Water activity

From Faro: Dolphin-Watching & Wildlife

Activity provider: Estrela da Ria Formosa

From Faro: Dolphin-Watching & Wildlife

Activity provider: Estrela da Ria Formosa

From US$ 47.10 per person

Search for dolphins with a marine biologist on this speedboat tour. Explore the Rio Formosa and Algarve coast for the chance to see different species of dolphins, birds, and maybe turtles and sharks.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Observe dolphins in their natural habitat on a dolphin-watching cruise
  • Go at the best time of day to maximize your chance to see the dolphins
  • Hear about the various species of dolphin from an onboard marine biologist
  • Keep your eyes peeled for birds, turtles, and small, harmless sharks too
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Ria Formosa, Algarve coast, and Atlantic Ocean
Full description

Discover the wildlife in Faro's waters on a dolphin-watching cruise aboard a speedboat. Have the opportunity to see dolphins, birds, and, if you're lucky, turtles and small sharks. Learn about the marine animals with the onboard marine biologist.

After making your own way to the meeting point, board the boat and cruise through the Rio Formosa Natural Park. Admire the landscape of winding waterways as you make your way to Cape Santa Maria, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Rio Formosa river.

Upon arrival at the ocean, keep your eye out for local dolphins. Enjoy the best chance of seeing them on this morning cruise because the dolphins approach the coast looking for food at this time.

As well as dolphins, look out for birds, turtles, and harmless sharks, and feel free to ask the marine biologist questions about the wildlife. On the way back to Faro, enjoy different views of the natural park due to the changing tides of the Rio Formosa.

  • Dolphin-watching in the Oceano Atlantico
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems

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Meeting point

Look for the stand called Estrela Da Ria Formosa. Your guide will be dressed in a green t-shirt.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • There is a 90% chance of seeing dolphins
Customer reviews

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was very nice, saw a lot of dolphins, that was the main thing. There were hardly any explanations and only on request and almost only in French (English was announced). (the keyword marine biologist was in itself a reason for us to book this trip). but the main thing is dolphins :)

July 30, 2022

A superb experience, with attentive and very smiling guides, especially Thiago! We also enjoyed the tour of the islands which was a good surprise! We will definitely come back!

August 20, 2022

Very cool activity, luckily it was a very calm sea. Saw many dolphins. Super friendly guides with lots of explanations.

August 10, 2022

Product ID: 413761