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Whale Watch West Cork

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Whale Watch West Cork
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“nic slocum”(30 reviews)
“minke whale”(19 reviews)
“common dolphins”(16 reviews)
Responsible tourism award winner - Whale Watch West Cork runs responsible whale and dolphin watching tours led by zoologist and conservationist Dr Nic Slocum. All tours depart from Baltimore, Harbour, West Cork on board Voyager- daily between April...more
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Baltimore Harbour, Baltimore, Ireland
+353 86 120 0027
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 24 August 2010

I booked the a trip on Voyager - with Nic Slocum who is part of the Whalewatchwestcork.com group. I travelled with my wife and our two grumpy pre-teen children. We were all astonished and amazed by this great experience. Firstly and importantly Nic Slocum is...More

11  Thank travel_pod1030
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 11 July 2011

Just back from tour and very disappointed. The views are stunning from the boat but people are paying 50euro expecting to see Minke or fin whales, not puffins and seals which is what we saw in the 5hours being on the boat. The website heavily...More

8  Thank Rebecca M
WildlifeFilmSchool51, Owner at Whale Watch West Cork, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2012

Hi Orca 12351 It is always very upsetting if a guest does not feel happy after a trip. Many things conspire to dictate what we may or may not see on a tour. Weather, visibility, sea conditions, fish movements, tidal conditions and of course animal...More

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Reviewed 30 September 2018

It was incredible and absolutely woundeful! Atlantic ocean, whales, a lot of dolphins, seals. Thanks a lot for the exellent trip!

Thank Mushtari K
Reviewed 9 September 2018

We have traveled a lot to see whales and decided to do this knowing our chances of seeing anything were small. Nic is a very pleasant captain/marine mammal expert and he kept us entertained while we searched for and found common dolphin, quite a few,...More

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Reviewed 4 September 2018

I went out yesterday at 12 and returned at just after 6pm. It was a lovely day, if a bit chilly. We knew from the start that there was no guarantee of seeing whales as it was pointed out to us that these were wild...More

1  Thank Barbara M
Reviewed 8 August 2018

We went out with Nic over the August Bank Holiday and had a brilliant experience. There was quite a thick mist hanging around so before we boarded the boat, Nic gave us the option of pulling out of the trip which I thought was very...More

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Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

Disappointing despite a pleasant skipper. We were advised that the sea was ‘a bit lumpy’ before going out and quite rightly it was very heavy with big swells. It would have been difficult to eat any of the food advised to bring during the journey....More

4  Thank siobanmurphy1
Reviewed 22 July 2018

. We took our grand-daughter for a day's whale-watching with Nic. We had a fabulous experience. We spotted quite a few Minke Whales and Harbour Porpoises but the highlight were the hundreds of Dolphins that we encountered. They gave us such a fantastic show, diving...More

2  Thank Linda-West-Cork
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

Such a brilliant experience to watch dolphins, whales and seals out in Baltimore Co.Cork. This was part of our south west wild Atlantic journey where just worth to call in for a sea safari. Thanks for whalewatchwestcork and Nic who guided us with great knowledge!

1  Thank Roland H
Reviewed 17 July 2018

We really looked forward to this trip and were not disappointed- we set off from Baltimore harbour on a beautiful morning with the sea like a millpond. Nic gave a running commentary and filled us with interesting facts about the sea creatures we might come...More

1  Thank umw1
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

Took the afternoon trip 3pm with our two boys age 3 and 6. The most memorable day we ever had holidaying in Ireland. Mum and dad have lived in Asia, Africa, Canada, Australia yet neither of us has experienced anything like this.15 nautical miles offshore...More

Thank M0urneMan
Reviewed 9 July 2018

If you come to within 100 miles of Baltimore this is a must do, Nic sets an extremely high bar for a stimulating day out. The highest compliment I could give would be to say that had we seen nothing at all you could still...More

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Charlotte W
I always love these sort of reviews because it makes me wonder what people think and how they get on with day to day stuff. Firstly the disappointment in not seeing any whales is understandable. I guess everyone that goes on the trip wants to see whales but it's not anyone's fault but the whales if they aren't in the area and / or choose not to show up and put on a performance. That's just how it goes I'm afraid. The briefing and “He was in a bit of a rush to lower expectations as if he knew weren't likely to see much” is my favourite bit along with “feel that I should have done a better research to know more accurately what the real chances of seeing anything are on specific seasons/dates with the tidal conditions expected at a certain time” because I don't understand what you wanted or expected. August isn't the best time of year for seeing whales but it is a good time for dolphins which you did see. The reason other people are writing good reviews and happy to return without seeing anything is probably because they are given all the relevant info beforehand and like being out on the open water and taking whatever opportunities they're afforded. The other alternative is to start firing up speedboats, chasing and herding the whales so people such as your good self at least get your money's worth and the chance to take a photograph or two. Idiot.
12 March 2018|
Response from Jan L |
I'm a wheelchair user, are the steps down to the boat difficult and how long is the trip?
19 March 2017|
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Response from WhaleWatchWestCork | Property representative |
Hi. Orca are a very rare sighting off West Cork. We see them only occasionally. Sorry I don't have more positive news. Email me and I can send you more details which will talk about the species we more regularly see. Thank... More
11 August 2016|
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Response from WhaleWatchWestCork | Property representative |
Hi Ian. I am so sorry but I have only just picked up your question. loopy 101 is right, most questions are answered on the website. However, we do operate in December and continue for as long as the weather will allow. Some... More