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  • Setubal & Tróia: Sado Estuary Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

    1. Setubal & Tróia: Sado Estuary Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

    Depart from Setubal or Tróia onboard a 22-meter long catamaran and go in search of the community of dolphins that inhabit the Sado estuary. Be accompanied by a knowledgeable crew who will use their expertise to locate these playful dolphins in their natural habitat. Learn more about this unique dolphin community, the only one of its kind in Portugal, with your expert guides. Sail through the estuary and admire the beautiful landscapes of the coastline of the Arrábida Natural Park. Keep an eye out for the playful dolphins which have inhabited this part of the coast for generations. Watch the dolphins frolic and play as they swim through the calm waters. Hear more about their feeding habits, breeding and their relationship to humans on an informative and relaxing boat trip.

    Very nice boat trip! The catamaran was very big so there was plenty of space for everyone. The tour operators were very kind and the dolphines came very close to the boat! They even swam underneath it!

  • Cascais: Sunset Boat Trip with Snacks and Drinks

    2. Cascais: Sunset Boat Trip with Snacks and Drinks

    Navigate along the charming coast of Cascais, where you will see all the famous sights from the sea. From the center villa, to the classic chateaux and mansion, to the fortress used to protect the coast against pirates a long time ago, to the Casino, as well as other famous 007/ James Bond spots. Then you'll travel toward the open sea to the beautiful cliff of Costa da Guia. Relax and admire the sun "touching" the sea as you sip on a drink and nibble snacks.

    Wonderful sunset boattrip and very nice guide! Nice wine and snacks. Will def recommend.

  • Setúbal, Portugal: Catamaran Dolphin Watching Tour

    3. Setúbal, Portugal: Catamaran Dolphin Watching Tour

    Hop aboard for a 3-hour journey and spot dolphins in their natural habitat. Enjoy a welcome drink of moscatel de Setúbal, as start your tour and then journey out to see the dolphins. After spotting the dolphins, you will receive an explanation in Portuguese and English.  Then, make a short stop to swim or snorkel and hear some explanations about the main interest points. Passing by Arrábida Mountain will also offer completely different sights of the region. The catamarans have two underwater rooms that can be used to see the bottom of the sea or you may even see a dolphin from them.

    Very nice and calm boat, with a great view from the top. We saw the dolphins for a good 30+ minutes, and enjoyed the swim

  • Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

    4. Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

    Depart from the Marina and search for dolphins in their natural habitat. See bottlenoses dolphins as well as common dolphins in the clear blue waters of the park, without disturbing their natural behaviour.  Observe various forms of wildlife and birds in the park. Swim and sunbathe on some of Portugal's most beautiful beaches, only accessible by sea. Visit caves and rock formations along the entire coastline of the park and hear of the mysterious history during the XVIII century from your local guide.

  • Setubal: 3.5-Hour Sado Sailing Cruise with Dolphin Watching

    5. Setubal: 3.5-Hour Sado Sailing Cruise with Dolphin Watching

    Enjoy a journey on a sailboat in the River Sado and take in stunning views of the beauty of the river and mountains. Listen to the sound of wind and waves while cruising along the beautiful south coast of Troia and Arrabida. Depart from the dock at the meeting point location and watch the captain hoist the sails. Get the chance to feel like a sailor by steering the boat yourself. Enjoy complimentary coffee, local wine, a cup of muscatel de Setúbal, and snacks onboard. There is also a high possibility of spotting Sado dolphins swim and play. Let your guide assist you in taking photos of your wonderful sailing trip.

  • Full-Day Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon

    6. Full-Day Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon

    This full-day tour begins as you head south from Lisbon to Setúbal, a picturesque region best known for its fishing port. In Setúbal, board a fully restored salt galleon, or a modern catamaran (depending on weather and sea conditions), for a relaxing and enjoyable cruise in the Sado Estuary, where you’ll learn about the resident bottlenose dolphins and hopefully be able to observe wild dolphins in their natural environment. The duration of the cruise takes about 2 to 3 hours. See the natural reserve of Arrábida, take in the stunning views, and learn about the area’s history and gastronomy. See the Arrábida Convent and discover some important historical sites before returning to the old city center of Setúbal. Before returning to Lisbon, stop at a few sights in the Arrabida Mountain range, from where you can marvel at the natural reserve and get a land view of all the region.

