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Whale and Dolphin Watching in Gibraltar

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In the Strait of Gibraltar, regular sightings can be made of up to 7 wild cetacean species in their natural habitat. Some are resident species in this area, such as the common dolphin, striped dolphin, bottlenose dolphin and common pilot whale. However, at certain times of the year other species can also be observed, such as the orca, the sperm whale and the fin whale.

Entering Gibraltar contracting some excursion to sail the strait and spot dolphins and whales is increasingly becoming a tourist attraction.

When can you see dolphins in Gibraltar?

Sailing with a pod of dolphins playing on the bow of the boat, less than a metre away from us, is one of the most incredible emotions you can experience. 

Dolphins are highly social animals, often swimming and hunting in groups, and are shallow divers. In the wild, these graceful animals can reach speeds of over 30 kilometres per hour or so and dive to depths of up to 70 metres.

dolphin sightings in Gibraltar
Dolphin sighting in Gibraltar

However, the best months to see dolphins in Gibraltar are the months from November to January. Although there is a good chance of finding them all year round, as these animals come to the Bay of Gibraltar to feed, as well as to reproduce.

on the other hand, the orcas (also known as killer whales), is considered to be the species included in the the largest dolphin family in the world. They are regularly sighted in this area during the summer monthsespecially in July and August, although they have been seen occasionally in all other seasons.

Behold the marine life of the Strait of Gibraltar

When do whales pass through the Strait of Gibraltar?

In addition to dolphin sightings, in Gibraltar you can also encounter migratory whalesdepending on the time of year. The following can be contemplated above all sperm whales and humpback whalesThey are generally very friendly animals and even approach the boats to look around.

Regarding the time of the year where you have more whale-watching opportunities in the Strait of GibraltarThey tend to come mainly in the spring, but the best months to find them are during the spring and summer, between April and September.

Faro punta europa gibraltar lighthouse
Punta Europa lighthouse in Gibraltar

The Sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales and a master diver, this species in particular usually comes into the Strait of Gibraltar mostly in spring. Generally, a sperm whale can be spotted from a distance, as between two dives these animals always float for a few minutes on the surface of the water. It is important to note that the Strait has been recognised as a migration corridor for this species.

Whale and dolphin watching boat excursion in the Strait of Gibraltar

If you are looking for an unforgettable experience in nature, whale watching in Tarifa is an option you can't miss if you are planning a holiday in Cadiz.

Amongst all the tourist attractions available in Gibraltar, such as climb the Rock and see the Gibraltar monkeysdolphin and whale watching has become one of the most popular in the area. 

Experience this unique opportunity in the Strait of Gibraltar to the fullest involves joining an exciting boat trip, which is one of the most rewarding ways to enjoy it.

From Visitanddo.com, we strongly advise you to join the experience of exploring Gibraltar and take the opportunity to see whales and dolphins in the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar with the following excursions:

Over a 90-minute journeyAs you sail the boat, you will be surrounded by spectacular natural scenery, the Strait of Gibraltar was declared a biosphere reserve. The deep blue waters of the strait stretch to the horizon. The waves will accompany you on your journey as the breeze gently brushes your face. Excitement and enthusiasm will build as the captain and guides keep you abreast of any signs of cetacean activity. And then, at the least expected moment, you will be able to watch these splendid creatures emerge majestically from the depths.

The delight of witnessing a whale emerging from the water is an indescribable experience.. Their imposing size and graceful movement will leave you speechless. Watching these huge, docile creatures swim a short distance from the boat is a sight that will stay with you forever. Of course, the dolphinswith their acrobatics and playful nature also play a prominent role. You will witness them jumping and playing on the crests of the waves, generating a spectacle full of exhilaration and vitality.

Beyond the fascinating marine life, the excursion in the Strait of Gibraltar will also offer you breathtaking panoramic views of the coast of Cádiz. Throughout the trip, the guides will share their knowledge about the different species of whales and dolphins that inhabit this area. You will learn about their migratory habits, behaviour and characteristic features. You will also receive information about the importance of conservation and protection of these marine beings, and how we can contribute to their preservation.

It is worth noting that whale and dolphin watching trips in Gibraltar are conducted with a responsible and respectful approach to marine life.. They strictly adhere to guidelines that ensure that animals are not disturbed or harmed. Tour operators are committed to conservation and work closely with marine life organisations and experts to ensure the sustainability of this activity.

If you are in Malaga and the Costa del Sol or in the area of Tarifa, and you are thinking of visiting Gibraltar, you can book a Dolphin Sightseeing Boat Trip from Malaga. You will be able to contemplate these marvellous creatures in their natural habitat, while enjoying the incredible views of the Rock of Gibraltar and North Africa. You can't miss this magnificent experience!

Remember before entering Gibraltar check the necessary documentation to enjoy this wonderful spot in the south of Spain.

You may also be interested in: 10 interesting facts about Gibraltar.

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