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Our most recommended Sesimbra Sailing Trips & Tours

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.

Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

2. 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.

Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

3. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

Enjoy a boat tour in Arrábida Natural Park, starting at Sesimbra and heading towards Cabo Espichel. Wild beaches, stunning bays, caves and cliffs are some of the highlights of this magnificent tour. Set out on an adventure to discover all the splendour of this unique ecosystem. The tour will start at the sheltered port of Sesimbra. Firstly, visit the famous Ribeiro do Cavalo Beach. Enjoy the surrounding landscape as you dive and swim in the crystal clear waters. The tour will then proceed to the west where you will visit the mythical beaches of Mijona and Inferno.  Continue along the Arrábida Natural Park and see the famous whaling bay, taking the opportunity to learn a little about the history of the fishermen who used to hunt whales in this same area. Dive and swim in the crystal clear waters of this same beach. Typical liquor from the Setubal region will also be served. After this stop, sail towards Cabo Espichel where you will visit more caves and landscapes of incredible wonder. After all this adventure, return to the harbor of Sesimbra where this experience ends.

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.

Sesimbra: Scenic Boat Tour & Snorkeling/Paddle Boarding

5. Sesimbra: Scenic Boat Tour & Snorkeling/Paddle Boarding

Experience a surreal view of Sesimbra's coast on an intimate boat tour. Begin your adventure by meeting your guide at the Sesimbra Marina. We will travel west along the lush coastline of Arrábida Natural Park. Take in the 20M year-old vegetation and Serra da Arrábida mountain range. Next, make your way to the area's beautiful secluded beaches: Ribeira do Cavalo, Cova da Mijona, Inferno, and Baleeira. Learn about the fisherman's tales that are only known by few. Then enjoy a dip in the water with the option to paddle board or snorkel away from the crowds. At the end, you will taste some of Sesimbra's most famous local appetizers.

From Sesimbra: Snorkelling in Arrábida Natural Park

6. From Sesimbra: Snorkelling in Arrábida Natural Park

Dive into an amazing world of marine life and surprising encounters. Experience the underwater universe of Sesimbra and the Arrábida coast, sheltering over 1350 different species. See the marine park (part of the Arrábida Natural Park) and its species, including many species of fish, crabs, anemones, and mollusks. Enjoy a perfect opportunity to share unforgettable moments in nature with family or friends. Snorkel the Prof. Luiz Saldanha Marine Park, with its great biodiversity and calm waters, providing intense yet relaxing leisurely sensations: schools of fish gliding through incredible landscapes, undulating seaweed forests, and an immensity of shapes and colors in a unique natural display. Learn from specialized guides who will care for guests in and out of the water, guaranteeing safety, comfort, and fun.

Setubal: Sport Fishing All Included

7. Setubal: Sport Fishing All Included

With calm waters all year in the Lisbon and Sesimbra region, you'll find Europe's best spots for sea angling. Protected by the north wind in this region, you will find calm waters full with many fish species that make this sport fishing tour remarkable. Whether you are a novice angler who wants a fun day out catching small fish with your family and friends or a pro who is looking for a trophy fish, this tour will be one to remember. On this all-inclusive trip, you'll have the use of all the tackle and bait you’ll need to target this diverse fishery and find from the professional crew and fishing coaches all the help you need to have a truly great day out at sea.  At the end, the fish captured will be yours to grill in the comfort of your house or to take amazing pictures if you are a catch and release angler.

Sesimbra: Sesimbra and Espichel Grotto Tour

8. Sesimbra: Sesimbra and Espichel Grotto Tour

Espichel Cape is famous for its geological wealth and country’s unique limestone formations. To begin your boat tour, you'll depart from Sesimbra to Espichel Cape. Throughout the experience you'll visit the caves and geological formations that cover this coastal region. You'll begin with a visit to the Tamboril Grotto, with its zenithal lighting and crystal clear waters. From there, you'll proceed to the entrance of the Frade Grotto, which is one of the biggest cave formations in the area. You'll also encounter “Mesas”, which are geological formations made by marine erosion. Your tour will eventually wind down with a visit to Sesimbra's Caves, where you'll encounter the monumental Arco da Pombeira Grotto. You will also discover here “Bifa”, a singular geological formation at the cape’s feet where you can see the sea being expelled as if it was a geyser. Upon return, you'll have the option to stop for some diving in Baleeira Bay's crystal clear waters.

Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

9. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

Depart 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 traveling westwards, where you will visit the beautiful beaches of Mijona and Inferno. Navigate along the shores of the Arrábida Natural Park and visit "Whale Bay" and learn about the history of whale hunting in the region.  Then, go towards Cabo Espichel and explore the caves and incredible rock formations dotted along the coast. Finally, enjoy a beautiful sunset with a sip of a typical drink from the region on the boat, before returning to Sesimbra.

From Sesimbra: Arrábida Coast SeaView Board Tour

10. From Sesimbra: Arrábida Coast SeaView Board Tour

Become a SeaView explorer and discover and learn more about the aquatic world of the Luís Saldanha Marine Park and Maritime Reserve with a SeaView board. Join an easy activity that's suitable for all ages, ideal for groups of friends, couples, families and team building activities. Additionally, enjoy a boat tour of the Arrábida coast. Depart from the harbor in Sesimbra and be amazed by the beautiful coastal scenery while you head to isolated spots waiting to be discovered on your SeaView board. Once there, feel free to explore the amazing seafloor and the aquatic life of Arrabida's crystal clear waters as well the small caves brimming with mussels and clamshells. Receive a complimentary GoPro to use during your activity to record this unforgettable experience.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 36 reviews

The tour was truly magical! Our guides were extremely nice and found the dolphins very quickly. We then watched the dolphins for about 2 hours and saw a lot of them. Then we were shown the coast, some beautiful caves and beaches from the sea. Sometimes we drove very fast, which was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, we were no longer able to swim on a beach, but whoever wanted to could jump off the boat into the sea near the coast and then swim. I would really recommend this tour to everyone! You just have to plan well how to get there, because you can only get to Sesimbra by car and unfortunately there is no transfer.

excellent outing at sea. the dolphins were well at the meeting. Super pleasant staff, and the catamaran was superb. small aperitif on board, and stop on a beautiful spot for a little swim!

If you stay in Sesimbra or nearby, then this tour is a must. Spectacular viewing of the Arribida marine park. Crew very knowledgeable about the area. Highly recommended

It was such a nice experience! We saw many dolphins and the nice instructor gave us plenty of information about the dolphins.

Chouette expérience, guides très sympathiques, bonnes explications