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Faro Dolphin & whale watching

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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

Discover the beauty of Faro’s coastline on this epic sea adventure that navigates along the Ria Formosa waters, passing between Deserta Island and Farol Island and across the Cape de Santa Maria. Marvel at scenic views where the waters of the Ria Formosa meet the Atlantic Ocean and gaze out towards the vastness of the open blue sea. After a glide around Ria Formosa Natural Park, ride along the coast in search of a pod of dolphins swimming in their natural habitat. These magnificent creatures often spend their mornings feeding in the clear and crystalline waters off the coast of Faro. Although there is no guarantee that dolphins will be spotted on the trip, there is a 90% chance of finding the sea creatures. After dolphin watching, begin discovering the islands. Head to Farol Island and then Culatra Island for lunch at a restaurant or an optional picnic. Then, discover the oyster culture on Hangares Island, before finally visiting Deserta Island for snorkeling.

From Faro: Dolphin-Watching & Wildlife

4. 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 marine biologist. After making your own way to the meeting point, board the boat and cruise through the Rio 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 marine biologist questions about the wildlife. On the way back to Faro, enjoy different views of the natural park due to the changing tides of the Rio Formosa.

Algarve Dolphin Watching & Marine Life Eco Tour

5. 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.

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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.

We struggled to find the dolphins but with a little patience and perseverance from the team, we were able to witness an aquatic ballet. Provide outfits that dry quickly and are not afraid of salt water because it is quite possible to finish the activity somewhat wet. We also appreciated the charm of the Island of Farol.

It was very nice, thank you for the wonderful tour and the beautiful impressions. Unfortunately, we didn't see any dolphins, but since they are wild animals, you can't influence this of course. It was still a wonderful tour!

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

We had to search for a while, but in the end we saw a lot of dolphins!