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Ever wanted to see dolphins swimming in their natural environment, or explore the enchanting caves and grottoes that are hidden amongst the Algarve coastline? Look no further than the ‘Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise’ from Viator.
Setting off from the charming new marina of Albufeira, the journey will take you all along the Algarve coastline passing no end of spectacular rock formations and picture perfect spots. Stop for a swim in the crystal clear blue waters, be amazed by the alluring grottoes, or sit back and soak in the rays on deck. Whatever you do, be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the water surface as this area is renowned for the playful schools of dolphins that can be regularly spotted. The most common species of dolphin that are likely to grace your presence are the bottlenose or common dolphins. Both are equally beautiful and a true delight to experience. Make sure you have your camera at the ready if you want to capture some unforgettable shots to show off to friends and family back home!
Tour prices cost €35 and the duration of the cruise lasts for around 2 hours. Running from April through to September at a variety of varying times throughout the day, there is no excuse not to fit this incredible opportunity into your trip to the Algarve. The staff operating the tour are fantastic and extremely friendly, providing plenty of useful information about the dolphins. You can also expect to get up close and personal with many of the breathtaking caves, as well as discover all about the history of the Albufeira.
If you want to be sure to catch sightings of the elusive dolphins that reside in this splendid area, then do your research on when is the best time of year. During certain months, especially July onwards you are likely to see tons of dolphins swimming in the ocean. Some guides are also more engaging than others, so for the best possible experience try to check out which guide is doing which tours, that way you can pick a time that will ensure you get teamed up with one of the guides that will help to make your trip extra special.
For tourists and locals alike, the Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise is a real treat for the whole family!
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Image #2 via Dolphinsouthalgarve