Founded in February 2014, SeaBookings was born of a dream of two Dutch-born sisters to enhance maritime tourism in Portugal. Since then, many ocean-lovers have booked their boat tours and watersports through the platform. SeaBookings is an online marketplace where you can discover, compare and book boat tours and watersports in Portugal.
Femke and Bo Irik have been living in Portugal for 17 years now, since their parents decided to change their way of living from cloudy to sunny. At the time it was their parents’ choice, but now it’s the girls’. They’re on a mission: to boost the maritime tourism sector, starting in Portugal and targeting the world.
While working in the marine tourism industry for 5 years in Lagos, South of Portugal, the sisters quickly saw this unique opportunity. The entrepreneurial spirit inherited from their parents made the girls launch this platform. It started in Algarve and now covers the whole Portuguese coast, aspiring to become a world leader in this niche market.
Back in 2014, SeaBookings.com kicked off with only 5 tour operators. Nowadays, it offers a wide range of over 150 sea activities, from the famous boat trips to the dolphins and the caves in Albufeira, to stand-up paddle boarding in Cascais.
On one hand SeaBookings helps small tour operators to gain visibility online and to be found on the web, allowing for online bookings too. On the other hand, Femke Irik claims,
the goal is to allow tourists to book boat tours and watersports easily, anywhere and at any time.
The best seller of 2016 is expected to be the Cave & Dolphin trip from the Marina of Albufeira. This boat trip combines a coastal cruise along the most impressive caves and the thrill of searching for wild dolphins in the middle of the Atlantic.