Lisbon & Dolphins tour


*Prices can change on some days, like weekends or high season. Check the final price on the booking.

  • About 2h long
  • This tour is only in the Tagus River, protected from high seas
  • It has a standard route, connecting monuments and the usual dolphin spots
  • Usually departure is at 9h30 or 13h30

Is the Ocean too much? This is the tour for you! Book Now! 

Originally called Zarco’s Partol, this tour is usually open in the afternoon of Spring-Summer months, when the dolphins visit the Tagus River. Very convenient for those that can’t go for the longer tour in the Ocean, due to sea sickness, kids under 6 years old, or adults with back problems. 

Always check the day on the booking this tour is dependant of having dolphins in the river.

The tour can be divided in 3 parts:

River search
Search & Sightseeing
  • We’ll start searching upriver, but it depends of where we know the dolphins might be
  • We’ll stop in all monuments and point of interst in the upriver side and start going downriver
  • We’ll search for the dolphins, starting on the south river side. You’ll enjoy a quite unique perspective of the city skyline at the distance, as we travel towards the Sea
  • If sea conditions allow, we’ll go all the way to the river mouth to meet the Ocean. Turning back we’ll pass by the main monuments with short and interesting facts.
Dolphin Encounter
  • The sighting can occur anywhere along the planned path, but usually in the areas close to the Sea.
  • We’ll try to stay away from other boats and have consistent steering that encourage dolphins to stay close to us. We’ll let you know the group structure, their habits and behaviours.
  • After you having your moment looking at dolphins, we’ll teach you to observe them, you’ll see them in a different way!

Remember, this tour is a standardised route in the river Tagus, if dolphins aren’t visiting the river, we’ll not go after them in the Ocean. Usually if this tour is open, it means that Ocean conditions aren’t good to go out and we have reports that dolphins are visiting the river (Fev-Aug). The best tour to meet the dolphins is the Lisbon Dolphins Experience.

About the tours:

Departure is from Lisbon (Alcântara), at the meeting point, usually in the morning.

You are contributing for local dolphin research, as valuable data will be collected during the tours.

The boat takes 10 people, she is licenced for cetacean observation and so far the most sustainable dolphin watching boat in Lisbon, with protection for marine life, noise mitigation, low emissions and is mostly infinitely recyclable.


for Marine life
from the propeller


& local dolphin researcher on board


noise production for marine life


emissions were reduced 30% since last year


boat made of infinitely recyclable material

1st Licenced

for cetacean observation

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Lisbon is the European Capital of Dolphins, it has sightings year-round and more dolphin and whale diversity than any other European Capital. 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.