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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.

Algarve Zoomarine Ticket and Dolphin Emotions Experience

2. Algarve Zoomarine Ticket and Dolphin Emotions Experience

Dive into a vast lagoon, surrounded by a mantle of fine sand and dotted with vegetation. Come visit this slice of paradise with the potential to provide a unique experience that will be certain to change your life. Choose between three types of experiences, which all start with an educational talk in which a professional shares fascinating facts about the bottlenose dolphin, it's biology and ecology. The Dolphin Emotions PremiumThis experience lets you spend 30 minutes in the water under the supervision of a trainer. You’ll be invited to meet the dolphins, experience moments of tenderness and affection, and perform an aquatic behavior sequence with these extraordinary ambassadors of the ocean. • The minimum participation age is 8 years old • Participants must know how to swim and be in good physical shape The Dolphin Emotions Encounter Spend about 15 minutes in the water, where, under the supervision of a trainer, you will meet the dolphins, experience moments of tenderness and affection, and perform an aquatic behavior sequence in shallow water with these extraordinary ambassadors of the ocean. • The minimum participation age is 6 years old • Those aged 6-7 may only participate if accompanied by another participant who is 16 years old or over The Dolphin Emotions ExclusiveThis is a completely private experience – you and a friend can enjoy moments of pure emotion with the fantastic dolphins, under the supervision of a trainer.  • The minimum participation age is 8 years old • Participants must know how to swim and be in good physical shape For all experiences, you’ll be accompanied by an educator who will be able to answer your questions and ensure the safety and well-being of all. If you book the Dolphin Emotions Exclusive option, it is recorded, with a video and photo album offered to you at the end.

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.

From Albufeira: Benagil Caves and Dolphins Guided Boat Tour

4. From Albufeira: Benagil Caves and Dolphins Guided Boat Tour

Adventure into Portuguese waters for a unique combination of sightseeing experiences. Your skipper will help you watch for dolphins as you cruise along the Algarve coast. Soak up the charming natural scenery of the waterway between Benagil and Albufeira. As you tour the area, the skipper will guide you past fascinating natural caves and rock formations. You'll discover hidden beaches and learn about the background of this enchanting stretch of coastline. In the pure blue waters, catch a glimpse of dolphins playing in their pods. When possible, you'll be invited to take a moment on this 2.5 hour guided boat tour to swim in the beautiful, refreshing water along the picturesque coastline. Relax and enjoy the unforgettable natural beauty of your surroundings.

Albufeira: Dolphins, Benagil Caves and Coastline Boat Tour

5. 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: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Caves Trip

6. Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Caves Trip

Explore the famous caves of the Algarve and try to spot dolphins from a 16-meter-long powerboat. Your trip starts at the Marina of Albufeira, where you'll set off along the coastline of the south of Portugal. Pass by the the areas of Galé, Senhora da Rocha, and Marinha until you reach Benagil cave and Carvoeiro. Marvel at the unique rock formations, then enter and explore the most famous caves. Benefit from the knowledgeable crew, who can tell you detailed information about the area. Then, cruise away from the coast to look for dolphins playing in the wild. If the weather permits, there will be a quick stop for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear ocean, before the experienced crew takes you safely back to the Albufeira Marina.

From Albufeira: Dolphin Watching with Beach BBQ and Open Bar

7. From Albufeira: Dolphin Watching with Beach BBQ and Open Bar

The cruise lasts around 5 hours and begins in the morning at the Albufeira Marina. After leaving the Marina, the vessel heads west, along the coast, so you can view the landscaped scenery of the south coast of Portugal. Then head to Nossa Senhora da Rocha where you will land on a beach inaccessible by land. Here you can perform various recreational activities, indulge in refreshing drinks and enjoy a superb BBQ meal made by the crew. Later it's time for dolphin spotting. Return to the main vessel to start searching for the playful and entertaining dolphins. The boat can easily reach 30 miles per hour and travel several miles offshore. The vessel will remain close to the wonderful dolphins for 30 minutes, before returning to the Marina de Albufeira.

Algarve: Benagil Caves Private Tour

8. Algarve: Benagil Caves Private Tour

Cruise along the stunning coast of Algarve, between the Marina de Albufeira and Carvoeiro Beach. Discover the most picturesque beaches, caves, and come across dolphins during your trip. Explore the most famous caves in Algarve and appreciate the unique beauty of the caves and rock formations. Visit the golden beach and other secret, paradisiac beaches.

Algarvian Mountain Off Road and Cave and Dolphin Boat Tour

9. Algarvian Mountain Off Road and Cave and Dolphin Boat Tour

Take an amazing safari tour along the Algarvian Mountains by comfortable Land Rover with an English-speaking driver. The safari is an off road tour in a safe and comfortable Land Rover Defender, where you will learn about the ancestry, history and traditions of the region.  Cross large fruit plantations, valleys with little villages, and streams. Learn about cork oaks, swim in crystal clear water rivers or just relax near beautiful lagoons and springs.  Taste the local "firewater" (49%) and other liquors along with some natural fruit jams and enjoy the great views from the highest peak of the region. After the drive, head to the coast for a unique boat tour, which will take you to the ocean secrets of the coastline. Pass by caves, algares and grottoes and discover the Benagil Cathedral, Marinha, Carvalho and many others gems without a name. Make a stop and go for a swim before speeding up and going out to the open sea to search for dolphins. As wild animals in their natural habitat they may not show up, but considerable effort will be made to see them before returning to the starting point, where your driver will be waiting for you to bring you back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Albufeira

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 63 reviews

Superb thrill ride! Friendly staff who speak French very well. We couldn't see any dolphins but that's not to be ordered because wild animals. With the small boat we were able to see the caves up close and even from inside. We highly recommend this activity.

Amazing. Very well organized and the tour guides johny and Paolo were fantastic. Unbelievable views of the dolphins, caves were spectacular and the swim topped it all off.. What a experience

Great tour and had the chance to see dolphins while out on the boat. Not much information was given on the tour but it was lovely to see all the caves and landscapes from the sea.

We were lucky enough to see dolphins! Great experience, very friendly guide and ground staff. Only downside: mass tourism which somewhat spoils the beauty of the caves

Perfect round ride and we got the chance to see the dolphins!