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Meeting the dolphins is a magic moment that you will be remembering for decades. Francisco is your host and is not just a marine biologist, he is a dolphin expert! Studying the local dolphin communities since 2007, he will take you on a learning quest, unveiling the secrets of the dolphins and other marine life. Making this experience so much more than a tour, by the time you arrive on land, you’d become dolphin experts! Founded in 2015, we are the first licensed dolphin watching company in Lisbon and we are entirely dedicated to dolphins, through tours and research. We have a strict code of approach to ensure the dolphin welfare while we deliver the best experience for our guests. So far, we count with 8 different species, seen in the European Capital of dolphins! We have a remarkable 95% success in founding dolphins, failing 5 times since 2020. This experience is ideal for those looking for a natural escape. Admire the wild landscape, the dolphins, seabirds and other marine life.

About the tour:

Departure is from Lisbon (Alcântara), at the meeting point and it takes up to 3h long, usually 2h. Your guide is a dolphin expert marine biologist and we are the first licensed dolphin watching agency in Lisbon. We sighted 8 of the 17 different species of whales and dolphins that can be found. The boat takes 12 people and the boat is licenced for cetacean observation. You are contributing for local dolphin research, as valuable data will be collected during the tour. 

The tour in detail:

Lisbon is the European Capital of Dolphins, it has more sightings and more dolphin and whale diversity than any other European Capital. It usually takes less than 3 hours to find the dolphins and head back. Three hours will feel very short as your host is a passionate marine biologist with over a decade of experience studying these dolphins. He will share his scientific knowledge, you will see the dolphins, landscape and everything else from a new perspective! All expeditions are genuine scientific surveys, we are going out to check on our dolphin community and you come along to meet them.

A great skua stilling the catch from a Gannet

The tour can be divided in 4 parts:

  • Travelling to the spotting areas, here your host will take you on a learning quest, about dolphins and other magnificent souls of the Ocean like sharkssunfish, sword fishwhales and seabirds, birds that live all year in the Ocean, like the northern gannet, shearwater, skuas and petrels.
  • Searching for the dolphins, where your host will focus in finding the dolphins.
  • Dolphin sighting, here you will learn how to identify dolphins and whales, how to recognise dolphin behaviour and the particular characteristics of the found species. 
  • Returning, here you will learn how dolphins evolved and why are they so special. You will also get insight about history of the monuments but also about the prehistory that carved the landscape, the oceanographic and atmospheric features that you will encounter.

Our goal is for you to leave with much more than you arrived! But remember, we aim to find dolphins and not taking guests on a boat trip. So we might have to change your original plans to fit the sea conditions. If you have a specific route or boat type in mind let us know, we are flexible! Check our page of frequent asked questions. Contact us for more information.

Duration: 2 hours (+1h if needed), 60€

Bottlenose show off

Minke whale and Sintra mountain

Common dolphins passing by Bugio lighthouse

Bottenose dolphins in front of Caparica Coast

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