Sight seeing trips from Tarifa, to the Strait of Gibraltar .
The Strait of Gibraltar, specifically Tarifa – where the distance between the Spanish coast and the Moroccan coast is only 14km – is one of the most important places in Europe for research and the protection of marine mammals such as dolphins and whales.
Local operators offering sightings of the sea mammals are organizations that are also responsible for the research and protection of these animals, collaborating with biologists and universities, and whose funding is based on these ecotourism excursions. Therefore, operators place great importance on animal and environmental friendly sightings. These tours do not, consequently bother the animals. Indeed many dolphins and orcas are very playful so offer an impressive show alongside the boats.
The following species can be seen in Tarifa
Living close to and around Tarifa throughout the year are various types of dolphins: such as the common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) – which in the Mediterranean is in danger of extinction; the Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) and Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus).
In summer, during the tuna season, the Orcas or Killer Whales (Orcinus Orca) come to hunt tuna during their migration between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The Orcas also belong to the dolphin family and are easily found between early July and mid-September. The Orcas are critically endangered.
In spring and summer you can hopefully catch sight of some great whales (Valaenoptera physalus). This whale, after the blue whale, is the second largest animal in the world.
During the winter, spring and into early summer with a little luck you can also see some sperm whales (Pyseter Macrocephalus). These are the largest of the toothed whales and are also in danger ofextinction.
During your tour you can also see various sea birds, and with luck sea turtles.
Much of these excursions depend on the weather. These can not be done on windy days or when the waves are too strong. Therefore it is recommended to make your bookings only once you have reached Tarifa. To ensure our visitors have the best possible conditions you can book directly at the reception of Hostal Las Margaritas, where we can also confirm the available times of the tours, as these can change daily depending on weather forecast.