whales in ireland. The humpback whale is one of 24 species of cetacean recorded in irish waters. Increased sightings of sharks, whales and dolphins off northern irelands coast. The huge mammals nicknamed john coe, floppy fin and nicola are believed. All tours depart from baltimore, harbour, west cork on board voyager daily between april and november sea conditions permitting. Two blue whales cruise the waters 80100 nautical miles off irelands south coast. Whale watching off the coast of ireland mummypages. Humpback whale breaching off the west cork coast, may 2016 ireland one of europes whalewatching hotspots shortbeaked common dolphin. Ireland is a popular destination for dolphin watching in europe with. More detailed information on where and how to watch whales and dolphins in. There will be 20 landbased, guided whale watches open to the. On 7th june 1991 the irish government declared ireland a whale and dolphin.
Your support will go a long way in helping tour operators worldwide get back on their feet down the road. Mar 02, 20 whaling in ireland stranded whales were, of course, very important in medieval times. Check the weather forecast and also the marine forecast for details about conditions out on the water. Contact cork whale watch whale watching in west cork.
Later the same year, in september 1295, william macronan is reported as having made a fine for a certain great whale of two cows and 10 shillings. Humpback whale sightings off the kerry coast, ireland s. Whale watching can be carried out along the entire coastline of the island, however, the south coast. The whale watching season in southwest ireland is long with a number of different species being seen from april through to december. Follow these tips to get the most out of your experience. Dingle bay eco tours is a 4 hour boat tour of the blasket islands and dingle bay with the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, seals, basking shark in season, puffins and other marine wildlife and view the wonderful seascapes and landscapes off the west coast of ireland along the wild atlantic way. Irish whale and dolphin group dedicated to the conservation and better understanding of whales, dolphins and porpoises in irish waters. The authors calculated that currently 886,000 people go whale watching. The irish air corps captured some phenomenal images last week when they encountered fin whales and two incredibly rare blue whales in irish waters near the continental shelf edge about 80100 nautical miles off irelands south coast. Blasket princess captain whales galore best whale watching skipper in ireland the best time in ireland to watch whales, dolphins, puffins and basking shark april to september. With 24 species recorded in irish waters, and regular encounters with minke whales, fin whales and the charismatic humpback whale both from shore and on whale watching trips off ireland s south coast, its little wonder that more and more people are discovering the delights of whale watching in ireland. Whale of a time caters for family fun, corporate hire and whale and dolphin watching. Ireland is now one of the worlds tourism hotspots for. To be honest northern ireland is not really renowned for whale watching.
Best season time place to watch whales in ireland log of whale watching tour boat m. Blasket princess captain whales galore best whale watching in ireland killer whales in ireland whale watching. So if you want the best chance to see these stunning creatures in real life you can book a flight to ireland. Whale watching in ireland ireland is one of the best whale watching destinations in europe. She is fast and stable and has all round excellent visibility, ideal for wildlife watching tours. Whales worldwide unique whale and dolphin encounters. Companies follow a protocol so as not to disturb them any more than than necessary, turning off their motors when they get very close and. Click on the months on our interactive map below to see the best time to go whale watching around the world including when to see the blue whale, largest animal on earth. The best time to go whale watching in ireland is spring and summer. The irish government declared the coastal waters of ireland a whale and dolphin sanctuary during the early 1990s. Sep, 2012 two blue whales cruise the waters 80100 nautical miles off irelands south coast.
In total, 25 different cetacean species have been recorded in irish waters, with large numbers of cetaceans making seasonal passages off the coastline, and a number of resident populations in coastal harbours and transitional. Whale and dolphin species that you can expect to see include common and bottlenose dolphins, minke whales, fin whales, humpback whales and pilot whales. Skjalfandi itself actually translates to trembling in. Questioning hustons affection or promotion of ireland was a sensitive issue. First 3 humpback whales of the 2018 irish whale watch season off dursey island west cork ireland march 25th 2018 year on year for the last five years it just seems that humpback whales are coming to irish waters earlier in the season march, april, may and also exiting irish waters earlier than in previous seasons september, october obviously in response to the availability of food. The autumn months off west cork are some of the best for whale watching with minke whales and common dolphins being regular sightings. The best place in ireland to watch whales, dolphins, puffins and basking shark west kerry blasket islands eco marine tours from ventry harbour log of whale watching tour boat m. Whale watching updates from west cork whale watching in. May 04, 2015 a pod of killer whales who regularly swim in irish waters are feared to be in danger of dying out due to pollution. At the official home of the wild atlantic way you can explore the route, discover the stories or check out the whale and dolphin watching in ireland. There is no doubt that west kerry is the best place in ireland to watch whales, dolphins and basking shark during the summer months. A big piece of moby dick was shot in county cork in youghal. The minke whale migration brings them to the west coast of ireland from march to november.
Ireland vacations with discoveringireland looks very interesting to me. Oct 08, 2005 west cork is now recognised as one of the best places in europe to go whale watching and you get the dolphins thrown in for free ian belcher sat 8 oct 2005 09. Since that time according to the irish whale and dolphin group, 25. So, without further ado, here are the best places to go whale watching in ireland.
