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Shearwater Coastal Cruises and Dive Chartering ‑ CLOSED

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Pwllheli, United Kingdom
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About Shearwater Coastal Cruises and Dive Chartering
Dolphin watching in Cardigan Bay from our purpose-built, large, stable and roomy catamaran cruiser "Shearwater". We operate from Pwllheli, in the north of Cardigan Bay, visiting offshore seal and seabird colonies and we are usually accompanied by the resident dolphins. We undertake dolphin monitoring and Photo-ID surveys of the dolphin population on behalf of the 'Seawatch Foundation', the leading charitable orgainisation monitoring cetaceans around the coast of the UK. We also see large puffin colonies and get really close to the friendly seals of our offshore islands.
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Helen S wrote a review Aug 2016
Kendal, United Kingdom115 contributions42 helpful votes
Did this cruise back in September 2014 wit my partner and my parents. We all had a throughly enjoyable time and are hoping that we can do this again this September when we return.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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twelvequid wrote a review May 2015
Mold, United Kingdom39 contributions8 helpful votes
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We found the boat to be a good size for the amount of people on the tour and the commentary was very informative. With wildlife, of course, there are no guarantees, but the tour was worth the money anyway. If you are visiting this area then it is definitely worth considering going on the Shearwater cruise.
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Date of experience: July 2014
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75wendy24 wrote a review Jan 2015
Welshpool, United Kingdom3 contributions3 helpful votes
Really amazing cruise on the lleyn peninsula with its spectacular scenery. we picked a lovely sunny calm afternoon we saw dolphins 3 times on our trip Amazing! The birds were nesting on the cliffs truly spectacular sight. the seals basking on the rocks to my sheer delight. Alan and crew do a wonderful job they take time to stop see everything in detail and get up close to the animals and birds super day out would of loved to go with them again x
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Date of experience: June 2014
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CaptainQuickie wrote a review Nov 2014
Puerto Aventuras, Mexico132 contributions60 helpful votes
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Where to start. During our family vacation in North Wales, we decided, as a family, to hire a local charter boat as this is what we do where we are from. After reading the reviews on TA, I knew this was the right choice. The Website was very informational and straight forward. Booking done with one quick phone call and instructions to contact the Captain at 8 PM that evening just to confirm after he did his due diligence with the weather report (I am a Captain myself and this was icing on the cake in my books). The next morning we went, as per instructed, to the local boat supplies store where the payment was made and we were directed to the meeting point at the marina. All very easily located as per the indications. Prior to the scheduled departure time, we were welcomed aboard a spotless vessel at near capacity and given a very brief, thorough and fun introduction of the vessel, crew and safety briefing explaining the do's and don'ts and what to expect during the excursion with no promises made as far as mother nature is concerned. Once we left the marina as we chugged along, the Captain and First mate made rounds with all guests answering questions and having very friendly conversations. It was not long before the Captain caught the attention of his first mate and they announced approaching dolphins. The vessel was slowed down to idle so that we would be surrounded by a pod of approx 8 dolphins that never seemed scared or concerned with our presence. Much to the contrary, it seemed like they were happy to see us. This went on for about 20 minutes. After the dolphins left, the crew picked up speed and directed toward the next destination. Many different beaches were pointed out to us which we chose to visit later in the week by land and were not disappointed by the many recommendations (will review those specific attractions separately). We they approached majestic cliffs that North Wales coastline has to offer. Due to the amazingly flat sea, the crew was able to get really close to the coastline where we were able to spot seals and their yearlings (babies). These were very tucked away in the shadows of the caves during low tide and would have not noticed them myself if not pointed out by the crew. At this point, my wife decided to take our 1 year old below to the indoor seating area as she did want to explore. I remained up top with our 2 year old. After a while I realized that I was very comfortable with the ability of the crew and decided to join my wife below and my 2-year old and I decided to lie down on one of the salon sofas and take a nap to the one of my favorite feelings in the world, a moving vessels lapping the small waves. My wife eventually woke me and my daughter up as with the high tide, some rock islands were covered with a multitude of seals taking in the sun. We went out the the bow area to fully appreciate the amazing weather and un-bothered sea life. At this point, the first mate began to offer tea, coffee and biscuits. to all aboard. The tea was a great treat considering the nap I had just awaken form .Due to the tides, we did have to be back to the marina at a specific time, which was fully disclosed during the reservation process. There were albums of fotos that the crew had taken throughout the years of all the wildlife and landscape (including sunrises and sunsets) which was a great amenity when one has young children to entertain. Like our own business, I noticed much literature geared toward creating awareness of preserving and caring for nature as well as information of locally run charities with preservation as its focus. This made me feel great about the choice we had made. We returned to the marina and the crew thanked us all and wished us all well. I will point out that the vessel is wheel chair accessible as there was 2 individuals with disabilities and they were given priority boarding and disembarking (rightfully so). Under no circumstances was there any inconvenience to any other guests due to the wheel chairs on board as there was ample room on the specifically well designed vessel. I thank you guy, once again, for and amazing day of fun under the sun with those near and dear to me. Happy sailing!!! Captain Quickie
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Date of experience: September 2014
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Laurence S wrote a review Aug 2014
Warrington, United Kingdom26 contributions17 helpful votes
excellent afternoon cruise. pick sunny day, flat sea low tide. The vessel is modern with upper deck and comfortable. Alan, both skipper and owner is very knowledgeable on both the coastal geology and marine life - provides continuous commentary. outstanding skill at holding the boat literally alongside basking seals also exploring St Tudwal island. Manages to find dolphins and close up without stressing.been twice,route adjusted to maximise conditions .Chance of seabirds on Gull islands, including puffins
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Date of experience: September 2013
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