Departures and Arrivals

Vertigem Azul

Discover the secrets of the Sado Estuary and Arrábida Natural Park.Whether by sea or by land, enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside its coastal areas and regional produce.Join in the lives of our resident bottlenose dolphins, one of the only three estuarine populations in Europe.Relax on our secluded beaches listening to the gentle waves and the birdlife in the trees.Join us in this unique experience.Vertigem Azul

Dolphin Watching

Observation of the resident bottlenose dolphin community of the Sado.
  • Including: Boat tour of the Sado Estuary and the Arrábida coast with a stop for snorkelling (in the summer *).
  • Season: All year
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Min Pax: 8
  • Price: 35 Eur/adult** – 20 Eur/Children under 12


  • * subject time availability during the tour
  • ** An additional 5 Eur is charged during the Season between 15th July and 31st August.
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Bird Watching

Observation of different species of birds within the Sado estuary.
  • Including: Briefing, Boat Tour, Binoculars and Observation Guidebook.
  • Season: October to March
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Min pax: 8
  • Price: 35 Eur/adult – 20 Eur/Children under 12


  • We recommend the use of binoculars and, for those interested in photography a 200mm lens, at least.
  • Our qualified monitors will teach you all about this interesting community.
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Boat tour & meals on board

Aboard the Catamaran Esperança, enjoy the beauty of the coast of Troia, Arrábida and the Sado estuary. Discover different flavours and sensations in this peaceful atmosphere.
  • Including:Catamaran tour with lunch/dinner on board. A visit to the coast of Arrábida and Sado. Stopping for snorkelling (in summer)
  • Season: All year
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Min. pax: 30
  • Price: Please request
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Dolphin watching & Jeep tour of Arrábida

Meet the Dolphins and Discover the secrets of the Serra d’Arrábida.
  • Including: Dolphin Watching + Jeep Arrábida
  • Season: All year
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Min. pax: 8
  • Price: 75 Eur/adult – 45 Eur/childrens under 12 (Arrabida)
  • Price: 80 Eur/adult – 45 Eur/childrens under 12 (Sado)

Arrábida Jeep Tour

Following on from the Dolphin Watching, travel over the mountains of the Arrábida Natural Park and enjoy the excellent views of the estuary and Troia Peninsula, stopping briefly at the Convento da Arrábida before continuing towards Azeitão along the Picheleiros Valley country roads of the. Visit the wine cellars of José Maria da Fonseca where you can sample the delightful local wines and famous Moscatel. Discover also the typical Azuleijo at a nearby workshop that still uses traditional XVII Century methods to hand manufacture these famous Portuguese tiles. . The tour ends with a visit to the Castle of Sesimbra and of the Shrine at Cape Espichel.

Dolphin watching, Lunch & Jeep tour through Sado Estuary or Arrábida

Meeting the dolphins, experiencing the flavours, history and traditions of Sado or Arrábida regions.
  • Including: Dolphin watching – Lunch (typical regional dishes)-Jeep tour of Sado or Arrábida
  • Season: All year
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Min. pax: 8
  • Price: 95 Eur/adult – 45 Eur/childrens under 12
  • Optional: Jeep Tour of Sado Estuary or Arrábida Sado

Sado Jeep Tour

Following on from Dolphin Watching, travel through the rice paddies of Comporta, to the fishing harbour of “Palafita at Carrasqueira. At Herdade da Comporta the cellars are open for wine tasting*. As we travel through Monte-Novo and Montevil birdlife is abundant. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch this sanctuary for diverse species, such as; storks, egrets and the flamingos in the winter. Visit the castle of Alcácer do Sal before returning to Setúbal or Troia.Vertigem Azul

Dolphing Watching and Jipe tour With transfer starting from de Lisbon / Cascais

Dolphing Watching and visit Arrábida coast – Jipe tour in Arrábida Natural Park, Sesimbra e Cabo Espichel – incluides a visit to the Wine cellars.
  • Period: All year
  • Half day: 60€ Lisbon: 65€ – Cascais (Hotel pick up e drop off, Dolphing watching, Jipe tour not included)
  • Full day: 75€ Lisboa ; 80€ – Cascais (Hotel pick up e drop off, Dolphing watching, Jipe tour)
  • 30% descont for Children under;

Dolphin watching & Book “The Bottlenose Dolphins of the Sado Estuary”

Book – Learn more about these fascinating animals! A great gift for lovers of the beauty of the Sado Estuary and its Dolphins. To compliment the magnificent boat tour this book is autographed by the authors.
  • Includes: Dolphin Watching & Book “The Bottlenose Dolphins of the Sado Estuary”
  • Season: All year
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Pax: 8 (Min.)
  • Price: 65 Eur/adult
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Programmes for groups

We have a variety of programmes available for groups who may wish to exclusively hire the Catamaran Esperança.

On Board Catering service:

  • Welcome drink
  • Cheese and wine tasting
  • Oysters and Sparkling wine tasting
  • Buffet meal on board
  • Sushi – Live confection of sushi

You may also choose:

  • Jazz Session
  • Live music
  • Yoga
  • Birthday party on board;
  • Wedding on Board
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The Boats


The “Esperança” is a catamaran of 75 ‘- 22.80 m, built by Fountaine Pajot in 2007, with two engines of 135hp Nanni diesel that gives an average cruising speed of 9 knots. The boat has bar service, toilet, showers, music, and six large hammock-like nets, the “Be & Jazz Lounge“, where people can lie down and relax to the sounds of the sea.It is an ideal boat for parties and groups.The boat’s capacity is 85 passengers.

Hei Matau

Hei Matau is an inflatable boat of 8.5 m, built by the Joker, Italy, in 2001. It has a Yamaha engine of 250HP and cruising speed of 27 knots. This boat is ideal for filming, photography, research and other professional work that requires access to secluded areas.The boat’s capacity is 16 passengers.Vertigem Azul

Price for exclusive rental of vessels

  • Catamaran “ESPERANÇA” – 4 hours – 1.500€
  • Inflatable boat “HEI MATAU” – 3 hours – 400€

Booking and Payment Terms & Conditions of booking and payment

  • Reservations can be made by e-mail or by phone.
  • Reservations are confirmed on acceptance of our terms and conditions.
  • Payment of 50% of the total charge is required on reservation, the total charge must be fully paid before boarding/tour. Each reservation requires acceptance by the customer of our conditions.
  • Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Cancellation Policy

  • Vertigem Azul reserves the right to cancel any tour should it be deemed necessary for security reasons and or due to weather conditions. The client will be fully refunded, with no possibility of indemnity. Whenever possible Vertigem Azul will always propose a viable alternate solution.
  • In case of cancelation on the clients behalf; 3 days prior to the boarding/tour date the total value paid will be fully refunded; less than 3 days pior to boarding/tour date, the total value paid will be retained in full by Vertigem Azul.
  • All clients must respect the security regulations on board.
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Departures from Setúbal or Tróia

Vertigem Azul Edifício Marina Deck Rua Praia da Saúde 11 D 2900-572 Setúbal (close to the river and fishing dock)Vertigem Azul

Recommended Equipment

  • Camera and film;
  • Sun glasses, sun cream, hat;
  • Shoes with rubber soles;
  • Warm clothes;
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