Full-Day Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon

4.8 / 5

89 reviews

Full-Day Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon

From $109.47 per person

Take a cruise on a restored sea galleon to see wild bottlenose dolphins in their natural environment. Head south from Lisbon to discover one of the 10 most beautiful bays in the world and explore a natural park and the region.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 6 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese, Spanish, German
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Cruise the coast on a modern catamaran or a restored salt galleon (depending on weather conditions)
  • Be on the lookout for bottlenose dolphins in their natural environment
  • Take in the amazing landscapes of the Arrábida Natural Park
Full description
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.
  • Pick-up and drop off from/at meeting point in Lisbon
  • Private guide
  • Boat cruise with dolphin watching
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation by air-conditioned car or van
  • Lunch
  • Any other items not mentioned as included
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • Be sure to bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a camera
  • For tours with a maximum of 6 participants there will be 1 private guide. If there are more than 6 people on the tour there will be 2 guides and vans
  • The tour is for free for children up to 3 years of age
  • Children between 4 and 12 years are eligible for a 50 per cent discount
  • The sequence of the places visited may be changed on request or due to weather conditions. The tour could be canceled if unsafe/severe weather conditions occur
  • There is a 95 percent change of spotting dolphins, however it is not guaranteed that they will be seen, as they are wild and not trained, animals
  • The duration of the cruise itself is 2 to 3 hours, and if dolphins are seen, you can only spend a maximum of 30 minutes close to them.
  • They are wild dolphins, and protected by law, everybody has this time restriction (30 minutes) to keep the animals safe and protected
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 89 reviews

Review summary

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Excellent reliable company. especial thanks to Joao.

We had a last minute request to change our trip date due to a technical problem with the boat. However Joao was very flexible and accommodating to our needs and we managed to still do the trip to see the dolphins. Joao was very friendly and he was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Portugal and the dolphins and we had a very enjoyable day. Thank you so much, we really appreciated you making arrangements to fit us in during our time in Lisbon .

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July 16, 2019

Amazing day

Ricardo is really friendly. He knows and loves what he is talking about. The tour was just amazing we expected to see dolphins from far away but they (Ricardo and the sailor) managed to make us as close as possible to the dolphins. Afterwards we had a peaceful ride on the river to discover the area and Ricardo drove us to the forteress. Such a wonderful day !

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May 24, 2018

Fantastic Experience

We had such a great time and our guides were friendly, helpful and enjoyed serving us as much as we enjoyed the tour. We encountered Dolphins shortly after leaving harbour and this company has a 98% success rate for finding Dolphins and a marine biologist on board. They do sell refreshments on board but you can bring your own wine etc.. Just an allround fantastic experience and thanks to our guides Rod (perfect English) and Joao. The trip up to the Castle was a bonus with stunning views of where we had been that day.

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August 22, 2017

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