Water activity

From Sesimbra: Arrábida Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

4.7 / 5

56 reviews

From Sesimbra: Arrábida Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

From $45.58 per person

Set sail for Arrábida National Park on a dolphin watching cruise from Sesimbra. Encounter bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins and dwarf whales in their natural environment. Experience the stunning landscape of the Sado Estuary and more.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Look for dolphins in the Sado Estuary
  • Experience the unique landscapes of Arrábida National Park
  • Learn about the local geology and points of interest of the Serra da Arrábida
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Skipper
  • Guide
  • Accident insurance
  • Life jackets
  • Meals and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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At the gate of the Sesimbra Marina, Av. dos Náufragos, 2970, Portugal. GPS coordinates: 38.436379, -9.114560.

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Important information

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  • Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes, and bring sunscreen, water and a light snack
  • Note: This activity has a duration varying from 2 to 4 hours (depending on the time it takes to find the dolphins)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 56 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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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.

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October 1, 2019

Wonderful excursion! Luck was with us: superb weather and calm sea. The guide and the pilot are very welcoming. Shortly after our departure, we were able to observe from the front of the boat about thirty dolphins jumping around us. Then we went along the coast, to observe the cliffs, caves and almost secret beaches. We dropped anchor in a beautiful place where we could swim in turquoise water. A very beautiful memory and a magic moment for the children! To be redone without fail.

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August 17, 2019

It was a wonderful trip

It was a great trip, the 5 of us (2 adults, 2 teenagers and a toddler) had the motor boat almost to ourselves. The guide and the captain both went out of their way to find the defin family living there. The view was excellent and we really saw the dolphin family. We followed the dolphin family for about half an hour (definitely longer than other (full) boats that joined us) until we had to go back. On the way back we were given a cold drink. We were about 3 1/2 hours on the water. We can definitely recommend this trip!

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July 7, 2018

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