Survey Dolphins in Cardigan Bay

All-day survey of dolphins in Cardigan BayOur boat trips to survey dolphins in Cardigan Bay are joined by research assistants from the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre who collect data on marine wildlife for nationally important research projects.

Enjoy the dolphins, porpoise, seals and birds that visit this beautiful part of the Welsh coastline, whilst taking part in this valuable research.

These all-day (minimum 8 hour) cetacean surveys offer a privileged tour of Cardigan Bay.

This is your opportunity to help survey dolphins in Cardigan Bay with researchers collecting important information on marine species off New Quay and the surrounding waters. It’s a great opportunity to see some fantastic marine life, to contribute to dolphin conservation in Cardigan Bay as well as an opportunity to join a team of experts!

Passenger numbers are limited to just 12, so you will have plenty of room to move around the deck to make the most of the sights and photo opportunities.

All Day Surveys for 2020

A fantastic opportunity to experience Cardigan Bay at it’s best during Wales’ Year of the Sea!
Supporting the research work of the Wildlife Trusts Living Seas Team from the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC), join experienced researchers from the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales’ Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) on an All Day marine megafauna survey in Cardigan Bay with Dolphin Survey Boat Trips (DSBT).

Throughout the survey researchers and volunteers from CBMWC will collect important information on marine species in Cardigan Bay and the surrounding waters.

This is a fantastic opportunity to see some of Wales’ fantastic coastline as well as our wonderful marine and seabird life. By joining a survey trip you will be contributing to marine conservation in Cardigan Bay as well as having the unique opportunity to join our team of experts.

All day trips provide avid wildlife watchers with the opportunity to explore Cardigan Bay by boat and to see Cardigan Bay’s Big Three: bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises and Atlantic grey seals (seal pups during the pupping season September/October).

As well as the Cardigan Bay BIG 3 sightings in previous years have included, common dolphins, sunfish, numerous jellyfish species, possible Minke whale sightings and sightings of thresher sharks. For those keen twitchers there are many wonderful sightings of sea birds including gannets, Manx shearwaters, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, puffins (and pufflings), skuas, scoters, petrels and occasional views of other shearwater species, great views of nesting auk colonies, in particular on New Quay headland, a fantastic sight from April until end of June when the adults and their chicks head out to sea.

Survey trips are run by and conducted aboard Dolphin Survey Boat Trips’ motor vessels, Anna Lloyd or Sulaire.

Anna Lloyd is a state of the art bespoke catamaran built in 2013, famous for their increased stability and thus perfect for long days at sea. Anna Lloyd is fully licensed and MCA registered to carry 12 passengers and is equipped with all necessary safety equipment and a part-sheltered deck and toilet.

Sulaire is a single hull modern charter boat and has been used as a platform for dolphin research in Cardigan Bay since the 1990’sSulaire is fully licensed and MCA registered to carry 12 passengers and is equipped with all necessary safety equipment and a part-sheltered deck and toilet.

2020 dates:


Monday 13th April
Wednesday 29th April

Friday 8th May
Saturday 16th May
Thursday 28th May

Thursday 11th June
Saturday 20th June
Monday 29th June

Friday 10th July
Sunday 19th July
Thursday 30th July

Wednesday 5th August
Saturday 8th August
Monday 17th August
Thursday 27th August

Thursday 3rd September
Saturday 12th September
Monday 21st September

Thursday 1st October
Sunday 11th October
Monday 19th October

Saturday 31st October

Please note in addition to scheduled dates, we may also run All Day surveys and 4 hours surveys at short notice to take advantage of any ideal weather conditions. If you would like to be included on a mailing list to be notified of these short notice surveys then please contact CBMWC on

How to book

For more details and to book your place on one of these unique boat trips please call CBMWC on 01545 560032 between 10am and 4pm. The cost is £65 per person for the day, payable in advance when you reserve your place. Full refunds will be given if trips are cancelled by Dolphin Survey Boat Trips. We recommend places are booked in advance due to limited spaces and must be paid for at the time of booking. All trips will depart from New Quay harbour, Ceredigion (SA45 9PS) and will last approximately 8 hours, occasionally longer depending on survey route for the day.

These specialist trips run subject to the weather conditions forecast, a decision if the trip will go ahead will be made as soon as possible . To avoid disappointment we try to make the decision as close to the departure date as possible (usually 20-48 hours before departure), although they can be subject to last minute cancellation. We will always do our best to contact all passengers booked and therefore rely on passengers providing us with the appropriate contact details. We also ask that all passengers contact the CBMWC by telephone prior to travel to confirm the trip departure details and for any additional information required. Please note mobile phone signal in this area is unreliable.

Please bring your own food (the skipper, researchers and volunteers particularly like biscuits and cake!), warm clothing, binoculars, sensible shoes and don’t forget your camera to capture those unforgettable moments!

Please remember that these are surveys for wild animals, sightings of particular species cannot be guaranteed and that you are joining a scientific survey. The boat used may be subject to change at short notice.