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Lagos: Dolphin and Sea Life Watching Experience

1. Lagos: Dolphin and Sea Life Watching Experience

Dolphin watching is a must-do activity for anyone visiting the Algarve! With a tour provider that has over 30-years experience, you can get up close and personal to one of nature's most spectacular and fascinating creatures.  Take part in a tour with the first ever company to search for dolphins in Algarve, and enjoy the experience with guides who have over 30-years experience. This is a day trip along the stunning coast of Southern Portugal you'll never forget. You have the ability to go on a boat ride that will suit all your adventure needs, including, riding on a world-renowned dolphin searching boat "the Tornado rib". Feel the thrill of the wind in your face as you glide across the glistening Atlantic Ocean in search of beautiful bottlenose and common dolphins or even other different species of Wildlife, before gently settling amongst the pods to watch them dance and play in their natural habitat. This tour lasts approximately 90-minutes and runs throughout each day from Lagos, Alvor and Portimão.

Lagos: Dolphin Watching with Marine Biologists

2. Lagos: Dolphin Watching with Marine Biologists

Leaving from the Marine de Lagos, you’ll be taken on a thrilling 1.5-hour ride into the Atlantic Ocean in search of wild dolphins. The high success rate and professional crew make this a must-do tour while in Lagos.   Hop on board the boat and then relax on the bench seating. Take advantage of the extra viewing room, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. The marine biologist on board will help identify the dolphins and interpret their behavior. They’ll be collecting data while on board for the purpose of preservation and conservation of these beautiful animals, as well as passing their knowledge on to you. Every trip is a meaningful excursion that provides great memories and education, as well as supplying scientific data to help future conservation projects.

From Lagos: Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

3. From Lagos: Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Meet your experienced crew at the Marina de Lagos and get a safety briefing before you set sail off the coast of the Algarve. Look for dolphins aboard a rigid inflatable boat in a small group of no more than 12 people for a more personalized experience. Hear detailed information about the sea and weather conditions, and the last known coordinates and patterns of the dolphins’ behavior from the previous days to help you locate the animals. Travel at a speed of around 25 knots, depending on the sea conditions, as you look for magnificent sea mammals for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Benefit from a 90% chance to encounter the beautiful creatures in their natural environment – although as an act or nature sightings cannot be guaranteed. 

Lagos: 90-Minute Dolphin Watching by Catamaran

4. Lagos: 90-Minute Dolphin Watching by Catamaran

Get spectacular ocean views and up-close views of playful dolphins on this 1.5-hour catamaran cruise. Board a catamaran, specially designed for dolphin and whale-watching experiences with an incredible viewing platform on the bow making the vessel suitable for all ages and wheelchair accessibility. Listen to your guide provide commentary throughout the cruise. Choose between a morning or afternoon departure. This fast catamaran is able to cover long distances in a short time, so travel leisurely with comfortable seating and room to move around, bathroom access and a sun canopy. Multiple viewing platforms offer fantastic views and allow you to be nearly side-by-side with any dolphins encountered.  Although there is no guarantee that dolphins will be seen during the trip, there has been at least a 95 percent success rate, and with the dolphin-friendly policy, the vessel will never outstays its welcome to ensure excellent opportunities to view these entertaining creatures time after time. 

Lagos: Half-Day Dolphin Watching Cruise and Water Activities

5. Lagos: Half-Day Dolphin Watching Cruise and Water Activities

Experience an amazing encounter with dolphins in their natural habitat and take the unique opportunity to see them socializing, frolicking, and feeding up close. You'll learn from your experienced and friendly crew about the unique habits of these gentle and highly intelligent sea creatures. Make sure you keep an eye out for other amazing cetaceans such as orcas and fin whales as well. After the dolphin watching, you'll have the chance to enjoy water activities on a peaceful and secluded bay. Go for a swim, sunbathe, and jump on the water slide. Have fun with your family and friends as you enjoy the modern brand-new catamaran as well as a complimentary healthy snack.

From Lagos: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour

6. From Lagos: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour

Travel around the coastal waters and experience dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. An experienced crew will point you in the right direction, as you scan the waters for dolphins, whales and other marine wildlife.  An onboard marine biologist can answer any questions you may have about oceanic wildlife, different kinds of dolphin species or their behavior.

From Lagos: Dolphin Watching on a Speedboat

7. From Lagos: Dolphin Watching on a Speedboat

Join this cruise from the Marina de Lagos pier. Once aboard this speedboat, you will be able to cover long distances in a short amount of time. This boat allows you to be nearly side by side with the dolphins. Although there is no guarantee that dolphins will be seen during the trip, there has been at least a 95 percent success rate in the past. With its dolphin-friendly policy, the boat will never outstay its welcome, ensuring excellent opportunities to view these entertaining creatures time after time. At the end of the cruise, you will be safely returned to Marina de Lagos.  

Lagos: Dolphin Watching Tour

8. Lagos: Dolphin Watching Tour

Go on an adventure across the water on a rigid inflatable boat and see different dolphins, such as the common dolphin, the harbor porpoise, and Risso’s dolphin, all swimming in their natural habitat. Take a journey across the vast Atlantic Ocean to just outside the Algarve Coast, the perfect place to see an abundance of dolphins and other marine species. Led by an experienced guide, you’ll learn more about the dolphins you see, well known for their intelligence and playfulness.

Algarve Dolphin Watching

9. Algarve Dolphin Watching

Depart from the Lagos Marina aboard a brand new speedboat, designed and built in 2019 to provide all comfort, safety and the best visibility while searching for dolphins along the coast. Search for multiple species such as common dolphins, bottlenose, Risso's dolphin, harbour porpoise. Discover other species of sea creatures such as tunas, turtles, whales, and different types of birds as you cruise along the beautiful Algarve coast.

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What people are saying about Lagos

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Superb release! We were lucky enough to see dolphins up close. The explanations in English are clear, the staff is very friendly. Ready for a windbreaker so that we don't catch cold (thank you!) Travel without jolts Our 12-year-old daughter dreamed of seeing dolphins in the wild, it's done! Thank you ! Only remark, the name of the company was not written on the electronic tickets, so we searched a bit.

It was a great tour and the highlight of the children's vacation. We searched for dolphins for a long time, but the guide didn't give up. Instead of the given time, we were on the road for two and a quarter hours. Thanks for the commitment. We can only recommend the tour even if two on board got seasick.

Great experience! We had the chance to see a magnificent school of dolphins and the icing on the cake, 8 whales 20 meters long! Incredible. The staff is very professional and really nice. Remember to wear a jacket during the trip because with the wind it is cold. I recommend !

Fun experience. Definite recommend this experience. It’s a bit cold inside the cave bring some clothes! The crew was super helpful and assisted with our special request given we were heading to the airport directly.

Unique experience, super nice and funny guides! Definitely do!