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“Fantastic Boat Trip - A Wonderful Experience”

Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in New Quay
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Owner description: DOLPHIN SPOTTING BOAT TRIPS by New Quay Boat Trips, open April to October, weather permitting we offer 1 and 2 Hour dolphin spotting trips every day (with occaisional 30 and 90 minute trips) along the beautiful Ceredigion coastline. Your experience begins boarding from the historic pier at the picturesque fishing village of New-Quay, our large stable, purpose built passenger boats are skippered by experienced boat masters who will be keeping a look-out for the many bottlense dolphins who reside in Cardigan Bay in season. Your experienced skipper and guide will carry you saefly along the Heritage Coast to Cwmtydu on the 1hr trip while providing an informative talk on the wildlife and local history, while those choosing the 2 hour trip will venture to Ynys Lochtyn allowing you more chance to spot dolphins. On both you will observe seal haul-out areas and bird nesting sights, all the time you will be in a Special Area of Conservation and will be observing a voluntry code of conduct to avid distubance to the willife. Upon encountering dolphins your skipper will slow down or stop and position the boat to give all passenger the best view without causing any disturbance to them. Bring your camera and you can even get involved with the important work of the Marine Conservation charity The Sea Watch Foundation. Don't miss a fascinating experience, we look forward to welcoming all ages aboard. For an alterantive experience we also offer 2 & 4 Hour fishing trips, suitable for all ages we include rod tackle, bait amd tuition. Group bookings are welcome on all our trips we are the only company locally who can accomodate parties larger than 12 persons. Therfore we are well equiped to cater for groups and school parties by arrangemment preferably. Dolphins are wild so we obvioosuly cannot guarantee spotting them every trip. Book at our office on the main pier or call us, we have an out of hours telephone number too. For more information, read about sightings and view more photo's, please Visit our website or find us on facebook (DolphinSpottingBoatTripsNewQuay). We accept cash, debit and credit cards. Babies under 2 years are free of charge and Dogs are welcome too.Thank-you for reading about our trips.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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“Fantastic Boat Trip - A Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

We went to New Quay specifically to go on a Dolphin Spotting Boat Trip after reading the positive reviews here on Trip Advisor.

Previous to going, I emailed the company for more information on the tours and they responded instantly and were very helpful.

We visited at the beginning of August. We had read on here that the first tour of the day (10.30am) is ideal because it tends to be quieter so we got up early and went down to the harbour to book our tickets at the booking office which was really easy to locate. The lady was very helpful and friendly, processed our payment and explained where the boat would go from.

We were also told by the lady on the desk that the sea conditions were very choppy just so that we could make an informed decision as to whether we wanted to go or not. We are both fine with boats so decided we would go for it. It was very choppy but that added to the experience! We had a fantastic time and we felt safe at all times. The only problem with the sea condition was that it made it very difficult to see dolphins. We did however see a male seal and a lion's mane jelly fish in addition to the lovely coastline and the nesting birds along the cliff face.

The next day the sea was much calmer so we decided to take another trip (11.30am), this time just the 1 hour one. Before we even left the harbour, we saw some dolphins so a much better result this time around! I lost count how many we saw during this tour.

The crew were very knowledgeable and even though we're pretty clued up on dolphins, we learnt some things we didn't know. The Seawatch Foundation volunteers who often go out on the boats were also very friendly and helpful.

The tours were very reasonably priced - £8 for 1 hour or £15 for 2 hours.

What a fantastic experience! I would highly recommend these tours. We will be going back again!

Visited August 2014
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
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“Superb, knowledgeable friendly guys”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Went out with Jonathan and Ani last Friday. We didn't see dolphins on the boat (they showed up later, typical :-) ), but had a brilliant trip as both were SO knowledgeable about the local wildlife, birds and area that it made the trip twice as interesting. Watching Ani feeding George the seagull....unique. Understanding more about the lives of the local wildlife was incredibly interesting. Will never go anywhere that has Dolphins in captivity again, thanks for that guys. Thoroughly recommend these guys

Visited August 2014
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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“Great offshore trip”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

We went on the 10:30 sailings for 2 hours 2 days running and had a completely different experience but both trips were fantastic. On day 1 the weather was sunny and sea calm and we saw Atlantic Grey seals basking in the sun on the rocks and around 6 Dolphins although not up close as they did not approach the boat. On day 2 the sea was awful and the crew were not sure how far up the coast we would get when we started but they did their best. We had great fun bumping across the waves on the outward journey and almost surfed the waves back. We saw a couple of baby Sun Fish and an Atlantic Grey Seal but sadly no Dolphins but given the bad conditions no surprise on that. On both trips the staff were excellent and very informative giving really good information during the trips and neither trips were rushed in any way. The cost was £37 for 2 adults and 1 child per trip which was really good value and by getting the early boat it was not full so plenty of room.

Visited August 2014
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Wales
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“Week End Away”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Vary good welcome and boat crew where exultant very helpful and gave a good talk about the wild life sea & birds

Visited August 2014
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Southwell, United Kingdom
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“super value trip”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Very good value boat trip run by friendly and informative crew. We didn't see any dolphins but the sea was very choppy so no surprise there. Our girls loved it and their highlight was being boarded by the RNLI during a training exercise.

Visited August 2014
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