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Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

1. Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

Enjoy a guided boat trip between Albufeira and Benagil Caves on a tour that combines nature and adventure. Discover the Algarve coastline's most iconic landscapes and keep your eyes open for playful dolphins on the way. Start your journey at the meeting point, where you will be welcomed by the crew. Skip the line at the check-in kiosk and benefit from a special welcome package. Have a coffee or some water at the coffee lounge while you wait to board the boat. After priority boarding, start your tour by cruising along the beautiful, 18km-long Algarve coastline. Listen to your knowledgeable guide and learn all about the sights you pass by. Feel the relaxing sea breeze and be amazed by the coastal view. Head inside the famous Benagil caves to admire this rock formation. Take amazing pictures of the caves and capture the light entering them. Spot São Rafael and Marinha beaches, among the most emblematic beaches in Portugal, famous for their cliffs and fine golden sand. Make a short swimming stop and immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters of the Algarve coast. During the tour, look for the dolphins on the way. If they are spotted, see them playing in their natural environment and take photos of them jumping in and out of the water.

Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

2. Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

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.

From Portimão: Benagil Caves Boat Tour

3. From Portimão: Benagil Caves Boat Tour

Depart from Portimão and take in breathtaking views of the coast on your way to these world-famous caves. With the small boat it will be possible sail inside some of them, the most popular one being Algar de Benagil. Your knowledgeable guide will show you caves so hidden, that you wouldn't spot them one your own. They will also explain all there is to know about these natural formations and reveal some of their secrets. Travel in comfort on this boat tour that can be adapted to your needs, in case you want to stay longer in a specific cave.

Albufeira: Dolphins, Benagil Caves and Coastline Boat Tour

4. Albufeira: Dolphins, Benagil Caves and Coastline Boat Tour

Hop in a RIB — a rigid inflatable boat — and enjoy two experiences along the coast of the Algarve. Watch dolphins in their natural environment. The most common species you'll find are the common dolphin and the bottlenose dolphin. Also, visit the stunning caves and other rock formations in the region, between Albufeira Marina and the famous Benagil cave or “Algar de Benagil”. Being aboard a RIB, you're guaranteed to be able to enter parts of the cave, unlike a tour in a catamaran.

Albufeira: Benagil Cave and Dolphin Sightseeing Boat Cruise

5. 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.

Lagos: Scenic Cruise to the Benagil and Carvoeiro Caves

6. Lagos: Scenic Cruise to the Benagil and Carvoeiro Caves

Explore the Algarve shoreline on this cruise from Lagos to the Benagil and Carvoeiro caves. Travel at high speeds in a new 18-seater rigid inflatable boat with comfortable padded benches. Capture pictures of the stunning Algar de Benagil cave. Board the ship in Lagos and let the wind whip through your hair on a thrilling ride past the picturesque beachside towns Alvor, Portimão and Carvoeiro. Ride by remote and pristine Algarve beaches.  Stop at the caves of Carvoeiro where you can admire how the fantastical rock formations contrast with the deep blue waves. Marvel at these dramatic cliffside landscapes. Head to Algar de Benagil where you can take a photo with one of the most famous caves in the world. Let the way the light floods in through the skylight of the cave take your breath away. Return to your meeting point in Lagos at the end of your tour. 

From Portimão: Private Boat Tour to Benagil Cave

7. 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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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 15 reviews

The ship is beautifully restored with lovely details of brass complimenting the deep wood tones and curved design reminiscent of bygone eras of seafaring. Absolute gem for photographers. The crew is very friendly and polylingual so that the major European languages English, German, French, Portuguese and I think Spanish are covered. There is an option for food and drink on board, but I haven't tried them. The cave tour is awe-inspiring, especially the Cathedral Cave of Benagil, and gives many opportunities to take epic photos of the large ship through cave openings which make for impressive memory shots. I strongly recommend the sunset tour, it elevates the experience even more as the setting sun paints the sandstone cliffs golden against the deep blue of the sea and the sky. Amazing, we will do it again! A note: One can get seasick even in a calm sea, the small boat ride into the caves alleviates it, however.

What a good experience. Thanks to Johnny and Paulo for this trip ! Beautiful caves and great explanations (history, nature…). So grateful to had the chance to see a few dolphins families (with a baby !!). We recommend this activity.

Me and my girlfriend really enjoyed this activity, staff very friendly I would recommend this to anyone :)

Great boat tour, great guides, beautiful beaches and caves, loved it!!

great trip, great guide lovely way to spend a few hours