Tours - Land / Sea, Gibraltar
There are a few boats that organise dolphin safari trips they are mainly based at Marina Bay. The dolphins which you can see in the straights of Gibraltar are the Common Dolphin, the Striped Dolphin and the large Bottle-nosed Dolphin.
These are the telephone numbers for dolphin trips -
Dolphin Adventure - 50650
Dolphin Safari - 71914
Dolphin World - 54481000
Nimo - 73719
The code for Gibraltar is 350.
Dolphin World offers a cruise around the visually spectacular and historical Bay of Gibraltar and has a 95% success rate in finding dolphins! The Bay and Strait of Gibraltar are home to the Common, Striped and Bottlenose dolphin, as well as the occasional turtle, flying fish and several species of whale. The Cruise on the Brixham Belle will allow passengers to see these fascinating mammals in their natural environment without disturbing them.
* Cruise lasts approximately 90 minutes
* Comfortable frontline seating in sun or shade
* Award-winning commentary on dolphins and Gibraltar
* Souvenirs, toilets and bar facilities on-board
* Recommended by leading Tour Operators and Cruise Lines.
Dolphin World combines an unforgettable dolphin-watching experience in the Bay and Strait of Gibraltar with a fascinating commentary, making the experience a unique Rock Tour by sea!
Taken from the leaflet I picked up when I was last home!
Prices change according to time of year and sailing times too so you would need to call up in advance.
"Spacious, modern, strong, fast, stable, gentle, secure, comfortable. to go further and quicker to the Straits! Full commentary on-board about dolphins' behaviour and habits.
* 35 years of dolphin show!
* Limited number of passengers (like a private boat)
* Extravagantly better and more fun!
ATTENTION - IMPORTANT
In La Linea, on the Spanish side of the border, you may see signs for "Dolphin Safari" which is nothing to do with us but a different operation who decided to call themselves the same name as us for some reason (probably because of our excellent reputation for over 35 years). It obviously causes confusion...so. make sure that you are heading to cross the frontier and actually enter Gibraltar where we are and don't get hijacked by anybody! Our boat is called 'Goldfin'.
Our brand new 40 foot twin engined power launch, especially designed for the job - watch dolphins or whales with enjoyment- It's the absolute tops in terms of efficiency, fun and excitement as we cruise off to find our friends as quickly as we need thus giving maximum dolphin or whale watching time, contrary to others so slow that even the underwater glass viewing concept is a source of disappointment.
If you wanted to come with us and an agent has booked you with another company ASK for your money back as they have sold you a product you didn't want. We are not a tourist trap of a large quantity turnover but an eco-system friendly type personal experience wanting better quality of fun and offering you the new and very latest"
Taken from a leaflet I picked up when last home.
The Bay of Gibraltar has one of the highest concentrations of dolphins in the Mediterranean and there are a number of companies running trips out to see them, I used Dolphin World. Best time is November to January and be aware that the boats tend to go into dry dock during February or March for maintenance. The cost is about £20/£25, either pick up a leaflet at one of the tourist places along Main St. or take a stroll down to Marina Bay and check out prices and times.
"Dolphin Adventure is simply the best way to see Gibraltar's dolphins, wild and free. Let us take you on an adventure into the world of these enchanting animals. Gibraltar is famous, the world over, for its ever present dolphin population, with transient dolphins visiting the bay for food, shelter and to breed in their hundreds. Your Dolphin Adventure captain and crew know best, through years of experience, these dolphins' habits and favourite playgrounds!
10 Good Reasons to Choose Dolphin Adventure
* 360 degrees frontline viewing guaranteed for everyone
* Experienced, professional, qualified crew
* Maximum of 12 passengers - no over crowding
* Sun, shade and shelter
* Live commentary
* Toilet facilities and refreshments on board
* Fully licensed by the Gibraltar Government
* Friendly personal service
* We respect dolphins and their environment
* Our business is your pleasure
With regular departures from Gibraltar's finest marina, Marina Bay, you can relax and soak up the Meditteranean atmosphere in the comfort of one of the many fine bars and restaurants that line the waterfront, before or after your trip"
Taken from a leaflet I picked up when I was last home
A tour I did a few years ago, a trip around the rock visiting all its attractions. You will be driven by minibus up the rock, visiting the nature reserve, St Michael's cave, Son et lumiere (historical show), the Great Siege Tunnels, the Apes Den, the Moorish Castle and stop off at a few of the panoramic viewpoints.
The tour was £10 when I did it, but I understand is now about £14, and good value for money in my opinion. You get to see everything of interest in about 3 hours or a little more.
I've not done this trip, but have seen the dolphins in this area. A few years ago while coming down the coast of Spain by bus, just a few miles from Gibraltar I noticed the waters were disturbed. I realised that it was dolphins, many hundreds of them, jumping as they made their progress along the coast.
There is a Dolphin cruise that heads out into Algeciras bay or the Straights, the operators guarantee sightings of dolphins or they will return your money. The trip costs (£20 adults, £8 children)
Taken from a leaflet picked up at a travel agency when I was last in Gib
Every Tuesday and Thursday - TANGIER
Pick up time is at 07.15hrs with an estimated arrival time back in Gibraltar at around 18.30hrs. You will need your passport and can use either Euro or Sterling currency in Tangier, as well as the local currency which is the Dirham.
