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Dolphin Watching Lisbon Trip, Portugal

Dolphin Watching Lisbon Trip, Portugal
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Lisbon Dolphin Watching Day Trip, Portugal

A half-day Dolphin Watching Lisbon trip in Portugal to experience the wildlife. Our focus is to observe dolphins, whales birds on this trip.

Hi, I'm Sid, Captain Sid. I started working with dolphins in 2008, in the south of Portugal, Sagres. Before that, with a great passion for the Ocean, I graduated in Marine Biology and Fisheries and traced my academic and professional steps with enthusiasm. I then engaged in a Marine Biodiversity and Conservation international Masters.

With a vast experience in sea turtle conservation area, fisheries policy, fisheries observer, sailor, cetacean observation and fluent in 5 languages, finally, and together with other partners, we founded SeaEO Tours company. The project provides alternative programmes where our guests are closer to nature departing from an urban environment. Diversifying the demands on boat tours in Lisbon is also part of our objectives.

My sailing experience allied to the marine wildlife interest allowed us to create this unique tour that some consider it a “once in a lifetime” experience in which we will add adventure. During 3 hours, venture with us on an 8,5m RIB, with comfortable and safe conditions.

As a Marine Biologist, I will take you on a marine safari, in which you will get closer to ocean wildlife with a scientific approach. We collect data and collaborate with environmental authorities as well as oceanographic research groups.

A guided tour where you will learn several facts about dolphins and their livelihood near Lisbon. Six dolphin species and two whale species are spotted off Lisbon are seen all year round.

Although we have a 95% sighting success rate every year, we cannot guarantee dolphin sightings. If by any chance you are not successful, the crew may invite you for a second tour depending on availabilities.

SeaEO Tours has been certified by the Portuguese Tourism bureau with the Clean & Safe stamp. We are committed to preventing the Covid-19 outbreak, therefore we will disinfect the boats after each tour, wear face masks, disinfect all passenger's hands and avoid social contact. Safety First!

Top 5 Tour Highlights

  • See Lisbon from a different perspective along the Tagus river
  • An adventure experience on a speedboat towards the Atlantic Ocean
  • Search for wildlife so close to Lisbon on a memorable boat tour
  • Encounter small and big dolphin species that occur all year round
  • Learn the facts and figures about dolphins and whales of our oceans

If you are several people, you might want to consider doing the same tour, but in a private boat for your group, on request.

Connecting people with Nature!

Are you interested to experience a birding trip? Check out Tagus Estuary Birding Boat Trip, Portugal

Day 1
Half Day Trip - Morning Excursions

Starting in Lisbon centre, under the big red majestic bridge, we depart from Doca de Santo Amaro, in the neighbourhood of Alcântara. For the short safety and activity briefing, it is important to arrive a couple of minutes prior. Before leaving the Tagus Estuary through the river mouth, you will sail under the 25th of April bridge. You will see the beautiful monuments in Belem neighbourhood, and head towards the wide Atlantic Ocean and get the best view from the coastline. Depending on the ocean conditions and the know-how of the crew, we will sail closer to Cascais or further down South above the Lisbon submarine Canyon. You will be delighted if we spot dolphins early, meaning that we can find more and different pods in specific locations. After the wildlife marine safari ends, get to know some facts about the Bugio lighthouse, the Tower of Belém and the Discoveries Monument.

Wildlife species expected to see:

Finding cetacean, dolphins and whales is our main objective. We will scan the ocean in the search for wildlife using several techniques, just like a scientist, and you will play an important role in helping us find them. Get to know the different cetacean and seabirds species with an expert Marine Biologist. Experience the adventure of looking for dolphins. You might also encounter other marine species, like sunfish, sharks (hammerhead, blue-sharks), jellyfish (Portuguese-man-o-war or Catosylus tagi medusa), or even sea turtles (loggerhead and Leatherback sea turtles), so close to Lisbon. Common dolphins are the most frequently sighted species, representing over 80 % of our sightings. However, bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, striped dolphins, Killer Whales can be are spotted every year during some days. Risso’s dolphins, Minkes Whales and humpback whales are sighted sometimes, and it is extremely exciting when we do spot them. Off the coastlines, Northern Gannets, Cory’s shearwater, Great Skuas and Seagulls, are often seen feeding close to dolphins and these push fish shoals up to the surface, providing a feeding frenzy. Terns, Cormorants, and other shorebirds are spotted closer to the coastline. Customers will keep seated on comfortable Jockey seats while cruising but will be able to stand up in the boat to enjoy the wildlife encountered, as we sail slowly.

