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Dingle and Slea Head Drive Private Tour from Cork
"The tour begins with a call to Killarney the number 1 tourist destination for 2014 in Ireland famous for its Cathedrals and of course the ‘Country Park’. For 250 years Killarney has been a key tourist destination and they certainly don’t disappoint visitors! Heading out on our peninsula drive our first stop being ‘Inch beach’ one of the longest b elevated approximately 100 metres above the ocean the Atlantic on the left mountains to the right and looking out at ‘The Skelligs’ ‘The Blaskets’ and ‘Dead Man’s Island’ it is truly picturesque. We will see the beehive huts which the skellig monks lived in dating back 2000 BC we will also see famine houses and get a taste of how people lived through these harsh times in Irish history. Also on this route we will see where the movie of ‘Far and Away’ was filmed and it was here Tom Cruise famously met Nicole Kidman
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Dingle and Slea Head Drive Private Tour from Killarney
"Heading out of Killarney past the Macgiddycuddy Reeks mountain range with the tallest mountain in Ireland Carrauntoohil on your left out onto our peninsula drive our first stop being ‘Inch beach’ one of the longest beaches in Ireland. You air and soil pollution free.   Leaving Inch you will carry on with the coastal drive through to ‘Gaeltacht’ where the native language is spoken until we come to ‘Dingle’ home to Fungi the Dolphin. Fungi was first spotted in Dingle Bay in the 1980’s and has made it his home ever since. Boats go out enjoy the 'Slea Head Drive’ elevated approximately 330 feet (100 metres) above the ocean the Atlantic on the left mountains to the right and looking out at ‘The Skelligs’ (islands)
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Dingle Peninsula Private Tour from Kenmare
"The ""Slea Head Drive"" is a spectacular scenic route on the Dingle Peninsula in South-West Ireland. A private tour with us is the perfect way to enjoy it. You can be fully in charge of the itinerary . Where do we stop for pictures? Stop here for lunch? for example the Connor Pass.The Dingle peninsula gets is name from the largest town on the peninsula. The peninsula is often called Corca Dhuibhne even by English speaking people. It means ""tribe of Duibhne"". On the peninsula there are two mountain ranges: the Slieve Mish Mountains in the east and another range of mountains in the west that has no name. Mount Brandon is the tallest mountain in Ireland after the peeks of the MacgillyCuddy Reeks outside Killarney.The Connor Pass is an absolute highlight that cannot be missed. It starts j twisting road surrounded by sharp drops and lakes. As such coaches are prohibited from driving this road.Just off the very westernmost point on the peninsula you will find the Blasket Islands. Until the 1950s these islands were inhabited and from Dunquin on the mainland
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Boat trip to see Fungi the dolphin

Sure it's touristy -- but then, you ARE a tourist, aren't you? Come on, you know you want to. Climb aboard a EUR 12 boat tour, enjoy the harbor views and wait for Fungi. Don't worry, he's almost certain to be along... in fact, most tours give you your money back if you don't see him.

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travelfrosch
Apr 02, 2006

Harbor master

We probably would not have gone for the touristy boat trip for 32 euros on most occasions. Today however was different. My husband and I had spent the night before in a great B&B in Dingle and woke to a beautiful day. We had no car so we went to the tourist office to inquire about tours of the Dingle Penninsula. There are plenty of tour guides with 8-10 person vans that will take you out for around 15 euro a person but in January, Dingle is not filled with tourists and it is not worth their time to just take out 2 people. So we hung around hoping to find someone to share the tour with but it was not happening.
At one o:clock John showed up next door to open the office for the dolphin boat rides. He took one look at me and asked me what was wrong. I explained our predicament and he said he wasn't doing anything and would take us out for 20 euros. So off we went, him being a lovely tour guide, stopping to show us special things, walked down to a very nice beach, showed us the Cranberries old house, etc.... Then he got a cell phone call saying he had to captain the 2 o:clock boat to see Fungi. I'll be there in 10 minutes he said. !!!!!We had been driving for 1/2 hour, how was he going to get back in 10? Errr....by driving 75 miles an hour on narrow winding Irish roads along cliffs? Am I making you nervous Ellen he says. No John not at all.
So we get back and John is the captain of the boat going out and it is a warm sunny day, so what the heck? It really was fun. Did we see Fungi? Only about 100 times, that dolphin is a ham.

