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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.

Benagil: Benagil Caves Kayaking Experience

2. 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

3. 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.

Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave

4. Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave

Look for dolphins and other marine life off the coast of the Algarve on a 2.5-hour cruise by boat. Explore sea caves, including the Benagil Sea Cave, enjoy close ocean animal encounters, and swim next to beautiful beaches. Depart from the Marina de Albufeira and head towards Carvoeiro Beach enjoying the breathtaking landscapes, pleasant weather, and crystal-clear waters of Portugal's southern shore along the way. Marvel at the contrast of colors between the rocky cliffs and caves, the blue of the sea and the indigenous flora and fauna. Get a safety briefing to ensure you are comfortable once on board the boat, and enjoy the services of an experienced captain throughout the journey. Benefit from life jackets and raincoats to keep you safe and dry on the trip. Explore a selection of sea caves along the coast of the Algarve, looking for dolphins and other animals on your adventure. Enter the caves for up-close encounters, and swim next to beautiful beaches to make this an experience to remember for a lifetime.

Algarve: Zoomarine Amusement Park Entry Ticket

5. 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.

Portimão: Benagil Caves Cruise with Dolphin Watching

6. Portimão: Benagil Caves Cruise with Dolphin Watching

Join a marine biologist on a guided cruise of the Benagil Caves. Cruise in search of dolphins, visit the stunning coves of the Algarve coast, and cruise into the iconic Algar de Benagil cave. Set sail from Portimão and head to the Marinha beach. As you sail, hear live commentary about the area's geology and marine life from a marine biologist. Stop at the famous cave Algar de Benagil to take an Instagram-perfect picture. Cruise down the Algarve coast and stop to visit hidden caves and secluded coves. At one of the beaches, dive off the boat and swim in the clear water. Next, leave the coast behind and sail off into the Atlantic in search of dolphins. Get videos of these playful creatures jumping and swimming around the boat before returning to the mainland.

Algarve: Benagil Sea Cave Sunrise or Sunset Kayak Experience

7. 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.

Vilamoura: Benagil Cave Boat Tour with Entry

8. Vilamoura: Benagil Cave Boat Tour with Entry

Explore the famous Benagil Caves from Vilamoura on a customized boat tour. Discover the stunning rock formations, beaches, and other sights with a chance to spot dolphins during the journey. You will depart from the Vilamoura Marina and your skipper will welcome you on board one of the 4 custom-built boats. Your skipper will travel along the stretch of the coast leading toward the Benagil Cave, where you will have the opportunity to view all the other stunning rock formations and secluded beaches along the way. Once at the Benagil Cave the boat will enter the caves safely and securely, so you can sit back, enjoy, and take in the beautiful views. This location is simply breathtaking and will make for many perfect photo opportunities. This cave tour will visit many other beautiful locations en route, and your guide will aim to locate wild dolphins whenever possible.

From Lagos: Benagil Sea Caves Speedboat Tour

9. From Lagos: Benagil Sea Caves Speedboat Tour

Hop onboard one of our specifically designed speed boats for a unique adventure to Benagil. Despite the distance of 12 nautical miles from Lagos to the coast of Carvoeiro and Benagil. Enter the various caves in the area that are not accessible from larger vessels. Listen as the guide tells stories about the Algarve region along the way. Visit amazing caves and hidden grottos from the inside, and see natural wonders that can't be reached in any other way. Keep a lookout, as dolphins can often be seen navigating the waters here, and if they are spotted and are less than 3 miles away, the boat will head in their direction so you can get a closer look at these playful animals. Enjoy a unique adventure on every tour, depending upon the tide and sea conditions, which will determine which caves and areas you can visit. Return to Lagos at the end of your tour.

From Faro: Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Guided Day Trip

10. 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.

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4.6 / 5

based on 8,312 reviews

The communication was perfect. The night before I was contacted by WA and all details were sent through it. Meeting point, photo with it, everything necessary to have a stress free preparation. When we arrived, a bit late, the skipper was waiting for us. His name is William, a great character with a lot of experience sailing the region. Every minute it was safe and although we booked 4 hours we were in total 5 hours on the journey. 3 islands, great info/food! I recommend these guys! Really local and good value!

My family including my teenage son had a fantastic time in the speed boat trip led by Mr.Petro and his crew. We were extremely lucky to see the beautiful Dolphins in the sea. The coastal lines and caves were also breathtaking. Definitely recommended.

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! *****

It was a pleasant trip showing the native culture and history of Algarve. The guide was knowledgeable about the local life and vegetation. Would recommend.

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