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Whale and dolphin watching from Cadaqués, Costa Brava.

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Dolphin and whale watching in Deshaies, Guadeloupe with Shelltone Whale Project

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Dolphin, sperm whale and whale watching in the Catalan region, on the Lacaze-Duthiers underwater canyon, in French territorial waters.

Departure is from Cadaqués, in small groups (10 passengers max).

A more intimate, softer approach, in consciousness, share the experience!

From 1 April to 31 December Cadaqués, Costa BravaOn the Lacaze-Duthiers canyon in French territorial waters, we encounter cetaceans, dolphins, but also, more rarely, fin whales, sperm whales, pilot whales, Risso's dolphins, common bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, beaked whales and minke whales, among others...

From April to December, we go out every day at 8.30am from Cadaqués, and the trip lasts around 3 hours.


We are not tourism professionalsWe welcome you on board to share our passion and experience.

Our association under the law of 1901, recognised as being of general interest for its scientific research on cetaceans and its environmental actions in the marine environment, has enabled us to develop our respectful approach techniques.

We do not guarantee the presence of animals during our tripsThis is impossible. Of course we do our best to find them, but if you think you can't handle your frustration in case we don't observe any, then you'd better not come with us to our mission.

Your participation in our sea trips helps to finance our research in inter-species communication. We only take on board people who are in a good mood. Watch the animals we are currently seeing by clicking on the button below.

Participation in the costs of a half-day sea trip:

  • 75 Euro per person

Book your sea trip from Cadaqués, Spain

1 - Click on the date of your choice
2 - Confirm the number of passengers.
3 - Payment is made online by credit card.
4 - You will immediately receive your boarding ticket by e-mail.

Any questions? Read our FAQ below. Thank you and see you soon

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Haven't found the answer to your question? Don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail on this page CONTACT.


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Your guides: Pierre and Alex.


Dolphins often come near the boat and play with us... SWP photo taken on the Lacaze-Duthiers canyon, in French waters.


Welcome aboard our boat. Stable and comfortable, it offers great proximity to the animals. And you'll never be crowded on our boat 🙂

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A spacious and comfortable boat so that the 10 passengers (maximum) can closely observe the animals.

The Shelltone Whale Project has implemented a cetacean approach protocol, which is applied on each sea trip among sperm whales, fin whales, pilot whales, Risso's dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, beaked whales and minke whales.

Our observation protocol is governed by simple principles:

  • Our daily sea trips, to conduct our research, have allowed us to establish a climate of trust with cetaceans, who alone decide whether to interact with humans, in a calm, serene atmosphere.

  • On each trip, we use our hydrophone (underwater microphone) and we decipher the sounds heard in the sea, whale songs, sperm whale codas, dolphin whistles and pilot whales in the Lacaze Duthiers underwater canyon. These sounds, heard live, allow us to decide on the orientation of the boat to give us the best chance to observe the animals.

  • A unique experience, a scientific, ecological and educational approach, based on the principles of non-intrusion and mutual respect for dolphins, sperm whales and whales off the coast of Catalonia.



Dolphins at rest... SWP photo taken on the Lacaze-Duthiers canyon, in French waters.

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A sperm whale, just before it goes into the depths to feed... SWP photo taken in the Lacaze-Duthiers canyon, in French waters.



A group of dolphins swimming quietly off Cerbères. SWP photo taken in the Lacaze-Duthiers canyon in French waters.


A sperm whale swims calmly around our boat... SWP photo taken on the Lacaze-Duthiers canyon, in French waters.


A group of dolphins in a very playful mood! SWP photo taken in the Lacaze-Duthiers canyon in French waters.

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Recorded 10 miles off Baille Argent on 26 April 2016. We are convinced that there is a message in this song. Good listening!



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