Who are we?
Dingle Dolphin Boat Tours are the longest running boat tour association in Dingle. With over 30 years of experience on the water, we have been providing tours to thousands every year since 1987
Meet our crew
Our association consists of our skippers, office staff and tour guides
There are three vessels in our association
The Draíocht, meaning ‘magic’ is one of our newer vessels. This boat is licensed to carry 48 passengers plus 2 crew members
Skippered by Gary
The Suaimhneas, meaning ‘peace and tranquility’ is licensed to carry up to 35 passengers plus 2 crew members. This vessel is wheelchair accessible
Skippered by Adam
Laird of Staffa
The Laird of Staffa is one of our newer vessels. This boat is licensed to carry 48 passengers plus 2 crew members
Skippered by Martin
Below is a brief history of how Dingle Dolphin Boat Tours began with enormous help from a special friend – Fungie the Dingle dolphin
Fungie arrives in Dingle
In 1983 a lone, young bottle nose dolphin followed a fishing boat into Dingle harbour. Weeks passed and this same dolphin was spotted various times by countless boats and the light housekeeper Paddy Ferriter. Curious, locals began heading out to see this dolphin who was very fun-loving and seemed to love the attention of humans. Word spread, the media got hooked, Dingle Dolphin Tours was formed and thus the legend that is Fungie the Dingle Dolphin was born.
1984 – 2019
His popularity grows
Over the years Fungie became a worldwide phenomenon for being a solitary dolphin who preferred the company of people to other dolphins. People came from all corners of the earth just to experience the wonder that was Fungie. An exciting boat trip for some, a life changing experience for others, Fungie’s intoxicating nature and cheeky smile stole the heart of millions. Dingle Dolphin Boat Tours played a big part in enabling people to visit our beloved friend.
After thirty-seven years in Dingle, creating joyous, unforgettable memories and providing once in a lifetime moment for many, our friend disappeared as mysteriously as he arrived back in 1983.
Gone but never forgotten, Dingle Dolphin Boat Tours decided to carry on and created new tours to continue the legacy Fungie created for us in Dingle. We are forever grateful to him and will always know the ‘Dingle Dolphin’ in Dingle Dolphin Boat Tours only refers to him.