Lisbon Ocean Experience

Set sail and embrace biodiversity

The acclaimed Portuguese tall ship Santa Maria Manuela and global award-winning Oceanário de Lisboa have curated a unique expedition of ecological, maritime, and cultural discovery.

Imagine an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of one of the world’s most celebrated aquariums or a journey from Lisbon’s historic shoreline, helming a classic 63-meter tall sailing ship under the stars. Get up close with dolphin, go kayaking under the jagged cliffs of Arrábida National Park, and have an eye-to-eye meeting with an octopus as you dive or snorkel in one of Portugal’s most pristine marine reserves. Celebrate this adventure of environmental and cultural enlightenment guided by a marine biologist during a final sunset evening of local food and song.

The Lisbon Ocean Experience participants are ocean lovers and have in common a fascination for the marine world and its mysteries and wonders. With this experience you will be thrilled by unique moments with a deep connection with the ocean and the Portuguese cultural traditions. Our participants are seeking authentic adventures full of nature, culture and history, that will enable them to return home with lifelong memories, having gained a unique and intimate insight into Lisbon’s coastline above and below the water.

Participants in this experience are helping to grow a wider community of ambassadors for the conservation and knowledge of the ocean.

Join the adventure!


22nd to 25th September 2023
29th to 2nd October 2023


Day 1

Arriving in Lisbon. Private transfer to Santa Maria Manuela tall ship

Exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Oceanário de Lisboa escorted by a local and experienced marine biologist

Board the Santa Maria Manuela and enjoy the Portuguese traditional dishes seasoned by Fado, the mournful song closely associated with Portugal’s marinas

Day 2

Set sail west along Lisbon’s historic city shoreline, under the famous 25 Abril suspension bridge.
Hands-on sail training experience learning to trim the sails for best speed, helm the wheel or climb the mast

Talk by your marine biologist expedition leader about the Arrábida National Reserve project

Day 3

Diving or snorkeling tour of Arrabida’s protected reef
Look out for octopus (Octopus vulgaris), cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) and triggerfish
Kayak tour of Luiz Saldanha Marine Park
Swim and leisure on Ribeira do Cavalo beach

Look out for the Sado’s resident flotilla of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus); one of only 3 sedentary dolphin communities in Europe (common sightings)

Cultural evening: choose, prepare, and cook with local fishermen.

Day 4

Sail into the Tagus River at sunrise and breakfast onboard before disembarking.

Know more and register here