Algarve
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  • Catamaran Cruise: Caves and Coastline to Benagil

    1. Catamaran Cruise: Caves and Coastline to Benagil

    Departing from the Albufeira Marina, you’ll start by cruising westward along the coastline of the south of Portugal. Learn about the places and sights that you pass by from the skipper and crew – in particular, you’ll get a great view of the rock formations and caves of the areas of Benagil, Galé, and Carvoeiro. During the cruise the captain will choose a nice protected place to stop the boat so everyone who wants to can take a dive and swim in the ocean with the supervision of the crew. On the way back, before you reach the Marina again, you will be served a cup of champagne while the background music is still playing, to toast the end of a relaxing cruise.

    Great. The fact the boat was not full added to the positive experience. The tour with full capacity is probably not enjoyable

  • Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

    2. Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

    When you’re in Portugal make sure to experience this exciting catamaran boat to Deserta and Farol islands that will take you through the spectacular nature of the Ria Formosa. Come see why this region was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. Depart from the Marina of Faro sailing slowly through the channels of the Ria Formosa to fully enjoy the beautiful landscape. Along the tour you will see birds like the Grey Heron, the White Stork and many other birds that use this area as a feeding habitat. As you approach the islands and beaches you see the lighthouse of Culatra Island where you make our first stop. Looking around, one can observe the hard work of the people in the oyster and clam farms. A closer look towards the coastline and you will notice the market of the city of Olhão - an important fishing town. And off toward the ocean you can glimpse one of the most importan...

    This trip was the highlight of our holiday. Lovely and comfortable luxurious boat. Informative guide on the way to the islands. One hour stop at the lighthouse and a half hour stop of Deserta Island. Both stops were breathtakingly beautiful…you’d think you were in the Caribbean. Will definitely visit again. Easy to book and staff were most helpful. I wish I had booked a longer tour and it was out of this world.excellent value for money.

  • From Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

    3. From Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

    Sail to the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park by catamaran, with regular departures scheduled from Faro. The journey follows the Ria Formosa channels, and includes stops at the magical islands of Farol and Deserta. Don't forget your swimsuits and towels - there will be plenty of breaks for swimming! The guide on board will provide information in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. The modern catamaran has a capacity of up to 11 passengers and provides a pleasant and comfortable way of exploring the islands. The day is divided into 2 tours. The first tour will take place in the morning and last for approximately 3.5 hours, and the second tour will take place in the afternoon and last for approximately 3 hours. There will be a break after the first tour for lunch at Farol Island. Lunch is not included in the cost of the activity.

    Had an amazing time both on and off the boat - the guide definitely knew what he was doing, and we saw some beautiful scenery and wildlife on our way to the islands of the Ria Formosa. He hopped fluidly between English, German and French descriptions of animals for the guests on the boat which made everyone feel welcome. The islands themselves were amazing and the only thing I'd change was wanting to spend more time there! I would recommend this trip to anyone and it was one of the highlights of our stay in Portugal!

  • Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

    4. Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

    The Algarve coast brings to mind pirate adventures, and pristine beaches. Today you will explore the coast between Albufeira Marina and Capvoeiro beach on a luxury boat that offers you the chance to swim, relax, and maybe even see a dolphin or two! Begin with a relaxing ride through the caves and rock formations that make this landscape so unique. Then head out to sea in your search for the dolphins who call these waters home. Your boat is the perfect vessel for dolphin exploration, and these playful and fun animals are truly a sight to behold! Your expert guide will share with you interesting facts and history on this memorable trip.

    Thank you for your friendliness and kindness, very fun and interesting trip ! I enjoyed it a lot !

  • From Olhão: Ria Formosa Sunset Tour

    5. From Olhão: Ria Formosa Sunset Tour

    After boarding your boat, head out into the sheltered waters of Ria Formosa. Your first stop will be at on Praia Deserta at one of the most pristine beaches in the Algarve. From the beach, head to the village of Ilha da Armona and enjoy a refreshing drink while you contemplate the amazing views. The final stop on your tour is at a deserted beach where you can relax and, in summer, enjoy some swimming or snorkelling. From the beach, you can also enjoy beautiful views of the sunset over the ocean at the end of the day when your group will almost certainly have the beach to yourselves. After about 30 minutes to enjoy the beach and the sunset, you'll board your boat for the return trip Olhão.

    Great day out and lovely experience. Capitán Luís was a fantastic guide and even encouraged/helped us to clean up some ocean trash.

