We love sun, sea and sand – but for nature and animal-lovers, spotting wild dolphins on holiday can be the key to an unforgettable beach day! Imagine capturing a mesmerising moment of these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat…
In the wild, dolphins typically swim up to 65km a day, using highly developed fishing techniques. What better way to perfect your holiday than by taking a scenic boat ride and spotting one or more of these incredible sea animals?
Dolphin watching can be a spectacular part of your break – and there’s plenty of brilliant destinations out there offering the chance to do so. While there’s no absolute guarantee of success spotting these striking animals, the possibility is worth the wait!
Are you keen to join the millions of tourists seeking a glimpse of these gorgeous animals on holiday every year? Check out these brilliant dolphin-watching destinations around the world!
1- Tenerife, Spain
You can experience the magic of dolphin watching from Spain’s glorious Canary Island of Tenerife. Take a boat ride from one of the island’s port towns (the south-west coast is popular in particular) for a chance to spot the resident dolphins of the Atlantic under those glorious Spanish rays. Out of the water, the island is well-known for its imposing Pico de Teide volcano – also definitely worth seeking out!
2- The Azores, Portugal
The stunning Azores archipelago in the mid-Atlantic is another great destination for dolphin (and whale!) watching. With boat rides and the chance to swim near the creatures, dolphin watching on your island break is sure to make it a holiday to remember. Made up of nine volcanic islands; Sao Miguel, Santa Maria, Terceira, Sao Jorge, Pico, Graciosa, Flores, Coro and Faial, the Azores offer a diversity of landscapes and attractions to explore too.
3- Reykjavik, Iceland
Boat rides and tours are available from Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik on the coast. Here you can spot humpback, orca and blues whales as well as dolphins on a costal curve of the country. If you’re unlucky and don’t spot a dolphin, you can still enjoy the incredibly scenic journey and other magnificent sea and birdlife. And of course, you’re sure to desire spotting the Northern Lights on a holiday to Iceland too, as one of the best places in the world to see them dance!
4-Key West, Florida
The U.S island of Key West, located at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys, offers a beautiful destination to watch majestic bottle-nosed dolphins in their natural habitat. Popular boat tours near-guarantee dolphin sightings in the azure waters, while swimming and snorkelling close to the creatures is possible. The Florida Keys string of tropical islands are well known for their excellent water sports if you’re drawn to the water for the most part of your break!
5- Moray Firth, Scotland
A slightly less exotic destination – but Scotland’s Moray Firth inlet is also known for its bottle-nosed dolphins! In the far north of the UK, a sighting of one of these compelling creatures sadly can’t be promised – but with around 130 of the mammals living in the North Sea waters, there is a chance to spot a wild dolphin or two in a stunning area of the world.