Whether you are an experienced wildlife watcher or simply looking for an adventure, watching wild dolphins in their natural environment is and incredible experience. Our educational knowledge from our marine biologists about the common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins offer a fantastic experience and we are sure you will enjoy every minute of the ocean vibes as you watch these magnificent creatures playfully interact in their natural habitat.


Dolphin and Cave Tour VilamouraDolphin Watching Boat Trips Algarve: All You Need to Know

Looking for an unforgettable experience in the Algarve? Learn all you need to know about dolphin watching boat trips and take on the adventure of a lifetime! Dolphin watching boat trips are becoming increasingly popular among visitors of the Algarve. With its crystal-clear waters, diverse ecology and abundant marine life, the region is home to some of Europe’s most spectacular creatures – dolphins. From shared boat tours to private charters, there are endless opportunities for travelers looking to explore this beautiful corner of Portugal. Algarve Cave boat Tours know everything you need to know about dolphin watching boat trips in the Algarve – from the top dolphin hot spots to tips for enjoying this dolphin watching experience.

Where Can I Spot Dolphins in The Algarve?

The best places for spotting dolphins in The Algarve vary depending on the time of year. In the warmer months, often these beautiful creatures can often be found close inshore at locations such as Vilamoura and Albufeira. In winter months (November-February), dolphins tend to migrate further offshore and can be seen from our boats when we travel further out to sea. We always try and locate them and make sure we offer an exceptional service.

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Highlights of Dolphin Watching Boat Trips in The Algarve

  • Observe stunning dolphins in their native environment.

  • Cruise around the coastline and explore nearby beaches and islands and spectacular rock formations.

  • Experience an unforgettable adventure with family or friends.

  • Learn about dolphin behaviour, ecology and conservation efforts.

  • Take advantage of mild climate and warm waters all year round.

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Itinerary for Dolphin Watching Boat Trips in The Algarve

  • 15 Minutes prior to your trip – Meet at departure point and board your boat.

  • Departure Time – Set sail and begin cruising towards prime dolphin-spotting locations.

  • Out at sea – Arrive at the dolphin destination and start search for dolphins.

  • Spot dolphins – Take time to observe these creatures playing in the wild.

  • Caves – travel down the coast to see the wonderful rock formations.

  • End of Tour – Return to departure point and disembark the boat.

Dolphin Encounters

Good to Know when going on a Dolphin Watching Boat Trip in The Algarve

What Should I Expect on a Dolphin Trip to see thes magical creatures? Dolphin trips is typically a 2 hour boat ride and involves cruising out into open water in search of pods of dolphins. Once a pod is located, passengers will have time to observe them up close if conditions are suitable. Most tours also include stops at nearby caves and rock formations, allowing you time to explore after your dolphin encounter. We have a range of boats available from Rib Boats, Inflatable Boats and larger boats , the most popular when in search of dolphins is the RIB speed boat trip.

Tips for Enjoying Your real adventure Dolphin Trip

When it comes to making the most of your dolphin watching boat trip, there are a few tips that may help improve your experience on this wildlife watching tour:


  • Wear appropriate clothing;

  • Bring sunscreen and a hat;

  • Listen carefully when instructions are given by the guide;

  • Remember that all encounters with wild animals must be respectful;

  • Have patience – sightings cannot always be guaranteed, but chances increase with luck!



    Check-in must be done up to 15 minutes before the activity, at office 5, Cais Q in Vilamoura Marina.

    You must present your reservation details at check-in.

    Check-in must be done on time if you miss the boarding time no refund will be offered.

    Visit to the caves and stop for a swim is all subject to favourable sea conditions .

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

    We reserves the right to change the time and / or the vessel of the experience, without prior notice.

    GMC Cruises is not responsible for material damage to personal property during the experience, so we advise you to ensure their proper protection.

    If we are unable to complete a trip due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances upon returning to the marina office we will indicate an alternative date or time for you to complete the remaining duration of your trip.



    You can cancel up to 7 days before the event – full refund

    You can cancel under 7 days until 24 hours before the event – refund minus 20% booking fee

    Cancellations 24 hours or less from the event – no refund

    For cancellations due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances instructed by the management, we will indicate an alternative date, otherwise a full refund will be made.

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