Irish Sea Wildlife Weekend Tour
July 4 - July 7£155 – £719
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and share your weekend with whales, dolphins, wallabies, sharks, seals and seabirds you do not have to go very far. The Isle of Man in rich in history and unique culture but it is the islands wildlife which is of particular importance to us. The skies are full with many British species and so many seabirds you will not know where to look; in addition to the birds you will not have to wait long to see dolphins, porpoises, seals, whales and the worlds second largest fish, basking sharks as the waters all around the island teem with life. Staying in local accommodation and using the best local guides on the island you will be in safe hands when it comes to seeing the best that British wildlife has to offer.
Over 50 bird species
Two whale & shark watching trips
Fields of beuatiful wildflowers
Up to 9 marine mammal species
Rare British lizards found
Excellent Basking Shark sightings
Top Animals on Tour
Tour Dates: 10/7/2024 – 12/7/2024
Duration: 3 nights
Type / Focus: Sharks & Whales
Today you will catch the ferry over to the Isle of Man. Once you arrive on the island you will be met by your zoologist escort and transferred to Douglas and your accommodation, level – 3* Bed and Breakfast (Star Edelweiss Hotel). You will arrive around 14:00 and have the rest of the day to sightsee around Douglas and enjoy a welcome to Isle of Man evening meal.
Land Based Wildlife Tour
This morning a very knowledgeable local guide will collect you from your accommodation and take you on an exploration of the island to see its many natural wonders. This tour will take in locations such as The Ayres, where common lizards bask on sunny days and Arctic skuas play havoc with the local gannets and Manx shearwaters; Ballaglass, where a walk through this mature British woodland can bring you up close and personal with British birds and wild flowers, you may also get to see the red-necked wallabies which have a growing colony in the Ballaugh Curraghs. All the time during the day you will want to keep an eye out on the horizon and in the sea. Rissos dolphins, common bottlenose dolphins, minke whales, grey seals and of course basking sharks are all commonly seen around the coast. You will have a packed lunch along the way and your evening meal back at your accommodation; level – 3* Bed and Breakfast (Star Edelweiss Hotel).
Boat Based Wildlife Tour
This morning you will be taken to Peel on the west coats of the island board your boat for the day. You will have a three hour trip this morning which will hopefully find many of Britains hidden wildlife gems. British waters are home to some of the worlds largest populations of grey and harbour seals in the world, 24 out of 26 European species of whales and dolphins and of course during the summer British waters play host to the worlds second largest fish; basking sharks. You will have a three hour cruise followed by a lunch break back on dry land before a second three hour trip out during the afternoon. During the trip we will aim to find basking sharks which aggregate in the Irish Sea due to the high plankton levels during the summer. They cruise the surface waters with their huge filter feeding mouth open and are a brilliant animal to admire and watch as they peacefully glide through the water. We will also search for harbour porpoises, short-beaked common dolphins, common bottlenose dolphins, Rissos dolphin, minke whales, killer whales, fin whales, long-finned pilot whales as well as finding the playful grey seals which live here in large numbers. After your full day out on the boat you will have your evening meal at your accommodation, level – 3* Bed and Breakfast (Star Edelweiss Hotel).
After breakfast and depending on what time your ferry home is you maybe able to take a stroll around Douglas and take advantage of the Islands vintage transport system before leaving for home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.
The weather in July is usually very nice, the temperature being around 20-26 degrees but it can climb to around 30 degrees. But being Britain it can rain and be windy, plus the nights can be chilly.
Everything including in the above itinerary is including. The cost of chartering our own boat and skipper for two trips, all meals and some water (usually 1litre bottle of water per person per day), entrance fees, accommodation, transfers and fuel costs are all included. Your return ferry transport over to the island is also included. As well as a reference library of field guides for the area and professional zoologist escort for the whole trip.
We recommend that you bring your own pair of binoculars or scope, water proof clothing (incase the weather is not as nice as we hope), a light wind breaker for the days on the boat, sunglasses, suncream and a sunhat. It can also get cold on the boat and at night so a woolly hat, scarf and fleece are not a bad idea. Obviously comfortable walking shoes are a must. Any items of a personal nature such as medication are of course recommended if you need them. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera.
We have one or two spare pairs of binoculars (which can become very stretched in a group of 4 or 6 people when a golden eagle is spotted in the distance. There is the option for nocturnal spotlighting (subject to conditions) and the spotlight is included as are field guides, reference books and a small DVD library of wildlife documentaries focusing on the area we are in, A comprehensive species list of the vertebrates we will see is also included to help you keep track on our sightings. Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.
Nearly everything is included in the tour price only the following are at an extra cost.; travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three meals provided, any drinks soft or alcoholic and any souveniers, tips or other items of a personal nature.
There are no flights needed for this tour. Our tour starts from Liverpool docks as we get a ferry over to the Isle of Man from here.
Visas and Health Information
If you are a British citizen you do not need anything to enter the Isle of Man and citizens from members of the European Union do not require visas to visit the Isle of Man either. But please check with your embassy and the British High Commission to see if you are affected by any visa restrictions
There are no health restrictions or recommendations to visit the Isle of Man but please refer to your local GP for more information if you suffer from a pre-existing condition.
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