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Algarve Sailing trips & boat tours

Our most recommended Algarve Sailing trips & boat tours

Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

1. Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

Feel like a pirate sailing the Atlantic on this unique cruise from Portimão that combines adventure and relaxation. Visit famous sites like the lighthouse of Alfanzina and the Benagil Cave. Swim in crystalline water, and walk the plank like a real pirate.  After boarding, begin by receiving a full briefing on your safety and comfort for your cruise. From there, hit the open water and navigate the coast off of Rio Arade, the village of Ferragudo, medieval castles, and the Atlantic Ocean. Cruising east, pass Carvoeiro, which contains the famous rock formation of Algar Seco. Arriving to the lighthouse of Alfanzina, transfer to a small boat to visit the inside of the local caves which run from the lighthouse to Marinha Beach. These caves include the famous cathedral cave of Benagil. Returning to the boat, take a dip to swim in the enticing crystal clear water which surrounds you. On your return journey, be on the lookout for dolphins, which are regularly spotted in this area.

Algarve 3-Hour Caves and Coastline Boat Trip

2. Algarve 3-Hour Caves and Coastline Boat Trip

Enjoy some time at sea on your Algarve vacation. Explore the beautiful coastline of the Algarve and its caves as you sail from Albufeira to the Carvoeiro area on a fully equipped and comfortable catamaran. The excursion departs from the Albufeira marina, on the Algarve coast, and heads out along the coastline, taking you to see some spectacular caves and rock formations. This splendid catamaran features a lounge and a bar, free WiFi, and a fly bridge area that allows you to enjoy the scenery in full (access not included in the price). With a swimming stop during the cruise, you’ll also be able to enjoy the warm sea waters as well.

Albufeira: Coastline and Benagil Caves Tour by Catamaran

3. Albufeira: Coastline and Benagil Caves Tour by Catamaran

Soak up the views of the Algarve coastline on a guided catamaran cruise from Albufeira. Enter the Benagil Sea Cave and take in secluded beaches, rugged rock formations, and hidden swim stops. Start your tour from Albufeira Marina, where you'll set off on the spacious and comfortable catamaran. From here you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the views of the beautiful rock formations and deserted beaches. The team will tell you more about our fantastic coastline and all its hidden secrets. Relax to some nice music and enjoy a cool drink. Visit the beautiful caves and rock formations as far as Benagil (Cathedral Cave). Head back east towards the marina before stopping off for a swim in the sea.

From Lagos Marina: Ponta da Piedade Kayak Tour

4. From Lagos Marina: Ponta da Piedade Kayak Tour

Discover the beautiful Ponta da Piedade on a kayaking trip with a guide. Enjoy panoramic views of the Algarve Coast, explore Algarve's cliffs, and kayak into the many caves and grottoes along the coast. Climb aboard the catamaran at Lagos Marina and set sail to Ponta da Piedade for a 2-hour guided kayak tour along the Algarve Coast. After leaving the Marina, the boat heads to Ponta Da Piedade, where you will discover Algarve's famous grottoes and cliffs by kayak during the 1-hour journey accompanied by a guide who will comment throughout your adventure. Spend 15 minutes relaxing and swimming in the grottoes, unknown bays and quiet beaches before heading back to Lagos Marina. Please note that throughout your tour, the catamaran will escort the group for safety and comfort reasons.

Portimão: Kayak Tour of Benagil Caves

5. Portimão: Kayak Tour of Benagil Caves

Enjoy a cruise along the Algarve coast to the Benagil Caves where you'll have the opportunity to explore the caves by kayak. Your catamaran will depart from the Marina of Portimão. Aboard, the crew will brief you on the kayak equipment and kayaking skills. You'll cruise along the coast to Albandeira Beach. From the beach, you'll paddle to the Benagil Caves. Along the way, you'll have the chance to visit other caves and enjoy the golden coast. Your experienced guide will point out local landmarks and direct you to the most interesting spots including the impressive Captain’s Cave, Barraquinho Beach, Baraço Cave, and the world famous Marinha Beach. There's even time for a quick swim. If you get tired, you can always get back on board the catamaran for a rest, before heading back to the marina. Your catamaran has toilets, comfortable seats, and a professional crew. If you don't feel like kayaking and just want to enjoy the views from the catamaran, you're welcome on this tour, too.

Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

6. 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. See the imposing Santa Maria Lighthouse in Farol and enjoy time to explore and try island cuisine. In Deserta, admire the rolling dunes and unique landscapes. Look out for unique flora and fauna, including the chameleon. Enjoy plenty of swimming opportunities on both islands, with secluded beaches and pristine shores. On board, learn about the islands and the park with insightful commentary from your guide in various languages.

From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

7. From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

Discover the beautiful Benagil Sea Cave on a catamaran cruise from Portimão. Admire views of Ferragudo fishing village before landing on Benagil beach. Head into the cave on a small boat and enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch prepared for you on the beach. Depart from Portimão and pass by the pretty fishing village of Ferragudo and the historic castle that overlooks the beach. Cruise at ease towards the east and don’t forget your camera to capture the beautiful coastal scenery along the way. Head towards the grottoes at Benagil, where on small boats the tour will take you into different grottoes. Marvel at the natural rock formations and be transported to the beach, where you can soak in the sun. In the meantime, the crew prepares a delicious BBQ for you on the beach with bread, salad, mixed grill, complete with an open bar with red or white wine, water, orangeade.  Travel back while passing by some of the beautiful, secluded cove beaches around Carvoeiro. Enjoy the beautiful views and create a holiday memory that you won’t forget.

From Albufeira: Sunset Cruise and Beach BBQ with Open Bar

8. From Albufeira: Sunset Cruise and Beach BBQ with Open Bar

Take a late afternoon cruise from Albufeira to witness a stunning sunset over the bay of Armação de Pêra. Head to a secluded beach to savor a delicious BBQ meal. Enjoy an open bar onboard with live music. Depart from the Albufeira marina and head west along the coast and enjoy a stunning sunset over the bay of Armação de Pêra. Near the caves of São Rafael, transfer to a dinghy that will take you to a secluded beach that’s inaccessible by land. Enjoy listening to live music, indulge in your favorite beverage from the open bar, and savor a delicious meal prepared by the crew. Soak in scenery that has been described as some of the most spectacular in the world. Once dinner is over, return to the main vessel where the fun and festive environment continues on the trip back to Albufeira.

From Faro: 4 Stops, 3 Islands in Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

9. From Faro: 4 Stops, 3 Islands in Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

Enjoy a tour on a comfortable Catamaran, taking in the fauna and flora of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa. Cross the channels of the park and stop for 45 minutes at Deserta Island, where you will the opportunity to take a swim. Then, proceed to Farol Island where you will have another 45 minutes to discover its lighthouse and take photos. Sail to Hangares and see the culture of oysters and the military reserve. Lastly, arrive at Culatra Island where you will have 1.5 hours of free time to explore the traditional fishing village. You will also have the option to have lunch in a typical restaurant on Breech Island where the main course varies between fresh fish or seafood.

Lagos: Dolphin Watching with Marine Biologists

10. Lagos: Dolphin Watching with Marine Biologists

Leaving from the Marine de Lagos, you’ll be taken on a thrilling 1.5-hour ride into the Atlantic Ocean in search of wild dolphins. The high success rate and professional crew make this a must-do tour while in Lagos.   Hop on board the boat and then relax on the bench seating. Take advantage of the extra viewing room, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. The marine biologist on board will help identify the dolphins and interpret their behavior. They’ll be collecting data while on board for the purpose of preservation and conservation of these beautiful animals, as well as passing their knowledge on to you. Every trip is a meaningful excursion that provides great memories and education, as well as supplying scientific data to help future conservation projects.

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We were able to see around 10 common dolphins. The crew was super nice and professional, and even though the sea was quite wavy, were the biologists capable of finding dolphins.

We had a lovely time. The skipper and the rest of the staff were helpful and super friendly. Highly recommend it.

We got to see dolphins from up close! Amazing experience and very informative too. Would definitely recommend!

An amazing experience if you go to the Algarve you need to do this tour! Friendly staff and great facilities

The guide Miguel was excellent. The boat was comfortable and nice. The tour was well planned and managed