Ocean Fun & Fishing – Big Game Portugal

Ocean Fun & Fishing – Big Game Fishing Portugal is a charter company and registered brand created in 2016 by Capt. João A. Melo, dedicated to Big Game Fishing on the Algarve shore, departing from the Olhão Marina.

The "Sal X” is a 36’ Riviera refitted in 2023. It is stable, reliable, and designed for the deep blue ocean. The twins 370 HP Cummins engines give the boat a cruise speed of 18 knots and a top speed of 26 knots. Amenities on board include a toilet for your convenience, a kitchen to prepare your meals, and a comfortable area for leisure dining. But most important, it comes with a fighting chair, outriggers, downriggers, and all essentials of a fishing machine.

Rods, reels, tackle, lures, and bait are included. The crew is ready to receive you aboard for the offshore fishing experience and will accommodate you and your party in this unique adventure.

If Billfish is your passion, come to Portugal, the best big game fishing location in Europe. The warm waters from the Mediterranean Sea entering the Atlantic Ocean run up to the Gulf of Cadiz, making this area the only place in Europe where it is possible to catch, tag, and release the Billfish and some of the biggest Bluefin Tuna in the world.

Capt. João A. Melo a IGFA CAPTAIN and his crew welcome anglers of all skill levels, teaching you if needed and helping you reach the climax of having a giant Bluefin Tuna or a Blue Marlin at the end of the line, and it’s a fight of a lifetime. The ultimate big game fishing trips in Algarve.

The big pelagic specimens are tagged and released, and ensuring the best conditions for their survival is a priority, following the guidelines of international associations such as the IGFA and the Billfish Foundation. We also collaborate with scientific researchers from IPMA (Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere) for the study of various species.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip– Family Friends day off
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 5 - Nov 5
    Price for up to 6 persons
    US $1,194
    Enjoy fishing whit your family up to 7 nautical miles offshore. The crew welcomes anglers of all skill levels. We are ready to teach you if needed. Our main targets will be the fish of the season. This is a lifetime experience for you your friends and kids (the minimum age is 8 years old), and not to be missed! Seasonal.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Marlin (White)
    White Marlin
    Tuna (Bluefin)
    Bluefin Tuna
    Tuna (Skipjack)
    Skipjack Tuna
    Tuna (Albacore)
    Albacore Tuna
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Tuna (Bigeye)
    Bigeye Tuna
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – White Marlin
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 23 - Nov 5
    Price for up to 6 persons
    US $1,520
    Discover the blue waters of Algarve up to 20 nautical miles offshore and see, catch, tag, and release White Marlin. You will be releasing all the fish you catch. This trip will provide a lifetime experience you do not want to miss! Seasonal.
    Types of fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Marlin (White)
    White Marlin
    Tuna (Skipjack)
    Skipjack Tuna
    Tuna (Albacore)
    Albacore Tuna
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Tuna (Bigeye)
    Bigeye Tuna
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Giant Bluefin Tuna
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 24 - Aug 5
    Price for up to 6 persons
    US $1,682
    Enjoy a day of fishing for the giant Bluefin Tuna up to 10 nautical miles off the shore. Catch and release is mandatory. Join your friendly crew and create many unforgettable memories that you will gladly cherish for the rest of your life! Seasonal trip.
    Types of fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Tuna (Bluefin)
    Bluefin Tuna
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Blue Marlin
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 23 - Nov 5
    Price for up to 6 persons
    US $2,279
    Discover the deep blue waters of Algarve up to 40 nautical miles offshore. You will have the chance to catch, tag, and release a Blue Marlin. Seasonal.
    Types of fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Marlin (Blue)
    Blue Marlin
    Marlin (White)
    White Marlin
    Tuna (Skipjack)
    Skipjack Tuna
    Tuna (Albacore)
    Albacore Tuna
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
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Experience
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Full day bluefin tuna trip
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Aaron K.
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Full day bluefin tuna trip

NEW  8 Hour Trip – Giant Bluefin Tuna on July 7, 2024
It started with helping us last minute when our other boat had to cancel. We were greeted with an amazing spread for breakfast...
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Athena H.
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Amazing time!! Exceptional service! I would do it again in a heartbeat!

