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

Testimonials of our guests

On this page you can read reports and impressions of former course-participants and guests on our boat trips. You can also write about your own experiences and send us your report about firmm and the whales and dolphins using this form.

Impressions from Sonja and Nina

On recommendation we came across the foundation firmm and its founder, the Swiss Katharina Heyer, who impressed us with her life story and commitment.

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Two ‘studis’ in the summertime

A week in Tarifa in the high season that seemed even for us, who are fans of the Costa de la Luz already for many years, a rather eccentric idea. But two whale watching excursions with firmm in the spring of 2017 and 2018 had aroused our enthusiasm so much that we definitely wanted to repeat the experience and do it even more intensively this time.

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Impressions of Petra Lablans

The whale and dolphin watching course with the foundation firmm is an impressive and extraordinary experience with an addictive nature.

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Impressions of Bettina

For the second time me and my two boys, 12 and 14 years old, spent one week with firmm out on the ocean.

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Impressions by Marianne Vuilleumier

Yesterday I was out again, with firmm, in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar. It was April 23rd, my birthday! As always, I was hoping to see dolphins and whales – and secretly, of course, I hoped to possibly find a sperm whale, as these gentle giants migrate here at this time of the year. What happened then surpassed anything I had ever imagined!

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Impressions of my one-week course

On Saturday I immediately went whale watching for the first time. The orca trip was a success, because we had found the orcas within an hour. It was amazing to finally see these animals in real life. 

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The course was fantastic!

We started with a small tour through the old town of Tarifa and a short introduction into firmm on a Sunday evening. Also, we got introduced to the other participants. On Monday, the whale watching started. With each trip, we have been successful. We were able to see pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins on pretty much every trip; we have seen the killer whales three times (out of the five trips we made to see them) and one sperm whale and a group of striped dolphins.

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A "School" of Dolphins at Tarifa, Spain

Having come across a breaching fin whale photo taken at the Strait of Gibraltar on Facebook last year, I started to search for a whale watching spot in the area. This is how I came across a one-week programme organized by Foundation Firmm, a Swiss based research organization founded for promoting the conservation of whales and dolphins in the Strait of Gibraltar.

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