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Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave Boat Cruise

1. Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave Boat Cruise

Climb aboard a small boat in Albufeira marina and journey along the coastline of the Algarve for 18 kilometers. Enjoy watching dolphins in their natural habitat with commentary from a guide and marine biologist. See the Alfanzina Lighthouse and the seaside Benagil Cave. Journey with a captain with expert knowledge of this part of the coastline. Sail to the Alfanzina Lighthouse and be amazed by the beaches and rock formations along the way. Marvel at the stunning sea caves, including the famous rock formations of Benagil Cave. Cool down with a swim in the sea, if conditions permit, and then look for the lovable dolphins as they frolic in the water. Feel the sea breeze on your face as you take in the scenic views. Learn about the surrounding marine life from the local marine biologist onboard.

Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

2. Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

Depart from the marina in Portimão and sail towards the beautiful caves of Algar de Benagil. Enjoy the fantastic views of Praia da Rocha, Farol de Alfazina, Praia de Carvoeiro, Praia de Benagil, and Praia da Marinha throughout this 3.5-hour catamaran cruise. Admire the stunning rock formations dotted along the coast, which date back to the Jurrasic period. Drop anchor at the bay of João de Arens bay where you can top up your tan, swim, or do some paddle boarding or snorkeling. Be sure to keep a lookout for the friendly dolphins who inhabit the waters of the region.

Albufeira: Benagil Cave and Dolphin Sightseeing Boat Cruise

3. Albufeira: Benagil Cave and Dolphin Sightseeing Boat Cruise

Discover the beauty of Algarve's dynamic coast from the water while looking for playful dolphins on this cruise from Albufeira. Speed over the water in a semi-rigid craft and admire the beaches of São Rafael, Galé Salgados, and Armação de Pêra. View the Albandeira caves and the famed Benagil cave.  Start your tour from the Albufeira Marina, with a briefing where your guide will explain safety measures and let you know everything that you are going to visit in detail. Depart from the Albufeira Marina and make your way west along the shore. Pass by the golden sands of the beaches of Arrifes, São Rafael, Galé Salgados, and Armação de Pêra. Visit Senhora da Rocha beach and capture pictures of its caves. Head to the Albandeira caves and rock formations and the emblematic Marinha beach. Continue to the stunning Benagil cave and finish your tour of the caves near the red-domed Alfanzina Lighthouse. Finally, search for frolicking dolphins or other marine mammals. Listen as your guide tells you about these majestic creatures. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Armação de Pêra: Benagil Caves Guided Boat Tour

4. Armação de Pêra: Benagil Caves Guided Boat Tour

Explore Benagil from the deck of a boat on a cruise with a guide. See the Rock Lady Chapel and the Paria Nova Tunnel, and learn where the Echo Cave got its name. Board at the typical fisherman's beach of Armação de Pêra and begin your cave exploration. Sail with your captains and guides to the 15 top caves between Armação de Pêra and Alfanzina lighthouse. Sail by the beaches of Lagoa and looming rock formations. Visit the Rock Lady Chapel and marvel at the Praia Nova Tunnel. Next, head to the Praia da Cova Redonda and Praia da Marinha. Stop to admire the Marinha Arches, the Yellow Submarine, and the Albandeira Arch. Continue to the iconic Captain's Cave, the famous Benagil Cave, the sonorous Echo Cave, and the calming Paradise Cave.

