Dingle Dolphin Boat Trips
Fungie also known as the Dingle Dolphin, is a male common bottlenose dolphin who is known to live in very close contact with humans in Dingle, County Kerry. He’s one of Ireland’s most famous residents and visitors and locals alike can’t get enough of him
According to locals, Fungie was first seen in Dingle harbour in 1983, and continues to seek out human contact over thirty years later. Fungie is fully grown, and likely already in his middle or even old age. Fungie, the dolphin that has been charming visitors and locals in Dingle, Co Kerry for decades, has been named as the oldest solitary dolphin in the world by Guinness World Records.
Fungie is so adored by the townspeople of Dingle they even built a statue in his honour.
Fungie is known to interact playfully with swimmers, surfers, kayakers and divers in the water. Fungie is the first recorded occurrence of a dolphin interacting positively with humans in the wild in Ireland.
During the summer months Fungie is often seen taking fish in the harbour mouth. On several occasions he has been observed catching a fish commonly known as a “Garfish”, a species which had not previously been recorded as part of a dolphin’s diet.
The best way to see Fungie for yourself is to take a boat tour and watch him splash about in the sea. People are amazed that they see so much of him, he chooses to swim right beside the tour boats. So regular are Fungie’s appearances that you won’t be charged if he doesn’t show. As always, we must respect Fungie and understand that these trips are completely on his terms.
People from all walks of life, from all over the world, from 2 weeks to 93 years old, have come to Dingle specially to see Fungie. Children love calling him and there are loud cheers and laughter when he comes up to say hello.
Bring your camera, wear a rain jacket (just in case) and be prepared for a truly amazing experience that your whole family will love.