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Cetacean observation Cadaques Costa Brava





Whale, dolphin and sperm whale watching in Cadaquès Costa Brava, in small groups (max. 8 people). A more intimate, softer, conscious approach, share the experience!

From May to October, off Cadaques on the Costa Brava, we meet “resident” cetaceans, whales, sperm whales, dolphins, pilot whales.

We go out every day, from 8am to 12pm. and sometimes in the afternoon, except on Sundays.




We are not tourism professionals, we are researchers, we welcome you on board to share our experience.

We are an association under the 1901 law, recognized as being of general interest for its scientific research on cetaceans and its environmental actions in the marine environment in the Cap Creus canyon opposite Cadaques on the Costa Brava. We are setting up a geo-referenced and acoustic database of all cetaceans encountered on the Costa Brava.

Your participation in our sea outings helps to finance our research.

Your guide:

Pierre Lavagne de Castellan

Marine Bioacoustician – Ethologist – Research Director of the Shelltone Whale Project.

The Shelltone Whale Project has implemented a cetacean approach protocol, which is applied to each trip among whales, dolphins and sperm whales from Cadaques on the Costa Brava.

Our observation protocol is governed by simple principles:

Our daily outings to the sea to conduct our research have allowed us to establish over time a climate of trust with the whales, sperm whales and dolphins of Cadaques on the Costa Brava, which alone decide on interaction with humans, in a calm, serene atmosphere.

At each outing, we use our hydrophone (underwater microphone) and we decode the sounds heard in the sea, whale songs, codas of sperm whales, dolphin whistles and pilot whales from Cadaques on the Costa Brava. These sounds, heard live, allow us to decide on the orientation of the boat to give ourselves the best chance to observe the animals.

A unique experience, a scientific, ecological, pedagogical approach, based on the principles of non-intrusion, mutual respect for dolphins, sperm whales and whales from Cadaques and the Costa Brava.

Participation in half-day outing prices:

55 € / adult       and  35 € / kids under 12


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