Current information

The coronavirus is raging everywhere and so unfortunately we also cannot start into the new whale watching season on April 3rd as planned. We will inform you on our website and on Facebook, as soon as an end to the crisis is in sight and we know when we can sail out again.

Stay optimistic and healthy!

All the best, Katharina Heyer and the firmm-team

Whale and Dolphin Observation Week

From April to October you can experience whales and dolphins in freedom in Spain with firmm. The Strait of Gibraltar, only 14 kilometres wide, between Africa and Europe is an ideal starting point for our observation trips. Here the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea meet. Due to the resulting currents the Strait is an important feeding ground for various whale and dolphin species.

Wal- und Delfin-Beobachtungswoche

Observation week schedule

During the observation weeks with firmm you experience the whales and dolphins of the Strait of Gibraltar in their natural environment and deepen your knowledge about the marine mammals and the ocean habitat.

You will take part in two activities every day that each last approximately two hours. Whenever the weather permits, these will be trips on which we see whales or dolphins with a 99% probability thanks to our many years of experience and precise knowledge of the tides and currents.

Strong winds are not uncommon in Tarifa and make excursions on some days impossible. In this case we have a varied alternative programme prepared for you. Our marine biologist and other experts of the foundation firmm give you in interesting lectures many fascinating facts about the marine mammals. Or we explore different biotopes of the region together, as for example the rocky coast off Tarifa, one of the biggest sand dunes of Europe in Bolonia or a cork oak forest, where a waterfall invites to take a refreshing bath.

Whales and Dolphins

In the Strait of Gibraltar we can regularly observe seven species of whales and dolphins. We see four species of dolphins all year round: Common Dolphins, Striped Dolphins (also: Blue-white Dolphins), Bottlenose Dolphins and Pilot Whales, which also belong to the dolphin family. Several Pilot Whale families have their feeding grounds in the Strait and can therefore be found regularly. Especially in spring, we often meet Sperm Whales. They just pass here and remain at the deepest spots in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar. The Orcas visit the Strait mainly in July and August. On 3-hour special trips we can observe how they wait near the fishing boats for the big red tunas. With a little luck we might even see Fin Whales.

It is particularly important to us that the encounter with the animals takes place with all due respect in order to disturb them as little as possible. Our crews are instructed accordingly and follow the guidelines for respectful whale-watching.

Video: Whales/Dolphins in the Strait of Gibraltar

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Schedule 2020

2020 we offer the following dates
06.04.–10.04. 13.04.–17.04. 20.04.–24.04. 04.05.–08.05.
18.05.–22.05. 08.06.–12.06. 15.06.–19.06. 29.06.–03.07.
06-07.–10.07. 13.07.–17.07. 20.07.–24.07. 27.07.–31.07.
03.08.–07.08. 10.08.–14.08. 14.09.–18.09. 28.09.–02.10.
05.10.–09.10. 12.09.–16.10.


Adults: 330 Euro per week

Under 18 years of age: 250 Euro per week

Prices include the firmm-activities: Trips, or alternatively lectures and/or excursions in case of weather-related cancellation of the trips. (The exact program will be adapted spontaneously to the weather conditions.)

Book observation week

Download the PDF document with the complete information and send us the reservation for your observation week by mail. Alternatively, you can also book using our online form.

How to find us

A valid identity card/ID card is sufficient for citizens from the EU or Switzerland to enter Spain.

Travel to Málaga by car, train or plane. From there you can reach Tarifa by bus or rental car within about two hours. We are easy to find with the help of our route description, which we will send you after your registration.

We will be happy to assist you in booking a rental car.

Board and lodging

Accommodation is available in different categories. We will also be happy to book them for you. Depending on the accommodation, you can cook for yourself or eat out. The Andalusian cuisine offers a lot of variety.

Hotel information and prices can be found in the complete course documents which can be printed out.

Weather, clothing and insurance

In general, the weather in Tarifa is warm. Occasionally there are strong winds, which may last a few days.

For the time spent on the boat we recommend a warm sweater, windcheater, comfortable non-slip shoes (e.g. sneakers), cap, sunscreen and sunglasses.

Don't forget your camera!

Accident insurance is the responsibility of the participants. We cannot accept any liability for the equipment you bring with you. Please indicate any disabilities on the registration form.

Tarifa and surroundings

During the observation week you will have enough free time to get to know Tarifa and its surroundings. Nature reserves around Tarifa offer many possibilities for hiking, cycling, horse riding, bird watching, etc. On excursions to Seville, Cádiz, Jerez, Gibraltar, Marbella, Málaga or Granada you can get to know the surrounding area.