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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.

Sesimbra: Coasteering Adventure in Arrábida Natural Park

2. Sesimbra: Coasteering Adventure in Arrábida Natural Park

Explore the coast of Portugal’s picturesque Sesimbra on a unique coasteering activity, and experience the latest adventure sport craze to hit Portugal and Arrábida. Coasteering is a mix of rock climbing, rappelling, swimming and walking, and Sesimbra is one of the best spots for the sport. Thanks to its combination of a natural protected area with the blue green translucent waters of the sea, coasteering in Sesimbra is a special adventure guaranteed to be a thrill whatever time of year. Meet your guide at the Porto de Abrigo to collect your coasteering equipment. As you’d expect, this activity requires several security measures, and you will be assisted and monitored by experienced professionals all the time. You’ll be provided with a helmet, buoyancy aid wet suit, and trainers. Some routes require rappelling and the use of a harness. Ropes and rescue kits are available in case of an emergency, but typically the activity is a cool and calm experience. Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes as you swim, walk, climb, and jump. Clamber over magnificent rocky escarpments that plunge over bays and coves.

Lisbon: Sesimbra Kayak Discovery Experience

3. Lisbon: Sesimbra Kayak Discovery Experience

This discovery tour by kayak is 3-hour guided tour which begins from the Bork outdoor center in Sesimbra Harbour. The tour travels through the Bay of Sesimbra, before also traveling along the beautiful coast of Arrabida Nature Park and Luiz de Saldanha Maritime Reserve. Your guide/instructor will help you find your way, as you explore the cliffs, caves, and other geological wonders during the tour. You’ll also have time to rest and enjoy a snack on Praia do Ribeiro do Cavalo, one of Portugal’s areas which contains crystal clear waters. You will then paddle back toward Sesimbra Harbour, where your tour began. This tour by kayak is the best way to have fun with family and friends while admiring unique landscapes and taking amazing souvenir photos.

Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

4. Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

Depart from the Sesimbra Harbor and search for dolphins in their natural habitat with your marine biologist guide. See Bottlenose Dolphins as well as Short Beaked Common Dolphins in the clear blue waters of the park.  Learn about their food habits, group behaviors and family relations. Observe various forms of other wildlife, including birds, as well. At the end of the dolphin watching activity, take the opportunity to swim and sunbathe in one of the Portugal's most beautiful beaches, only accessible by sea. Also, visit some caves and rock formations along the coastline of the park.

From Sesimbra: Arrábida Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

5. From Sesimbra: Arrábida Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Enjoy a boat tour with dolphin observation through Arrábida coast, with boarding in Sesimbra. Observe more than one species of dolphin if you are lucky, like common dolphin and roazes corvineiros. Watch the cetaceans in their own natural habitat, as they socialize, swim, and eat. Experience an educational component about sea living and biodiversity, and the geology and points of interest of archeological and historical importance connected with this region. Travel along Arrábida coast, passing through the caves and sacred beaches protected by cliffs with transparent and crystalline water if the dolphin observation happens early in the tour. Stop for diving and swimming if the weather and sea conditions are favorable.

Arrábida: Kayaking and Snorkeling Experience

6. Arrábida: Kayaking and Snorkeling Experience

Take in a unique experience designed for those who want adventure and nature activities. The region of the Arrábida Natural Park and the Marine Park Luiz Saldanha offers the ideal conditions for Kayaking: good weather, clear and transparent waters, and a vast sea coast to explore.  Enjoy 2 hours of kayaking along the coast where you can admire one of the most scenic views of Portugal. Enjoy the quiet and narrow beaches between rocks and secret caves along the Serra da Arrábida.  Stop at Pedra da Anicha, a small island of clear and transparent waters. Take your time to snorkel and explore the great biological diversity, cracks, and underwater cavities that provide an excellent diving experience.

From Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Kayak and Caves Tour

7. From Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Kayak and Caves Tour

Depart from Sesimbra and discover the beauty of Arrábida's Natural Park. Go into the protected area of Arrábida and explore the different types of habitats, from mountains to the sea. Venture along the coast on a kayak to discover sacred caves that are only accessible by the sea. Find a secret beach on your way towards the remarkable karst formation of Frade's cave. Enjoy the coastal landscape and get up close to the impressive rock formations with your guide's help. On our way back to Sesimbra, stop on the peaceful beach of Ribeira do Cavalo. Enjoy a snack and swim in the transparent and calm waters, surrounded by dramatic rock formations. Taste some typical sweets from the region to cap off this amazing experience.

From Sesimbra: Snorkelling in Arrábida Natural Park

8. From Sesimbra: Snorkelling in Arrábida Natural Park

Dive into an amazing world of marine life and surprising encounters. Experience the underwater universe of Sesimbra and the Arrábida coast, sheltering over 1350 different species. See the marine park (part of the Arrábida Natural Park) and its species, including many species of fish, crabs, anemones, and mollusks. Enjoy a perfect opportunity to share unforgettable moments in nature with family or friends. Snorkel the Prof. Luiz Saldanha Marine Park, with its great biodiversity and calm waters, providing intense yet relaxing leisurely sensations: schools of fish gliding through incredible landscapes, undulating seaweed forests, and an immensity of shapes and colors in a unique natural display. Learn from specialized guides who will care for guests in and out of the water, guaranteeing safety, comfort, and fun.

Arrábida: Speedboat Tour with Coasteering Experience

9. Arrábida: Speedboat Tour with Coasteering Experience

Enjoying a half-day excursion full of adventures including climbing, swimming, canyoning and jumping into the water.  Coasteering is a physical activity that encompasses movement along the coastal zone on foot or by swimming, without the aid of any type of craft. As you travel along the coast, you'll discover the landscapes of Arrábida National Park in a unique way.  In addition to having a boat to support you during the activity, you will also enjoy a thrilling high-speed ride in the speedboat at the beginning of the activity.

Lisbon: Eco-Friendly Beginner's Scuba Diving

10. Lisbon: Eco-Friendly Beginner's Scuba Diving

This program gives you the opportunity to discover the underwater world by diving in the Professor Luiz Saldanha Marine Park. Whilst there you'll enjoy the most extensive biodiversity in Europe, without having to commit to a more extensive certification program. The program is internationally recognized by SSI (Scuba Schools International) and Wild Sea Europe, and begins with a security and communication briefing which will prepare you to breathe underwater. Following that you will board your boat to travel to one of the historical spots within the Marine Park. Throughout your activity your guides encourage you to locate underwater plastic so that they can collect it. This way you will be contributing with a positive environmental impact. At the conclusion of your experience, you will receive free access to a marine ecology e-learning service called "SSI Blue Oceans".

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5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Wow! This is a must do activity for everyone. There was swimming, little climbing, and jumping off cliffs. The water was refreshingly cold but wet suits helped (Sept/Oct). The Vertente Natural guides were friendly and knowledgeable about the area and keeping us safe. There are difficulty routes and high jumps but there is always an easy way out if needed. I wish I could remember the guides name but he particular did a fantastic job with our youngest son encouraging him to be adventurous but keeping him safe as well. Family of 4 from USA (ages 12-47). We will do this again when we return to Portugal. The only recommendation would be if guides could take pictures during. Next time I will bring a disposable water camera in small dry bag that could clip to belt: the views of rocks, cliffs, caves and water were fabulous; worth catching of film. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

We were fortunate enough to have Rodrigo as our kayaking guy. He was informative and made our journey very Interesting. I would recommend this to her to others.

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

Lovely people - quality kit - they have all you need - highly recommended john h ‍♀️‍♀️‍♀️

Very good event. Super prepared and carried out by the guides.