Today we go looking for whales and dolphins south of the kedges, a prominent rock group off the south coast. Whale watching in ireland and whale watching in west cork in particular has now reached a high point for whale and dolphin watching enthusiasts the world over. Weve also picked out some of our favourite whale encounters, from orcas hunting in patagonia to swimming with humpback in tonga. First humpback whales 3 of the 2018 irish whale watch. Whale watching in ireland is a growing tourism activity. I just wanted to say that the quality of your site is exceptional. Humpback whale breaching off the west cork coast, may 2016 ireland one of europes whale watching hotspots shortbeaked common dolphin. Increased sightings of sharks, whales and dolphins off. This is why one of the best places to go whale watching in iceland is the northern icelandic town of husavik. When and where to see whales in iceland iceland rovers. You dont need to go to far flung locations to spot some whales, not when the coast of ireland is a bit of whale playground.
You will travel in fully licensed, comfortable, clean, safe, high speed craft ribs, the resident friendly dolphin may decide to join you on route to the last port of call for the titanic. A whale of a time in west cork ireland vacations with. As water laps against the bow of the boat, suddenly a fin rises from the water and the feelings of awe become almost overwhelming. Your personal return transfer to cork international airport along the coastal route so that you can get one last look at this fabulously beautiful part of ireland. Colin barnes cork whale watch inane, castletownshend, skibbereen co. How to watch whales and dolphins irelands wildlife. Always allow dolphins approach a boat rather than attempt to go after them. Jul 29, 2019 if you re not sure about rough seas or whether or not you ll get motion sickness, you ll probably want to go whale watching on the calmest day possible. Record numbers of whales flock to irelands shores for the fish videos. Ascobans help for cetaceans in the north and baltic seas. Irish killer whales feared to be in danger of dying out. Whale watching off the coast of ireland you dont need to go to far flung locations to spot some whales, not when the coast of ireland is a bit of whale playground. The territorial waters of the republic of ireland have been designated a whale and dolphin sanctuary since 1991.
Ireland is one of the best whale watching destinations in europe. Whale watching holiday to ireland whales worldwide. Real professional commercial whalewatching boats are taking people out for four or fivehour trips and finding whales. Whaling in ireland stranded whales were, of course, very important in medieval times. Almost one third of the worlds species of whales, dolphins and porpoises, collectively known as cetaceans, have been recorded in irish waters. I have found some tours from west ireland but couldnt find anything directly from. If youd like to book places on a whale watching trip please complete the booking enquiry form on our schedule and bookings page. Whale watch west cork baltimore 2020 all you need to know. But its also good to know that you dont always have to go to sea to catch a glimpse. Close encounters with whales and dolphins are up there on most peoples ultimate wildlife bucket list, but it still surprises many when they hear that ireland is one of the best places in europe to see whales and dolphins in the wild. Wonderful 3 hr trip and would highly recommend having ticked all the boxes seals, seabirds including puffins.
In reply robert refuted the charge stating that by ancient custom in ireland such great whales are reported wreck of the sea, a right which his father had before him. Being prepared for your whale watch and knowing what to expect can help make your trip a successful one. I think this is the first time you have actually shot any part of your films in ireland huston. If you find yourself on the west coast of ireland for a weekend, make sure to go whale watching. The best place in ireland to watch whales, dolphins. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do. The irish whale and dolphin group are holding a whalewatching event on sunday, august 24th to celebrate national whale watch day.
You can watch fin whales off the irish south coast for about nine or 10 months of the year. Voyager is a wellequipped, twinengine catamaran, built specifically for whale and dolphin watching tours off west cork and is licensed to carry 12 passengers and 2 crew by the department of transport marine. You can see other whales there, but when most people think of baja theyre thinking grey whales mothers and calves, really close and the season with the babies really is february to march. One of the best to see in ireland, it cost 50 but memories from there are priceless, we saw dolphin, seals, puffins, deers, and a lot of nature spectacular creations as cliffs, islands and caves. Best place in ireland to go on holidays west kerry, ireland s. A pod of killer whales who regularly swim in irish waters are feared to be in danger of dying out due to pollution. Then a team from northern ireland environment agency had a close encounter with a fivefoot minke whale which. Can you go whale watching from kinsale kinsale message. Whale watching is a blend of time, patience and a little bit of luck. Up in donegal, a scenic boat tour with inishowen boating experience or irish angling charters allows you to see all sorts of wildlife, including the odd sighting of whales and dolphins. Ireland is a hotspot for whale watching and the whale watching season for minke whale, fin whales and humpback whales is longer in irish waters than in most countries.
Wild ireland best season time place to watch whales in ireland recently a wonderful documentary called wild ireland was shown on bbc tv and also on tg4 called eire fhian. The best whale watching in ireland discovering cork. Whale watch west cork baltimore 2020 all you need to. Hi all, im coming to dublin on wednesday and im trying to arrange a nice boat trip for a group of friends to watch whales, seals andor dolphins. Aug 23, 2016 humpback whale breaching off the west cork coast, may 2016 ireland one of europes whalewatching hotspots shortbeaked common dolphin. There are also numerous species of migrating seabirds and a huge variety of marine life all set against the backdrop of the stunning west cork coastline. Sep 12, 2007 minke and fin whales off the west cork coast, ireland on 11th september 2007. West cork is now recognised as one of the best places in europe to go whale watching and you get the dolphins thrown in for free ian belcher sat. If you want to see grey whales, the best place is baja, mexico. The management of irish waters as a whale and dolphin sanctuary. At the moment there has been a bit of a lull in our whale watching activities from ventry harbour ceann tra due to a prolonged period of bad weather. Whale watching in ireland irish whale watching west cork.1088 1528 1295 322 1378 367 1461 817 1512 306 85 523 331 1533 419 115 1056 1444 619 1104 91 950 695 29 1045 29 1581 282 833 705 1368 701 296 640 696 1242 282