You will be driven by our experienced driver on a comfortable air-conditioned coach to the Spanish port of Algeciras where you will board a ferry destined for the African city of Tangier, across the Strait of Gibraltar.
Upon arriving in the Moroccan port of Tangier, you will be met by a local tour guide and then board a comfortable air-conditioned coach and given a panoramic tour around the old town and its two emblematic markets, known as the Grand Soccoo and the Petit Socco.
Lunch is in a typical Arab restaurant and the cuisine is a real treat to savour all the flavours of this enchanting country.
After lunch you will continue the city tour around the old town, escorted at all times by your local guide. Shopping here is quite cheap and you can buy pretty much anything you want, but please be careful of what you buy as some products can not be exported back into Spain later, so it's always worthwhile to check this with your guide who will be more than happy to assist you. After this pleasant walk, you will once again board the coach and be driven back to the port, passing captivating scenic views along the way.
The ferry crossing back to the Spanish port is also very romantic, as dolphins swim close to the Kiel of the ferry and even whales can be seen in the distance, with the Rock of Gibraltar standing graciously in the background, guarding the Strait of Gibraltar.
When arriving at the port you will then board the awaiting air-conditioned coach that will then return you back to your hotel in Gibraltar.
Adult: 45.00 pounds
Child: 35.00 pounds
Picked up from a travel agency when last in Gibraltar.
Thursday - CADIZ
Pick up time from your hotel is at 08:30, returning to Gibraltar at around 18:30. Please don't forget to bring your passport and remember that the local currency in Spain is Euros.
You will be driven by our experienced driver/guide on a comfortable air-conditioned coach to visit one of Southern Spain's most important cities, Cadiz, enjoying a relaxing and scenic drive all the way along the southern coast named "Costa de la Luz". There will be a 30 minute comfort stop en route at a typical Spanish venta situated at the foot of a spectacular white wash town called "Vejer de la Frontera".
After the comfort stop, we continue our journey towards Cadiz, where you will be driven all the way around the old and new districts to admire its entire beauty. At the heart of this magnificent city you will be given free time for lunch at any of its typical Spanish restaurants and shopping at your leisure, whilst wandering around the stunning streets to become enthralled with its elegance and beauty.
At 15:30 we will return to the coach and make our way back to Gibraltar, stopping for a comfort stop along the way, returning to your hotel at around 18:30.
Adult: 17.00 pounds
Child: 12.00 pounds
Taken from a travel agency when I was last in Gibraltar
Wednesday - MARBELLA and PUERTO BANUS
Pick up time from your hotel is at 09.00hrs, returning to Gibraltar at around 18.30hrs. Please do not forget to bring your passport and remember that the local currency in Spain is Euros.
You will be driven by our experienced driver/guide on a comfortable air-conditioned coach to visit two of Adalucia's most popular destinations, Marbella and the Banus Marina, where rich and famous celebrities, filmstars and royalty frequent all year round, transforming this once quiet fishing village into an oasis in the 'Costa del Sol', winning both national and international prizes for its cleanliness and security.
Once in Marbella, you will be given free time to explore the elegant streets of its old town, have lunch at any of its typical Spanish restaurants and possibly do a bit of shopping at your leisure.
At 15.30hrs, we will depart Marbella and make our way to 'Puerto Banus' which is the most glamorous marina on the entire coast, giving you free time to walk past some of the most amazing yachts and cars that congregate in this marina from all over the world. Its narrow streets offer a wide selection of shops and romance, a must for all. Princess Grace from Monaco inaugurated this magical marina in the early 1970's.
At 17.00hrs, we return to the coach and make our way back to Gibraltar, passing along more breathtaking scenery and views, returning to your hotel at around 18.00hrs.
Adult: 15.00 pounds
Child: 10.50 pounds
Picked up from a travel agency when I was in Gibraltar
Friday - MOLINO DE LA PACA and MIJAS
Pick up time from your hotel is at 08:30, returning to Gibraltar at around 18:30. Please remember not to forget your passport and remember that the local currency in Spain is Euros.
You will be driven by our experienced driver/guide on a comfortable air-conditioned coach to a beautiful town called Alhaurin el Grande in the Malaga sierra where we will stop at Molino de la Paca: An old olive oil factory dating back to 1870, the Molino still demonstrates the ancient process of the production of what is known as "liquid gold". Its main attraction is the chance to see how an 1870 oil mill actually works.
The visit demonstrates the age-old process of collection, grinding and storage of one of the basic products of the Mediterranean diet, which is of great interest above all to foreign visitors. The mill has never ceased its industrial activity and its maximum production of olive oil per day is around 12 tonnes. The liquid is extracted from the sacks of olives that the farmers in the area deliver directly to the premises.
What's more, the Molino de la Paca has preserved all the original machinery used to obtain the so-called "liquid gold" such as the stone mill wheels made 130 years ago, which weigh more than 3000 kilos and press teh olives as they turn on their own axis. This is indeed a real treat and a tour by a local guide plus a sampling consisting of a glass of Malaga wine, a slice of bread with olive oil, olives and crisps, is included in the excursion.
