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Perfect day, perfect tour.

Review of: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle Had a beautiful sunny day and saw just about every marine animal we could have seen during our tour. Aside from a Norwegian guy nearly knocking my phone out of my hands trying to get a picture of a whale, it was a great afternoon.

Date of experience: September 2019

Amazing Experience!

Review of: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle Brilliant tour of the Blasket Islands - friendly & highly knowledgable guides who explained the history and wildlife of the Islands. Then we saw loads of dolphins and a Minke Whale! Guys were clearly passionate about what they do. Fantastic.

Date of experience: September 2019

Great boat trip!

Review of: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle Lovely outing. All very friendly and informal. Boat (not too big!) leaves from tiny little jetty hidden away in the village of Ventry. Super friendly - and knowledgeable - crew, including Richard Creagh (local photographer and zoologist, co-author of 'Exploring Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way' - super travel book for west of Ireland fans!). Like everyone, we hoped to see whales, but no luck with that! However, the 4 hour trip was really interesting, the weather was kind, the island scenery dramatic, and we did see dolphin and seals. Wonderfully relaxing and delightful way to pass an afternoon. Thanks to all the crew. NB We'd booked for the previous day but were unwell - we were able to delay our trip without any problem at all.

Date of experience: July 2019

Wundervolle Bootstour mit traumhaften Ausblicken

Review of: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle Die Bootstour ist absolut empfehlenswert. Aufgrund des Wetters musste meine urspruengliche Buchung um einen Tag verschoben werden, jedoch wurde ich sofort informiert. Neben zahlreichen Voegeln konnte ich auch Seehunde und Delphine bewundern. Schon allein wegen der traumhaften Natur und der Zeit auf See ist diese Tour vollumfaenglich zu empfehlen.

Date of experience: September 2019

Enjoyed every minute

Review of: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle Blasket islands are so beautiful that even if you do not see any cetaceans the trip is still worth it. We were lucky to see seals from very close and then we were delighted to see risso dolphin. They were sooo beautiful!! My 4 year old daughter enjoyed the trip and obviously even the dolphins. For her it was much more exciting than going to watch them in a show because their behaviour is random so its more like an adventure. We have been to a show but seeing them in the wild is much more pleasing and memorable

Date of experience: August 2019

Een super tour, echt een aanrader !

Review of: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle Het begint al goed op het moment dat je met eb middels een Zodiac op kundige wijze naar de boot wordt gebracht, die dan niet bij de Ventry Pier kan liggen. Uit de haven ga je met de wind en golven mee door het blauwe oceaanwater. De zeer vriendelijke en nautisch ervaren bemanning komt langs om te vertellen over dolfijnen en zeehonden, maar ook over achtergrond en historie van bijvoorbeeld de voormalige bewoners van de Blasket Islands. Zoôloog Richard kan op enthousiaste wijze meer uit de doeken doen over het leven in en boven zee, dan dat er in de 4 uur durende vaart zouden passen. Na 4 uur wordt er met vloed aan de Ventry Pier afgemeerd. Vanaf het water heb je een mooi overzicht op de bergen, de kust en hoe de bewoners hun bestaan in de vele eeuwen hier hebben opgebouwd. Wij vonden de Slea Head Drive dan ook een mooi vervolg op deze Eco tour. Jakob, Corine & Sanna

Date of experience: August 2019

Prachtige dagtrip

Review of: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle Een echte aanrader voor alle Ierlandreizigers ! Wij kijken al uit naar onze derde keer . Combineer met een rondrit op Dingle

Date of experience: August 2017

Au TOP ! Navigation inoubliable

Review of: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle Nous avons eu un temps merveilleux pour profiter de cette découverte. L'équipage est vraiment exceptionnel, disponible pour répondre à nos questions, très agréable et compétent. Nous avons pu voir des phoques, des dauphins, une petite baleine de Minke, des macareux et des fous de bassans de manière très respectueuse. Les paysages est vraiment très jolis, la côte et les îles Baskets depuis l'océan sont exceptionnelles. Pensez à prévoir des habits chauds, le vent est assez froid... Une expérience que nous recommandons !!!

Date of experience: May 2019


Nos acercamos hasta un pequeño pueblo de Iranda llamado Ventry que se encuentra muy cerca del conocido pueblo de Dingle. Allí cogimos un barco que nos llevó hasta las islas de Blasket donde dimos un paseo con unas vistas inmejorables. Tras el paseo, el barco nos volvió a recoger y nos llevó mar adentro para poder ver ballenas y delfines.¡Y la verdad es que vimos unas 6 ballenas y muchos delfines! Creo que es una experiencia muy bonita y que puede ser una excursión perfecta para complementar la estancia en el pueblo de Dingle.¡El trato y la atención del personal fue excepcional!

