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Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

1. 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.

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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 water, spot wildlife such as dolphins, whales, and porpoises, and if you're lucky maybe come across a pod of orcas or fin whales. 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 tope 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.

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Algarve Dolphin Watching & Marine Life Eco Tour

3. Algarve Dolphin Watching & Marine Life Eco Tour

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.

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From Faro: Dolphin Watching & 4 Islands Tour

4. From Faro: Dolphin Watching & 4 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.

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What people are saying about Faro

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 24 reviews

This was an amazing experience! We saw around three groups of dolphin's, two groups of common dolphin's and one group of bottlenose dolphin's! The guides were super informative and were really respectful of the dolphin's habitat. I learned so much from this trip and I definitely do recommend this to anyone who visits Faro!!! Also a note, I did this trip in November - in other words you can see the dolphin's in Winter time.

We had a fantastic experience with the Ocean Vibes team. They are scientists who have a passion for marine safety and safeguard. We were so happy to contribute to their research. We saw beautiful dauphins even in November! Thank you Ocean Vibes!

Very very interesting outing, due to the history of the coasts and even by the feeling provided by the small boat. The dolphins are the highlight of the show, to do. Slt to Daniel and his colleague and Thank you

Very pleasant and recommended experience. Punctual and very attentive staff. The excursion itself, wonderful, we were lucky to be able to meet the dolphins.

Very good venture into Atlantic. Alfredo was very knowledgeable. Saw a variety of dolphins and wild fowl. Highly recommended.