whale watch west cork
recent sightings of whales and dolphins, © Pádraig Whooley, IWDG
book your west cork whale watching trip, © Pádraig Whooley, IWDG
amazing gallery of photgraphs, © Mike Brown Photography

Testimonials & Media

I stopped counting when I got to 37 dolphins. The jumping, diving, jostling pod had surrounded our catamaran like a gang of silver grey muggers, but my attention had been sidetracked by two bulky, menacing shapes to the left of the group......

Ian Belcher, The Guardian

A giant head broke the surface and a plume of spray erupted seven metres into the air. The head was followed by the graceful arch of an enormous back and, several seconds later, by a small curved dorsal fin...

Calvin Jones. The Countryman

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marine life in west cork waters, © Ian Slevin
For more information: call 028-36832/086 3273226

Whale Watching West Cork with Colin Barnes

WHALE WATCH WITH COLIN BARNES is a wonderful opportunity to encounter marine wildlife here in West Cork.  These coastal waters are a rich, natural habitat for whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea birds, along with a prolific fish life.

Colin was the first to establish whale watching in West Cork.  His trips run throughout the year, focussing on the seasons when cetaceans are most abundant.  

With a passion for wildlife since he was five years old, Colin has made these waters a life time study for the last thirty five years, living by and working on the sea.  His experiences have given him a sound understanding of local marine ecology.  He has a proven track record second to none in finding cetaceans and providing superb close encounters for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and researchers alike.

the holly jo whale ship west cork, © Pádraig Whooley, IWDG

The "Holly Jo" Vessel

As Ireland’s first and foremost WHALE WATCH boat lauched in 2001, the ‘Holly Jo’ is a thirty six-foot catamaran, chosen by Colin for her sea-keeping ability, comfort and manoeuvrability.   She is a brilliant platform for unimpeded ocean views with all round hand rail support, her bows low enough for even a toddler to safely watch the wildlife below.

The spacious deck provides for outside seating and picnics.  The enclosed cabin has upholstered seating and a little galley for free tea and coffee. There is a toilet on board.

‘Holly Jo’ is licensed and insured to carry twelve passengers and is fully equipped for safety(with a sixteen man life raft) and first aid, with life jackets for all ages.

Whale Watching Timetable

WHALE WATCH TRIPS are of four hours’ duration. 

Summer Timetable
10.00am to 2.00 pm
3.00pm to 7.00 pm
Winter Timetable
10.30am to 2.30 pm

Bookings can be made by telephoning:
(00-353)028-36832 or (00-353) 086-327-3226.

whales watching west cork waters, © Pádraig Whooley, IWDG
As the busy summer holiday season approaches, Colin would strongly advise advance booking to ensure your date of choice.