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Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

Activity provider: Santa Bernarda

Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

Activity provider: Santa Bernarda

From US$ 34.35 per person

Navigate along the coast on a big ship complete with shade, toilets, and bar service. Transfer to a small boat to explore the scenic caves, and enjoy swimming in front of Marinha Beach.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Hoist the sails of a medieval-style discovery vessel
  • Board a traditional wooden dingis to explore inside the caves
  • Walk the plank to leap into the ocean like a true pirate
  • Take in views of mediaeval castles and keep an eye out for dolphins
  • Select from morning, afternoon, and sunset cruise options
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Coastal cruise
  • Small-boat cave tour
  • Insurance
  • Life vests
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones

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Please board at the "Vasco da Gama" pier, next to "Clube Naval" and the Portimão Museum.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 468 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5

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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.

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September 12, 2022

Price-performance ratio very good! 3 hours on the way. In the middle of the sea you can switch to smaller boats, which then drive directly into the caves. Pure Adventure. Drinks and fresh, delicious sandwiches are sold on the ship at very fair prices. The crew reacts and works very concentrated and professional. Never felt unsafe. There is a good, relaxed atmosphere. During the trip, information about Portugal, the caves, etc. is passed on to you in different languages (Portuguese, Spanish, French, English). You could even jump off the ship into the water before returning. A great experience

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September 5, 2022

I’ve been on many sightseeing cruises and this is among the best! The crew was fun and professional. The transfer from the ship to the dinghy for the ride into the caves was expertly done. My sister, who has sight and mobility issues, was handled with grace and expertise. The ship was clean and well maintained. The weather was glorious and made it a trip to remember. Definitely recommend and I will go again myself

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August 30, 2022

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