Dolphinwatch Carrigaholt, County Clare
Dolphinwatch was founded in 1992 in the Shannon Estuary. This family-run business headed up by Geoff and Susanne Magee offers a range of boat trips, which take you out into the waters off the Clare coast, where you can catch a glimpse of the dolphins who dwell there. In the hands of Geoff (a qualified Captain, with many years experience in commercial fishing and eco-marine tourism) and Susanne (who has run a local sailing school and lived by the sea all her life), you are guaranteed a truly unique experience.
As the name may suggest, helping visitors to see dolphins is Geoff and Susanne’s priority, along with their conservation and the protection of their eco-habitat. But for those who venture out in their passenger vessel, Draíocht (which means Magic) there is a whole range of other things to see in this EU Area of Conservation.
Alongside the 140 resident bottlenose dolphins, there are also grey seals, pelagic seabirds, minke/fin/humpback whales and various other coastal species. You’ll take in spectacular cliff side views and even historic maritime landmarks. Depending on which cruise you opt for, the trip duration can vary from between 2 to 4 and half hours. It’s always advisable to bring warm jackets and clothes.
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