Telephone: 01437 721911
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We offer a variety of wildlife watching boat trips on 10m rigid hulled inflatables which are custom built by us, specifically for this purpose. They all have internal seating with unrestricted views for all passengers and offer the safest and smoothest rides, ideal for photography and getting the best sightings. The boats are skippered by highly experienced skippers and the trips are guided by our friendly, knowledgeable and professional crews.
Our longest trip is 2 1/2 hrs in duration and will take you out to the RSPB owned Island of Grassholm with its enormous gannet colony, one of the largest in the Northern hemisphere. From there we continue out towards the Hats and Barrels Reefs, the Smalls light house, (the last bit of rock before America) and to the edge of the ‘Celtic Deep’, an incredibly rich and diverse marine habitat. This trip gives you the best opportunity for spotting cetaceans such as Porpoise, Common and Risso’s Dolphins and Minke Whales.
Our staple trip is a 1hr Ramsey Island Voyage, suitable for all ages, taking you into the caves and gorges around the island ad getting great wildlife sightings, including porpoise at the right stage of tide, thousands of breeding seabirds in the spring and early summer and Atlantic Grey Seals and their pups in the Autumn.
Other trips include visits to the Bishop’s and Clerk’s with their Puffin colonies and evening voyages to see thousands of Manx Shearwaters returning to their burrows.
Likely species to be seen: Porpoise, Common Dolphin, Risso’s Dolphin, Minke Whale, Atlantic Grey Seals, Puffins, Razorbills, Guillemots, Manx Shearwaters, Gannets, plus lots of resident seabirds, other recent sightings include; Leatherback Turtles, Sunfish, Basking Sharks, Sooty Shearwaters, Great Skuas, Scoter and many more….
Contact: Cindy Pierce
Telephone: 01437 72721/ 07791917011
Type of vessel and trip: Marine wildlife boat trips on a 40 seater traditional pleasure boat or a 23 seater jet boat. The jet boat ventures offshore and we only take 12 passengers so there’s plenty of room to move around and she’s a great platform for photography.
Likely species to be seen: We visit the RSPB island of Grassholm, home to over 39,000 pairs of breeding gannets, offshore reefs and the Smalls Lighthouse. During this trips we see a wealth of seabirds and seals and a good chance of sighting Common and Rissos Dolphins, Porpoise and Minke and Pilot Whale.
Contact: Ffion Rees
Telephone: 07494 141764
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We provide a range of professionally guided wildlife boat tours in Britain’s only coastal national park. Our vessel is a purpose built 10m rigid hull inflatable boat. Join us to experience unforgettable close encounters with seals, porpoise and dolphins as well as myriads of nesting seabirds and spectacular scenery.
1-2 hr trips to Ramsey Island are suitable for all ages and you can expect to see wildlife such as Atlantic grey seals, harbour porpoise and thousands of nesting seabirds, depending on tides and seasons, as well as exploring the island’s spectacular scenery of rock gorges, echoing sea caves, towering sea cliffs and some of the fastest tidal races in Britain.
For the more intrepid explorer we offer a 2.5 hour expedition to the most remote of the Pembrokeshire islands and the fringes of the Celtic deep. On this voyage our first stop is Grassholm Island where you will encounter over 80,000 gannets, Britain’s largest and most majestic seabird before we begin our sweep looking for cetaceans. This trip offers the best opportunity to see Common and Risssos dolphin as well as a wealth of seabirds and occasional sightings of minke and other whales. Depending on sightings and conditions this trip will often take you past the rich feeding grounds of the Hats and Barrels reefs as well as the Smalls Lighthouse.
Or find the perfect end to the perfect day in Pembrokeshire on our sunset puffin and shearwater trip, witness one of the wonders of the natural world as 360,000 Manx shearwaters return to their burrows at dusk, their wingtips skimming the surface as the sun sets.
We also offer bespoke trips where you can hire the whole boat and tailor a trip to suit your needs, these include: Artist/photography trips, story telling, filming, special events/celebrations.
Likely species to be seen:
Cetaceans: Common and Rissos dolphin, harbour porpoise, minke whale
Birds: Gannets, shearwaters, storm petrels, guilliemots, razorbills, puffins, kittiwake, fulmars as well as lots of resident birds.
Others: Atlantic grey seals, sunfish, basking shark, jelly fish
Due to our remote location on the western tip of Wales we also often sea migratory birds such as skuas, terns, sooty shearwaters and many other species.
Contact: Dave Tonge
Telephone: 01792 348229
Type of vessel and trip: Our aim is to provide a breathtaking, interactive tour of the South Gower Coast, leaving our passengers with unforgettable memories. Guided by professional qualified crew with excellent local knowledge, you will encounter a wealth of marine wildlife, fascinating local history (from prehistoric bone caves to tales of smugglers) and a unique thrill as we skim across the open water.
Likely species to be seen: Seals, porpoise, common dolphins and lots of sea birds.
Contact: Winston or Jonathan Evans
Telephone: 01545 560 800 Evenings: 560 375
Type of vessel and trip: Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips have large, stable, purpose built passenger boats departing daily between (April and October) offering one and two hour trips, with all-weather canopies and seating designed to give the best view for all passengers. The two hour trip boat is fitted with w/c and cushioned seating and ventures five miles along the spectaclar coastline. Operating from New Quay for over 60 years our experience of providing safe, enjoyable and informative trips for all ages is unrivalled. Our qualified skippers and guides are professional and friendly and put your enjoyment and safety first, we will help you to identify and appreciate the varied wildlife along the coast in addition to some interesting local history and geology of the area. All of which brings generations back to us year after year. During both our one and two hour trips the Bottlenose Dolphins are regularly spotted but remember they are wild and free here in Cardigan Bay. Dolphins socialise and hunt together and frequently approach the boat in pairs and small groups. Less frequently but more spectaculary they can be spotted breaching 5 meters into the air. It’s estimated that between 250-300 bottlenose dolphins are semi-resident in Cardigan Bay and the best time of year to see them here is between May to September.
