Algarve
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  • Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Caves & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

    1. Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Caves & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

    Look for dolphins and hidden caves on a half-day dolphin watching cruise of the Algarve from Albufeira. Bring your swimsuit and towel, as the activity includes a stop for a swim. Marvel at the rock formations, and access areas that other vessels can’t reach. A marine biologist will be on board to provide all necessary information about these wonderful creatures. Be aware that as dolphins are wild animals, sightings can not be guaranteed.

    The caves were beautiful! Time was wasted while people swam (less than half the group wanted to swim). So while the 20 or so people swam the rest of us were sitting in the sun with nothing to do. We should have used that time to sightsee or find dolphins. We were unable to find any but that is not the tour company's fault.

  • From Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin and Sea Caves Boat Tour

    2. From Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin and Sea Caves Boat Tour

    Climb aboard a small boat in Albufeira marina and journey along the coastline of the Algarve for 18 kilometers in a small group of no more than 12 passengers. Sail to the Alfanzina Lighthouse and be amazed by the beaches and rock formations along the way. Marvel at the stunning sea caves, including the famous rock formations of Benagil Cave. Cool down with a swim in the sea, if conditions permit, and then look for the lovable dolphins as they frolic in the water. Feel the sea breeze on your face as you take in the scenic views and benefit from the local knowledge of an on-board marine biologist who will explain the characteristics of the animals. Journey with a captain with expert knowledge of this part of the coastline and enjoy more personalized attention than larger dolphin watching cruises.

    We had a wonderful boat tour around different caves & got the chance to see the dolphins at the beginning of our tour. The guides really did their best for us to see the dolphins as they are not in captivity.

  • From Lagos: Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

    3. From Lagos: Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

    Meet your experienced crew at the Marina de Lagos and get a safety briefing before you set sail off the coast of the Algarve. Look for dolphins aboard a rigid inflatable boat in a small group of no more than 12 people for a more personalized experience. Hear detailed information about the sea and weather conditions, and the last known coordinates and patterns of the dolphins’ behavior from the previous days to help you locate the animals. Travel at a speed of around 25 knots, depending on the sea conditions, as you look for magnificent sea mammals for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Benefit from a 90% chance to encounter the beautiful creatures in their natural environment – although as an act or nature sightings cannot be guaranteed. 

    I think we were extremely lucky we chose this activity. Being on the rib meant that we could quickly relocate to where the dolphins were. They move fast! There must have been around 50 dolphins and small groups of them were swimming in the bow wave created by our boat. It was a life memory! Only word of caution, the boat travels fast and bangs down on the water so if you have a bad back, sit at the back. We were at the front and it was fantastic.

  • Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

    4. Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

    The Algarve coast brings to mind pirate adventures, and pristine beaches. Today you will explore the coast between Albufeira Marina and Capvoeiro beach on a luxury boat that offers you the chance to swim, relax, and maybe even see a dolphin or two! Begin with a relaxing ride through the caves and rock formations that make this landscape so unique. Then head out to sea in your search for the dolphins who call these waters home. Your boat is the perfect vessel for dolphin exploration, and these playful and fun animals are truly a sight to behold! Your expert guide will share with you interesting facts and history on this memorable trip.

    Thank you for your friendliness and kindness, very fun and interesting trip ! I enjoyed it a lot !

  • Algarve Zoomarine Ticket and Dolphin Emotions Experience

    5. Algarve Zoomarine Ticket and Dolphin Emotions Experience

    Dive into a vast lagoon, surrounded by a mantle of fine sand and dotted with vegetation. Come visit this slice of paradise with the potential to provide a unique experience that will be certain to change your life!  Choose between three types of experiences, which all start with an educational talk in which a professional shares fascinating facts about the bottlenose dolphin, its biology and ecology. • The Dolphin Emotions Premium experience lets you spend 30 minutes in the water under the supervision of a trainer. You’ll be invited to meet the dolphins, experience moments of tenderness and affection, and perform an aquatic behavior sequence with these extraordinary ambassadors of the ocean. • The Dolphin Emotions Encounter gives you the same experience as Premium but for a shorter, 15-minute experience. • The Dolphin Emotions Exclusive

    Esperienza bellissima, ho passato 15 fantastici minuti in compagnia di Ulisse e Ugo. Animali intelligenti e dolcissimi. La nostra istruttrice ci ha spiegato molte cose sulla loro vita e le loro abitudini . Ho avuto la possibilità di stare a stretto contatto con loro , accarezzarli e vedere da vicini le loro acrobazie. Consiglio vivamente, soprattutto se avete bambini! Grazie zoomarine❤

  • Dolphin Safari and Cave Tour in Vilamoura

    6. Dolphin Safari and Cave Tour in Vilamoura

    Depart from Vilamoura Marina and sail out to sea in search of beautiful dolphins in their natural habitat. Bottlenose and common dolphins are 2 species that visit this stretch of the southern Algarve and they can often be viewed along the coast. No creature touches the hearts of more people than intelligent, friendly and playful dolphins. Their delightful personality is sure to make you smile like a child.  This is an eco tour that aims to protect the beautiful species and their natural environment for future generations. This trip is purpose-built for dolphin watching and will get you as close as possible to the amazing creatures. Then, head to some caves and rock formations for a look at the Algarve's geological landscape, before cruising back along the coast. 

    We thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. We managed to see lots of dolphins and some of the caves. Would definitely recommend.

  • Ria Formosa: Dolphin-Watching Boat Tour

    7. Ria Formosa: Dolphin-Watching Boat Tour

    On this 2.5-hour dolphin-watching boat tour you’ll pass through the inlet in the Ria Formosa Natural Park and then head out to sea, following the coastline for 1-3 miles. You’ll receive a briefing by the skipper and guides will be available on board to tell you more about the local animal life. During the tour, you’ll observe dolphins in their natural environment. The most commonly sighted species are the short-beaked common dolphin and the common bottlenose dolphin. Other creatures, such as flying fish, ocean sunfish and sea turtles may also be spotted during the tour. Cetaceans are migratory animals, distributed around the world’s seas, and pass along Mallorca’s coast daily. The current rate of spotting dolphins on the boat trips is 95 percent, but guides cannot guarantee sightings as these are wild animals in their natural habitat.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,329 reviews

I think we were extremely lucky we chose this activity. Being on the rib meant that we could quickly relocate to where the dolphins were. They move fast! There must have been around 50 dolphins and small groups of them were swimming in the bow wave created by our boat. It was a life memory! Only word of caution, the boat travels fast and bangs down on the water so if you have a bad back, sit at the back. We were at the front and it was fantastic.

We had a wonderful boat tour around different caves & got the chance to see the dolphins at the beginning of our tour. The guides really did their best for us to see the dolphins as they are not in captivity.

I had a great time, we saw all the caves and dolphins. The guys on the great boat, you asked him about things and they explained everything to you. I recommend it 100%

Great observation of the coast, the caves, the option of swimming in the open sea is brutal. Dolphin verbs was great too!

Thank you for your friendliness and kindness, very fun and interesting trip ! I enjoyed it a lot !