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FAQ | Boat rental

What kind of boat should I rent?

The “right” choice of boat to rent depends on a correct allocation of priorities in relation to:

1: Number of guests
2: Rental duration
3: Itenerary: relax VS explore

As a general rule, if what interests you most is the journey, and you want to spend a relaxing time on board, then choose a sailboat. If your focus is on the destination, check out the motorboats. For an exclusive experience of the Setúbal coast, we recommend renting a catamaran for a day. Finally, we have boats available for parties, with capacity for groups of 11 to 250 guests. If you still have questions, just ask!

What should I bring?

Bring comfortable, seasonal clothing with you. Don’t forget that it’s often 10 degrees colder in the water, so bringing a jacket or windbreaker is never a bad idea. We also recommend that you bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, as well as a bathing suit and towel.
When you use Arrabida Sea Ventures to rent a boat in Setúbal, you can bring any food and/or drink you like on board, as long as it’s “simple” food and you avoid red drinks!

What happens in the event of bad weather?

“Bad weather” doesn’t mean no sun, it means that there are no safe conditions for a peaceful tour.

If on the day before the rental it turns out that the weather conditions are not favorable, we will contact you in order to reschedule for a date favorable to both parties. (If this is not possible within a few days, the customer will receive a voucher for the contracted service valid for 24 months).

If the client, after being warned by our team to reschedule, decides to take the risk and keep the date of the rental, or if the weather conditions worsen from one moment to the next, without there being any way of predicting it, and the crew decides that it is better not to go out to sea, you will be reimbursed in full.

Is fuel included in the rental price?

Fuel is included in the boat rental with skipper. When you rent a boat without a skipper, fuel is not included in the rental price and you will have to fill up the tank before checking out. Please contact us if you would like an estimate of the cost of fuel to book this boat.

Do I need a license to rent a boat?

Most of our boats in Setúbal are available to rent with crew only, in which case there is no need for a license.

We have some boats that you can rent without a skipper, in which case you will need to have a seaman’s license or a local skipper‘s license, depending on the boat you want to rent. The letter will be requested on the day of booking, and to avoid “misunderstandings” we require you to send the letter/license in pdf format before accepting payment in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises on the day of rental.

Am I insured in case of problems with the boat at sea?

ps: In the case of crewed rentals, this question does not arise.

In the case of rentals without a skipper, the boats available are insured. If the boat is damaged when it is returned, the boat insurance may cover up to a certain amount and the rest will be taken from your deposit. It should be noted that most incidents are resolved out of court.

Do I have enough experience to rent this boat?

ps: In the case of crewed rentals, this question does not arise.

Be honest with yourself, only you know the answer. Normally a boat 20% above your current experience is acceptable, going from “donkey” to “horse” can go wrong.

How do I change the date or time of my reservation?

Have you booked a boat, but the date or time is no longer suitable for you? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Up to 7 days before the rental, you can change your reservation depending on the availability of both parties. Get in touch with our team via whatsapp or email so we can help!

What if I cancel the reservation?

Although it’s rare, sometimes we may have to cancel a reservation. We understand that this can have a significant impact on your plans and will never happen without verifiable justification. You can rest assured that, in the unlikely event of this happening, you will automatically receive a refund or we can help you find a similar or better boat to rebook.

What do our customers say?

