Lisbon Dolphin & whale watching

Our most recommended Lisbon Dolphin & whale watching

From Lisbon: Comporta and Setúbal Trip with Horseback Riding

1. From Lisbon: Comporta and Setúbal Trip with Horseback Riding

Take a trip from Lisbon to Setúbal for a day of fun in the sun and the sea. Dive into the town's history and seafaring heritage on a walking tour. Take a ferry ride to the Troia Peninsula dotted with pine forested sand dunes. Then, in Comporta, mount your horse and gallop off to the beach. Explore Setúbal, the most important center of Portugal's fishing industry. Visit the bustling fish market of  Mercado do Livramento, the historic center, the Monastery of Jesus, and the São Filipe Fortress where you can soak in one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Next, head towards Comporta on a 25-minute ferry ride, admiring the beauty of the Troia's coast, one of the world’s longest uninterrupted stretches of sand, and keep your eye peeled for dolphins. Upon arrival in Comporta, a protected natural reserve suspended between sea and rice fields, get ready for horseback riding with instructions from your guide. Ride your horse across rice paddies, pine forests, and sand dunes until you reach the Atlantic coast. At the end of the tour, return to the center of Lisbon in a comfortable minibus. Before bidding farewell to your guide, get recommendations on things to do during the rest of your stay in Lisbon.

Lisbon: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

2. 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: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

3. Lisbon: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Admire wild dolphins in their natural habitat on a 3-hour 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.

Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

4. 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.

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.

From Sesimbra: Full-Day Arrábida Culture & Wine Tasting Tour

6. From Sesimbra: Full-Day Arrábida Culture & Wine Tasting Tour

After pickup in Sesimbra you’ll visit the market in Setúbal, considered one of the best markets in the world. Explore the huge variety of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, bread, cheese and regional pastries on offer. Soak up the vibe and history of the city. Continue to the first winery, stopping to take spectacular photos from the Arrábida Natural Park over the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the luxury Quinta da Bacalhoa wine cellars with a local guide, and enjoy a wine tasting of three renowned wines. Your next stop is for lunch in Setúbal, one of the most iconic and picturesque fishing towns in Portugal. Continue to the José Maria da Fonseca winery to tour the cellars, then enjoy a private visit and wine tasting in Azeitão village. Following this, visit the Azulejos de Azeitão tiles factory and watch traditional European methods of tile making. Then take a walk through the medieval castle of Sesimbra. Visit the local church inside the castle, completely adored in azulejos tiles. Finally you’ll visit the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora do Cabo, a sanctuary that combines a church, a water tower supplied by an aqueduct, and an opera house, with impressive views over the Atlantic Ocean.

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What people are saying about Lisbon

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Super nice team At first some information about the animals will be announced. The speedboat ride to the dolphins was super cool. We found a few dolphins or groups (even large ones!) The organizers know what they are doing and also pay attention to the animals in terms of animal welfare. A really great experience that you should have made (for a reasonable price) On the way back to the port we passed a few sights of Belem, something was also explained about this.

Es war eine wunderbare Erfahrung. Man hat super viele Delfine ganz nah am Boot gesehen. Super beeindruckend. Die Stimmung an Bord war super. Die Rückfahrt an der Küste entlang mit Sightseeing war der perfekte Abschluss.

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.

Everything perfect, one of the most beautiful experiences of our trip in Portugal. Guide was super friendly and explained everything very well and we saw some dolphins, absolute recommendation

Perfect experience! We have seen dolphins for many times. The guild was very professional.