Dolphin and Whale watching Lanzarote
Enjoy one of the most exciting moments of your vacation with our dolphin watching boat tours in Lanzarote.
On boat trips to see dolphins you will have a 60% chance of sighting throughout the year. There is no guarantee of seeing dolphins since they are free, in their natural habitat and they are constantly moving.
Due to the temperate temperature of the sea, the tranquility of its waters, the depth close to the coast and a large number fishes that serve as food, great variety of cetacean species reside in the Canary Islands.
Although it is unusual to see whales in Lanzarote, since they usually spend a short time on the surface, on boat excursions you will be able to see a large number of dolphins.
Of the more than 30 species of cetaceans that we can find in the Canary Islands, the ones that we will find most frequently throughout the year are the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), the spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) and the topical pilot whale (Globicephala macrirhynchus).
The boats leave from Puerto del Carmen, but have a pick-up service in Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, Puerto Calero, Puerto del Carmen and Arrecife.
Book the boat tours to see dolphins in advance, as places are sold out very easily. Get ready to enjoy a magnificent day at sea with your partner, family or friends and, if you’re lucky, to live some of the most unforgettable moments of your vacation watching some kind of cetaceans in their natural habitat just a few meters away.
FAQs about dolphin trips in Lanzarote
Can I swim with the dolphins?
Swimming with wild dolphins in Lanzarote is categorically prohibited by the Government of the Canary Islands and is also dangerous.
Where can I see dolphins in Lanzarote?
Dolphins can usually be found in Lanzarote less than 3 miles from the coast.
Can I see whales?
One can see whales in Lanzarote, especially sperm whales, but they aren’t easy to spot. Unlike dolphins, whales surface less and don’t usually approach the boats on the island.
What kind of dolphins will we see?
In the Canary Archipelago you can find up to 30 species of cetaceans of the 87 species that exist in the whole world.
Of all the cetacean species on the islands, the ones we’ll see most frequently are the bottlenose dolphin, the common dolphin, the rough-toothed dolphin, the striped dolphin, the sperm whale, the gray pilot whale and the Cuvier’s beaked whale.
How much time will we spend with the dolphins?
We won’t spend more than 10 minutes with the same dolphin pod, so we don’t stress them. Most of the time on the dolphin boat trips we will be looking for cetaceans and when the crew spots them, we’ll approach them to a distance at which the dolphins themselves will then approach the boat.
What times of the year are dolphins seen?
We can see dolphins in Lanzarote throughout the whole year.
What are the chances of seeing dolphins?
As they’re in their natural habitat and not in a closed place, dolphin sightings aren’t guaranteed. However, our boats and expert crew have seen them on more than 65% of our boat trips.
Where do the dolphin-sighting boat trips depart from?
The excursions depart from the Puerto del Carmen pier, but there are pick-up services in Puerto del Carmen, Arrecife, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise.
What should we expect when seeing dolphins in freedom?
We hope that seeing the dolphins in their natural habitat will be one of the best experiences and feelings of your holidays in Lanzarote.