1. Portugal
  2. Algarve
  3. Faro
  4. Ria Formosa

Algarve Dolphin Watching & Marine Life Eco Tour

Product ID: 16257
Discover the marine life of the Algarve Coast on a boat trip in the company of a marine biologist. Spot dolphins, sea turtle and more, and learn about aquatic life in their natural habitat.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Portuguese
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • See common and bottlenose dolphins
  • Look out for minke wales and harbor porpoise
Full description
Spotting dolphins in their natural habitat is an extraordinary experience and on this 2-hour excursion off the coast of the Algarve you will get the chance to see common and bottlenose dolphins, as well as the other marine life that live and play around the barrier islands of Ria Formosa and Santa Maria Cape, Europe’s most southerly point.

The vendor is a dedicated supporter of marine life conservation and an ecotourism provider.

Departing Faro you will travel aboard a comfortable and safe RIB boat with a nature guide in tow, who will give you fascinating facts about the extraordinary sea life of this lovely location.

The boat trip is approximately 2 hours long and cruises through the calm waters of the Ria Formosa towards the big blue ocean, reaching 10 or 12 miles offshore. You will sail along the coastline of the Algarve, pass by the barrier-islands of Ria Formosa and Santa Maria Cape looking out for several species of cetaceans.

Seabirds will be your constant companions, including Northern Gannet, Balearic Shearwater, Mediterranean Gull and several species of Storm Petrels. Seagulls will duck and dive around the fishing boats.

Look out for other marine wildlife, such as sea turtles, Ocean Sunfish, sharks, and even the occasional Harbor Porpoise or Minke Whale.

After the exciting water adventure tracking the intense marine life, you will return to Ria Formosa where the tour ends.
  • Boat trip
  • Life vests
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Any extra expenses
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The meeting point for your tour or activity is at the office of the local partner at the shop "Pure Nature Store" - ground floor of the building of Ginásio Clube Naval de Faro (Nautical Club of Faro). Please check-in for your tour or activity with team members at least 10 minutes before the departure time.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Please bring, Camera, Comfortable, and suitable clothing
• Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
• Not wheelchair accessible
• Due to safety reasons children under 5 years of age are not allowed on this tour
• The tour operator can not fully guarantee the observation of marine wildlife because they are in their natural habitat, encounters with dolphins and other marine animals may not be possible during the tour
• May be operated by a multilingual guide
• The schedules of departures and arrivals, the duration and itineraries of the activities are subject to change without previous notice due to security determined by the weather conditions, tides and/or other circumstances beyond control
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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It was such an amazing experience, getting there on a speed boat was lots of fun, and the gentleman who took us knew so much about the dolphins and did all he could to safely take us near the dolphins, he showed genuine care and appreciation for the dolphins. I definitely rate this experience 10/10! A must see!

June 28, 2018

Una excursión inolvidable, en la que pudimos disfrutar de estar acompañados de varios grupos de delfines nariz de botella. Los vimos durante mucho rato y estuvieron a nuestro alrededor, dando saltos nadando u pasando por debajo de la lancha. Una pasada, según mis hijos. El paseo con lancha rápida ya fue una pasada y poder ver a los delfines la guinda al pastel.

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August 19, 2019


Interesting explenation and fantastic dolphin sight!

The biologist took us to see the dolphins not caring about the "stricht" time of the tour(he really wants to make u see the dolphins). He is also a nature lover. Next time I want to do it again! Thank u!

August 21, 2018

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Product ID: 16257