Our Facbook page has photos of recent sightings, news and customer reviews.
We follow a voluntary code of conduct to give you the best view of the dolphins without disturbing them and so protecting their natural habitat. In addition to being a recommended boat operator, official monitoring is carried out by Sea Watch Foundation volunteers from the two hour boat trips on most days.
Likely species to be seen: ’’Bottlenose dolphins are frequently spotted but Harbour Porpoise less often being locally are much more reserved. Atlantic Grey Seal are resident all year and can be seen when hauled out both when basking on sloping rocks in summer but more frequently on beaches with their pups in Sept/Oct. Depending on the duration and season of your trip many birds can be spotted including Guillemots and Razorbills, Cormorants,Shags, kittiwakes, Fulmars, Oystercatchers, Gannets, Manx Shearwaters, Turns, Choughs, many gulls but also birds of prey including Red Kites, Buzzards, Kestrals and Peregrine Falcon much higher up on the headlands so bing binoculars for them’’. N.B.The local Auk colony needs to be viewed before late July.
Contact: Tony Barber
Telephone: 01239 623558
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1 to 2 hour dolphin watching trips from the town of Cardigan. Our operating Area includes Cardigan Island, Mwnt and Aberporth, some of the best places in Cardigan Bay’s Special Area of Conservation to see our resident bottlenose dolphins. Our purpose built 10m RIB allows us to cover a large area with ease and is extremely manoeuverable allowing us to also explore sea caves.
Likely species to be seen: Bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, Atlantic grey seals, guillemots, razorbills, gannets, variety of sea gulls, oystercatchers, fulmars, choughs, peregrines, cormorants and shags to name a few.
Contact: Jon Shaw
Telephone: 01407 830040/ 07770816460
Type of vessel and trip: Sea life spotting mammal and bird surveys aboard 11mtr Catamaran with elevated viewing platform.
Likely species to be seen: Various bird life, seals, porpoise and occasional dolphins and whales.Menai Strait and beyond, launching from Menai Bridge and Holyhead, Anglesey. Contact: Bookings team
Telephone: 0333 1234 303
Type of vessel and trip: Using the latest generation low consumption and non polluting Yamaha engines on 4 x 8m RIBs and 1 x 10.5M RIB, we perform Adventure Boat Trips around North Wales. Our boats do not have bilges so there’s no pollution overboard. They’re also very quiet (about 30 decibels from middle of the boat at tick-over) so causing minimal disturbance to wildlife. We’re WISE accredited and one of only 12 BlueFlag Operators in the world.
Likely species to be seen: Seals, harbour porpoise, seabirds and shorebirds.
Contact: Geth and Kirsty Roberts
Type of vessel and trip:We offer a wide range of sea kayaking trips from beginner to advanced and single day to multi-day. Observing nature is a big part of our journeying. As we have small boats (sea kayaks) we can venture close to the shoreline, experiencing the full range of North Atlantic coastal ecosystems, including: rocky shorelines and their diverse habitats. Our sea kayaks are also very seaworthy and make offshore trips to sometimes distant islands.Our favourite trips include: Ynys Cybi (Holy Island) with its stunning South/North Stack and Rhoscolyn cliffs/caves/islands; The North coast; The Skerries Islands and Carmel Head; Puffin Island and the Menai Straits; the Llŷn Peninsula and the amazing Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island).
The SKW guides/coaches are all highly competent sea kayak providers and nature guides.
Our ecotourism products include: Exploring Marine Biodiversity By Kayak, Rocky Shore Safaris, National Whale and Dolphin Watch Week – Llŷn peninsula and Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island).
Likely species to be seen: Mammals: Porpoise, Bottlenose and Risso’s Dolphin, Atlantic Grey Seals.
Birds: Peregrine Falcons, Chough, Arctic/Common and Sandwich Terns, Manx Shearwaters, Guillemot, Razorbill, Puffin, Oyster Catchers, Herring/Black Headed/Black Backed and Kittiwake Guls, Fulmars, Gannets, Herons, Curlews etc.
Other amazing animals: Sea Squirt Chordates, Spider/Shore Crabs, Sponges, Barnacles, Limpets, Dog Whelks, Periwinkles, Dead Men’s Fingers, various Anenome/Jelly Fish, and 600+ species of sea weed/algae.
Y Felinheli, Gwynedd
Contact: Mike Green
Telephone: 07983997004 / 01352720018
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Established in 2001 we welcome you to the beautiful Menai Straits and North Wales Coast where you can sail and power boat in some of the most fabulous cruising grounds in the UK.
Based out of Dinorwic Marina on the Menai Straits, North Wales, the school offers the complete range of RYA Sail Cruising and RYA Power Boat courses together with boat charter , site seeing , dolphin and whale watching amongst many other water based activities. The school’s training area offers some of the most beautiful yet challenging stretches of water in the UK. Set on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, Port Dinorwic is unrivalled for its character and fabulous cruising grounds. This small picturesque harbour is approximately half way between Bangor and Caernarfon. The island of Anglesey is close by offering countless sailing experiences and is ideal for spotting the vast amounts of marine and sea life.
Whether you wish to obtain the RYA’s internationally recognised qualifications or have training customised to your own needs we are here to help and ready to discuss your requirements.
Our Yachtmaster and Powerboat instructors are all highly experienced and together have in excess of 80 years sea time. With their expert tuition you will learn your new skills, whether theory or practical, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
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