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Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Caves & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

1. Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Caves & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Look for dolphins and hidden caves on a half-day dolphin watching cruise of the Algarve from Albufeira. Bring your swimsuit and towel, as the activity includes a stop for a swim. Marvel at the rock formations, and access areas that other vessels can’t reach. A marine biologist will be on board to provide all necessary information about these wonderful creatures. Be aware that as dolphins are wild animals, sightings can not be guaranteed.

Algarve: Zoomarine Amusement Park Entry Ticket

2. Algarve: Zoomarine Amusement Park Entry Ticket

Treat yourself and your family to a full day of marine-themed learning, relaxation, and excitement at the Algarve Zoomarine Amusement Park. See a dolphin show, wonder at the aquarium, relax at the Zoomarine beach, and enjoy educational areas for the kids. See a spectacular dolphin presentation that is both educational and entertaining – get close to sea lions and seals, and walk among birds of prey and tropical birds in an enchanted forest. Learn about the oceans in the aquarium, an educational tour to the amazing underwater world. The pedagogical area has more than 20 ecosystems, distributed according to the central theme. Finish off by riding the Rapid River rafts, a fun and exciting ride. Relax at the Zoomarine Beach, a new aquatic fun area, where you will find a wave pool surrounded by white sand, water slides, swimming pools and an aquatic playground.

Benagil: Guided Kayaking Tour to Caves and Secret Spots

3. Benagil: Guided Kayaking Tour to Caves and Secret Spots

Get off the beaten track with a guided kayaking tour to the Benagil caves with an instructor. Navigate along towering cliffs and around stunning rock formations on a turquoise sea. Stop for a refreshing swim at a breathtaking location. Meet your guide at an easy-to-locate restaurant and get set up with your high-quality paddle, kayak, dry bag, and life vest. Get some instructions on how to use your kayak most effectively from your guide before embarking on your coastal adventure. Make your way along stretches of golden coastline and over crystal-clear waters that are teeming with shimmering fish. Capture pictures of the Benagil caves as light streams through from above, illuminating the cave and azure water. Learn about how these geological formations were crafted by the wind and waves over time. Cool off with a dive into the water and admire this other-worldly landscape as you swim along the beach. Return to the meeting point at the end of your tour.

Lagos: Dolphin Watching with Professional Marine Biologists

4. Lagos: Dolphin Watching with Professional Marine Biologists

Dolphin watching is a must-do activity for anyone visiting the Algarve! With a tour provider that has over 30-years experience, you can get up close and personal to one of nature's most spectacular and fascinating creatures.  Take part in a tour with the first ever company to search for dolphins in Algarve, and enjoy the experience with guides who have over 30-years experience. This is a day trip along the stunning coast of Southern Portugal you'll never forget. You have the ability to go on a boat ride that will suit all your adventure needs, including, riding on a world-renowned dolphin searching boat "the Tornado rib". Feel the thrill of the wind in your face as you glide across the glistening Atlantic Ocean in search of beautiful bottlenose and common dolphins or even other different species of Wildlife, before gently settling amongst the pods to watch them dance and play in their natural habitat. This tour lasts approximately 90-minutes and runs throughout each day from Lagos, Alvor and Portimão.

Albufeira: Coastline and Benagil Caves Tour by Catamaran

5. 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.

Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave Boat Cruise

6. Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave Boat Cruise

Climb aboard a small boat in Albufeira marina and journey along the coastline of the Algarve for 18 kilometers. Enjoy watching dolphins in their natural habitat with commentary from a guide and marine biologist. See the Alfanzina Lighthouse and the seaside Benagil Cave. Journey with a captain with expert knowledge of this part of the coastline. Sail to the Alfanzina Lighthouse and be amazed by the beaches and rock formations along the way. Marvel at the stunning sea caves, including the famous rock formations of Benagil Cave. Cool down with a swim in the sea, if conditions permit, and then look for the lovable dolphins as they frolic in the water. Feel the sea breeze on your face as you take in the scenic views. Learn about the surrounding marine life from the local marine biologist onboard.

