Common Dolphin

Orca

Pilot Whale

common dolphin orca pilot whale

When two large recipients such as the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea meet in just one and only place and with just a mere 14km dividing it, it is no surprise that there must be something special going on.

From April to October

We observe the whales and dolphins in the Strait of Gibraltar. Four species of dolphins can be seen throughout the year: common dolphins, striped dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales, which strictly speaking do also belong to the dolphin family.

From April to July

Sperm whales can be observed in the deeper waters of the Strait.

In July and August

We even offer some longer excursions to watch orcas near Tanger. With a little luck, we might also see fin whales.

The sheer diversity between temperatures, salt contents, currents and natural environment of these two water stretches, generate two distinct animal habitats which, curiously enough, need each other to survive. So many species on land and water use this connecting point to enter new environments for breeding, feeding or simply protection and Tarifa's strategic position is ideal to see all this happening.

Tarifa is only just over one hour drive from Cortijo de los Flamingos. We can book for you a seat for 2 hour whale watching boat trip from Tarifa. Also you can find much more information about whales and dolphins on FIRMM web site. FIRMM is the foundation for information and research on marine mammals.