After our visit to the Molino de la Paca, we depart to a spectacular little white wash town at the top of the mountain called Mijas, where you can opt to have the typical donkey taxi tour around its narrow streets or simply browse around its elegant shops, whilst having lunch at your leisure in any of its restaurants. The views from Mijas are marvelous of the entire coast line, a visit truly worth making.
At 16:30 we will return to the coach and make our own way back to Gibraltar, returning at your hotel around 18:30.
Adults: 20.00 pounds
Child: 15.50 pounds
Picked up from a travel agency on my last trip to Gib
Monday - RONDA
Pick up time from your hotel is at 0830hrs, returning to Gibraltar at around 19.00hrs. Please do not forget to bring your passport and remember that the local currency in Spain is Euros.
You will be driven by our experienced driver/guide on a comfortable air-conditioned coach to explore the mountain range of one of Andalucia's most popular destinations, Ronda.
The beautiful scenic drive to this majestic old white wash town of Ronda is both relaxing and enchanting, stopping en route for a comfort stop at a typical Spanish venta situated at the foot of the range.
During your stay in Ronda you will be given free time to explore its tranquil streets, once renowned for its bullfighters and ruthless 'bandoleros' bandits. You can walk past one of Spain's oldest bullrings and even visit the infamous 'tajo', a 300 foot gorge which is the symbol of Ronda. You can have lunch at any of Ronda's typical Spanish restaurants whilst admiring the spectacular panoramic views that this gracious town offers.
At 17.00hrs, we return back to the coach and make our way back to Gibraltar, passing along more breathtaking scenery and views, returning to your hotel at around 19.00hrs
Adult: 17.00 pounds
Child: 12.00 pounds
Taken from a leaflet I picked up when last in Gib
Monday - EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA
Pick up time from your hotel is at 0830hrs, returning to Gibraltar at around 18.30hrs. Please do not forget to bring your passport and remember that the local currency in Spain is Euros.
You will be driven by our experienced driver/guide on a comfortable air-conditioned coach to explore the magical 'Costa de la Luz'.
This beautiful scenic drive is a must for all as we drive along one of Spain's largest Natural Parks called 'La Ruta de los Alcornocales' (The Acorn Route), stopping for a 30min comfort stop at a typical Spanish venta along the way.
After this welcome stop we then continue our journey towards the very popular characteristic fishing port of 'Santa Maria', famous for its rich seafood and cosy atmosphere, narrow streets and lively shops, having free time for lunch at your lesiure at any of its numerous restaurants.
After our visit to this magical port, we will then depart towards the coast road as we commence our beautiful return journey back to Gibraltar along the 'Costa de la Luz': A very scenic drive along Spain's most southernmost coast, passing by many beautiful towns along the way, including 'Tarifa', which is the last town in Europe closest to Africa. The views of Morocco along the way are superb.
En route, we will stop once again for a 30min comfort stop, returning to Gibraltar no later than 18.30hrs
Adult: 17 pounds
Child: 12.00 pounds
Taken from a leaflet I picked up when last in Gibraltar
Wednesday - SEVILLE
Pick up time from yur hotel is at 08.30hrs, returning to Gibraltar at around 21.00hrs. Please do not forget to bring your passport and remember that the local currency in Spain is Euros.
You will be driven by our experienced driver/guide on a comfortable air-conditioned coach to visit one of Andalucia's most glamorous cities, Seville.
The excursion consists of a spectacular drive along a magnificent nature reserve known as the Acorn Range, where we will make a stop at a typical Andalucian venta for a 20min comfort stop.
After our comfort stop we will return to the coach and continue our lovely drive towards Seville, where upon arriving at the enchanting city you will be given an excellent panoramic tour of the city by our friendly driver, stopping at the centre of the city, known as the Jerez Gates, and given free time for lunch and to explore this magical city at your leisure.
There are many places of interest for sightseeing; Seville's cathedral is the third largest cathedral in the entire world. The Royal Alcazar is an impressive palace. Maria Luisa's park is a spectacular garden and the Giralda tower is the most emblematic monument of the city. Its impressive bullring which is one of the oldest in Spain plus dozens of other great parks, museums, convents and bridges are places you can't miss. This trip is one that you will very well want to repeat over and over again.
At 17.30hrs, we will return to the coach and make our tranquil way back to Gibraltar, stopping once again en route for a comfort stop, returning to Gibraltar at around 21.00hrs.
Adult: 20.00 pounds
Child: 14.00 pounds
Our 2 hour tour just touched the surface of Gibraltar. History abounds and goes back over a thousand years before the Moors took control. The British have been in control for several hundred years and the landscape is dominated by their naval activities.
Bland Travel was the operator of our tour and the bus driver was also our guide. He gave an excellent commentary and the bus stopped at the major sites giving us plenty of time for photos.
We stopped at St. Michael's Cave for 30 minutes, entrance to the cave was included and well worth making the effort. For those who did not wish to enter the cave there were brilliant photo opportunities of the town and harbour as we were half way up the "Rock".