Sesimbra Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Sesimbra Cruises & boat tours

Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

1. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

Enjoy a boat tour in Arrábida Natural Park, starting at Sesimbra and heading towards Cabo Espichel. Wild beaches, stunning bays, caves and cliffs are some of the highlights of this magnificent tour. Set out on an adventure to discover all the splendour of this unique ecosystem. The tour will start at the sheltered port of Sesimbra. Firstly, visit the famous Ribeiro do Cavalo Beach. Enjoy the surrounding landscape as you dive and swim in the crystal clear waters. The tour will then proceed to the west where you will visit the mythical beaches of Mijona and Inferno.  Continue along the Arrábida Natural Park and see the famous whaling bay, taking the opportunity to learn a little about the history of the fishermen who used to hunt whales in this same area. Dive and swim in the crystal clear waters of this same beach. Typical liquor from the Setubal region will also be served. After this stop, sail towards Cabo Espichel where you will visit more caves and landscapes of incredible wonder. After all this adventure, return to the harbor of Sesimbra where this experience ends.

From Sesimbra: Arrábida Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

2. 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.

Setubal: Sport Fishing All Included

3. Setubal: Sport Fishing All Included

With calm waters all year in the Lisbon and Sesimbra region, you'll find Europe's best spots for sea angling. Protected by the north wind in this region, you will find calm waters full with many fish species that make this sport fishing tour remarkable. Whether you are a novice angler who wants a fun day out catching small fish with your family and friends or a pro who is looking for a trophy fish, this tour will be one to remember. On this all-inclusive trip, you'll have the use of all the tackle and bait you’ll need to target this diverse fishery and find from the professional crew and fishing coaches all the help you need to have a truly great day out at sea.  At the end, the fish captured will be yours to grill in the comfort of your house or to take amazing pictures if you are a catch and release angler.

Sesimbra: Sesimbra and Espichel Grotto Tour

4. Sesimbra: Sesimbra and Espichel Grotto Tour

Espichel Cape is famous for its geological wealth and country’s unique limestone formations. To begin your boat tour, you'll depart from Sesimbra to Espichel Cape. Throughout the experience you'll visit the caves and geological formations that cover this coastal region. You'll begin with a visit to the Tamboril Grotto, with its zenithal lighting and crystal clear waters. From there, you'll proceed to the entrance of the Frade Grotto, which is one of the biggest cave formations in the area. You'll also encounter “Mesas”, which are geological formations made by marine erosion. Your tour will eventually wind down with a visit to Sesimbra's Caves, where you'll encounter the monumental Arco da Pombeira Grotto. You will also discover here “Bifa”, a singular geological formation at the cape’s feet where you can see the sea being expelled as if it was a geyser. Upon return, you'll have the option to stop for some diving in Baleeira Bay's crystal clear waters.

Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching Tour

5. Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching Tour

Visit the dolphins in the wild and the secluded bays of the Arrábida Mountains on this complete experience. Depart from Sesimbra harbor, where a briefing will be held regarding the behavior of the dolphins and what to do when they are spotted and learn the safety rules at sea. Depart towards the Arrabida Marine Park, a maritime reserve where the dolphins swim freely in large numbers all year long. Spot the dolphins and follow them during the period allowed by the maritime park code of conduct for the dolphin watch. The species that exist in the maritime park area: bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic dolphins (100% sightings since 2013) and more rarely orca and pilot whales can be seen. After the dolphin watch, visit the bays and stop for a taste of local Moscato and snorkeling or stand-up paddle in one of the amazing bays of the Arrábida.

Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

6. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

Depart 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 traveling westwards, where you will visit the beautiful beaches of Mijona and Inferno. Navigate along the shores of the Arrábida Natural Park and visit "Whale Bay" and learn about the history of whale hunting in the region.  Then, go towards Cabo Espichel and explore the caves and incredible rock formations dotted along the coast. Finally, enjoy a beautiful sunset with a sip of a typical drink from the region on the boat, before returning to Sesimbra.

From Sesimbra: Arrábida Coast SeaView Board Tour

7. From Sesimbra: Arrábida Coast SeaView Board Tour

Become a SeaView explorer and discover and learn more about the aquatic world of the Luís Saldanha Marine Park and Maritime Reserve with a SeaView board. Join an easy activity that's suitable for all ages, ideal for groups of friends, couples, families and team building activities. Additionally, enjoy a boat tour of the Arrábida coast. Depart from the harbor in Sesimbra and be amazed by the beautiful coastal scenery while you head to isolated spots waiting to be discovered on your SeaView board. Once there, feel free to explore the amazing seafloor and the aquatic life of Arrabida's crystal clear waters as well the small caves brimming with mussels and clamshells. Receive a complimentary GoPro to use during your activity to record this unforgettable experience.

Sesimbra: Private Boat Rental

8. Sesimbra: Private Boat Rental

Here you're the Captain of this adventure! Sail to East (direction Setúbal) or West (direction Cabo Espichel) and discover this stunning region at your own pace. During the day you may want to drop anchor in one of the many beautiful sights, so you’ll have the opportunity to jump in the water for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters, or just swim to any given beach to grab lunch somewhere in the shore. This private and entirely customizable boat rent will allow you to explore Arrábida - commonly described as a Portuguese Paradise. You´ll be able to admire the Natural Park and its amazing surroundings, you’ll find some of the most beautiful sandy beaches (as Ribeiro do Cavalo, Cova da Mijona, Galapos, Portinho da Arrábida…) and rare animal species. This full-day aboard will give you inspiration and positive energy, it’s a mesmerizing exclusive experience from 9:30am to 4:30pm that will grant you access to some secret spots in Arrábida and its surroundings, and to landscapes that are impossible (others extremely difficult) to reach by land. The company offers half-day option or full-day option. If you have a valid EU nautical driver’s license, this is the experience you can’t miss!

From Sesimbra: Rental Private Arrabida Park Boat Tour

9. From Sesimbra: Rental Private Arrabida Park Boat Tour

Experience the beauty of Portugal’s Arrabida Natural Park aboard your own boat on this full-day tour. Meet your captain in Sesimbra and venture out to the reserve for a day of swimming, snorkeling, and soaking up the sun. While you sail, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, including dolphins, and soak up the beautiful green coastline that juts up against the blue waters. Discover secluded spots and relax on the beach A private boat means a personalized experience Learn about the local wildlife and ecosystem Customize the itinerary to your group’s interests Read more about Epic Private Boat Trip to Arrábida - Half Day / Full Day!

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What people are saying about Sesimbra

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 26 reviews

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!

The team is very friendly and you can tell that they actually have a close bond and respect the animals accordingly. We rode along for about 30 minutes and then turned off so as not to disturb them further. The catamaran is large with plenty of seating. The environment is great from the water! All highly recommended!

If you stay in Sesimbra or nearby, then this tour is a must. Spectacular viewing of the Arribida marine park. Crew very knowledgeable about the area. Highly recommended

Beautiful morning on the water following dolphins and meandering along the rocky shore, including stopping for a swim.

Chouette expérience, guides très sympathiques, bonnes explications