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Polina ShcharbakPolina Shcharbak
13:07 16 Jun 24
Very good service! I appreciate for your fast answers and perfect managers work 👍
Joo &friendsJoo &friends
17:45 07 Jun 24
Sofia NevesSofia Neves
13:39 03 Jun 24
5 star service
Claudia CristinaClaudia Cristina
11:21 03 Jun 24
Daniela CarvalhoDaniela Carvalho
11:24 26 May 24
Mafalda FrazãoMafalda Frazão
11:22 26 May 24
Lidia EstevesLidia Esteves
11:57 09 May 24
Diogo FerreiraDiogo Ferreira
10:07 29 Apr 24
Nuno SantosNuno Santos
16:50 09 Apr 24
géraldine Verwilghengéraldine Verwilghen
21:04 04 Apr 24
Great people, very professional and nice. Perfect experience with kids
18:47 28 Mar 24
A very pleasant trip at sea. Fernando and Vítor were very helpful and friendly; we loved their explanations about history and geography.
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A Google User
16:05 21 Feb 24
I loved the tour, the team is super attentive.
Martim RodriguesMartim Rodrigues
16:05 21 Feb 24
I loved the tour, the team is super attentive.
Luís GomesLuís Gomes
15:19 21 Feb 24
Gabriel AbreuGabriel Abreu
15:18 21 Feb 24
Vinicius AmaralVinicius Amaral
15:18 21 Feb 24
Fantastic experience!
Andre TeixeiraAndre Teixeira
15:18 21 Feb 24
Eduardo CarneiroEduardo Carneiro
15:18 21 Feb 24
Tonny 26Tonny 26
15:18 21 Feb 24
Tomas GodinhoTomas Godinho
15:18 21 Feb 24
SK8G0D 259SK8G0D 259
15:17 21 Feb 24
Very good
Mustaf BaigMustaf Baig
09:39 29 Nov 23
We went on a school activity and it was awesome 💪
09:26 27 Nov 23
Wow! Unique experience🫶🏼
Catarina CaeiroCatarina Caeiro
09:25 27 Nov 23
I really enjoyed the activity, I will do it again!
Inês Jones BarataInês Jones Barata
09:25 27 Nov 23
5 star team!!
Bia PedrosoBia Pedroso
09:24 27 Nov 23
Spectacular tour!!
Carolina PinheiroCarolina Pinheiro
09:24 27 Nov 23
I loved it 🤩
Elisa Barchiesi RebornElisa Barchiesi Reborn
20:02 04 Oct 23
Telmo VicenteTelmo Vicente
12:33 28 Aug 23
Jorge Serrate NevesJorge Serrate Neves
14:09 22 Aug 23
I found the tour without a life jacket and without support for people who feel sick on the boat to be irresponsible.
Josééé ChristianJosééé Christian
16:41 12 Jul 23
It was an excellent and wonderful experience. The employees were pretty friendly. Susana and Vítor provided a great service, they left us all happy and full of laughter during the whole trip. They explained the landscapes and history to us very well. Their company is the only one that can be very close to the coast. Besides, after leaving for twenty or so minutes, it was lucky that we found many dolphins by their good guide. Comparing with my experience in Madeira on a tour boat, in Setúbal it was much better and we loved it a lot. Without a doubt, we will go there and take more people. I want to give ten stars!!! ❤️
R KumarR Kumar
15:25 17 Jun 23
Wonderful experience. The most considerate and helpful team who helped accommodate us at the last minute. The dolphin tour and tour of the coastline was phenomenal!
Tina HoffmannTina Hoffmann
16:00 03 Jun 23
We had a super fun time on board. The crew was so nice and explained a lot about the history and the area. We really enjoyed the tour- even that the weather wasn’t that sunny- great all over experience.
Mark RapisardiMark Rapisardi
16:44 02 Jun 23
The tour was fantastic, Marco is a true professional and an unbelievable tour guide. If you’re in Sesimbre, this is a must. This was the highlight of our trip.
Heike UhligHeike Uhlig
09:56 27 Oct 22
We really enjoyed our boat tour. The skippers were friendly and our boat was great. We've even seen some dolphins. It was a great and unique experience.
ian nefskyian nefsky
08:45 26 Aug 22
Fabulous experience!!! Great communication. Victor and his daughter were very gracious, clean boat, perfect for the excursion. Saw so many dolphins. Swam in a beautiful clear water green grotto. A very exciting memorable day! Thank you Edgar and group!
We had an amazing time on the dolphin and coastline tour with Arrabida Sea tours! Our guides were knowledgeable, professional, experienced and very friendly. They were kind to my children and very eager to point out and help them see dolphins!It took a while before we saw any dolphins, and we were worried they might give up and say no dolphins today, but they kept looking and calling other boats. And sure enough, we saw dozens. It was truly magical and something my kids will never forget! And at age 74 my mom saw dolphins for the first time in her life, and experienced it with her only grandchildren! It was a fantastic day filled with a lifetime of memories!Do not hesitate and do not book with anyone else. If you have any questions, concerns, issues, send a WhatsApp or call/leave a voicemail. I did, and I am so thankful I did. They answered my voicemail and my WhatsApp and really took care of my family. Treated us like their family!We can’t wait to return and book another adventure! THANK YOU!
Deli MatsuoDeli Matsuo
16:41 25 Aug 22
We used Arrabida Sea Ventures to book a private sailing boat. It was the highlight of the trip for us. We truly enjoyed our time with the crew and the incredible sightseeing that you can only get from the water. Highly recommended.
Great tour with a good view of the occean and a comfortable boat/crew. We saw the dolphins close to the boat and were next to them for a long time. When the dolphins needed peace, we drove to the coast and looked at some of the beaches.Would definately reccomend this company!
Yuranny CabralYuranny Cabral
10:05 08 Aug 22
Very nice tour! Got to see many dolphins. My 4-yr old kid enjoyed it very much. Great views and great crew. Would definitely do it again!
08:30 25 Jul 22
Wow - what can I say? Thank you, thank you thank you! Quite simply one of the best days we ever had - made extra special by the thoughtful tailoring of the day to the needs of our very mixed group, wonderful hosting by the crew, and a wonderful boat. It was just so much fun!
Sara RamosSara Ramos
21:06 25 Jun 21
The best captain in Sesimbra! Available, helpful, friendly, extraordinary, no adjectives possible for the trips we made. Over the years we have done several and I can assure you that the last one is always better than the penultimate. Don't hesitate, this is your choice for a Genre adventure. P.S. for those who can, ask to see the sea on fire....
S. G.S. G.
21:23 25 Jul 20
A fantastic experience. We saw loads of bottleneck dolphins and were the only boat there for a while. Edgar is a great guide who gave just the right amount of Information. The trip along the coast after the dolphins was also wonderful.