    Rod our very appreciated tour guide did an excellent job leading us throughout the day. He was very very knowlegeable about history, plants, animals, politics, everything :-)…he adapted schedule to best serve us, shown us trom the fortaleza of sao filipe where the dolphins could be, and finally on the boat we ve spotted many of them quite clise..great day great tour

  • From Sesimbra: Arrábida Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

    7. From Sesimbra: Arrábida Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

    Look for bottlenose dolphins in the Sado Estuary on a scenic cruise from Sesimbra. Board the boat at Sesimbra Recreational Port, and then cruise along the Sado River towards Arrábida National Park. Look for the resident bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat, along with common dolphins and dwarf whales. Interact with the delightful creatures as they feed, socialize and frolic in the water. Benefit from the services of an expert guide who will enlighten you about the marine environment and biodiversity of the shore. Learn about the geology and get information about local points of archaeological importance. If the weather conditions allow, and there is interest among the participants, stop in a strategic and sheltered place to swim in the calm and crystal-clear waters.

    Overall, we enjoyed the trip very much. The return trip close to the shore was very nice. The guide shared some interesting info with us during that time. It would have helped to have some signage or have the guide meet us as we wondered around quite before we found the tour. The boat did not have comfortable seating with only two small seats with backs and the rest of the people had to sit together on a big square seat with no backs. A more comfortable boat would have made the trip more enjoyable.

  • Lisbon: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

    8. Lisbon: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

    Admire wild dolphins in their natural habitat on a 3-hour journey around Lisbon's coast aboard a speedboat with a marine biologist and a captain. Relax and enjoy stunning views of Lisbon's main monuments, the Estoril Coast, and Cascais from the Tagus River, all while keeping an eye out for playful dolphins. Explore the open deck while learning about these incredible marine mammals, and how teams in Portugal are preserving their natural habitat.

  • Lisbon: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

    9. Lisbon: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

    This boat tour goes along the coastline in search of dolphins that is possible to find again on the Marine Reserve of Arrábida. The tour will take you to the most known sighting, with a 95% success rate in dolphin sightings. The boats used are powerful semi-inflatable boats with seats and all the comfort and safety for a 3-hour journey. It's always a good experience, that combines the dolphins with a wonderful boat tour on a cost line of calm and pristine waters, that is protected from the north winds by the Arrábida mountain.

  • Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

    10. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

    Set sail from the harbor of Sesimbra and travel towards the famous Ribeiro do Cavalo beach. Enjoy the surrounding landscape and learn about the microclimate of the region from your guide.  Continue sailing westwards, where you will visit the beautiful beaches of Mijona and Inferno. Sail along the shores of the Arrábida Natural Park and visit "Whale Bay" and learn about the history of whale hunting in the region.  Then, sail towards Cabo Espichel and explore the caves and incredible rock formations dotted along the coast. Finally, enjoy a beautiful sunset with a glass of wine on the boat, before returning to Sesimbra.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 5 reviews

We liked a lot. The trip was great - we saw several dolphins and enjoyed a boat trip with great views. The staff was always helpful and professional. We liked the experience. It was a nice teip by boat with fantastic sights and we saw various dolphins .people in charge of the trip were professional and always polite.

The tour in 2009 was awesome ... in 2021 it was another great experience. Even if you didn't see any dolphins, the catamaran trip would be worth every penny.

Excellent experience. The captain did not stop until he found the dolphins, extending the trip up to more than 4 hours. Highly recommended

Everything went well! From booking to monitoring on the boat and enough time with the dolphins

I really enjoyed the tour, and I've already recommended it to my friends.