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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.

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Portimão: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Speed Boat Tour

2. Portimão: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Speed Boat Tour

Meet your guide at the pier in Portimao and listen to a short safety briefing. Then, board the RIB speed boat to start the journey out to sea. On your way, the guide will tell you stories about the Arade River and the Algarve region. Admire views of the Fort of Santa Catarina, the Ferragudo castle, as well as a quaint fishing village along the coast. See many dramatic caves and cliffs as you travel along the coast. Keep a lookout, as dolphins can often be seen navigating the waters here. 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 mammals. Then, head inside the famous Benagil Caves, which are only reachable by boat. Marvel at the naturally-formed holes at the top, which let the sunlight filter down to the sandy beach below in a beautiful display. Listen to the echoes and the sound of the wind and let yourself be moved by these impressive natural surroundings. On the way back to the marina, the boat will make a brief stop so you can go swimming.

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Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Caves Cruise

3. Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Caves Cruise

Look for dolphins and other marine life off the coast of the Algarve on a 2.5-hour cruise by boat. Explore sea caves, look for 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.

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Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

4. 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.

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Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

5. Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

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.

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Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

6. Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

The Algarve coast brings to mind pirate adventures, and pristine beaches. Today you will explore the coast between Albufeira Marina and Capvoeiro beach on a luxury boat that offers you the chance to swim, relax, and maybe even see a dolphin or two! Begin with a relaxing ride through the caves and rock formations that make this landscape so unique. Then head out to sea in your search for the dolphins who call these waters home. Your boat is the perfect vessel for dolphin exploration, and these playful and fun animals are truly a sight to behold! Your expert guide will share with you interesting facts and history on this memorable trip.

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Albufeira: Dolphins, Benagil Caves and Coastline Boat Tour

7. 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.

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From Portimão: 2-Hour Benagil Caves Boat Tour

8. From Portimão: 2-Hour Benagil Caves Boat Tour

Depart from Portimão and take in breathtaking views of the coast on your way to these world-famous caves. With the small boat it will be possible sail inside some of them, the most popular one being Algar de Benagil. Your knowledgeable guide will show you caves so hidden, that you wouldn't spot them one your own. They will also explain all there is to know about these natural formations and reveal some of their secrets. Travel in comfort on this boat tour that can be adapted to your needs, in case you want to stay longer in a specific cave.

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From Albufeira: Dolphins and Caves 2.5-Hour Boat Trip

9. From Albufeira: Dolphins and Caves 2.5-Hour Boat Trip

Climb aboard a unique catamaran in the marina of Albufeira for a 2-hour trip along the coast of the Algarve. Look for native wildlife, including whales, sharks, turtles and sea birds, and encounter dolphins in their natural environment. Benefit from the chance to admire these friendly animals in the water, and keep your eyes open for the prevalent, short-beaked common dolphin and bottlenose dolphins that can live for up to 45 years and reach 4 meters in length. Along the way, marvel at the caves and rock formations that make the south coast of Portugal one of the most beautiful in the world.

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Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Caves Trip

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Benagil

I took an Uber from Tivoli in Vilamoura and got to portimao for 3pm. My previous bookings for the boat ride in Vilamoura were cancelled due to bad weather. I was so glad I could make this day before my flight back to UK. Crew members Rita, Hugo and Ricardo we’re absolutely amazing. Rita had an amazing sense of humour and made us laugh so much. She kept making sure I was okay and asked if I needed anything. Hugo and Ricardo helped us step into the boat demonstrating good ways and bad ways to get it which was funny. Lol We took some amazing pictures and was fascinated by the history of portimao guided by Rita. On the way back the music was perfect, It was a vibe and really allowed me to be in my zone and experience the return back to the port.

My partner and I had a wonderful time on our boat trip. We had the first trip in the morning which meant it was more quiet than usual. We had the boat and all the caves to ourselves for the whole trip. The tour started at the pier and took us all the way to the Benagil Caves. On the way there though, we were shown many other beautiful caves and formations in the cliffs. Miguel was our guide. He told us all about the rock formations as well as some history of this region of Portugal. The crew was very welcoming and made our trip comfortable and fun. I highly recommend choosing this Tour!

I loved this tour. It was the coolest thing I did in Portugal. Rita, my guide and Ricardo, the captain were kind enough to follow through with my scheduled tour even though I was the only one who booked. Rita was very knowledgeable about the different beaches, names of the caves and surrounding towns. She took pictures for me since I was traveling alone. Very happy with this experience and would highly recommend to others.

Nuno was a great guide! Engaging and specracular boat trip. Was well organized with clear instructions.

Even though we didn't see the dolphins it was great! Thanks!