8 Essential Topics for Boat Rentals in Sesimbra in 2024

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Did you know that Sesimbra, in Setúbal, is one of the most popular destinations for boat rental in Portugal during the summer? With a strong tourist attraction, this region of Lisbon in summer offers several options for renting a boat and exploring its stunning waters. From relaxing strolls to thrilling adventures, there’s something for everyone this summer. Find out about the different types of boats available in the summer, the prices and the benefits of sailing aboard these vessels. If you’re looking for a unique activity during your summer vacation or just want to make the most of the region’s beauty, boat rental in Sesimbra could be just what you need.

Topic 1: Boat rental with or without captain


Advantages and disadvantages

When considering boat rental in Sesimbra in the summer, one of the first decisions to make is whether to rent with or without a skipper. Choosing to go on a boat with a skipper can be advantageous for those without nautical experience, while renting without a skipper offers more freedom and privacy during the trip.

Renting a skippered boat can provide a more relaxing experience, allowing passengers to enjoy the scenery without worrying about navigation and departure. The captain can also provide local information and guide passengers to the best areas to explore.

On the other hand, choosing to set off in a boat without a skipper gives more experienced sailors the freedom to chart their own course. This makes it possible to go to lesser-known places and completely customize the trip according to individual preferences.

However, it is important to consider that renting a boat without a skipper requires adequate nautical skills and familiarity with the local waters to set off. Without a professional for guidance, there are potential risks involved when setting off, especially in unfamiliar areas or subject to unpredictable weather conditions.

Conscious Choice

When deciding whether to rent a boat with or without a skipper in Sesimbra, it is crucial to assess your specific needs and nautical skills. If you’re looking for a moment of absolute relaxation and want to learn about the local sights while sailing through the crystal-clear waters of the region, opting for a skippered boat could be ideal.

On the other hand, if you have previous seafaring experience and are looking forward to the independent adventure of discovering secluded coves or deserted beaches along the Sesimbra coast and setting off, then choosing a skipperless boat could be the perfect option for you.

If you are willing to invest time in planning the route before the boat trip – researching local sea currents, safe anchoring areas etc., then skipperless boat rental can fully satisfy your thirst for individual exploration of the stunning waters around Sesimbra.

Topic 2: Costs associated with boat rental

What’s Included in the Rental Price

When considering boat rental in Sesimbra and leaving, it is essential to understand the associated costs in order to plan your budget properly. Prices vary significantly, starting at around €200 and going up to €1080, depending on the type of boat, length of rental and services included. Generally, the basic price covers the rental of the boat, the services of the captain or sailor and the departure.

However, it is crucial to check whether there are any additional costs on top of the initial price. For example, meals on board are usually not included in the basic package. In some cases, companies offer options to add meals for an extra cost. In some cases, companies allow customers to bring their own food and drink at no extra cost.

Planning Ahead to Avoid Unpleasant Surprises

To avoid unpleasant surprises during or after your boat rental in Sesimbra, it is essential to plan your expenses carefully. This means clearly understanding what the potential extra costs are and how they might alter your total budget.

For example: in addition to the meals mentioned above, other additional expenses may include fuel (if not included), port taxes or even possible damage to the boat during use. So when making plans to rent a boat in Sesimbra – with or without a skipper – take the time to openly discuss all the costs involved with the rental company.

In a nutshell:

  • The basic price ranges from 200€ to 1080€.

  • Meals on board are usually extra.

