Dolphin Survey Boat Trips

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The spectacular Ceredigion Marine Heritage Coast is widely known for its unspoilt character and wildlife. Dolphin Survey Boat Trips based in New Quay on the Mid Wales Coast, operate a choice of Boat Trips from 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours or all day.

Expert owner/skipper Steve Hartley has over 35 years professional boating experience and has been running New Quay boat trips since 1996. Steve is the founder of the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre and was involved in establishing the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation.

Dolphin Survey Boat Trips know the habits and usual locations of the Cardigan Bay dolphins and other marine mammals and although sitings of dolphins are not guaranteed, there is plenty of other wildlife to see including harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals, as well as a wide variety of marine birds, such as razorbills and guillemots. There are also regular visitors to the waters around New Quay, which include sunfish, basking sharks and leatherback turtles

1.5 hours, 2 hours, 4 hours or all day research surveys aboard our 10m hard boats Sulaire and Anna Lloyd, with volunteers from the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre joining us to collect valuable data on the marine life encountered during our trips.

Enjoy the dolphins, porpoise, seals and birds that visit this beautiful part of the Welsh coastline, whilst taking part in this valuable research. You will have plenty of room to move around, take photos, and enjoy the fantastic scenery of Cardigan Bay on this 8 hour trip. The limited number of passengers (only 12) mean that you have a chance to tap into the unique expertise of the skipper to answer your questions about the wildlife and scenery.

New Quay boat trips usually follow a set route within the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation. A researcher from Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre joins each boat trip and records the boat’s position and environmental information, as well as sightings data of large marine animals on a series of survey forms.

Your eco-tourism experience helps this important research.

The ‘Sulaire’ is a 33ft modern charter boat,comprehensively equipped with the latest safety equipment and is fully licensed and insured for 12 passengers.

Toilet and part sheltered deck. Hot and cold drinks provided

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
1.5 hour trip£14.00 per child
1.5 hour Trip£25.00 per adult
i Hour Whole Boat Charter£140.00 per group

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • On-site light refreshments


  • Children welcome

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

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Public Transport Directions

Public Transport Information - The nearest railway station is Aberystwyth, which is 24 miles away.

Dolphin Survey Boat Trips

Type:Boat Trips

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, Cilgraig, Gilfachreda, New Quay, Ceredigion, SA45 9SP

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Opening Times

Season (1 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)

* Boat trips run from beginning of April to the end of October. Please see website for full details

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