From Benagil: Benagil Beach Kayak Rental

7. From Benagil: Benagil Beach Kayak Rental

Explore the beautiful Algarve coastline on your own self-guided adventure by renting a kayak. Paddle along the coast and discover the rock formations, with the Benagil Cave a short distance away. Meet on Benagil Beach and receive all your equipment to begin your own adventure. Head into the water and paddle at your own pace. Admire the fantastic views of the coastline as you create your own route. Head to the famous Benagil Cave, which is located a short distance from the beach. Spend more time at the cave than you would on a guided tour, and explore more of the coastline and the place that are of most interest to you.

From Albufeira: Benagil Hidden Caves Tour by Kayak or SUP

8. From Albufeira: Benagil Hidden Caves Tour by Kayak or SUP

Uncover the treasures of Benagil's coast on a stand-up paddle and kayak tour from Albufeira. Follow your guide to hidden caves and secluded beaches, and enjoy a drink on your boat ride back to the marina. Start your Benagil tour and depart from Albufeira Marina on a specially-built boat. Enjoy the stunning views of the coastline as you sail in the boat for 40 minutes, before stopping and transferring to the Kayak or SUPs. Paddle into the caves and caverns and stop to take pictures of the rock formations. You can choose to paddleboard and embrace the freedom to move around. You can reposition yourself to wherever you feel comfortable, standing up or on your knees. Have a safe and rewarding experience regardless of age or skill level. Alternatively, you can ride in a single kayak or double kayak. Gain confidence even as a beginner with a water safety briefing from your guide before starting the tour. Take a dive in the ocean before returning to the marina by boat, where you can enjoy a cool drink on board.

From Lagos: Cruise to the Caves of Ponta da Piedade

9. From Lagos: Cruise to the Caves of Ponta da Piedade

Discover the beauty of the Portuguese coastline on this cruise from Lagos to Ponta da Piedade point. Capture pictures of stunning rock formations and small beaches that are only accessible by boat.  Board the ship in Lagos and embark on your adventure. Snap pictures of sweeping city views as you sail away from the shore. Travel in a comfortable and well-maintained vessel to the Ponta da Piedade point.  Get some sun on deck as you sail. Compare the fantastical rock formations to things like an elephant or camel. Peer into sea-carved grottos and watch the blue waves beat against the sandstone rocks.  Sail into a turquoise lagoon surrounded by imposing cliffs. Let the natural beauty of this popular natural attraction take your breath away. Return to your starting point in Lagos at the end of your tour. 

Albufeira: 2-Hour Caves and Cliffs Kayaking Experience

10. Albufeira: 2-Hour Caves and Cliffs Kayaking Experience

After getting equipped with a lifejacket, kayak, and paddle, receive a brief introduction to kayaking 101. Then, it's time to get in the water with the instructors and start your kayaking adventure. The first moments will be spent to get familiarized with the newly learned paddling techniques. Once everyone in the group feels comfortable, set off to discover the magical landscapes and cliffs of Albufeira. Get up close to the cliffs and pass through stunning caves. Discover some hidden beaches around the area. Take a break at one of the hidden beaches and enjoy some free time to explore the area. Then, it's time to paddle back to the starting point in Coelha Beach where your kayaking experience ends.

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We have seen the dolphins and caves with a short history behind the caves. Tour was planned for 2.5hrs initially, however we were searching for the dolphins 1h15mins before we get message from another bout who found them - we immediately have turned to that way and were lucky to see them. very cooperative boat drivers - thank you for that. then we spent around 15 minutes with dolphins and in order to respect their privacy - turned to the caves and left the place. it is awesome experience to see the real nature and it's life. overall tour took 2h45min and definitely worth the money we've paid. highly recommended!

We were perfectly on time, the skipper and host are very knowledgable, friendly and professional. I will join these guys any tome again.

Activity which worth the money I've paid. very friendly driver and cool views of the Algarve coast. recommended

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

Good ride down the coast and caves, the crew managed to find the dolphins for us. Great trip.