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

by firmm Team

Turmoil in the strait

On 01 July we encountered a remarkably large group of about 30 pilot whales, which were moving extremely fast at the surface, jumping without any recognisable course.

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On Sunday 28th April we had the great surprise and at the same time the great joy of being able to observe the release of a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) into the open sea and enjoy the first flapping of its flippers in the wild.

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by Jörn Selling

A look back at the summer of 2023

Our marine biologist Jörn Selling reports about the positive and negative impressions of the last season in his photo review. Sit back and take the images in.

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by firmm Team

Hiking along the coast

At the beginning of May, we took the beautiful hiking trail ‘Sendero Del Acantilado’ in the ‘Parque Natural de la Breña y Marismas del Barbate’, which leads slightly uphill along the sea to a viewpoint. We were hoping to see the orcas there.

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