Dolphin and Whale Watching in Tarifa


Group Tours for 50-60 people with Local Tarifa based company (95% success rate or free second trip)
Private Trips with local Tarifa companies that offer years of experience.
The underwater mountain ranges, strong currents and many other environmental factors make the Straits of Gibraltar an area with one of the richest biodiversity on Earth. There are up to seven species of Cetaceans, Marine and Migratory Birds that can be observed. The Straits of Gibraltar were declared an Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2006.


Pilot whales and three different dolphin species: bottlenose, common and striped, are resident species and therefore visible all year round.
Other species are present in feeding periods:
– Killer whales: they can be seen from April to September, hunting and feeding on bluefin tunas.
– Sperm whales: they can be spotted mainly from March to July, hunting giant squid in the deep waters of the Strait.
Finally, we can also see fin whales, the second largest animal on the planet. This species uses the Strait on its reproductive migration towards the Mediterranean. The best time to see it is between May and July.
Whales are approached with the utmost respect and complying with the regulations set forth in the Royal Decree 1727/2007 of 21 December, which establishes Protection Measures for Cetaceans.
Migratory Birds: 
After Panama, the Straits are the world’s most important bird migration point. During our trips, and at different times of the year, we can observe:
Marine birds: Atlantic gannet, Cory’s shearwater, albatross, cormorant, common tern, Wilson’s storm-petrel, many species of seagulls, etc.
Migratory birds that cross the Strait from one continent to the other: flamingo, black ibis, griffon vulture and all kinds of birds of prey, storks, etc