By Nathalie, content and translations at SeaBookings, who’d like to share her experience on a dolphin watching tour in Lagos.
When I heard that we had a new operator offering dolphin watching in Lagos, of course, I took the opportunity to try out this new experience myself. I have already been dolphin watching before, but every tour is special and seeing dolphins in their natural habitat is an amazing experience – over and over again!
So me and my friend went to the Marina in Lagos to try out our newest dolphin watching tour in Lagos. The tour is run by a local group of family and friends, who are all from Lagos. Thus, they are real locals and know all about the region.
The skippers already have a lot of experience in boat tours in Lagos, and especially with finding wild dolphins. So they are the perfect crew to take you out on a dolphin watching tour in Lagos since they love what they do and also love to share their knowledge about the sea and dolphins with you.
The boat is a very modern RIB! It has a lot of power and can go really fast, yet at the same time, it’s surprisingly stable and very comfortable. You can tell it was chosen with much love and to provide clients with a safe and enjoyable dolphin watching trip!
We took our seats on the boat and off we went to look for dolphins in Lagos. Once we passed the Marina of Lagos, the boat took up the speed and we raced over the sea. It was a day with perfect conditions: no wind, no waves and a really glassy sea!
Finding the wild dolphins
Thanks to the experienced crew, it didn’t take long until we found our first group of dolphins. It was a rather small one, about 10 dolphins. However, there were a few baby dolphins!
One of them, so we were told, must’ve been born no longer than 2 or 3 days ago, as it was still really tiny! It was the smallest baby dolphin I have ever seen, and surely a lovely sight.
Our skippers slowed down the boat so we could stand up to get a better look at the dolphins.
The dolphins would swim underneath our boat and jump up next to it, so we could observe them really closely. We had some questions about how dolphins bread, and the skippers were happy to provide us with all the answers!
We stayed for a while with this small pod of dolphins, enjoying the view of them swimming and jumping around in freedom.
While they continued their journey, so did we. The skippers decided to go a bit further west to look for a bigger pod of dolphins.
And a bigger pod we did find! While the first group was already very beautiful and special, this group of about 50 dolphins was simply huge.
They were all around, wherever you looked you could see fins coming out of the water and dolphins jumping around!
The dolphins of this pod seemed even more adventurous than the first one! About 10 of them even surfed the waves behind our boat.
We didn’t even know where to look, as there were so many dolphins in every direction! It was simply impressive and definitely my most adventurous encounter with dolphins in Lagos!
We stayed for a while, with dolphins jumping up really close to our boat. It seemed like they were doing a show for us and they enjoyed it a lot showing us how high they could jump.
It was really special seeing so many dolphins together, swimming in the sea and just enjoying their life!
After this magical encounter, it was time to return back to Lagos. We were west from Lagos, so on the way back we actually drove past some of the main attractions of the coast, like Praia da Luz, Praia Porto de Mós and of course the famous Ponta da Piedade. Our skipper also decided to show us how much power the boat really had!
He went full-speed in front of the beautiful beaches of Lagos, doing steep curves and slides that made us scream with excitement!
It actually felt like riding on a rollercoaster and was definitely a fun ending to this incredible dolphin watching tour in Lagos!
Shortly before we reached the entrance to the Marina, the boat slowed down and we were back to “reality”.
After coming off the boat, it actually felt like we had been in a different place for the duration of the tour and were now landing in real life again.
This dolphin watching tour in Lagos was definitely a highlight for me and my friend. The sheer amount of wild dolphins we found and the fun rollercoaster boat ride on the way back in front of the fascinating coastline of Lagos was an unforgettable experience. If you’re on holidays in Lagos, make sure you don’t miss our on this unique boat trip!