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Lisbon Metropolitan Area Dolphin & whale watching

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Lisbon: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

1. Lisbon: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Depart from Lisbon's city center on a fast rigid inflatable boat. Before leaving the Tagus River, pass under the 25th of April Bridge. See the beautiful monuments in the district of Belém, such as the Monument of the Discoveries, the Jerónimos, and the Tower of Belém. Head towards the Lighthouse of Bugio and get a view of the Portuguese coastline. Once arriving at the ocean, get to know the wildlife more closely and learn about the species of dolphins and seabirds with a specialist marine biologist onboard. Spend up to three hours venturing in the ocean to watch for dolphins and find other marine species like sea fish, sharks, jellyfish, or even sea-turtles.

From Lisbon: Comporta and Setúbal Trip with Horseback Riding

2. From Lisbon: Comporta and Setúbal Trip with Horseback Riding

Take a trip from Lisbon to Setúbal for a day of fun in the sun and the sea. Dive into the town's history and seafaring heritage on a walking tour. Take a ferry ride to the Troia Peninsula dotted with pine forested sand dunes. Then, in Comporta, mount your horse and gallop off to the beach. Explore Setúbal, the most important center of Portugal's fishing industry. Visit the bustling fish market of  Mercado do Livramento, the historic center, the Monastery of Jesus, and the São Filipe Fortress where you can soak in one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Next, head towards Comporta on a 25-minute ferry ride, admiring the beauty of the Troia's coast, one of the world’s longest uninterrupted stretches of sand, and keep your eye peeled for dolphins. Upon arrival in Comporta, a protected natural reserve suspended between sea and rice fields, get ready for horseback riding with instructions from your guide. Ride your horse across rice paddies, pine forests, and sand dunes until you reach the Atlantic coast. At the end of the tour, return to the center of Lisbon in a comfortable minibus. Before bidding farewell to your guide, get recommendations on things to do during the rest of your stay in Lisbon.

Setubal & Tróia: Sado Estuary Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

3. 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.

Lisbon: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

4. 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.

Lisbon: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

5. 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. Admire the magnificent views while learning about these incredible marine mammals, and how teams in Portugal are preserving their natural habitat. Feel free to ask your marine biologist any questions about dolphins and marine life throughout the journey.

Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

6. Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

Depart from the Sesimbra Harbor and search for dolphins in their natural habitat with your marine biologist guide. See Bottlenose Dolphins as well as Short Beaked Common Dolphins in the clear blue waters of the park.  Learn about their food habits, group behaviors and family relations. Observe various forms of other wildlife, including birds, as well. At the end of the dolphin watching activity, take the opportunity to swim and sunbathe in one of the Portugal's most beautiful beaches, only accessible by sea. Also, visit some caves and rock formations along the coastline of the park.

From Sesimbra: Arrábida Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

7. From Sesimbra: Arrábida Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Enjoy a boat tour with dolphin observation through Arrábida coast, with boarding in Sesimbra. Observe more than one species of dolphin if you are lucky, like common dolphin and roazes corvineiros. Watch the cetaceans in their own natural habitat, as they socialize, swim, and eat. Experience an educational component about sea living and biodiversity, and the geology and points of interest of archeological and historical importance connected with this region. Travel along Arrábida coast, passing through the caves and sacred beaches protected by cliffs with transparent and crystalline water if the dolphin observation happens early in the tour. Stop for diving and swimming if the weather and sea conditions are favorable.

Setúbal, Portugal: Catamaran Dolphin Watching Tour

8. Setúbal, Portugal: Catamaran Dolphin Watching Tour

Hop aboard for a journey to spot dolphins in their natural habitat. Enjoy a welcome drink of Moscatel de Setúbal, as a great way to kick start your tour, and then head 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 and hear some explanations about the main interest points. Passing by Arrábida Mountain will also offer completely different sights of the region. The catamaran has two underwater rooms that can be used to see the bottom of the sea or you may even see a dolphin from them.

Sesimbra: Eco-friendly Dolphin Watching Tour

9. Sesimbra: Eco-friendly Dolphin Watching Tour

Enjoy a unique experience as you observe dolphins in their natural habitat and help locate and collect the harmful plastic which pollutes the waters. Learn more about the importance of environmental conservation and protection. Depart by boat from Sesimbra and search for species of dolphin that inhabit the coastline. Try to spot both common and bottlenose dolphins, as well as a variety of other marine species with your expert marine ecologist guide. Explore the entire coastline of the Arrábida Natural Park up to the Sado River. Discover the estuary which is a point of prime importance for dolphins conservation. Dolphins live here all year round, one of the few locations of its kind in Europe.

Full-Day Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon

10. 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.

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Best activity in Lisbon!! Very friendly guide, encounter with incredible dolphins (a magical moment out of time). The boat tour is very pleasant as well as Sid's comments on the monuments that line the Tagus. I recommend it to you 1000% even if it is a bit expensive it is well worth it, my 10 year old son was blown away and me too! Thank you for this exceptional moment

A great tour with very friendly company. They know their way around very well and know areas where dolphins often stay. Definitely to be recommended.

Setubal was a surprisingly beautiful town and the horseback riding at Melides tops up this entire experience.

We saw many dolphins. They were playing with us so close to the boat. it was a dream come true!

Wonderful. Very nice sunny morning. Many dolphins. . A magical adventure.