  • Plan your expenses carefully before deciding to rent a boat.

Topic 3: The Best Time to Rent a Boat

Weather and sea conditions

The best time to rent a boat in Sesimbra is during the summer. During this period, the weather and sea conditions are more favorable, making for a more pleasant experience. During the winter or spring, you can find lower prices and greater flexibility in your schedule. However, it is important to bear in mind that in Sesimbra it is often windy in the afternoon. Therefore, if you are planning a half-day rental, it is advisable to opt for the morning to avoid possible wind-related setbacks.

What’s more, if you want to rent a boat for a whole day, you can explore the east coast at your leisure in the morning, stopping here and there to enjoy the calm, crystal-clear waters before the sea conditions become less ideal. In the afternoon, take advantage of the shelter of the mountains to explore the wonderful caves and secret beaches of the west coast.

Trip planning

When planning your trip to make the most of boat rental, consider booking during the summer to ensure the best possible weather and sea conditions. This will provide a safer and more enjoyable experience in the water. However, if you’re looking for low-cost options or greater flexibility in your schedule, considering the end of spring could be advantageous.

During these periods outside the high tourist season, you can enjoy more affordable boat rentals in Sesimbra and have the opportunity to explore the region with less crowding in the coastal areas. So, depending on your personal preferences – whether prioritizing ideal weather conditions or economical alternatives – there are different aspects to consider when choosing the best time to rent boats in Sesimbra.

Topic 4: Recommended destinations from Sesimbra

Explore Popular Destinations

Sesimbra, with its privileged location on the Portuguese coast, offers access to stunning destinations that are easily reached by boat. One of the most coveted spots is the famous Ribeira do Cavalo beach, known for its turquoise waters that invite you to take a refreshing dip. Imagine yourself sailing towards this paradise beach, feeling the wind in your face and contemplating the crystal-clear waters.

The region is also home to the impressive Tamboril cave, accessible only by sea. This cave is an ideal destination for a relaxing stopover and exciting snorkeling sessions. By exploring these popular destinations, you will have the unique opportunity to connect with nature and create unforgettable memories.

Discover secluded beaches and impressive caves

In addition, when sailing the waters around Sesimbra, visitors can discover hidden treasures such as the tranquil beach of Cova Mijona. The reefs in this area invite snorkeling, where you can spot various marine species and appreciate all the underwater beauty of this unspoiled region.

Another unmissable destination is the mysterious Inferno beach, considered one of the most exclusive beaches in the region. Difficult to reach by land, this secluded beach attracts wilderness lovers looking for authentic experiences away from the crowds.

Stunning Landscapes in the Surrounding Region

For those looking for quiet moments by the sea in sheltered spots, a visit to the picturesque Baleeira beach is recommended. This charming spot offers perfect settings for relaxing moments or recreational activities by the calm sea.

And we can’t fail to mention the imposing Cape Espichel, the highlight of this nautical journey from Sesimbra. In addition, this cape offers breathtaking views and is the ideal place to witness spectacular sunsets over the majestic waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

By renting a boat in Sesimbra and exploring these recommended destinations near the Portuguese coastal town, you’ll have unique opportunities to experience memorable adventures and appreciate true natural gems of this beautiful European country.

Topic 5: Types of Boats Available for Hire


Motorboats are an excellent option for those looking for speed and flexibility during their trip. With capacities that vary according to the size of the boat, these boats offer the opportunity to quickly explore different points around Sesimbra. For example, the semi-rigid boats available for hire are ideal for activities such as diving and dolphin watching, providing an exciting and dynamic experience.

In addition, some cabin boats are perfectly equipped for deep-sea fishing. These boats offer comfort and enough space to store the equipment needed for sport fishing. So if you’re interested in this particular activity, cabin speedboats could be the ideal choice.


For those looking for a more peaceful and relaxing experience at sea, sailing boats are a great option. With their classic elegance and ability to make the most of wind conditions, the sailboats provide a calm and serene atmosphere as they sail through the crystal-clear waters near Sesimbra. Whether it’s enjoying a stunning sunset or simply enjoying the gentle ocean breeze, a sailboat is perfect for special moments on the high seas.


Another popular alternative are yachts, known for their exceptional stability on the water. These spacious vessels offer passengers premium comfort throughout their journey. What’s more, some yachts have additional features that further enhance the luxury of the trip – perfect for enjoying the area in luxury and splendor – making them ideal for both special events and relaxed sightseeing.

