Dolphin Safari in Gibraltar

by The Original Dolphin Safari

Gibraltar dolphin

Gibraltar dolphin

See and hear dolphins, and observe whales in their natural habitat. In Gibraltar there are many resident dolphins and through the years they have come to recognise our unique boat, the Goldfin, and come to greet it as if it were an old friend!

Established in 1969, the Original Dolphin Safari in Gibraltar is the longest running and most popular marine safari in Europe. Our brand new boat called GOLDFIN, 430 horse power, is especially designed to watch dolphins and whales in the bay and Straits of Gibraltar. Strong, fast, modern, safe, with all the accommodation necessary inside and outside for one of the most enjoyable and unforgettable experience of your life.

About Us

Enjoy one and a half unforgettable hours of fun and thrills as we follow Wild Dolphins and sometimes, if we’re really lucky, migratory whales on our trip through the Bay of Gibraltar and into the Straits of Gibraltar where the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea meet.

To assist us, our satellite navigation system can pinpoint any sitings and formulate patterns of movement, so bring your cameras.
The dolphins come so close to our boat that you may even hear them! There will be a light-hearted commentary (or more in-depth for those who enjoy me blabbing on!) on what we see including information about other wildlife such as flying fish, turtles and many species of birds.

Remember you will also enjoy a sightseeing tour of the southernmost and northernmost points of Europe and Africa.

Cancellation policy

There is a 24 hour cancellation policy for any reservations with a O% cancellation fee. The Original Dolphin Safari in Gibraltar is not responsible for getting you to your scheduled tour on time. You will be charged the full amount of people that you have made a reservation for if you have missed the scheduled tour. Tour times and prices are subject to change without notice. Minimums apply to tours. Cancellation of a cruise is at the captains discretion only. Our tours run - rain or shine.

The Original Dolphin Safari in Gibraltar is the best way of filming and photographing dolphins, whales, orcas, migratory sea birds and other specific fish and marine life. Our boat, the Goldfin, was designed and built specifically for this type of work and pleasure. Its stable platform, excellent maneuverability, and close proximity to the subject being observed (almost within “touching” distance) makes it the perfect choice for such excursions.

We also hire our boat out for special trips, including film and photography, by the day, week, or month, depending on the need.

We depart from Marina Bay, 7 days a week all year round except for the winter : December, January, February and March but with the possibility to hire the boat.

Duration of the Trip
On average one and a half hour trip to see dolphins or whales in the Bay or Straits of Gibraltar.

Price for a Trip
Adults: £25.00 (English Sterling) or 35 Euros. Children under 12 years: £15.00 (English Sterling) or 25 Euros.

Boat Hire
Maximum 12 passengers - One and a half hour trip all year except In August : One hour trip (the dolphins are easy to find) £ 250 (English Sterling) or 350€.

Hire the Boat
Maximum 25 passengers - One and a half hour trip all year except in August : One hour trip (the dolphins are easy to find) £350 English Sterling) or 400€

Please note: All Card transactions carry a 2.75% charge.

The Original Dolphin Safari
Marina Bay, 6 The Square
Tel: 00350 20071914
Mob: 0034 607 290 400

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Aug 16, 2016
bad service 3rd Aug 12.15pm 2016
by: Anonymous

the dolphin boat trip was great, all the crew were very polite.
the only problem I found was with the woman at the reception desk who gave us our tickets. very abrupt, no smiles, not a good way to greet customers. I recommend you replace her with any member of the crew, as they all smile and are happy.

Feb 26, 2012
A great activity
by: Markian

The dolphin tour is a great activity to do if you are spending the day in Gibraltar. To my surprise, there were A LOT of dolphins because most of the time, when somebody says 'dolphin tour' or 'whale tour' you don't usually see that many and they rarely come up; but maybe that's just personal experience. The best part was when the boat was riding around in big circles and the dolphins were jumping off of the waves behind the boat.

Oct 31, 2011
Fantastic trip to see the dolphins
by: Marbella Family

Yesterday we tried out (for the first time) the Dolphin Safari in Gibraltar with some friends and had an amazing time!

Getting to Gibraltar is very easy from Marbella. The road is straightforward and it takes about 45 minutes to an hour to get there. If you see a line to enter Gibraltar, I recommend you park the car in La Linea on the Spanish side and walk across. The Dolphin Safari is located close to the airport, so you can easily walk there. Also, I believe that the Dolphin Safari can also organize pick ups for your family in Marbella and bring you to the marina directly.

We were a group of 8 and had children as young as 8 years old. (although I saw kids aged 3 or 4 who kept screaming "Free Willy!"). We arrived for the 2:30 tour and all hopped into the ship. We were offered life jackets, but had the option to go without. The boat is big enough for 25 people and has a small indoor area in case you get too cold. We were very fortunate to have such a lovely day in October. The sun was out, no wind and the sea was calm.

It took us about 10 minutes to get to the area where the dolphins were swimming about. During this time we had a lovely view of Gibraltar and took tons of pictures of "the rock". As we approached the dolphins we could see one, then two, then three, and then hundreds! It was very impressive. I have never seen that many dolphins in one day. Bring your camera and video camera, because it´s really spectacular.

The tour was a total of about an hour and half, which was plenty, particularly since we were able to find dolphins right away. Although we had a sunny day, I would still bring a sweatshirt or coat (depending on the season) just in case it gets chilly.

My husband gets seasick from time to time, so was a bit wary about the ride, but he had no problems. The boat had smooth sailing the whole way.

I have another review on the site for dolphin viewing in Estepona. Unfortunately, that reader didn´t see any dolphins. I am told that have a better chance to see dolphins in Gibraltar, because evidently all the fish are traveling in the Gibraltar Strait going in between the sea and ocean. So, I it´s worth the extra drive to Gibraltar if you want to be guaranteed to see dolphins.

If you are looking for something fun and off beat to do with friends or family, I highly recommend the Dolphin Safari. The staff were very pleasant and accommodating, we had a chance to see something quite extraordinary (hundreds of dolphins), we had a short and sweet boat ride, and we got a beautiful view of the "rock" from the sea. You couldn´t ask for more! Try it!

Oct 02, 2011
Really the best
by: family Nelson

I took the dolphin safari trip and really this was the best trip of all my life... So many dolphins around us playing and surfing with us.... all of us was non stop saying "look here, look there, the babies was so curious... looking at us and making noises as an answer to our joy...
Well The boat was perfect for our interaction with them... We all recommend to go with dolphin safari to have really an experience with the dolphins...

We will come back next year... thank you

Dec 06, 2010
over 12,000 tours from Gibraltar over 41 years.
by: The Baron

You may recognise some of the crew of Goldfin over the years and on youtube, Dolphin Safari have the only purpose built offshore passenger charter boat in Gibraltar for Dolphin watching.
For the best dolphin experiance call dolphin safari Gibraltar on Gib 20071914 or online at

Nov 08, 2010
Simply the Best
by: Anonymous

The Dolphin Safari (the Blue boat) is by far the best way to see wild dolphins in the bay of Gibraltar, people regularly see up to 100 dolphins on every trip.
Beware of copy cat dolphin trips offering cheaper prices and false promises to see whales and mermaids in their BRAND NEW (almost 5 year old) work boat.

Oct 21, 2010
you tube link
by: Graham

There are a number of films on youtube etc featuring the world famous Dolphin Safari.

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