Starting from Olhão in the beautiful Algarve: dolphins in their natural environment

Travel from Olhão on a speedboat with 2 skippers through the Ria Formosa into the Atlantic Ocean to find and observe dolphins. Then continue the 2.5-hour safari in the water of the lagoon for snorkelling and swimming.

  • Tour / activity duration: ~ 2.5 hours
  • Languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Transfer: yes, included in the price
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Admire dolphins in the Algarve on a boat tour

Let yourself be captivated by the fantastic sea creatures off the Algarve. Watch the graceful dolphins of the Atlantic on this dolphin safari from Olhão. Travel through the famous Ria Formosa lagoon, where you can swim after watching the dolphins.

Price overview

  • Algarve Dolphin watching - 2.5h - per adult (from 10 years)30.-€
  • Algarve Dolphin watching - 2.5h - per child (4-9 Jahre)20.-€
  • Algarve Dolphin watching - 2.5h - per infant (0-3 years)0.-€
water safari with dolphins

Booking option: Watch dolphins in the Algarve

Enjoy a 2.5-hour boat safari to see dolphins off the Algarve. The two experienced skippers take you through the Ria Formosa to the Atlantic and will look for dolphins with you. Finally, there is a stay for swimming and snorkelling if there is time in the picturesque Ria Formosa.


  • Capacity: max. 28 persons
  • Duration: ~ 2.5 hours
  • Hours: 8:30 AM
  • Days: daily
  • Months: 1st of May - 1st of October
  • Languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Pick-up: from hotels in Olhão and surroundings (max. 30 km)


  • Transfer, skipper, swim stop(s), snorkeling equipment, professional guide, insurance, boat ride
Important information

The tour is not recommended for babies and pregnant women.

Please bring along:

Swimwear, towel, sunglasses, sun blocker, snacks, camera, small travel pharmacy (just in case), drinks

Detailed description

From Olhão: Dolphin watching on a boat safari in the Algarve

There is probably no way around the Portuguese Algarve on the southern Atlantic coast among nature observers who love to travel. This topographically diverse holiday-maker's paradise runs from the majestic peaks and gorges in the north over gently undulating, lively green hills to the imposing cliffs and gorgeous sandy beaches in the south. Between the rock formations on the coast there are many picturesque bays, often inaccessible from the countryside and mystical caves. The Algarve in Portugal serves as a natural habitat for native animals rich in species, but is also often home to guests such as a wide variety of migratory birds. In the Atlantic off the coast there are also sea dwellers of all kinds.

With this small ocean safari it is possible to observe dolphins off the Algarve. The 2.5-hour boat tour starts in the harbour of the cosy town of Olhão and takes you through an incomparable lagoon right from the start. The famous Ria Formosa, one of Portugal's 7 natural wonders, separates many of the local towns on the lagoon from the Atlantic and is home to a wide variety of creatures. With the speedboat, which is steered by 2 experienced skippers, you glide over the crystal clear water past small islands directly to the Atlantic Ocean. There begins the wild adventure of dolphin watching between Albufeira and Olhão. In search of the gentle, aesthetic sea mammals, you ride over the waves of the sea as swift as an arrow and let the pure, pleasant and salty sea air blow around your nose.

When you swim in front of the Algarve, the boat stops to observe and take pictures of the dolphins romping in the sea, so that you can immortalise the enchanting sight not only in yourself but also in pictures to always remember this impressive meeting. On the way back, the safari boat stops at a sandy beach in the aforementioned Ria Formosa, so that you can still dive into the beautiful underwater world of the Algarve for swimming and snorkelling (if there is enough time). After the big and impressive dolphins, the delicate, elegant sea horses are waiting to be admired by you. The boat tour in the Algarve to dolphins ends again in Olhão and releases you with enchanting impressions again ashore.


Valid on the reserved day or for 12 months after date of purchase if no date has been selected. You will receive the tour operator's details with the purchased ticket. Attention: reservation is required! The reservation can be made through sunbonoo as part of the booking process or later by contacting the tour operator directly via phone or email.

Customer Reviews Admire dolphins in the Algarve on a boat tour

Anna84 wrote on Aug 22, 2019
Overall rating
100 von 100

So beautiful!

We saw a lot of dolphins and birds. A great experience!

So schön!

Wir haben viele Delfine und Vögel gesehen. Ein tolles Erlebnis!
Marek wrote on Aug 21, 2019
Overall rating
80 von 100


We spent most of the tour looking for dolphins and had little time for swimming in the end. But the dolphins were nice.

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