The Dingle Sea Safari offers a very alternative experience.
Arguably one of the most unique things to do Dingle, this tour offers you the chance to witness marine life in its natural environment.
From the sturdy open RIB you’ll see stunning Dingle coastline, caves, cliffs, seals, cormorants, puffins, dolphins and more.
Some quick need-to-knows about the Dingle Sea Safari
Although these Dingle Boat Tours are fairly straightforward, there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make your visit that bit more enjoyable.
Ticket prices for the tour are, at the time of typing, €85 per person (affiliate link). Please note that prices may change.
3. How long it lasts
These Dingle boat tours tend to last between 2.5 and 3 hours in total.
4. What to expect
You’ll see majestic cliffs, islands and sea caves along the coastline along with many marine mammals and birds. Dolphins love to jump in the wake of the boat and seals bask on the rocky shores.
About the Dingle Sea Safari
Dingle Sea Safaris take place in a commercial RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) that provides an exciting ride with unobstructed viewing. The fleet includes a range of sizes from 8-11.5m in length.
They are powered by two 245bhp Yamaha diesel engines and can reach thrilling speeds of up to 33-50 knots (38-57mph).
The trip takes in the breathtaking coastline of Dingle Bay all the way to the Blasket Islands. Each tour takes a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 persons .
Sea Safaris are led by an experienced captain who will also provide plenty of interesting information about the marine creatures and the locality as you ride the waves.
Nothing is more exciting than seeing birds and marine-life in their own natural habitat. Every safari is different but you’re likely to see many gulls, seabirds, seals, dolphins and more.
What you’ll see (and hopefully see) on the Dingle Sea Safari tour
One of the reasons that the Sea Safari is one of the more popular things to do for families in Dingle is due to the volume of things you see along the way, like:
You may see hundreds of seals swimming or basking on the shores around the Great Blasket Islands. It is one of the largest colonies of seals in Ireland. Learn about their thick fur and layer of blubber that keeps them warm in these cold Atlantic waters.
You may see young seal pups that are fed on fat-rich milk from their mothers. They grow fast, gaining 3-5 pounds a day. Seals are able to go stay underwater for 2 hours.
Cute puffins with their orange and black banded beaks can be seen off the West Coast Ireland between March and July.
They are most commonly spotted bobbing on the waves and resting when not swimming and diving for fish. You’ll get plenty of photo ops on your Sea Safari from the RIB.
3. Whales and dolphins
Even more thrilling is the chance to spot dolphins and whales. Dolphins love to swim along beside the RIB, leaping in the white water wake. These Atlantic waters around West Kerry are also a great place for whale sightings.
Look for the telltale water spouts or perhaps the salute of a tail fluke as they dive. Whales traverse this shoreline in migratory seasons and sightings include Minke Whales, Humpbacks, Fin Whales and black-and-white Killer Whales (Orca).
4. Islands and coastline
The trip provides an up-close look at the remote Great Blasket Islands that were once inhabited before the Great Famine. You’ll also see many beaches, rock formations, arches and caves carved out by the sea.
It’s a great way to take in the breathtaking beauty of the Dingle Peninsula from the water.
Things to do near the Dingle Sea Safari
One of the beauties of the Sea Safari is that it’s a short spin away from many of the best places to visit in Kerry.
Below, you’ll find a handful of things to see and do a stone’s throw from these Dingle Boat Tours (plus places to eat and where to grab a post-adventure pint!).
1. Food in the town
Back on terra firma you’ll have worked up an appetite. There are heaps of really good places to eat in Dingle. The Fish Box is unreal for tasty fish and chips and their fishbowl includes seafood caught on their own trawler. My Boy Blue does fantastic breakfasts before you set sail and the upscale Boat Yard Restaurant serves Kerry lamb, homemade burgers and more.
2. The Slea Head Drive
Discover beautiful and remote Slea Head on a 47km circular drive around the Dingle Peninsula. Slea Head Drive (Slí Cheann Sléibhe in Irish) is one of Ireland’s most scenic routes, starting and ending in Dingle. It passes Gaeltacht villages, historic sites, Dunbeg Fort, Beehive Huts, a Hollywood film location and glimpses of the Blasket and Skellig Islands.
3. Beaches Galore
There’s some gorgeous beaches near Dingle. Visit Coumeenoole Beach surrounded by steep cliffs with views of the Blasket Islands. Ventry, Bandon Bay, Inch Beach, Béal Bán and Wine Strand are all beautiful places to spend a sunny day.
FAQs about the Dingle boat tours
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘How much are they?’ to ‘What do you see?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
Is the Dingle Sea Safari worth doing?
Yes. This tour offers a very unique insight into the marine life around the peninsula and it provides a wonderfully unique perspective of the stunning Dingle coastline.
Can you still see dolphins in Dingle?
Yes. However, please keep in mind that Dingle’s famous resident dolphin, Fungie, sadly hasn’t been seen for several years now.
Gillian Birch is a travel writer and published author. She has travelled the world and uses her personal journals and memories to write about her many travel experiences, particularly those that involved adventures in Ireland.