Additional Conference Programme
Dolphin Vision Quest led by Jason Cressey. A special opportunity to try this exciting guided visualisation technique in a supportive group setting. Takes about and hour and a half. Conference price: €15!! See Jasons website for more information about Dolphin Vision Quests in general.
Guided tour to Slea Head land-based whale-watching
3hrs, cost €5- €10 for transport. Chances of an early minke whale or basking shark, often porpoises, sometimes dolphins, always gannets and other seabirds and stupendous views of the islands. Led by experienced local guide. Bring binoculars or spotting scopes.
Whale-watching in West Cork
whole-day trip, cost €50 plus transport c.€20
* involves a 3hr minibus or car drive to Union Hall, West Cork, plus 4hr boat trip in small boats (12 passengers). May is unfortunately the worst month for guaranteed sightings, but dolphins are always possible year round, seals are probable, minke whales possible if it's an 'early' year, and a scenic cruise absolutely guaranteed. We'll know more by the start of the conference and will take bookings then, tick here just to show you might be interested! see also www.whale.ie
Dolphin-watching in the Shannon estuary ,
whole-day trip, cost €25 plus transport c.€30
* includes 3hr minibus or car drive to Carrigaholt, Co.Clare, via a half-hour ferry crossing Tarbert-Killimer with good chances of seeing dolphins, then the 2hr boat trip in medium sized boats (30 passengers) with almost guaranteed close sightings of bottlenose dolphins.
To the Great Blasket Island ,
half or whole day trip, cost c.€40
*includes car share to Dunquin, the most scenic harbour in Ireland; ferry to the island (40-seater). Bring packed lunch. Good chance of seeing grey seals, gannets, choughs, various sea-birds. The views from the island are unequalled on a clear day..! Time to walk the cliffs and ridges of the island, visit the weaver's cottage etc.
For a good history of the islands, see www.dingle-peninsula.ie/blaskets.html
In and around the Blasket Islands ,
half-day trip, cost c.€70
*includes car share to Dunquin, the most scenic harbour in Ireland; trip around the main island and to see one or more of the outlying islands, plus a short landing on the main island. Bring packed lunch. Hot drinks provided. Very good chances of seeing grey seals and many seabirds, reasonable chances of seeing cetaceans such as minke whales, Risso's dolphins, bottlenose dolphins or common dolphins. Spectacular cliff and coastal scenery. (Sea legs an asset on this trip as the swells can be heavy).