New quay boat trips with Bottlenose dolphins in Cardigan Bay

Best time to see dolphins in Cardigan Bay


If you’re lucky enough to visit Cardigan Bay at the right time of year, your chances of stumbling upon a pod of bottle-nosed dolphins are high. These playful creatures are fascinating to observe and boat trips can help you get up close and personal with them whilst out on the water. Here’s everything you need to know about dolphin spotting in Cardigan Bay.

Dolphins are playful and fascinating visitors to Cardigan Bay

Dolphins are mammals that have evolved to live in water. Dolphins’ bodies are streamlined for fast swimming, with small flippers for steering and two powerful tail flukes.

Dolphins live in pods of up to 100 dolphins or more; they are playful creatures that enjoy interacting with humans when given the chance!

In spring, summer and into early autumn, there are dolphin boat trips available

In spring, summer and into early autumn, there are boat trips available that allow you to observe the dolphins during their feeding periods.

Dolphins feed all year round but they are more likely to be seen in the mornings and evenings when they come out of the water to breathe. They can also be seen on calm days as they are less at risk of getting caught in a stormy sea.

The best time of day for dolphin spotting is usually in the late morning or early afternoon

The best time of day for dolphin spotting is usually in the late morning or early afternoon, although dolphins are most active in the early morning and late afternoon. They tend to be less active during midday, as this is when they are looking for food. In winter, dolphins are more likely to be seen at night than during daylight hours, because it is harder for them to find food in cold water.

Schedule your trip for the right time of year

If you want the best chance of spotting dolphins on your diving trip, then it’s important to choose an operator that has local knowledge.

A good tour operator will have a good reputation and will have been operating for some time. They should also have a good safety record and offer the right type of boat for your needs — whether that’s one that’s suitable for children or one that offers extra space to move around in as well as seating areas where groups can congregate.


There are many ways in which you can experience the beautiful landscape and wildlife of Cardigan Bay, including boat trips that will allow you to see dolphins up close. It is important that you do your research before booking one of these trips, as it is not always easy to find out if there will be any sightings during your visit. The best way to increase your chances of seeing these playful creatures is by choosing an operator with local knowledge about where they can be found at certain times of year – so make sure they have plenty of experience!

If you’re looking to book an unforgettable dolphin spotting experience in Cardigan Bay, contact us today at Seamor.

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