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Marbella Water activities

Our most recommended Marbella Water activities

Marbella: Catamaran Tour with Dolphin Watching

1. Marbella: Catamaran Tour with Dolphin Watching

Enjoy a trip aboard the Daria, a catamaran with all the modern comforts, on which you will get to spend a wonderful day. Relax in luxury spaces aboard the boat, choose from a 2 or 3-hour cruise, and enjoy drinks and snacks as you sail. During your cruise, you will have opportunities to enjoy water sports such as paddle surfing, kayaking, and even fishing if you wish. As you sail, your skipper will try to find dolphins. Snacks and drinks such as beer, water, and soft drinks will also be available during the cruise. The professional crew will make sure you see the best of Marbella from the water, all the while having as much fun as possible. There will be plenty of opportunities for photos, which will be available after the cruise for download as you explore the coast aboard a luxury catamaran.

From Malaga: Gibraltar and Dolphin Sightseeing Boat Tour

2. From Malaga: Gibraltar and Dolphin Sightseeing Boat Tour

Enjoy the journey along Malaga and the Costa del Sol in a sightseeing bus tour while listening to your guide tell you anecdotes and curiosities of this British colony. Explore Gibraltar on your own and with a guide, then sail the Mediterranean in search of the many dolphins that roam the area. Arrive in La Linea and cross the border into Gibraltar. Enjoy some free time to visit Casemates Square and the botanical garden of the Alameda. Stroll through the Marina Bays, or take the chance to walk along Main street. Follow the directions of your guide to get to the square and find your way to the port of Gibraltar to board your boat. Once aboard, feel the breeze and catch sight of different types of Cetaceans that inhabit the area. Navigate the calm seas for about an hour and a half and find the place where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Search for dolphins here, and catch sight of their majesty and intelligence, playing in the water. The guide on board will tell you about the most relevant curiosities and characteristics of the species that you encounter, the particularities of the Strait, declared Unesco World Biosphere Reserve. After the tour, you will have again free time to continue your visit in Gibraltar, where you can take the opportunity to have lunch. Meet in the midafternoon for your return journey to the pickup point.

From Marbella: Canyoning in Guadalmina

3. From Marbella: Canyoning in Guadalmina

Experience the Costa del Sol from an adrenaline-pumping perspective on a canyoning adventure in the province of Malaga. The Guadalmina canyon is the perfect place to (literally) dip your toes into the world of canyoning. After getting picked up in Marbella, head to the canyon, where a range of waterfalls, breathtaking landscapes, and narrow halls await you. Go for a swim in the canyon's crystal-clear waters or feel the fresh spray of water from the refreshing waterfalls. During your canyoning experience, you will experience jumps of up to 7 meters high and rappels of up to 12 meters in height. At the end of the activity, get dropped off back at the meeting point in Marbella.

Marbella: Costa del Sol Private Sailing Cruise with Drinks

4. Marbella: Costa del Sol Private Sailing Cruise with Drinks

Sit back and relax on a sailboat cruise from Marbella. See the Costa del Sol from the water and marvel at the vibrant marine wildlife in this area. Onboard, enjoy soft drinks, beer, wine or cava, and tuck into tasty snacks. Have fun standup paddle boarding, snorkeling, and swimming. Choose from tour option that last from 2-8 hours. Head out to sea and keep a lookout for the dolphins that frequent these waters. There are two species of dolphins that permanently inhabit these waters, the common dolphin and bottlenose dolphins. Keep an eye out for other creatures that frequent the Strait of Gibraltar, including Atlantic bluefin tuna, Ocean sunfish, and sea turtles. Once you spot some of these marine animals, dive into the water to swim near them or stay on the sailboat to sail alongside them for a while.  Jump into the cool waters for a refreshing dip or use the standup paddle board and the snorkeling equipment. Listen to music from Bluetooth speakers as you sail. Get help from the captain and crew during your seafaring adventure. Return to the Marina in Marbella at the end of your tour. 

From Marbella: Canyoning Trip to Guadalmina

5. From Marbella: Canyoning Trip to Guadalmina

The Angosturas Gorge, situated in the municipality of Benahavis and very close to Marbella, is the ideal canyon for your initiation to this exciting sport. In wonderful natural surroundings, you will learn the basic progression techniques for canyoning accessible to all, and more demanding techniques for those who already have previous experience. For those who wish to, enjoy jumps from different heights into a deep water reservoir in an idyllic location surrounded by mountains. This canyon has 2 jumps at 5 meters, 3 jumps at 4 meters, and an abseiling of 5 meters. Those who still don't feel daring enough for the jumps will be able to opt for a fun toboggan. As you go, the gorge will narrow, showing you a landscape you could never have imagined. Don't miss this incredible experience that you'll want to bring back home!

Marbella Puerto Banús: Costa del Sol Sharing Sailing Cruise.

6. Marbella Puerto Banús: Costa del Sol Sharing Sailing Cruise.

Sit back and relax on a sailboat cruise from Marbella. See the Costa del Sol from the water and marvel at the vibrant marine wildlife in this area. Onboard, enjoy soft drinks, beer, wine or cava, and tuck into tasty snacks. Have fun standup paddle boarding, snorkeling, and swimming. Head out to sea and keep a lookout for dolphins that frequent these waters. There are two species of dolphins that permanently inhabit these waters: the common and the bottlenose dolphins. Stay aware to other species that pass sporadically on their migrations to the Strait of Gibraltar, including Atlantic bluefin tuna, Ocean sunfish, and sea turtles. Once you spot some of these marine animals, dive into the water to swim near them or stay on the sailboat to sail alongside them for a while. Jump into the cool waters for a refreshing dip or use the standup paddle board and snorkel equipment available.

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What people are saying about Marbella

Both the outward journey and the return journey are very beautiful because the bus runs along the costa del sol which is very beautiful to admire, our guide Nathalie She explained many things with many historical details and even if we do not speak Spanish she made herself understood very good. She was really courteous and kind and sweet to all of us… The visit to the dolphins was very nice because we were able to see them and in any case I really enjoyed the whole organization of the trip and I was very satisfied. The Tuesday before I went to Gibraltar with another tour guide and it was the journey of hope because we never arrived with them but I found myself very well. I highly recommend choosing them.

The transportation was great (big, clean bus with a very personable guide), plenty of free time in the city, friendly and knowledgeable boat guides that quickly found dolphins to observe.

A wonderful excursion, short but incredible, Ana a great guide and the guys from the boat to see the lovely dolphins and explaining everything very well.

Juan was an amazing guide we had so much fun, this was my second time doing this activity

Very relaxing. Skipper was great and plenty of cold beers in the fridge.