• All-day Dolphin Survey Dates 2020

    day long New Quay Boat Trips
    Our catamaran, Anna Lloyd, new in 2013, for our 8 hour boat trips

    Dolphin Surveys will be conducted aboard Dolphin Survey Boat Trip’s catamaran Anna Lloyd – perfect for long days at sea. Anna Lloyd is licensed for 12 passengers and equipped with a part-sheltered deck, toilet, facilities for making hot drinks and a heated wheel-house with a seating and table area.

    All-day dolphin survey boat trip dates 2020

    For more details and to book your place on one of these unique boat trips please call CBMWC on 01545 560 032.

    The cost is £65 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.

    In addition to these scheduled dates, we will also be running 4 hour trips and All day surveys at short notice to take advantage of any ideal weather conditions. If you would like to be included on our mailing list to receive an update when these are scheduled, please email info@cbmwc.org

  • New Quay Boat Trips Prices


    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 – £65 per person

    (children 16 years and under; children under 12 months go free)

    Book New Quay Boat Trips

    Telephone the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre 01545 560 032 (daytime) or visit the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, open daily from 9am to 5pm (6pm during the summer holidays).

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

    Always telephone to check for trip times and length of trips running as these can change daily depending on weather conditions

    Please bring your own food, warm clothing, binoculars and 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.

  • What to bring

    • Camera
    • Binoculars
    • Rubber soled shoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Hat
    • Warm clothes
    • Packed lunch (when appropriate)

    Vessel and safety:

    The “Sulaire” is a 33ft modern charter boat,comprehensively equipped with the latest safety equipment and is fully licensed and insured for 12 passengers.

    Toilet and part sheltered deck. Hot and cold drinks provided.

    Information and how to book :

    Phone Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre on :

    01545 560 032 (daytime)
    01545 580 444 (evenings)
    Mobile/boat 07796135490

    Proceeds from ticket sales support vessel business and research projects.

    Sightings are not guaranteed; these are wild animals.

  • Wildlife Attractions in West Wales

    West Wales is a great place to spend a holiday, especially if you’re are interested in seeing some of the UK’s finest wildlife attractions.

    Dolphin spotted on all-day boat trip, Sept 2014
    Dolphin spotted on all-day boat trip, Sept 2014

    Perhaps above all else, the Ceredigion coast is the best place in the UK to see bottlenose dolphins. They are extremely social creatures and a real delight to see. There are places, like New Quay harbour, where you can see them from land – a pair of binoculars help.

    For the best experience, you can take a boat trip from New Quay, lasting from an hour, or you could spend a whole day surveying dolphins, learning from an experienced skipper. Getting up close with the dolphins could be a highlight of your holiday – a boat trip is good for all the family.

    And you’ll probably see other marine mammals too, like Atlantic grey seals and harbour porpoises. There is plenty of marine birdlife to see as well. Don’t forget your camera!

    Penderi Cliffs West Wales Wildlife Attraction
    Penderi Cliffs

    Four sections of the Ceredigion coast are designated as “Heritage Coast“. Stunning scenery, picturesque villages and a wealth of rich and sometime unusual habitats, like the dune system at Ynyslas make the Heritage Coast one of Wales’s finest wildlife attractions. There is a Heritage Coastal path for those interesting in great walking in West Wales.

    Turning inland, Ceredigion is rich in other habitats and wildlife, with many nature reserves to visit. Damp, heathy pastures are home to the rare marsh fritillary butterfly. The area is a stronghold for the red kite and chough.

    There are wetlands of international importance that support wildfowl and waders and spectacular upland oak woodland.

    The Wildlife Trust have a major wildlife attraction in West Wales. A visit to their Wildlife Centre is a great day out for the family. As well as a range of learning activities, there is a resident herd of water buffalo and during Spring and Summer you might be luck to see osprey. An platform has been added to encourage them nest/roost.

    Denmark Farm Conservation Centre & Eco-lodge
    Denmark Farm Conservation Centre & Eco-lodge

    Another great wildlife attraction in West Wales is Denmark Farm Conservation Centre. It is a great place to go and have a picnic on their boardwalk overlooking a rich wildflower meadow. Or you could stay longer. They have a self-catering eco-lodge, which provides one of the West Wales’s best accommodation for facilities for groups large and small.

  • Day Surveys for 2020

    Our planned all day trips for 2020 are as follows, but are dependant on weather conditions. We will also be trying to put on some extra opportunistic dates during good weather windows so please ring the centre on 01545 560032 for the latest information.


    Monday 13th

    Wednesday 29th


    Friday 8th

    Saturday 16th

    Thursday 28th


    Thursday 11th

    Saturday 20th

    Monday 29th


    Friday 10th

    Sunday 19th

    Thursday 30th


    Wednesday 5th

    Saturday 8th

    Monday 17th

    Thursday 27th


    Thursday 3rd

    Saturday 12th

    Monday 21st


    Thursday 1st

    Sunday 11th

    Monday 19th

    Saturday 31st

  • Join us on our surveys

    1 ½, 2 & 4 Hour Trips from New Quay.

    Join us on a boat trip from New Quay as we survey the bottlenose dolphins of Cardigan Bay.

    Research funded by the paying public.

    Enjoy the seals, birds, dolphins and porpoises that visit this beautiful coastline of West Wales.

    Under water microphone (hydrophone) to listen to the dolphins when we meet them.

    33ft boat with toilet and part sheltered deck.

    Book at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, New Quay, west Wales

    BBC Television presenter Mike Dilger joined us on one of our 4 hour Dolphin Survey Boat Trips. Watch the video clip below and see the amazing encounters he had with some of the Cardigan Bay bottlenose dolphins.