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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.

Dolphin Safari and Cave Tour in Vilamoura

2. 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. 

Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave Boat Cruise

3. Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave Boat Cruise

Climb aboard a small boat in Albufeira marina and journey along the coastline of the Algarve for 18 kilometers. Enjoy watching dolphins in their natural habitat with commentary from a guide and marine biologist. See the Alfanzina Lighthouse and the seaside Benagil Cave. Journey with a captain with expert knowledge of this part of the coastline. 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. Learn about the surrounding marine life from the local marine biologist onboard.

From Lagos: Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

4. 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. 

Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

5. Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

Explore the Algarve coast which is legendary for pirate adventures and pristine beaches. Cruise along the coast between Albufeira Marina and Carvoeiro 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. Stop for swim in a stunning location with stunning views. Head out to sea in your search for the playful dolphins who call these waters home. Enjoy sailing along in comfortable vessel that is ideal looking for dolphins. Learn facinating facts about these majestic animals from your guide. Return to the meeting point at the end of your tour.

Algarve Zoomarine Ticket and Dolphin Emotions Experience

6. 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 experience is a completely private experience – you and a friend can enjoy moments of pure emotion with the fantastic dolphins, under the supervision of a trainer.  For all experiences, you’ll be accompanied by an educator who will be able to answer your questions and ensure the safety and well-being of all. If you book the Dolphin Emotions Exclusive option, it is recorded, with a video and photo album offered to you at the end.

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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What people are saying about Algarve

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,329 reviews

The crew on the boat are very friendly and informative. They looked after all passengers very well. We where literally 5 foot away from the dolphins as they swam at the side of the boat. I would definitely recommend this trip.

Great company. Bring a jacket/coat. Felt safe and our children enjoyed it a lot.

Amazing tour guide ! Found a lot of dolphins Definitely worth the money!

Well organised lovely staff very informative. Grt trip thanks

Good Guids and nice tour. We had fun and experience there