- 2 days diving expedition in Sesimbra's National Park of Arrábida
- Wide variety of dive options including a wreck, reef walls and soft coral nursery
- Sail into the sunset and return into Lisbon at sunrise under Lisbon's 25 de Abril stunning suspension bridge
- Gain a hands-on sailing experience of this historic ship over 90 nautical miles of sailing
NOTE: Although we mention and include images of marine life, all marine life is wild, so we cannot guarantee that we will find them.
This voyage takes us to some of the best scuba diving spots on mainland Portugal, where at this time of the year water temperature can reach 20ºC and the visibility is excellent.
The water in Sesimbra's Marine reserve is rich in fish and other marine life including octopus, lobster, grouper, and small tuna. The area is visited each day by a flotilla of dolphins which come into the estuary on the tide to feed and for the more advanced diver. Nearby the wreck of the River Gurara, a 170m long Nigerian cargo ship offers two dive locations with the stern at 25m and bow at 30m.
We will keep our diving itinerary flexible to allow our captain and dive leader to take us to the best dive sites depending on the weather conditions and visibility but options include:
Baia Armação: An easy dive from 2 to 12m in a one of the most beautiful and calm bays near Sesimbra. A sand & rocky bottom in the protected marine reserve with great biodiversity.
Jardim Gorgónias: One of the most dived spots in Sesimbra. A light current, flows over a rock covered by sea fans, anemones and sponges up to 18 m. Possibility to see eels, crabs, octopus and schools of fish that often follow the divers.
Pedra Leão: A small island rock in the shape of a lion's head with walls and rocks down to 13m. It's an easy dive with a big hole in which are found large schools of fish squid and moray eels. This is a dive for the keen photograper.
Baleeira: A wall of rocks which rises gradually from 20m to a beach in a protected bay offering a very relaxed dive. Octopus, cuttlefish and a large variety of nudibranchs makes it a very enjoyable dive. Moon fish are sometimes a possibility.
Ponta Passagem: A sand and rocky area covered by a huge density of algae. Some small caves and walls, which drop from 8 to 25 meters, to a small kelp forest, home to lobster eels. Keep an eye on the blue for schools of mackerel and small tuna.
River Gurara: A 175 m long shipwreck, one of Portugal's most dived spots. This advanced dive is from 20 to 32m, combines the wreck with rich sea life. The big propeller, the dark engine room, and groupers, big ells, lobsters, schools of fish and some big snappers, makes this a very special dive.