Whale and wildlife watching in Gibraltar Strait

Have you ever dreamed of the perfect place to study and observe whales, dolphins or bird migrations? The Strait of Gibraltar is the place. It has the UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve designation since 2006; it is one of the most important areas in the world where to observe bird migrations. Strong tidal currents and turbulent winds concentrate in the Strait. This unique place where the waters of the Atlantic Ocean melt with and the Mediterranean Sea is home to many marine species as well as an important stopping point during migrations.

Only 14 km separate Europe from Africa. In less than one hour from Tarifa, you can contemplate and enjoy, with almost 100% probability, this marvellous natural spectacle. No need to travel very far to find amazing species; they are here, in the Strait.

Two continents, two tectonic plates, two seas…. In the Strait of Gibraltar you can observe up to 7 cetacean species like Fin Whales, Sperm whales, Killer Whales, Long-finned Pilot Whales, Dolphins, Striped Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins and occasionally Humpback Whales and Grey Dolphins. More species can be observed, Tuna fishes, Hammerhead Sharks, Moonfish, Flying fish, Swordfish and many more…

What about the birds? Across the Strait of Gibraltar, more than 300 bird species migrate from one continent to another in search of food, breeding grounds or warmer temperatures. We can observe White Stork, Black Kite, European honey, Griffon vulture, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Montagu’s and Western marsh harrier, Egyptian vulture, Black Stork, Sparrowhawk, Osprey etc. Many marine birds like Cory’s shearwater, Balearic shearwater, Northern gannet, Razorbill, Atlantic puffin, Pomarine and Great skua. Also smaller species like Barn swallow, Common swift, European bee-eater can be seen.

Enjoy a small-group wildlife watching experience, in a luxury boat; an unforgettable trip with one of the most experienced skipper in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Reservation requirements: complete prior payment (we ask no guarantee). The Skipper will determine if the weather conditions allow the navigation. In case of adverse weather, we will propose an alternative day. Where this is not possible, the payment shall be refunded. The cancelation with refund is possible only in the event of a cancelation by the Skipper for weather impediment.

General Information

 BEST TIME OF THE YEAR (depending on species)

Resident species:

ALL YEAR: Long-finned Pilot Whales, Striped Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphin

Semi-residents species (long season)

APRIL to SEPTEMBER: Killer Whale, Sperm Whale

Migratory species

SUMMER SEASON: Fin Whales

 

 DURATION

2 hours, all year round.

3 hours during the Orca season (from April to September depending on the tuna fishes population on which they feed)

 

 PRICE

Prices includes:

Price includes: skipper, highly qualified guide specialized in the Strait of Gibraltar, insurance, Dinghy, snacks and drinks.

PRICES PER PERSON (including fuel)

– Cetacean and wildlife watching in the Strait of Gibraltar (minimum 6 persons)

2 hours: 100 eur per person

3 hours: 150 eur per person

PRICES FOR THE WHOLE BOAT (not included fuel)

1 hour: 400 eur + fuel

1 day (8 hours): 2000 eur + fuel

 

 Equipment / Guides

Skipper, Guide, binoculars

 

 START HOUR

Whole boat charter for day or hours: departure hour to be fixed according to the weather conditions

Normal Departures: on mornings or sunsets, to be confirmed a couple of days before the trip, according to weather conditions and tides.

 

MEETING POINT

Whole boat, for 1 day: to customer’s choice:  Sotogrande, Algeciras, Barbate or Tarifa ports.

Individual ticket: Tarifa port or Algeciras Real Club Nautico

 

 FOOD / DRINKS

Aperitif and non-alcoholic drinks on board.

Catering service; please ask us for pricing.

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