National Whale and Dolphin Watch Week 2018 – Llŷn Peninsula and Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island)


Do you have ambitions to see Risso’s Dolphins at Ynys Enlli/Bardsey Island?  Perhaps you would enjoy watching a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins playing off Porth Ceiriad?  Or maybe you would love to surf a headland tiderace with a family of Harbour Porpoise?  This could be the sea kayak course for you.

This week of coaching and guiding will see our teams journeying along the Llŷn Peninsula’s coastline in search of cetaceans for National Whale and Dolphin Watch Week.  Our sightings will be submitted to this annual census to help scientists and conservationists understand better our favourite sea mammals.

The teams will be based out of Aberdaron at the western end of the Llŷn Peninsula.  Each day will see our groups venturing out on different journeys, ranging in difficulty from easy to demanding, in search of cetaceans.


Ynys Enlli/Bardsey Island is a beautiful island, swept by strong tidal flows along its stunning coastline.  During the summer months it is home to families of Risso’s Dolphins who use the area as a nursery for raising their calves.  The flood tidal stream sees these huge dolphins congregate in the huge eddy, off the north coast of Enlli, that becomes enriched for curled octopi and squid.

Ynys Enlli also has large seal and nesting seabird colonies.  Notable amongst the nesting birds are the 20,000 Manx Shearwater’s that reside in burrows on the mountain side.  The views from the summit Ynys Enlli/Bardsey Island’s mountain are very much worth the paddle too.

Listening to Manx Shearwaters in their nests.


The view from the summit back to the mainland on an extremely calm spring day.



Sat-Fri July 28-August 3  2018

Participant Numbers

The event will be restricted to 12 sea kayaking participants and 12 walkers per day, with 3 sea kayaking coaches and 1-2 coastal walking guides.

Course Pricing Information

Participants have the flexibility to book onto between 1 and 7 days of journeys during this week.  The booked days do not have to be consecutive.  The walker’s prices are for sea kayaking participants or their associates.

Number of days booked Sea Kayaking Prices £ Walking Prices £
7 460 90
6 410 85
5 350 75
4 295 63
3 235 55
2 170 45
1 95 25

Previous paddling experience required

  • This week will cater for a range of paddling abilities as we intend to have multiple teams out paddling each day.
  • A sense of adventure and a love of cetaceans!




Aberdaron Dolphin Watch Week Information