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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.

Lisbon: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

2. Lisbon: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Admire wild dolphins in their natural habitat on a 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. Enjoy a tour approved by the Official Oceanarium of Lisbon (Oceanário de Lisboa).

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.

Lisbon Cruise with Dolphin Watching

4. Lisbon Cruise with Dolphin Watching

After the coast, enjoy the sea breeze as the vessel heads out to sea in search of dolphins, a moment in which we invite you to be especially attentive… What we want is for the dolphins to see you in the most natural way, respecting them and the rules of observation. You will also have the unique opportunity to observe wildlife at its best, from different species of birds to flying fish. Ready to embark on the best boat tour discover Dolphins? Schedule: Monday to Sunday 11AM - Departure (15 minutes) 1:30PM/ 2 PM - Disembarkation (15 minutes) 3PM - Departure (15 minutes) 5:30PM /6PM - Disembarkation (15 minutes) Please note: There are a limited number of blankets on board so it is convenient for guests to bring warm clothes to the tour for cooler days. This tour is non-refundable.

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Unforgettable experience for young and old. The dolphins are just magical. Our guide was awesome too! So much information, all questions were answered - including about the life of the dolphins, environmental protection (plastic was fished out of the sea during our trip), how to deal with the dolphins (they are neither fed nor touched etc.) The trip by boat was also a highlight and the extensive observation of the animals was followed by the return journey along the cave-rich coast with further interesting information from the bird kingdom about the caves as well as the settlement and use of the area. At the end there was a sweet surprise (very tasty ;) Very well organized, everything was clearly communicated. Otherwise very friendly, helpful and entertaining. Thank you for this great day!

We had an amazing morning on our trip. Everyone was really friendly and the staff on the catamaran were very knowledgeable. The views of the coastline are stunning and even though it took us a while to find the group of dolphins they were not in any rush and reassured us that we would find them and it was definitely worth the wait when we did! I would highly recommend this excursion for anyone in the area!

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Wonderful Tour. Good communication before the tour. Take your jackets with you, even if you have 27 Celsius outside. We went mid October and it was cold, as the boat got faster. Aaand enjoy the ride.

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