Dolphin and Shark Watching

Basking Shark & Dolphin Watch, Achill

Dolphins and basking sharks are common sights in the waters around Achill during the early summer season, usually May and June.

May 2022 – basking sharks can currently be seen in Achill’s waters around Dooagh Bay and Keem Bay. For more information on these magnificent creatures, please see Shark Trust website. While these plankton-eating fish are regarded as ‘gentle giants’, they are vulnerable to disturbance from water users and may thrash their powerful tales if alarmed. Please be aware of the Basking Shark Code of Conduct if you are planning to view these visitors to our island:

View / Download Code of Conduct in PDF format (433KB)

Basking shark code of conduct