What is included?

  • Seat in the 8,5m Rigid Inflatable Boat for 12 guests and Lifejackets
  • Public Liability Insurance & Accident Insurance
  • Professional multi-language tour guides
  • Marine Biologist guide fees
  • Fuel cost
  • 6% Applicable Taxes
  • Marina embark and disembarking taxes
  • Motion-sickness pill if necessary

What is not included?

  • Optional hotel/airport pick-up
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes, jacket and shoes
  • Photography camera
  • Anything that is not mentioned in "What is included"

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Why should I book with SeaEO Tours?

As experts in marine wildlife in Lisbon, Portugal, we pride ourselves for winning every year wildlife-related tourism prizes within important travel agencies. Our tours have been made for you to enjoy the most of the city from a different perspective in a stress-free, adventure, and knowledge-based experience. Connecting people with nature!

What are your group sizes?

Each boat can have 12 Each boat can have 12 people

Do you include drinks?

No, however you might have the chance to tase a regional sweet wine.

When is the best time to travel and why?

For Dolphin watching, although the best season is between May and October, they are here all year round.

Can I swim with wild Dolphins?

No, it is not allowed to swim with wild dolphins as they are very fast swimmers, and they have protected species since 1981. We must limit the human interaction the maximum we can.

Can we feed dolphins and whales?

No, touching and feeding wild animals is forbidden

Would this trip be appropriate for someone with limited mobility?

Although our boats are very safe and comfortable, the access is not good for limited mobility people.

Do you have any age restrictions to join this trip?

Children under 4 will be encouraged to stay.

Can you book accommodation for us prior to the start of the trip?

No, however, we can recommend places to stay.

Do you provide travel and/or medical insurance (incl. repatriation)?

We provide medical insurance and civil liability insurance

Is this trip really for me?

The tours with SeaEO Tours are highly recommended for any traveller that wants some adventure or connection with wildlife even in urban places

Is this trip suitable for children?

Yes, our tours are highly recommended for children, they are a once in a life experience.

How do I pay, and what are the terms, for this trip?

You can easily book online, using our website by choosing the tour that suits you best. You can pay with credit card, wire a transfer. Bookings are refundable if cancelled 24 hours before the activity; In case of no-show or within 24h of the experience, SeaEO Tours will charge 100% of the total amount. All our tours are highly dependent on the weather and ocean conditions, therefore, if these compromise the safeness, we might have to work with our partners or postpone the tour if possible.

What happens if I need to change my trip?

It is possible to change the tour date prior to the 24h of each activity

What happens if I have to cancel my trip?

Bookings are refundable if cancelled 24 hours before the activity.

What happens if your company closes down?

Customers will be fully refunded*

What to bring?

Make sure to bring comfortable clothes, a warm jacket because in the Ocean it is always colder. We have motion sickness pills, if you feel more comfortable using them.

Do I need to bring my own food and drink during the day?

You can bring food and drinks for the activities, although these will not occupy more than a morning or afternoon.

Can you cater for special dietary requirements?

If you prefer to have a special event during our tour, make sure to contact us with more details so we can provide a tailor made boat event with wildlife.

Should we bring credit cards and/or cash?

You can use cash to book extra passengers, although credit card is better to guarantee you places.

Can you recommend any articles and/or books to read before this trip?

Any European birdwatching books are interesting, as well as Cetaceans of the World, although our crew will show you facts and figures.

Are the boat tours suitable for babies and pregnant women?

No. The regular boat tours in Lisbon on Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) are not recommended for babies under 4 years old, pregnant women nor people with serious back and neck problems.

Can you take your camera and phone with you on the boat?

Yes, it’s OK to take your camera and phone with you on the tours, but we are not responsible for any damages or losses that may happen.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.


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This tour is operated by: SeaEO Tours

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Tour Facts

  • Embarking: Doca de Santo Amaro, Gate 3, Alcântara, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Set Departure
  • Half Day Trip
  • Mammals
  • 4 to 12 pax
  • All year
  • +4 years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
  • Lisbon Portela Airport
  • Lisbon Portela Airport