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Dolphin & Whale Watching in Gran Canaria

Observe majestic Cetacea species in their natural habitat

Best time: all year round

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching

The waters around Gran Canaria are home to 30 different whales and dolphin species. Deep blue Atlantic Ocean with rich feeding grounds and seabeds are the perfect conditions for sea mammals to strive in Gran Canaria. Whale watching in Gran Canaria is always a matter of luck, while dolphin sightings are guaranteed. Whale and dolphin watching cruises operate year-round since these are resident species and there is no particular time when sea mammals appear near the Canary Islands.

If you want to go on a whale and dolphin watching excursion in Gran Canaria, you can choose between a boat or a large sail catamaran. Dolphin trips depart daily from the Puerto Rico Harbour. Excursions run several times per day, starting from 10 a.m. The trip lasts for 2.5 hours. Tour operators offer pick up from the main tourist resorts such as Playa de Amadores, Taurito, and the neighbouring Puerto de Mogán, and also from Playa del Ingles and Playa de San Agustín in Maspalomas. Catamaran suits perfectly for Dolphin Tours since it offers panoramic views and sails with almost no disturbance to marine life.

Practical info

When is the best time to see whales in Gran Canaria?

Tourists can see whales in Gran Canaria year-round, as these are resident species that don't follow a seasonal pattern near the Canary Islands. This means that the best time to go on whale watching excursions is whenever it suits them. Show more

Where does the dolphin watching excursion depart from?

The departure point for the dolphin watching excursion is Puerto Rico Harbour in southern Gran Canaria. It is easily accessible from main tourist resorts such as Playa de Amadores, Taurito, and Puerto de Mogán, as well as Playa del Ingles and Playa de San Agustín in Maspalomas. Show more

What is the duration of the Dolphin watching trip?

The Dolphin watching trip in Gran Canaria takes 2.5 hours and runs several times per day, starting at 10 a.m. This is sufficient time for tourists to enjoy the marine life and get the most out of the tour. Additionally, snacks are provided on the catamarans during the trip. Show more

How many dolphin species can be seen during the tour?

Tourists can see up to 30 different dolphin and whale species around Gran Canaria. Besides the playful Atlantic spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins, both species which tourists often spot on the tour, visitors can catch a glimpse of other marine life in their natural habitat. Show more

Is the pick-up service available for all tourist resorts in Gran Canaria?

Yes, the pick-up service is available for all the main tourist resorts of Gran Canaria, including Taurito, Playa de Amadores, Puerto de Mogán, Playa del Ingles, and Playa de San Agustín in Maspalomas, thus ensuring tourists can use a convenient means to access the dolphin watching excursion and saving them the hassle of commuting to the harbour. Show more

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