Date of experience: August 2015


Con un poco de suerte en el tiempo y, sobre todo, el estado de la mar, la excursión es magnífica. Las islas son algo impresionante como paisaje. A destacar lo que llaman "la catedral". Se ven focas grises y multitud de aves acuáticas, especialmente "frailecillos". Con suerte, y en la época adecuada, también delfines y ballenas.

Date of experience: July 2012

Esperienza fantastica

Ho partecipato ad un tour pomeridiano verso Great Blasket Island. Al dilà dei paesaggi mozzafiato, abbiamo incontrato diverse specie tra cui foche, delfini e balenottere. Una natura bellissima e un team molto competente ed amichevole. Anche l'imbarcazione è in ottime condizioni. Bellissimo.

Date of experience: April 2017


Un'esperienza indimenticabile per noi e per i nostri figli: ai confini del mondo eppure solo ad un'ora di macchina dalle località più turistiche. Mick e Britta hanno saputo consigliarci e gestire un gruppo particolare come il nostro, con tanti bambini, molti dei quali piccoli. Il tour vale anche solo per gli splendidi paesaggi che si vedono, ma incontrare delfini, balene e foche è qualcosa che lo rende indimenticabile. I nostri figli ne parlano come la più bella esperienza di tutto il viaggio in Irlanda, ed io sottoscrivo.

Date of experience: August 2016

Marine Life around Dingle Bay and the Blasket Islands

From a huge variety of Whales including Humpback, Minke, Fin and Killer Whales to Seals, Dolphins, Basking Sharks and Blue Fin Tuna - and of course some of the best seabird watching in the World - Diving Gannets, Manx shearwaters, Storm Petrels, Puffins guillemots and Razorbills. Dingle Bay and the Blasket Islands is a marine wildlife paradise and will leave you with unforgettable memories. It is undoubtedly on of the best locations in Ireland for Whale watching.

Whale watching, dolphin and birdwatching tours, Blasket islands, Dingle bay, Ireland

Eco tours. marine tours, wildlife tours, boat tours, Dingle Bay, Kerry, Ireland.

micksheeran skipperWelcome to Blasket Islands Eco Marine Tours, your Irish wildlife tour specialist for whale watching and dolphin and bird watching trips on the Dingle Peninsula,Co Kerry, Ireland.

Here, in the spectacularly beautiful Atlantic waters of Dingle Bay, we regularly encounter at least five species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins), with porpoises, common dolphins, bottlenose and risso’s dolphins and minke whales the most frequently observed species.

Orcas (killer whales) can occasionally be observed in passage, and humpback and fin whales show up in these waters in the late summer and autumn months.

Our eco tour will take you below the breathtaking cliffs below the Slea Head Drive and the towering Cathedral Rocks of Inis na Bro, where we regularly come up close to the world’s second largest fish, the giant basking shark.

We visit the remote islands of Inis na Bro, Inisvickalaun and Tearaght where tens of thousands of migrating seabirds nest during the summer months, amongst them puffins, Manx shearwaters and storm petrels. Diving gannets, coming from their 25000 pair strong colony on the Skellig Islands, lead us to the fish-rich feeding grounds where they share their prey with foraging whales and dolphins.

The Great Blasket Island and its smaller neighbour Beginish are home to a colony of about 700 grey seals. Their inquisitiveness and curiosity brings them close to our boat when we approach them on our trip around the islands.

A large herd of native Irish red deer is thriving on Inisvickalaun, and we regularly spot the stags' antlers protruding from behing the island's rocks

The Eco Marine Tour will be leaving from the harbour pier in Ventry village (Ceann Tra), situated at the head of a magnificent 2-mile-long sandy beach. Village facilities include a shop,  post office, café/potterry, restaurant and pub.

The eco tour boat, the MV Blasket Princess

A 43ft Aquastar with a flying bridge for perfect wildlife viewing, is skippered by Mick Sheeran. Having lived on the Great Blasket Island and spent most of his life fishing and taking passengers to and around the Blaskets, he has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the area and will design every trip individually according to the wildlife distribution and the prevailing weather and tidal conditions.

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A wildlife guide on board will answer any questions about wildlife encountered on the eco tour. The MV Blasket Princess is fully approved by the Dept of Transport and has all necessary safety, communication and navigational equipment. It has a marine toilet and inside seating for 20 passengers. Check TOURS for schedule, pricing and booking info Come west along the road and leave your worries behind. Welcome Aboard !