  • Pirate Ship Cruise along the Algarve Coast

    6. Pirate Ship Cruise along the Algarve Coast

    We hoist our pirate flag, lift the anchor, and away we go! On the beautiful Pirate Ship Leãozinho ("little lion"), we will explore the most treasured spots along the Algarve Coastline and discover why these hidden caves and grottos became the favored home of generations of daring pirates. As we set sail, we'll see enchanting rock formations and spectacular caves on our historical ship. If you feel like a sip from the ol' barrel of rum to lift your spirits for our cruise, we've got an onboard Pirate Bar that's perfect for quenching your thirst. The wind whips through the sails, and your comfortable seating lets you look out on all of the most beautiful beaches and breathtaking formations along this coastline. We will even have the chance to head out onto the Atlantic, passing the soft, sandy beaches of San Rafael, Castelo, and Praia da Gale. Of course, no pirate adventure is complete w...

    Great experience, the boat felt like a real pirate boat! Great guys on the boat too

  • From Portimão: Boat River Cruise to Silves Medieval City

    7. From Portimão: Boat River Cruise to Silves Medieval City

    Enjoy a spectacular and relaxing boat trip up the Arade River, with no waves, during which you can observe various types of birds and animals - such as storks, herons, flamingoes, and turtles. Arriving in Silves, you can take a walk and visit the medieval town of Silves. This city is where the kings of Portugal would spend their holidays in the summer, in its imposing castle. Explore its wonderful churches and medieval streets. You can also enjoy a visit to the market and shops, or simply sit in one of the many esplanades or seafood restaurants, and have a drink or savor some food.

    Had a great time. Our guide, Dimitri was very knowledgeable and great fun, very enjoyable.

  • From Faro: Ria Formosa Lagoon Boat Tour

    8. From Faro: Ria Formosa Lagoon Boat Tour

    You set sail on a pontoon boat, and the marina of Faro fades behind you. On this tour you'll feel like a native of the Algarve as we explore the lagoon and numerous birds and wildlife who live in this protected landscape. You will sail through marshes and channels, and enjoy a nice boat trip with beautiful views of the walls of the Old Town of Faro. For anyone passing by Faro without much time to explore, this is the perfect way to get an overview of this fascinating city. The Ria Formosa is one of Portugal's Seven Natural Wonders, and you'll soon discover why! Come out and spend a beautiful time on the water.

    really worth doing in a day trip to faro! Guide was amazing! well worth the money to experience something different

  • Portimão: Arade River and Silves History Tour

    9. Portimão: Arade River and Silves History Tour

    Come and explore the beautiful Arade River and experience a journey between between Portimão and Silves which is full of history. You will have about 1.5 hours to visit this wonderful medieval city, which contains numerous monuments, a castle, a museum, and excellent gastronomy. Throughout your tour, you will enjoy an unforgettable and unique experience aboard a solar-powered boat. You will travel on a boat so silent that all you will be able to hear yourself glide though the water, as well as hear the sounds of the waves hitting the shore. Combining comfort and fun, this tour is great for couples, families, and groups. Capacity has been reduced by 30% to ensure all guests' safety during the trip. The Arade River has forever been of great importance in connecting Silves (the Islamic capital of the Algarve between the 8th and 13th centuries) to the sea. For centuries, t...

    Fantastic trip! Beautiful nature, calm and quiet because of the electric boat, really wonderful!

  • Ria Formosa: Boat Trip

    10. Ria Formosa: Boat Trip

    Explore one of the less known areas of the eastern Algarve at Ria Formosa. Visit a traditional fishing village, Olhão, before taking a boat ride along the beautiful Ria Formosa. First, visit Olhão, a traditional fishing village, renowned for its cube-shaped white-washed houses, contrasting with the golden sands and the blue sky and sea. Here, you have an opportunity to explore the famous market with its large selection of fish. Take a wonderful boat trip along the Ria Formosa, an unforgettable visit along the waterways of this beautiful Natural Park, and one of the most impressive in Europe with very rich flora and fauna. See the peaceful beauty of some of the better-known islands of this area on the scenic waterways. Stop in one of these Islands where you can enjoy a stroll along the pristine sands, the sunshine and also have time to swim in these beautiful crystal waters. If you wis...

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Really great experience - Sandra and Ricardo were very communicative before the trip about the meeting point. Ricardo was friendly and knowledgable - he managed to spot lots of different birds in the wetlands, including the flamingos! The islands were beautiful too. Thanks so much for the lovely day trip!

Great way to discover Ria Formosa and some of its islands. We spent a great afternoon with Nico who was very knowledgeable, funny and made sure we had a great time.

Great day out and lovely experience. Capitán Luís was a fantastic guide and even encouraged/helped us to clean up some ocean trash.

Very nice excursion. Top crew. Swimming in the middle of the sea: a unique experience that you absolutely must try!

Thank you for your friendliness and kindness, very fun and interesting trip ! I enjoyed it a lot !