Galicia: Atlantic Paradise for Dolphins and Seabirds Watching
Dolphins, Seabirds and Whales Watching on Sailboat.
When? In Summer, any day of the week, from July to September.
Where? from Portonovo, Sanxenxo, Baiona or Vigo.
Schedule? from 11:00 until 18:00.
Maximum Group? 6 people.
How Much? 590 euros the entire sailboat.
Would you like to Book?
Shall we set sail together in search of dolphins, seabirds and maybe even whales?
At 11 am we meet at the port of departure. Depending on your interests we can leave from the Vigo estuary, embarking
in the ports of Baiona or Vigo , or from the Pontevedra estuary, in this case leaving from Portonovo or Sanxenxo . We cast moorings
and sail happily towards the mouth from the estuary. The objective is to reach the outside of the archipelagos of the Atlantic Islands National Park, although it is very
common that we are already on the way with groups of dolphins swimming fast in search of groups of sardines or mackerel.
Depending on the wind, we sail in one direction or the other, at an approximate distance of up to 5 miles from the west face of the islands. It is in this area that most
likely we have to watch the great cetaceans that periodically visit our coasts.
Where do we eat?
As we will be sailing in the open sea where there is always some swell in the background, the ideal is that you bring something that can be eaten under any circumstance. Probably the best alternative is some sandwiches, nuts and some fruit. Our experience tells us that bananas and apples are a good option for those who may be prone to dizziness.
A refreshing swim back to port
On the way back to the port, we always try to complete the day by stopping at a cove or beach so that you can take a good swim from the boat.
Around 6 in the afternoon you will be disembarking at the port of your choice.
Dolphins, Seabirds and Whales Watching in Galicia
The Galician estuaries are home to the second highest population of dolphins in Europe, after Scotland. It is estimated that in our estuaries
about 250 specimens of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), known in Galicia as "arroaz", and numerous itinerant colonies
of common dolphins (Delphinus delphis), which we affectionately call "golfiños", live permanently. In summer, dolphin sightings are very frequent.
They approach and enter the Rías Bajas, chasing the banks of pelagic species on which they feed.
The area with the highest density of dolphins is to the east of an imaginary line drawn between Cape Silleiro and Cape Fisterra (see map above),
basically the Rías Baixas and the waters that surround the National Park of the Atlantic Islands.
In addition, for lovers and people fond of ornithology, the Galician coast offers a true spectacle of seabirds. It is very common to see
gannets , cormorants, shearwaters , seagulls ...
The great news is that in recent summers, the whales have returned to Galicia!
Groups of blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus), fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), minke whales (Balaenoptera
acutorostrata), humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) and boreal whales (Balaenoptera borealis) have been seen feeding peacefully on krill in the
the surface of the sea, thanks to the phenomenon of the outcrop of cold waters in the Rías Baixas, which are ver rich in nutrients. This situation has fortunately ceased
to be an unusual event.
Despite the fact that summer after summer, the number of sightings has been increasing, unfortunately we cannot guarantee that we
will see whales, and you must be aware that it takes quite a lot of good luck to find them.
Notes to be kept in mind in this Sailing Day Trip