When considering all these options available in Sesimbra – from agile semi-rigids to sleek sailing yachts – it’s important to assess your personal preferences in conjunction with the activities you plan to do while renting the boat. By carefully choosing between motorboats, sailboats or yachts according to your individual needs, you can guarantee a memorable experience at sea while exploring all that Sesimbra has to offer.

Topic 6: Half-day rental in Sesimbra

Short Walks

If you’re looking for boat rental in Sesimbra for a short trip, there are exciting options available. With a half-day rental, which usually corresponds to 3 hours, you can explore the stunning west coast of the Arrábida Natural Park. From Sesimbra to Cape Espichel, there are picturesque beaches, fascinating caves and impressive rock formations waiting to be discovered.

Imagine yourself sailing through the region’s crystal-clear waters while admiring the imposing cliffs and stunning coastal scenery. During this short period of time, you can immerse yourself in the unique natural beauty of this area and create unforgettable memories.

Coastal exploration

With boat rental in Sesimbra, you have the perfect opportunity for an exciting coastal exploration. In just a few hours, you can witness the diversity of the local seascapes – from unspoiled beaches to impressive rock formations sculpted by nature over the centuries.

By opting for a half-day rental in Sesimbra, visitors can make the most of their limited time to experience the best the region has to offer. It’s an unmissable chance for those who want to experience a memorable adventure during their stay in the charming fishing village.

Always remember: with only 3 hours at your disposal, every moment counts when it comes to exploring the natural wonders near the beautiful coastal city.

Topic 7: What’s Included in the Rental Service

Items included in the price

When considering boat rental in Sesimbra, it is essential to understand what is covered by the price. Normally, the rental price includes the sailor, fuel and basic insurance. These elements are essential to ensure a safe and smooth browsing experience.

Also, when planning your half-day tour in Sesimbra, make sure you discuss in detail with the operating company about the items included in the package. It is crucial to be clear about fuel limitations and on-board amenities. This ensures that you are prepared for any eventuality while enjoying the region’s wonderful coastline.

Contract Conditions and Restrictions

Before finalizing your reservation, you must be aware of the conditions and restrictions associated with the rental contract. Although fuel is usually included in the package, it is vital to understand that there may be a limit to its consumption. So make sure you fully understand the policies relating to fuel use to avoid unpleasant surprises during or after your trip.

What’s more, some companies may impose restrictions on the navigable area or set specific rules on activities allowed on board. Therefore, before booking the boat rental in Sesimbra for your half-day trip to the magnificent coastal region of the Portuguese city, carefully review all the relevant contractual clauses.

In a nutshell:

  • The price usually includes the sailor, fuel and insurance.

  • Discussing details with the company avoids future surprises.

  • Know the conditions related to fuel use.

  • Carefully review all contractual clauses before booking.

Topic 8: Reviews and Experiences on Tours in Arrábida

Tour highlights

The reviews and experiences shared by people who have already been on tours in Arrábida offer valuable insights for those planning to explore the region. Many visitors highlight the sighting of dolphins as one of the most memorable experiences during their boat trips. In addition, the breathtaking panoramic views along the coast are repeatedly mentioned as highlights of these adventures.

Reports often describe thrilling moments watching these majestic animals swimming freely in the ocean or leaping gracefully into the region’s crystal-clear waters. This proximity to marine life and the unspoiled nature of the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve provides a unique connection with the natural environment, leaving visitors with unforgettable memories.

Adventure planning

By reading the reviews and experiences shared by others, you can gain valuable information for planning your own adventure in the Sesimbra region. Understanding the highlights of the tours helps you choose the activities that best align with your interests and expectations. For example, if you value close interactions with marine life, you could opt for a tour operator known for offering excellent opportunities to see dolphins.

In addition, the opinions shared can also provide tips on practical aspects of the tour, such as recommendations on suitable clothing to ensure comfort during the trip or suggestions on the best times to make the most of the region’s stunning panoramic views.

Reading about the experiences of other travelers adds an extra layer of excitement to the anticipation of the tour, but also helps you prepare properly to get the most out of this unique adventure.


You have explored the boat rental options in Sesimbra, discovered the associated costs, the best time to enjoy this experience and the recommended destinations from this picturesque port. He also learned about the different types of boats available, from small motorboats to luxury yachts. With this information in mind, you’re ready to embark on a unique adventure in Arrábida.

Now that you know all the possibilities Sesimbra has to offer when it comes to boat rental, it’s time to plan your next seaside getaway. Don’t miss the chance to explore the stunning blue waters of the region and create unforgettable memories in this coastal paradise.

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