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Benagil: Benagil Caves Kayaking Experience

1. Benagil: Benagil Caves Kayaking Experience

Be at one with nature with this environmentally-friendly kayaking experience, and explore along the coast and inside several caves of Benagil.   Begin at Benagil beach, from where you will be run through an introduction on kayaking, and the safe management of your kayak once inside the caves. Afterward, kayak to the Golden Beach of Marinha. On the way, you will enter several small and big caves. On the return journey, take a 20-minute stop at the beach inside the Benagil Cave for some unforgettable pictures. Go inside several big and small caves near the Benagil Cave and learn from your guide about the formation, surrounding nature and natural life.

Algarve: Benagil Caves and Secret Spots Guided Kayaking Tour

2. Algarve: Benagil Caves and Secret Spots Guided Kayaking Tour

Visit the spectacular caves and secret beaches near Benagil on a guided kayaking tour. Over the course of this tour, you'll get to explore several caves, watch local fish and birdlife, and see rock formations and corals in the area. Learn how to correctly use the kayak with your guide who will explain the proper techniques and safety precautions that you need to take when you're inside the caves.   The tour starts from Benagil Beach before heading to some of the so-called cathedrals of the sea. You'll also be able to get out of your kayak to do some exploring on foot.  Be sure to take lots of excellent photos during the course of this once-in-a-lifetime experience that will end at Benagil, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

3. 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: Benagil Sea Cave Sunrise or Sunset Kayak Experience

4. Algarve: Benagil Sea Cave Sunrise or Sunset Kayak Experience

Your tour will begin with an introduction to the basics of kayaking from your expert guide. Then you’re adventure begins: you’ll take to the water by kayak and make your way towards the Benagil Caves. The best way to enter the caves is by kayak just after sunrise, since during the day the area becomes overcrowded with tourists and boats. This special early bird tour is therefore the perfect way to experience the natural beauty of this unique location. At this early hour you’ll have ample time and opportunity to capture stunning pictures and relax on the beach. You’ll explore the Benagil Cave for 30 minutes, enjoying a refreshing dip and walk. If possible you will also discover two more breathtaking smaller caves.

From Faro: Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Guided Day Trip

5. From Faro: Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Guided Day Trip

After gathering at the tour meeting point, your van will depart from Faro for the approximately hour-long journey after which you will arrive to Benagil Beach. It will be from this location, together with your instructor, that you will enter the cave. It will take between 5 and 10 minutes to enter the cave, after which you will have 40 minutes inside to enjoy its unique environment. You can choose to spend your time taking photos, swimming, and just generally relaxing. It will soon be time to head to Marinha Beach, which is considered the most beautiful beach in Portugal. At this location you will have an hour to discover the amazing cliffs and views, following which you will head back to Faro.

Portimão: Benagil Caves and Praia de Marinha Boat Tour

6. Portimão: Benagil Caves and Praia de Marinha Boat Tour

Hop onboard the boat and immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes of the Algarve coastline. On this boat trip, you’ll discover more than 20 caves and a number of deserted beaches along the way. Start the adventure at Cais Vasco da Gama in Portimão. Along the way, you’ll see the Fort of Santa Catarina, the Ferragudo Castle, and the small fishing village of Ferragudo. From the sea, you’ll be able to admire the beaches of Pintadinho, Paradise, and Carvoeiro. Visit one of the world's most exotic beaches, Praia da Marinha, where you can go swimming. Finally, on your perfectly-sized boat, visit the interior of the visually striking Benagil Sea Cave.

From Armação de Pêra: Benagil Caves and Beaches Boat Tour

7. From Armação de Pêra: Benagil Caves and Beaches Boat Tour

Discover the breathtaking scenery of the Algarve region on this boat tour departing from Armação de Pêra. Travel in the company of an expert team and experienced captain for a safe and comfortable journey. Along the way, visit 10 caves and 15 deserted beaches which are only accessible from the sea. Admire Praia da Marinha, the Albandeira Arch, and much more. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the rugged coastline between Armação de Pêra and Benagil. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the unique landscape of this region before arriving at the highlight of the trip, the world-famous Benagil Cave. On the way back, simply sit back, relax and enjoy the boat trip.

Benagil Beach: Standup Paddle Board and Kayak Rental

8. Benagil Beach: Standup Paddle Board and Kayak Rental

Discover the Algarve coast like a local, with a rented standup paddle board or a kayak. Take your time and enjoy a full day out at sea or keep it short and sweet and head out with a specific agenda — the choice is yours. See the caves, cliffs, and hidden beaches the Algarve is famous for. Paddle into coves and up to beaches, deciding to spend as much or as little time at each location. Jump into the clear turquoise waters for a cooling dip whenever you feel like it, before continuing on your active journey. Learn a new skill or hone your previous knowledge, either way prior knowledge of how to use a standup paddle board or kayak is not necessary as they're very stable and safe. Feel the waves beneath you and marvel at the colorful fish swimming underwater. This activity is the perfect day out to enjoy the Algarve's pristine nature.

Portimão: Benagil Grottoes Boat Cruise

9. Portimão: Benagil Grottoes Boat Cruise

Enjoy a visit to the beautiful grottoes of the Algarve in a comfortable boat. Beautiful cliffs, dramatic grottoes and sandy beaches make this tour a magical experience.  Depart from Portimão, passing the scenic fishing village of Ferragudo and the historic fortress that overlooks the beach. Cruise slowly towards Carvoeiro, passing by secluded beaches. Relax and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery along the way. You will then head into the different grottoes at Algar Seco and Benagil. Admire the natural rock formations that have been formed by erosion and the power of the sea. On the way back, stop to swim in the clear waters of the Atlantic.

From Vilamoura: Sunset Tour on a Luxury Sailing Yacht

10. From Vilamoura: Sunset Tour on a Luxury Sailing Yacht

Take a romantic 2.5-hour sunset sailing cruise along the coastline of Vilamoura and Albufeira as you sail on a luxury sailing yacht. See beaches such as Falésia Beach and Tomato Beach from a different perspective. Enjoy a welcome drink with aperitifs as you sail along the coast watching the sunset over the horizon. Stop for a swim or snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, or if you're feeling laidback, soak in the sun, relax, and listen to some music before heading back to Vilamoura.

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Wow! This was our favorite experience on our entire two week trip in Portugal. Our guide was very friendly and went above and beyond to make sure our group had a wonderful kayaking experience. We even got to see a few extra caves not normally visited as our group was small and it was off season for most tourists. He was highly focused on our safety while also ensuring we didn’t miss out on prime photo opportunities. Can’t recommend Secrete Algarve more!

Amazing experience! Loved it so much and was the best thing we did visiting Albufeira. The views were outstanding, the experience was really fun and the caves were incredible. Definitely worth the money and would do this again.

Everything was well organised, one hour trip was just perfect, tour guide was very professional and funny, we went with one young child and a teenager, everyone happy, highly recommend. Thank you! *****

Experience of a lifetime kayaking around and into the cave. Guides knowledgeable and safe. Highly recommend.

Our guides were very professional. The trip went smoothly without incident.