VERIFIED   NEW  8 Hour Trip – Giant Bluefin Tuna on June 27, 2024
We had so much fun!! We had a group of 4 including an 8 year old and we all had an absolute blast! Capt. Joao and his crew...
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Jamie E.
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Great Charter

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip– Family Friends day off on June 17, 2024
The fishing was slow, but the experience was fantastic. The crew and Captain were great and friendly and the food was terrific....
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Michael G.
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Giant bluefin tuna

NEW  8 Hour Trip – Giant Bluefin Tuna on July 5, 2024
Amazing captain and crew.  They promised me a giant bluefin and did not stop until they delivered.  Crew couldn’t be nicer. ...
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Rozanne M.
Lisbon, Portugal
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Absolutely Splendid

NEW  8 Hour Trip – Giant Bluefin Tuna on July 8, 2024
Really exciting day, BFT’s were jumping everywhere, Captain & Crew excellent, Sal X very comfortable and a worthwhile experience....
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FAQs about Ocean Fun & Fishing – Big Game Portugal

Ocean Fun & Fishing – Big Game Portugal offers the following trips to customers:
  • €1,100 per group - 5 Hour Trip– Family Friends day off (5 hours)
  • €1,400 per group - 8 Hour Trip – White Marlin (8 hours)
  • €1,550 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Giant Bluefin Tuna (8 hours)
  • €2,100 per group - 10 Hour Trip – Blue Marlin (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Ocean Fun & Fishing – Big Game Portugal, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet The bathroom is private. Sink, toilet and shower with hot water, we have moisturizing and sun creams, hairdryer and other details.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS Raymarine Axion
  • Fishfinder Hondex - Sonar
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar Furuno

Trips booked with Ocean Fun & Fishing – Big Game Portugal include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (We only use live bait on Reef fishing or deep sea fishing, and is included in the price.)
  • Lures
  • Snacks (Breakfast )
  • Drinks (Limited )
  • First Mate (We have in all fishing trips 2 mates, the first mate is focused on fishing and the second is attentive to the needs of customers, drinks, food, etc. Normally the tip is 10% to 15% of the final price of the trip.)
  • Fishing License (The fishing license we carry on the boat is valid for 24 hours, we need a angler identification number, like passport or drive license.)
  • Lunch (Breakfast/Lunch - depending on the fishing trip)

Ocean Fun & Fishing – Big Game Portugal offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing (From 5 up to 15 nautical miles)
  • Offshore Fishing (From 15 up to 40 nautical miles)

Ocean Fun & Fishing – Big Game Portugal offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Ocean Fun & Fishing – Big Game Portugal include:
  • Bonito
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna (Albacore)
  • Tuna (Bigeye)
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Tuna (Skipjack)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)

Meet the Charter Operator

Ocean Fun & Fishing – Big Game Portugal
Olhão, Faro District, Portugal
1 Fishing Report
ID & license verified
12 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2018
João Melo, the Skipper, born in 1969 in Portugal has the passion for the sea and fishing, since he was a child. With a wide professional experience in tourism and events, in 2013 he opened a tourist maritime business activity, focusing on Big Game fishing at the Olhao-Algarve, thus fulfilling the desire to work on what he likes the most. Along with this achievement, he is committed to practice sustainability and protection of the species, by catching, tagging, and releasing them, as well as collaborating with scientific researchers. His motto is: “Protection is Fun” In 2016, Ocean Fun &Fishing Big Game Portugal was created, with the vessel EOLLA III, a Starfisher 840. The continued will to improve services of excellence lead to the current moment: the recent acquisition of the vessel “SAL X”, a Riviera 36 (renovated in 2023), prepared to provide the best experience of Big Game in Portugal.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bonito Bonito
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Marlin (White) White Marlin

Boat specs

Riviera (Sportfishing) originally built in 1999, and restored in 2023. Powered by 2 370HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
From 5 up to 15 nautical miles
Offshore Fishing
From 15 up to 40 nautical miles

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Popping
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
The bathroom is private. Sink, toilet and shower with hot water, we have moisturizing and sun creams, hairdryer and other details.
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Raymarine Axion
Fishfinder
Hondex - Sonar
Bed

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
We only use live bait on Reef fishing or deep sea fishing, and is included in the price.
Lures
Snacks
Breakfast
Drinks
Limited
First Mate
We have in all fishing trips 2 mates, the first mate is focused on fishing and the second is attentive to the needs of customers, drinks, food, etc. Normally the tip is 10% to 15% of the final price of the trip.
Fishing License
The fishing license we carry on the boat is valid for 24 hours, we need a angler identification number, like passport or drive license.
Lunch
Breakfast/Lunch - depending on the fishing trip

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Older than 8 years
Catch and Release Allowed
TBF's Tag & Release Program

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 1.5% charge will apply.

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