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A group of bottlenose dolphins breaching

A group of bottlenose dolphins breaching

A group of four bottlenose dolphins pictured breaching the surface as they socialise near our dolphin spotting boats Ermol 5 and 6 during a trip along the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation, West Wales.
A group of bottlenose dolphins breaching

Boat Trips, free entry

Booking Office,
The Pier,
New Quay,
SA45 9NW




New Quay is situated at the heart of Cardigan Bay where hundreds of bottlenose dolphins are resident in the waters peaking between April and October but to a lesser degree all year round. Our dolphin spotting boat trips are the best way to optimise your chances of a close encounter with these wild dolphins, in their natural environment and our skippers respect the conservation code so your enjoyment won't be at the expense of the dolphins'.

During our trips you will also learn about the lives of the bottlenose dolphins and why they choose to reside in Cardigan Bay and all the other marine wildlife which thrive within the Special Area of Conservation.

Your crew and skipper will guide you while you travel down the coast to passing seal haul-out areas, an auk colony, and sites of interest. The longer trips will travel further down the coast as far as the peninsular of Ynys Lochtyn, five miles along the coast, near to the village of Llangrannog. The tip of Lochtyn island is a natural feeding area for the dolphins and one of the best places to look when they are not spotted in and around New Quay bay, they are not always there but it is a stunning place to visit and the journey has amazing views.

We are the original multi-passenger boat company on the west coast of Wales. When you make the decision to join a boat which can carry more people at once you help to reduce the number of boats resulting in a less intrusive method of watching dolphins, cutting down on the associated traffic from dolphin watching boats.

We don't chase the dolphins, we let the dolphins approach us and very often they come unbelievably close to the boat even with their young which gives us an unforgettable experience. Their frequent socialising and feeding activities are visible above the water as bottlenose dolphins can breach over four meters into the air, creating spectacular displays. This is not always close to the boat and naturally we cannot promise dolphins on every trip but we do our best to ensure each trip is enjoyable and interesting.

We are associated with the SeaWatch Foundation and by paying for your seat you are making the trip possible for a volunteer researcher who can travel for free on board who will then have the opportunity to monitor the wildlife from the sea rather than from land. The Sea Watch Foundation monitor the bottlenose dolphins on behalf of the welsh government and rely solely on donations for their valuable scientific work. If you have the time, please visit the charity's website and learn more about what they do around the U.K. and the Cardigan Bay monitoring project:

During all our trips, the experienced skipper and crew will keep their eyes on the water but you are advised to do so too as there is also the possibility of spotting a much less obvious harbour porpoise. Keep your eyes on the skies throughout the trip, gannets, shearwaters, oystercatchers, cormorants & shags and depending on the time of year auks in their thousands will be seen as well as various gull species and even the rare chough if you are ‘eagle eyed’.

Sunfish are spotted every season but not as regularly of course as the numerous Atlantic grey seals which often pop up to see who is passing through their territory. Join us and enjoy an unrivalled experience from start to finish, hop on board for a day you won’t forget! Thank you for reading - see you on the water.

Boat Route: New Quay - Birds Rock (I hour) | New Quay - Llangrannog (2 hours)

Duration: 1.5 hour or 2 hour trips

Accepts groups

Opening details

Operational every day weather permitting from late March to late October. See our website for schedule.


Free entry

Boat Trip Tickets:

I hour trip: Adult £15.00 | Child £10.00
2 hour trip: Adult £25.00 | Child £15.00

If you purchase a ticket in advance and we are forced to cancel the trip due to weather for example, you can re-book your trip for an alternative time or date or be fully reimbursed. Please note, we do not stop running when it is raining. Check the weather and dress accordingly, remember it is always colder at sea. Feel free to call for advice on this and anything else.

Covid Safe


Booking Office,
The Pier,
New Quay,
SA45 9NW

Location and nearby places


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Map reference: SN 389598  Lat: 52.21541 Long: -4.35795


By car:

By public transport: Rail Aberystwyth Bus T5 Aberystwyth through Cardigan


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