Arrabida Natural Park
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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!

  • Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

    2. 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.

  • Full-Day Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon

    3. 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

    4. 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: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

    5. 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

    6. 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.

  • Dolphin Tour from Sesimbra

    7. Dolphin Tour from Sesimbra

    The Sado estuary is the natural habitat of the Bottlenose dolphins (Roazes in Portuguese). Welcomed by the population who feeds and protects them, these marine mammals are especially sociable. They can be observed along the coast of Arrábida all year long. This activity is carried out between Setúbal, Troia and Serra da Arrábida. Swim from the boat supported by the specialized guide on board for unforgettable encounters with the dolphins. They will also teach you about the marine environment and the biodiversity all around you. As you go they will comment on the geology and points of local archaeological importance.

  • Sesimbra: Eco-friendly Dolphin Watching Tour

    8. 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.

  • Lisbon: Setubal Peninsula Private Full-Day Tour in Tesla

    9. Lisbon: Setubal Peninsula Private Full-Day Tour in Tesla

    Take a private 8-hour tour of enchanting fishing villages and beautiful Portuguese coastline with this Tesla tour of Setúbal from Lisbon. Experience the jagged hillside cliffs and charming seaside village atmosphere of Sesimbra. See some of Portugal's most stunning landscape at the Serra da Arrábida. Explore the bustling port city of Setúbal on the Blue Coast. Enjoy a fully customizable experience and go at your own pace. Let your driver know if you want to switch up your itinerary, take an alternate route, or see something specific.

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What people are saying about Arrabida Natural Park

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 162 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.