Respectful Whale Watching in Spain

Observe whales and dolphins in Spain in their natural habitat - experience with firmm respectful whale watching in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Watch whales and dolphins in freedom in Europe! From the Spanish town Tarifa the firmm-team around Katharina Heyer researches the marine mammals of the Strait of Gibraltar. Be part of it and experience impressive moments.

Whether a two-hour trip or a whole observation week – at firmm you will find the perfect offer and learn a lot of interesting things about the animals. Benefit from more than twenty years of experience and respectful whale watching.

Observe whales and dolphins

Watch whales and dolphins at the southernmost point of Europe! Find out more about our whale watching trips and observation weeks in Andalusia.

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More than whale watching

  • 99 % probability of sighting
  • respectful whale watching
  • compliance with international guidelines
  • valuable information before/during the trip
  • English-speaking staff
  • suitable for families with children
  • also for people with disabilities

Whales and Dolphins

Pilot Whales, Sperm Whales, Orcas, Fin Whales, dolphins - which species occur in the Strait and what do we know about them?

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Tarifa and surroundings

Explore the most southern point of the European mainland and places in the vicinity of Tarifa (southern Spain).

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Foundation firmm

Get to know Katharina Heyer as well as the staff and the foundation board of firmm and learn more about our goals.

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Blog news

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Levante or Poniente?

Tarifa is literally embraced by the wind, which comes from two main directions with nice sounding names: Levante, or Poniente. In winter there is sometimes a cold north wind (especially at night and in the morning) or a south-west wind.

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Giants in June

Watching a Fin Whale is always something very special, because you don't get to see this baleen whale very often. It is probably the rarest whale we see here in the Strait of Gibraltar out of all seven species.

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An island made of Pilot Whales

We counted several hundred animals, mainly females with their calves. Among them we also discovered a newborn, which could only be a few days old, as one could clearly see the birth stripes.

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Dolphins' playground or an excursion worthy of a birthday child

On the 07th of May we observed three species of dolphins playing together. Even our two experts on board could not remember ever having observed anything like this.

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