Boat Trips

Join a 2, 4 or 8 hour guided boat trip with New Quay’s experts to see bottlenose dolphins, porpoises, seals and birds that visit this beautiful part of the Welsh coastline.

By booking your dolphin watching boat trip with Dolphin Survey Boat Trips you are supporting a local eco-tourism business and the research of the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre as each trip carries a volunteer researcher from CBMWC.

Trips run daily, weather permitting, from Easter until the end of October. Please call 01545 560 032 for more information.

Please note that sightings are not guaranteed as these are wild animals.

2015 boat trip prices (children 16 years and under; children under 12 months go free)


1.5 hour trip £17.50 adult, £10 child
2 hour trip £20 adult, £12 child

Anna Lloyd

4 hour trip – £38 adult, £22 child
8 hour (all day) trip – £60 per person

For information and to book

Telephone the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre 01545 560 032 (9am to 5pm) or visit the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, open daily from 9am to 5pm (6pm during the summer holidays). Always telephone to check for  trip times and length of trips running as these can change daily depending on the forecasted weather conditions.

Please note emails are not checked daily so please call rather than email as the information regarding trip times is not held in the office but in the visitor centre.

For out of hous enquiries please contact Steve Hartley on 07796 135 490

Dolphin Survey Boat Trip vessels only carry a maximum of 12 passengers.

All day surveys

This is your opportunity to join CBMWC and Dolphin Survey Boat Trips on an all day (minimum 8 hour) cetacean survey in Cardigan Bay with researchers collecting important information on marine species in Cardigan Bay and the surrounding waters. It’s a great opportunity to see some fantastic marine life, to contribute to dolphin conservation in Cardigan Bay as well as an opportunity to join a team of experts.

As well as Cardigan Bay’s Big Three – bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises and Atlantic grey seals (and seal pups on surveys during the pupping season September/October) – sightings in previous years have included a fantastic encounter with common dolphins (an unusual sight in Cardigan Bay), sunfish, numerous jellyfish species, possible Minke whale and an amazing sighting of a thresher shark. And for those keen twitchers there were many wonderful sightings of sea birds including gannets, Manx shearwaters, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, puffins (and pufflings), skuas, scoters, great views of nesting auk colonies in particular on New Quay headland – a fantastic sight from April until end of June when the adults and their chicks head out to sea.

Need we say more? Other than beautiful sunsets over Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea, of course.

Surveys will be conducted aboard Dolphin Survey Boat Trips’ new motor vessel, Anna Lloyd. Anna Lloyd is a state of the art catamaran which are famous for their increased stability and thus perfect for long days at sea. Anna Lloyd is licensed for 12 passengers and equipped with part-sheltered deck, toilet, facilities for making hot drinks and a heated wheel-house with seating and a table area for those wishing to risk dining at the Captain’s table!

2015 dates:

Friday 3rd April
Saturday 18th April
Saturday 2nd May
Friday 22nd May
Friday 5th June
Friday 19th June
Wednesday 1st July
Saturday 4th July
Wednesday 15th July
Friday 17th July
Tuesday 28th July
Thursday 30th July
Saturday 1st August
Wednesday 5th August
Saturday 8th August
Friday 21st August
Sunday 30th August
Friday 11th September
Sunday 27th September
Friday 9th October
Saturday 24th October

Please note in addition to scheduled dates, we will also be running all day surveys at short notice to take advantage of any ideal weather conditions. If you would like to be included on a mailing list to be notified of these short notice surveys then please contact CBMWC on Also keep an eye on our website, Facebook page and Twitter feeds for updates.

For more details and to book your place on one of these unique boat trips please call CBMWC on 01545 560 032 between 10am and 4pm. The cost is £60 per person for the day, payable in advance. Full refunds will be given if trips are cancelled by Dolphin Survey Boat Trips. Places must be booked in advance due to limited spaces. All trips will depart from New Quay harbour and will last approximately 8 hours (occasionally longer depending on survey route for the day). Trip details will be confirmed upon booking.

Hot drinks will be provided but please bring your own food, warm clothing, binoculars, sensible shoes and don’t forget your camera!

Please remember that these are wild animals, sightings cannot be guaranteed and that you are joining a scientific survey.