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Personnel and Community

skipper mick sheeranBlasket Islands Eco Marine Tours is managed by Michael [Mick] Sheeran who also skippers the tour boat “Blasket Princess”. Mick has spent his life as a commercial fisherman and ferry operator around the Blasket Islands and has now turned his hand to ecotourism, as fishing stocks dwindled and he wants to share and educate people in the wonderful biodiversity of the marine ecosystem that is Dingle Bay and the Blasket Islands. He lives in Ventry – Ceann Trá – a couple of hundred yards from Ventry pier – Cé Cheann Trá - the departure point for the boat tour.

skipper mick sheeran Britta Wilkens is a local wildlife guide and walking guide and also sells home knitted woolly jumpers and woolly hats at the local farmers’ market in Holy Ground Carpark, Dingle town every Friday [0900 – 1430hrs.]. We hope our visitors can share her enthusiasm for wildlife (especially birds) while she is on board as wildlife guide (afternoon tour 1300 – 1700 hrs.). Britta also lives within a couple of hundred yards of Ventry pier.

skipper mick sheeran Richard Creagh BSc (Hons) who hails from Cork originally and is now living in West Kerry is the zoologist on board and Richard has been interested in natural history from a young age and is particularly passionate about the sea and marine wildlife. Coupled with this interest is a love of photography as can be seen in his website www.richardcreagh.com In 2016 Richard co-authored the first travel guide dedicated to Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way and put West Kerry and the Great Blasket Island on the front cover! Other interests include rock climbing, mountaineering, surfing and sea kayaking. Link for the Wild Atlantic Way Guidebook Threerockbooks.com


Boat and Boat Tours

bm under steam“Blasket Princess” is a 43 ft. Aquastar with flying bridge for wildlife viewing, inside seating for 20 passengers and a marine toilet on board. She has twin John Deere 220h.p. marine diesel inboard engines. You may have heard the term “Nothing runs like a Deere” and we keep our engines in optimum condition with regular servicing for best fuel efficiency and emission control. As part of our marine tours and landing on the Great Blasket Island we use two Zodiac tenders with minimum power requirements of 15hp each and 4 stroke for max. efficiency and min. fuel consumption and emmissions.We normally run the main boat engines at half to three quarter throttle [1700 rpm out of a max. of 2400 rpm] and our fuel consumption per engine is approx. 1.8 gals/hr @ 9 knots, which we believe is very fuel efficient for a 44 passenger vessel. AS this is equivalent in terms to that of a small passenger bus, if visitors wish to lighten their own footprint on any of our boat tours we offer free passenger pickup from Dingle town for groups of ten or more with a local bus operator Dingle Shuttle Bus ph: 087 2504767 web: www.dingleshuttlebus.com ; we also encourage people to walk from Dingle town to Ventry village and pier via scenic “high road” ( 5 miles) and we will try to arrange lifts back or car pool with some of the other passengers on board for the return journey and we also encourage passengers to hire a bicycle from Paddy’s Bike Shop on Dykegate [pronounced “dagget”] Lane, Dingle ph. 066 9152311 or www.paddysbikeshop.com and we will reimburse them the costs of the bike hire.

So, get on your bike to the Blaskets!

Conservation and Education

rissosdolphinsBlasket Islands Eco Marine Tours is passionately interested in conserving and protecting the marine and terrestrial environment in which we operate and educating people about the spiritual and mental values to be obtained from taking a nature trip in the Great Outdoors. On a practical level, apart from our own research, photo id and wildlife logging records, we also seek survey and conservation work with national and international agencies and NGOs. Previously we have conducted harbour porpoise population density surveys in Blasket Islands marine SAC [ Special Area of Conservation] for NPWS [ National Parks and Wildlife Service] www.npws.ie per IWDG [Irish Whale and Dolphin Group] www.iwdg.ie  and also inshore cetacean density surveys from Mizen Head, Cork to Aran Islands, Galway.

tern2We are proud sponsors of a mixed - 2 men, 2 women - neamhóg race (currach, traditional 26 ft. canvas covered canoe on oak laths) at our local Ventry Regatta and also often subsidise tours for local primary school children and scouts groups as a first step towards their appreciation of the Great Outdoors. None of this would be possible without the financial input from our visitors who take our regular boat trips. “Ar scath a chéile a maireann na daoine” mar a deireann an seanfhocal - “People prosper by supporting each other”- Irish proverb.


Footprints in the sand - our aim

HumpbackNickMassettOur aim as an ecotourism travel company is to leave as small a footprint as possible and if we do leave a footprint we hope it will be like the pattern a whale fluke leaves on the water after sounding or footprints on the sand, washed clean by the next tide. We have only one ocean, one life, one planet. Let us work together to try and leave it as we found it, or possibly even leave it a better place for future generations to enjoy. As a visitor you are contributing to the success of our sustainable tourism enterprise, contributing to the local economy and supporting the local community. Please feel free to exchange your ideas with us and help spread the idea of green and responsible tourism around the planet.

We encourage all our customers and guests to stay, play, shop and eat local and if you want a list of local services and facilities please press the "Contact Us" button and the drop down menu for "Links". We hope you enjoy your stay.


"Ar scath a chéile a maireann na daoine" - an Irish "seanfhocal" or proverb meaning we are all one community




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