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Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

1. 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.

Faro: Dolphin and Wildlife Watching in the Atlantic Ocean

2. Faro: Dolphin and Wildlife Watching in the Atlantic Ocean

Discover different species of cetaceans, birds and other marine life on this exciting experience in the Algarve. Leaving from Faro, cross through Ria Formosa Natural Park towards the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the views of the Barrier Islands (Deserta and Culatra) or the marshlands as you cruise to the coastline. Once you reach the ocean, spot wildlife such as dolphins, whales, and porpoises. Whale season is between February and May, while dolphins are resident all year round. You will also see birds such as gannets and shearwaters flying overhead. When it comes to fish, spot species such as ocean sunfish, blue sharks, and hammerhead sharks, as well as a few marine turtles. A team of two marine biologists will help you find as many species as possible during your time on the ocean, and give you facts and information about the fauna and the surroundings.  After spotting a group of dolphins, enjoy 30 minutes free to watch the group. Feel free to ask any questions regarding dolphins and other marine life to one of your guides and take the opportunity to learn more about how biologists collect data for scientific research on dolphin populations. Once your observation time is over, return to Ria Formosa and cruise back to Faro.

From Faro: Dolphin Watching & 2 Islands Tour

3. From Faro: Dolphin Watching & 2 Islands Tour

Along our Algarve Coast we have the Atlantic Ocean, where we can get away from Human life and discover the Wild Life. In this Combi-Tour we have the privilege of being able to watch dolphins and observe seabirds as well as discover 2 islands: Ilha Deserta and Ilha do Farol. The tour starting at 8h30 with the crossing of the Ria Formosa channels to Cabo de Santa Maria, which is described by the junction of the Waters. We sail in the Ocean to discover Dolphins and other similar species. Then we return to the Ria Formosa Natural Park where we stop at Ilha do Farol to be able to visit the small community around the Farol. We resume navigation to Ilha Deserta where you can bathe in its crystalline waters. Finally, we return to the starting point with a completely different scenario, as the beauty of the Ria Formosa changes according to the tides!

Algarve Dolphin Watching & Marine Life Eco Tour

4. Algarve Dolphin Watching & Marine Life Eco Tour

Spotting dolphins in their natural habitat is an extraordinary experience and on this 2.5-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 2.5 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.

Algarve: Private Yachts Rental

5. Algarve: Private Yachts Rental

Live a luxurious life and take a private charter along the Algarve coast. Admire the beautiful rock formations and learn of the secrets behind each place. Swim, snorkel, or just relax in the lounge or solarium. Have a drink and experience nature. Climb aboard your Sunseeker yacht and make memories you can't forget. Customize your tour and discover the most famous secret in Europe, on your own terms. Witness vivid colors, smells, and vibrant scenery, unrivaled by anywhere in Europe. Gain the perfect mix between luxury and exploration. Party with your friends, snorkel with the fish, and even enjoy some authentic Portuguese cheese and charcuterie.

From Faro: Dolphin-Watching & Wildlife

6. From Faro: Dolphin-Watching & Wildlife

Discover the wildlife in Faro's waters on a dolphin-watching cruise aboard a speedboat. Have the opportunity to see dolphins, birds, and, if you're lucky, turtles and small sharks. Learn about the marine animals with the onboard with the Skipper. Although the is no guarantee that dolphins will be spotted on the trip, there is 90% chance of finding the sea animals. After making your own way to the meeting point, board the boat and cruise through the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Admire the landscape of winding waterways as you make your way to Cape Santa Maria, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Rio Formosa river. Upon arrival at the ocean, keep your eye out for local dolphins. Enjoy the best chance of seeing them on this morning cruise because the dolphins approach the coast looking for food at this time. As well as dolphins, look out for birds, turtles, and harmless sharks, and feel free to ask the skipper questions about the wildlife. On the way back to Faro, enjoy different views of the natural park due to the changing tides of the Ria Formosa.

Dolphin Watching and Marine Wild Life in Faro

7. Dolphin Watching and Marine Wild Life in Faro

Departure is near Faro Marina A good opportunity for Marine wild life sighting on the Atlantic coast. Guide will provide a briefing that includes safety and aprouch measures with an intro to the natural park. Dolphins are one of the highlights but we could also see: Whales, Turtles, Flying fish, Moonfish, Sharks, Tuna, etc. Learn about the different species and their behavior. You'll cruise throught the natural park of Ria Formosa and admire the beautiful landscapes of the Lagoon and the Islands. Tour will end we're it started, near to the city center, wich as train and bus station near.

Olhão: Dolphin and Wildlife Watching Boat Tour

8. Olhão: Dolphin and Wildlife Watching Boat Tour

On this magnificent tour look for dolphins with two experienced skippers on this tour aboard a modern boat. Discover wildlife in the waters of the cities of Olhão and Faro, on a tour to observe dolphins in their wild environment and learn about marine animals with the two experienced guides on board who will always give explanations during the tour. Go at the best time of day to maximize your chance of seeing dolphins Until you reach the sea, you will be able to observe the beautiful landscapes of the Ria Formosa channels

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What people are saying about Faro

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 24 reviews

We really enjoyed the trip. Saw a pod of about 30 bottle nosed dolphins. They were very playful and put on a show. Unfortunately our trip had to be cut a little short due to another sick passenger. So we didn’t get to see much other wildlife. Would also be nice if our guides would have been more interactive with the passengers and given more information on the wildlife or maybe the ocean or maybe the history of the city of Faro. Something that would make it more informative and exciting.

The boat tour was great, pretty fast and fun! We also saw dolphins and the guide was nice. However, it wasn't in German, even though we booked the German-speaking trip - the only one offered! That wasn't so great for our child, but then we translated. The guide's English was easy to understand! You could probably have received a German explanation by means of an app….

Fantastic experience we chose the speed boat very comfortable had a great tour guide speaking many different languages got to see the dolphins went early 10am also visited benagail cave. I would highly recommend

Brilliant staff, views and activity. Great fun. Saw dolphins, birds, sat in a beach bar and snorkeled. Great half day trip.

The discovery of the coast from the sea is impressive. And we also got to see the dolphins! Perfect.