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Lisbon Birding in the Estuary by Boat, Portugal

Lisbon Birding in the Estuary by Boat, Portugal

Half-Day Birdwatching by Boat Trip in Tagus Estuary, Portugal

A half-day Lisbon Birding in the Estuary by Boat Trip is a leisurely-paced boat trip available on request.  During this guided birdwatching trip in the Tagus Estuary, you will learn several facts about one of the most important wetlands in the Iberia Peninsula. Besides frequent sightings of birds of prey, the gulls, terns, herons, waders and shorebirds are spotted all year round, composing more than 29 different species. Several duck and goose species can also be sighted during the winter season.

" Besides the Birdwatching in tha Tagus Estuary, we decided to also go for the Dolphin Watching with the same company and for sure we had the best time in Lisbon. Great views, wild animals all around, expert crew and adventure at the TOP!. - Sid

We will take you on a birding adventure on the Tagus Estuary, where I, as an Ornithologist, will take you closer to special places that water or shorebirds use are shelters, feeding ground or breeding areas.

As a Marine Biology and traced my academic and professional steps with enthusiasm and as a nature Lover, I began gaining interest in Birding. I then engaged in a Marine Biodiversity and Conservation International Masters and created several birdwatching campaigns along with my Master fellows.

Our project on Nature Tourism provides alternative programmes where our guests are closer to nature departing from an urban environment. Diversifying the demands on boat trips in Lisbon is also part of your objectives.

My sailing experience allied to the wildlife interest allowed us to create this unique trip that some consider a wildlife perspective of Lisbon. Up to 2,5 hours, venture with us on an 8,5m RIB, with comfortable and safe conditions along with the secret birding spots in the Tagus Estuary.

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!

Tagus Estuary Birding Tour highlights include:

  • See Lisbon skyline from a different perspective along the Tagus river
  • An adventure experience on an open boat towards the extensive Tagus Estuary area, quiet and peaceful.
  • Search for wildlife so close to Lisbon on a memorable boat trip
  • Encounter migratory, resident and breeder bird species occurring in different seasons of the year
  • Enjoy the taste of a regional sweet wine while embracing nature

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

You also might be interested in experiencing a half-day dolphin watching trip in Lisbon. Please check out the trip.

Connecting people with Nature.

Day 1
Half Day Trip - Morning or Afternoon 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. It is important to depart with the tide rising, so we can check the mudflats along the Tagus Estuary canals and sail safely towards Moita, where you will find the hotspots for waders and other aquatic birds.

These secrets habitats are where they find food, shelter, and bushes to nest. On the way back you will pass in front of Praça do Comércio (Terreiro do Paço), the main city square in Lisbon. During 2 to 2,5 hours, venture on a breathless odyssey along the wetlands to spot different migratory bird species.

Wildlife species expected to see:

The Tagus Estuary provides food and shelter for several bird species which contribute for a diverse ecosystem. Because most of the wetland depends greatly on the Ocean tides, it provides huge mudflats during half-day thus feeding grounds for most of the Aquatic Birds. When the tide is higher, you will find bird species closer to shore, in salt marshes, old salt plains or lagoon systems.

Medium and big-sized wader birds or shorebirds, feed and breed on the marsh and wet meadows of the Tagus Estuary. Huge wader bird flocks can be found during winter, and the wetlands are especially important for several species between September and May. Migratory winter birds use this Estuary as a shelter due to mild temperatures. It is estimated that around 120.000 birds’ winter in this Important Bird Area (PT021) wetland.

Iconic species spotted during our Birdwatching by Boat are the pink flamingos, Osprey, Spoonbills and Glossy Ibis. Around 23 of wader species can be spotted such as Black Winged Stilt, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Ruddy Turnstone, Kentish Plover, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Ruff, Common Snipe among others. Other species as Collared pratincole, Little Egret, White Heron, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, and Northern Lapwing are greatly part of these ecosystems.

Huge flocks of Pied Avocet individuals shelter between late August and January representing up to 25% of the European winter population.

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
  • Biologist / Ornithologist guide fees
  • Binoculars available
  • 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"
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
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  1. A must do when visiting Lisbon!
    Sid15 Oct 2021







    Besides the Birdwatching in tha Tagus Estuary, we decided to also go for the Dolphin Watching with the same company and for sure we had the best time in Lisbon. Great views, wild animals all around, expert crew and adventure at the TOP!

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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 most of the city from a different perspective in a stress-free, adventure, and knowledge-based experience. Connecting people with nature!

What sort of accommodation and vehicles do you supply?

RIB Boat for 12 people or a traditional sailing boat if less than 4 customers confirm.

What are your group sizes?

Each boat can have up to 12 people

Do you include drinks?

Yes, we include a regional sweet wine tasting.

When is the best time to travel and why?

For Birdwatching, the best season is between September and May, due to the migration patterns of several bird species.

How close can we get to bird species?

We must limit human interaction with wild animals the maximum we can. Therefore, and depending on each species, we avoid scaring birds within 100m distance

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

What will be the level of connectivity or WiFi access during this trip?

You will have normal phone network coverage because we operate close to land.

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 public liability insurance during our activities.

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 with interest in nature and wildlife

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 conditions, therefore, if these compromise the safeness, we might have to 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 without strong colours to avoid scaring birds. Although we have motion sickness pills, the activity is along the Estuary without waves.

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

You can bring food and drinks for the activities, although this will not occupy more than a morning or an 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 (booking online) 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, although our crew will show you facts and figures.

Are the boat trips suitable for babies and pregnant women?

No. 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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EUR40 / per person
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Tour Facts

  • Tagus Estuary, Portugal
  • On Request
  • Half Day Trip
  • Birds
  • 4 to 12px
  • Sept to May
  • 0.5 days
  • + 4 years
  • Leisurely
  • English, Spanish, French & Portuguese
  • Lisbon Portela Airport
  • Lisbon Portela Airport