Benagil & Coastline on Eco-Friendly Catamaran

5. Benagil & Coastline on Eco-Friendly Catamaran

Enjoy nature, with zero emissions, in a quiet and relaxing environment, without polluting the ocean. This luxurious and comfortable catamaran is the best choice if you want to visit the Benagil Caves with all the comfort and unique amenities such as an on-board Bar, WC, Lounge Seatings and Deck, swim stop, and music aboard that will defintely make your experience even more fun and special. All this, with the big extra of being a sustainable tourist, leaving no pollution on the ocean waters and atmosphere. Depart from Portimão Marina and sail for 3 hours along the costline, until Praia da Marinha. Pass by Carvoeiro and Benagil and enter the famous and surprising Benagil and Smugglers Caves along the way, with an unforgettable and relaxing scenery. On the way, you will see an unique perspective of Algarve’s Coastline, wonderful picturesque beaches, amazing rock formations, breathtaking caves and, of course, the world famous Benagil Cave. If the weather is hot, stop to cool off with a dip. Don't forget your towel and bathing suit. If it’s cold or any passenger wants to stop, take the chance to sail further and experience more amazing views. Gain access to all information about points of interest with the provider's Sun Boat app. Don’t forget your camera to take beautiful pictures at the coastal scenery along the way.

From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

6. From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

Departing from Marina de Portimão, your guide will take you on this 1 hour 45 minute cruise to the world-famous Jurassic caves and rock formations of the Algar de Benagil and Carvoeiro. On the way, take in views of the amazing beach of Praia da Rocha, followed by the Ponta do Altar Lighthouse, Carvoeiro village, Algar Seco, and the Alfazina Lighthouse. Cruise along before arriving at the journey's highlight, the Algar de Benagil. Stop here for some time to take photos and admire the hidden beach of this magical and ancient cave. Head then towards Praia da Marinha, one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Relax while sailing along the coast on the way back to the marina in Portimão. Prepare to be amazed as you pass magnificent scenery and all your favorite spots from the way there.

Portimão: Private Benagil Cave Boating Tour

7. Portimão: Private Benagil Cave Boating Tour

Departing from the beach at Portimão, head out to the water where the fun begins. Once away from the beach, use a paddle board to gain access to the famous Benagil Cave, or to just paddle around for fun. Enter caves including the natural wonder of Benagil Cave, and see places such as Carvoeiro Village, the “Doll" in Algar Seco, and the Alfanzina Lighthouse. Encounter famous local beaches, including Vale Centeanes Beach, Carvalho Beach, Benagil Beach, and the world-famous Marinha Beach. Throughout your tour you will stop for approximately 30 minutes to do some snorkeling, paddle, access a private beach, or top up your tan on the padded sundeck.

From Portimão: Private Boat Tour to Benagil Cave

8. From Portimão: Private Boat Tour to Benagil Cave

Join this guided journey along the Algarve coastline to Benagil Cave. This fun and fantastic adventure will fully immerse you in the natural beauty of Portugal. From the pier of Clube Naval de Portimão, begin your boat ride along the coastline, admiring its churches, castles, and beautiful caves. As you glide over the water, your guide will tell you sometimes spooky ancient stories and teach you about the history of the Arade River. All boats are equipped with VHF Radios synchronized with dolphin-watching vessels. If these breathtaking animals are spotted within a 3-mile radius, the boat will go to their location.   Take in the unbelievable beauty of Benagil Cave, with its naturally formed hole at the top that lets the sunlight filter down to the sandy beach below. Listen to the echoes of the wind and let yourself be calmed by your surroundings.

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What people are saying about Alfanzina Lighthouse

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4.8 / 5

based on 1,177 reviews

amazing, the highlight of our holiday! highly recommend to everyone, exploring the Algarve coastline was simply magical, although we went in the morning the Benagil was crowded. After we searched for dolphins and they were within a hands reach. Stunning. The guide and captain were vey friendly.

Brilliant trip! Lovely views of coastline and caves. We were lucky enough to see a pod of Bottlenose dolphins very close to the boat! Also enjoyed a swim in the sea on the at back to the marina. We all enjoyed ourselves, would recommend this trip during your stay Albufeira!

It was amazing seeing all those caves and amazing coastline. After that we went out to open sea to spot some dolphines and we found them - about 12-15 of them swimming and jumping out of water. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Very enjoyable cruise, great hosts and great value for money

Great trip Out on the boat even without seeing dolphins