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Dolphin and whale watching from Barcelona

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Dolphin and whale watching in Barcelona with Shelltone Whale Project

Many more photos at the bottom of the page, so don't hesitate to have a look...

Dolphin and whale watching from Barcelona.

Departure is from the Olympic port, in small groups (10 passengers max).

A more intimate, gentle, conscious approach, share the experience!

Take a moment to browse our site "Mission & Team and "Our actions it will help you understand who we are and why our observations are important and exciting.

All year round, from Barcelona, we meet cetaceans, mainly dolphins which are resident all year round, 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...

All year round, we leave Barcelona every day at 8.30am, 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 sailing trip from Barcelona, 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.



Your guide in Barcelona: Pierre Lavagne de Castellan, marine bio-acoustician, ethologist and research director of the Shelltone Whale Project.


Dolphins often come to play at the bow of the boat, and we never chase them by ourselves, as we respect our approach charter.

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) to decipher the sounds heard in the sea: whale songs, sperm whale codas, dolphin and pilot whale whistles. These sounds, heard live, allow us to decide on the orientation of the boat to give ourselves the best chance of observing 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... 


A group of dolphins in a very playful mood!