Marine Life and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip from Faro, Portugal

  • 2 Hours 30 mins approximately
  • Min Guests: 2Max Guests: 11
  • Doca De Faro

Boat Tour in the Algarve Featuring Dolphins, Sea Turtles, and Seabirds

Experience marine life on the Algarve coast with the possibility of seeing dolphins, seabirds, and sea turtles in their natural habitat!

On this boat trip, we sail through the beautiful waters of Portugal’s south coast on an adventure led by an expert nature tour guide.

This boat tour in the Algarve is the perfect way to learn about our region’s diverse marine life while watching the animals in their natural habitat.

This immersive experience is best shared with family and friends aboard the Albacora III – a comfortable and safe RIB.

The tour is approximately 2 hours long. During this time, we leave the calm waters of Ria Formosa and head out towards the blue ocean, reaching up 5 miles offshore. We travel along the Algarve coastline, passing barrier islands and the Santa Maria Cape (Portugal’s southernmost point) in the quest for dolphins and other marine wildlife.

We may see several species of cetaceans, the most sighted being the Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis) and Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus).

Seabirds are a constant presence. The species we see the most are the Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus), Balearic Shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus), Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus), and several species of Storm-petrels. Seagulls are, of course, also a common sighting, especially when we pass by fishing boats.

There is also the possibility of observing other marine wildlife species such as sea turtles, the Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola), and sharks. Occasionally, we may also see other cetaceans species such as the Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and the Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata).

When this exciting experience at sea ends, we return to Faro, passing back through the stunning landscapes of Ria Formosa.

If you have any questions about this marine life and dolphin watching boat trip from Faro, Portugal, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Do you want to explore more of the Ria Formosa’s wildlife on another boat tour in the Algarve? You’ll love our bird watching boat tour from Faro

Formosamar supports CIRCÉ in the conservation of cetaceans in the Algarve.

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Price Includes

  • 2.5h boat trip
  • Life vests
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board

Price Excludes

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (Optional)
  • All other extras

Important Information

  • Bring plenty of water to drink to avoid dehydration.
  • A rucksack or backpack is recommended to carry a small snack, sunglasses, hat, a good sun cream and a camera.
  • Comfortable clothing and flat shoes recommended. A wind-stopper and a waterproof coat are useful, specially during the coldest period of the year.
  • Due to safety reasons children under 5 years of age are not allowed on this tour.
  • Formosamar can not fully guarantee the observation of marine wildlife. Because they are in their natural habitat, encounters with dolphins and other marine animals may not be possible during the tour. In this case, no refund or rescheduling of the visit is possible.


  • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required.
  • A maximum of 11 people per booking.
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Safety comes first, please follow the instructions and recommendations of your skipper, especially those relating to safety issues.
  • Trips may be amended due to weather conditions or the physical condition of the participants should our skippers deem this advisable.
  • This is an activity subject to weather conditions. The decision to leave or return earlier than expected, due to unexpected weather conditions, is solely to the skipper.
  • The schedules of departures and arrivals, the duration and itineraries of the activities are subject to change without previous notice due to security determined by the weather conditions, tides and/or other circumstances beyond our control.



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