WHALE AND DOLPHIN WATCHING IN CADAQUES, COSTA BRAVA
Dolphin, sperm whale and whale watching in Cadaqués, Catalonia, in small groups (8 passengers max).
A more intimate, softer approach, in consciousness, share the experience!
Throughout the year, off the coast of CadaquésCosta Brava, we meet with cetaceans, Sperm whales, fin whales, pilot whales, Risso's dolphins, common bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, beaked whales and minke whales and sometimes orcas, among others...
There are many species of marine mammals that live off the coast of Cap de Creus Natural ParkWe are conducting our research on cetacean communication in Cadaqués.
From May to October, we go out every day at 10am from Cadaqués, the trip lasts about 3h30.
We are not tourism professionalsWe are researchers, we welcome you on board to share our experience.
We invite you to take part in our research and discover how we use our acoustic equipment to search for cetaceans in the Cap de Creus in front of Cadaqués, listen to them, understand them...
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.
We are an association under the law of 1901, recognized as being of general interest for its scientific research on cetaceans and its environmental actions in the marine environment. We are setting up a georeferenced database and acoustics of all cetaceans encountered.
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:
55 € per person
Annual subscription to the association valid from 1 January to 31 December: 15 € per person / year.
We are an association under the French law of 1901, the annual fee is required to become a member and participate in our excursions, it is paid only once a year and is not automatically renewable from one year to the next.
BOOK YOUR SEA TRIP TO CADAQUES, CATALONIA
1 - Fill in the form below.
2 - We will confirm quickly our availability according to your wishes.
3 - We will send you a request for payment by email. The payment is made online either with Paypal or by credit card, without creating a Paypal account.
THE CREW THAT ACCOMPANIES YOU AT SEA
Your guide: Pierre Lavagne de Castellan, marine bio-acoustician, research director of the Shelltone Whale Project.
Dolphins often come near the boat and play with us...
Welcome aboard our boat. It offers a beautiful proximity with the animals and an excellent acoustic quality, to enjoy the whales' song. And you will never be crowded on our boat 🙂.
A spacious and comfortable boat so that the 8 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 outing, 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 off Cadaqués. These sounds heard live, allow us to decide the orientation of the boat to give us the best chance to observe the animals.
A unique experience, a scientific, ecological, pedagogical approach, based on principles of non-intrusion and mutual respect for dolphins, sperm whales and whales off the Costa Brava.
PHOTOS TAKEN FROM THE BOAT
Dolphins in the quiet...
A sperm whale, just before it goes into the depths to feed...
PHOTOS TAKEN FROM THE BOAT
A group of dolphins swimming peacefully off the coast of Cadaqués, Costa Brava.
A sperm whale swims calmly around our boat...
A group of dolphins in a playful mood!