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EllenH
Apr 01, 2006

a good reason to come to Dingle

Funghi the Dolphin is a single Doplhin, who decided to stay in the bay of Dingle harbour a lot of years ago and plenty of boats offer cruises to watch it, some even offer to give your money back in case that Funghi will not show up...
BUT of course Funghi will show up, it seems to have great fun to watch boats and tourists - that way Funghi became one of the best known tourist-attractions in Dingle town.
The boats start to watch Funghi
daily between 10.00am and 06.00pm, weather permitting
The tours start at the Pier of Dingle's fishingport
Prices are 12 Euros for adults, 6 Euros for children under 12

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globetrott
Mar 29, 2006

Look for Fungi the Dolphin

Fungi the Dolphin started to appear around Dingle Harbour around 1984 where he has been ever since.

There are boat trips out into the harbour every day to see Fungi and I believe you swim in the harbour too - there are places to hire a wetsuit.

I have to say that Fungi was conspicuous by his absence on our trip to Dingle and consequently the sculpture on the harbour side was as close to Fungi as we would be getting.

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eddilowe
Aug 04, 2005
 
 
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Fungi The Dolphin

No trip to Kerry would be complete without visiting Fungi the Dolphin in Dingle Bay. Take a boat trip from the main harbour and usually the dolphin will swim up close to the boat.

Tip - wear warm clothes. If Fungi is feeling shy the boat will often stay out for a long time waiting for him to show up. No dolphin and you won't have to pay for the trip, which is good but it can be a long trip.

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Tuesdaysraven
Sep 05, 2004

DINGLES FAMOUS RESIDENT

For nearly 20 years Dingles most famous resident has been a bluenose dolphin by the name of Fungie. Hes a bit of a celebrity these days and you can take a boat ride out into the bay to catch a glimpse (€8.90 but boat rides are free if he doesn't show although apparently he usually does!) or even to swim with him. You can also catch a glimpse from shore but obviously not as close. Too bad we didn't have time to take one of the boat rides :(

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hevbell
Nov 21, 2003

Fungi, the dolphin

Look closely at this picture and you can see Fungi, the dolphin, in the background. Fungi has now spawned a bit of a tourist industry all of its own. More than 10 years ago the dolphin arrived in the waters outside of Dingle and chose the place as his home. All through the day, he regularly appears: You can swim with him (if you brave the cold waters) or go on a boat trip to see him up close. The organisers of those trips are so confident you’ll be able to see him that they even refund your tickets, if he doesn’t show up. God only knows what will happen to Dingle tourism if he ever dies. Who’s going to buy all those key chains or T-Shirts then? In the meantime: Go out and enjoy the company of this very friendly dolphin.

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challenger
May 22, 2003

Dingle

Dingle town is very charming and you can loose yourself in the nice shops and pubs.

Dingle has an Atlantic Bottle-nosed Dolphin called Fungi that frequent the waters around the harbour. Fungi is a huge attraction to Dingle and there are trip boats that will take you out to go see Fungi. Fungi is seemingly very sociable and shows up more often than not.

The trip operators even give you your money back if you don't get to see Fungi.

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Deefstes
Feb 26, 2003
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"One of my favorite areas in Ireland"
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Fungie the Dolphin

I'm torn between putting this item into Tourist trap or Must-See....

For about €10, you can get someone to take you out to see Fungie the dolphin, who settled around Dingle bay a few years ago. The dolphin is used to visitors and is very playful, but theres no guarantee you'll be able to find him every day in the bay. Well, if _you_ were followed around by boats and screeching kids all day...

He's the only dolphin in the area, so thats all part of the charm.
Unfortunately we didnt have time to go out and see the dolphin during the school tour, as it would have nothing to do with learning Irish (bummer...!)

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orlikins
Oct 14, 2002

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