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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.

Benagil Beach: Standup Paddle Board and Kayak Rental

2. 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: Kayak Tour of Benagil Caves

3. Portimão: Kayak Tour of Benagil Caves

Enjoy a cruise along the Algarve coast to the Benagil Caves where you'll have the opportunity to explore the caves by kayak. Your catamaran will depart from the Marina of Portimão. Aboard, the crew will brief you on the kayak equipment and kayaking skills. You'll cruise along the coast to Albandeira Beach. From the beach, you'll paddle to the Benagil Caves. Along the way, you'll have the chance to visit other caves and enjoy the golden coast. Your experienced guide will point out local landmarks and direct you to the most interesting spots including the impressive Captain’s Cave, Barraquinho Beach, Baraço Cave, and the world famous Marinha Beach. There's even time for a quick swim. If you get tired, you can always get back on board the catamaran for a rest, before heading back to the marina. Your catamaran has toilets, comfortable seats, and a professional crew. If you don't feel like kayaking and just want to enjoy the views from the catamaran, you're welcome on this tour, too.

Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave Boat Cruise

4. 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 Algarve: Benagil Beach Double Kayak Rental

5. From Algarve: Benagil Beach Double Kayak Rental

Visit the spectacular caves and desert beaches of the Benagil area with a double kayak rental. Admire the Algarve's main attractions from the water, such as the Benagil Caves and pristine beaches. You will see breathtaking rock formations, including the famous Benagil Caves. Paddle the kayaks and enter the caves to see the area at your own pace. During your kayak ride, spot some of the Algarve's local fish and sea birds of the region. You can take photos while marveling at the scenic beauty of the area. Enjoy a 2-hour ride full of fun and adventure. 

Lagoa: 2.5-Hour Vineyard Dinner with Winetasting

6. Lagoa: 2.5-Hour Vineyard Dinner with Winetasting

Enjoy a vibrant evening of good food and delicious wine. Trade stories with family and friends over the table and admire the stunning views of the Algarvian countryside. Take a seat for a traditional dinner with sunset views of the Monchique mountains. Sample award-winning wines and experience the flavors of authentic Algarvian dishes. Throughout the evening, enjoy a delicious menu inspired by family recipes passed down through generations and hear the history of the estate and its unique terrain and vineyards.

From Carvoeiro: Benagil Caves and Praia da Marinha Boat Trip

7. From Carvoeiro: Benagil Caves and Praia da Marinha Boat Trip

Explore the stunning Benagil Caves on this boat tour from Carvoeiro. Cruise into the Algar de Benagil cave and breeze by the Arches of Praia da Marinha. Go for a dip in the sea at a scenic location, when conditions are safe.  Check-in at the activity provider's ticket booth on Carvoeiro beach. Put on a life jacket and follow your guide to the boat. Hop aboard the small but comfortable boat and set off along the coast. Pass by towering cliffs, hidden coves, and long stretches of beach with golden sand. Take in views of the Algar Seco cave and the white sand beaches of Vale Covo and Praia do Carvalho. Capture pictures as you glide by the 63-meter tall Farol de Alfanzina lighthouse. See a cave which got its name from a sunken steamboat.  Enter the famed Algar de Benagil cave and have time to snap some more pictures before skirting by breathtaking caves and rock formations on your way towards the unique landscape of the Arches of Praia da Marinha which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Cool off on a swim stop, when sea and weather conditions are right at a safe location outside caves in turquoise waters. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour. 

From Benagil: Coast Boat Tour with Benagil Cave Photo Stop

8. From Benagil: Coast Boat Tour with Benagil Cave Photo Stop

Embark on a boat trip along the coast of Benagil and admire the spectacular scenery. Enjoy the views of caves, cliffs, beaches, and coves as you cruise. Depart from Benagil Beach and set off along the coastline. Discover over 15 different caves along the coast, as well as a swallow hole and various secluded beaches such as Carvalho Beach and Marinha Beach. Stop for 15 minutes at the famous Benagil Cave. You will disembark on the shore, allowing you to take plenty of photos of this iconic natural landmark. Admire the sight of the imposing Alfanzina Lighthouse that overlooks the coastline, before heading back to Benagil.

Benagil: Benagil Cave SUP Tour from Carvalho Beach

9. Benagil: Benagil Cave SUP Tour from Carvalho Beach

The tour will start at the magnificent Carvalho beach. A small beach totally surrounded and protected by its limestone cliffs where the access is through a tunnel carved by the older generations of the area. From there, you will get your stand up paddle board and depart on an unforgettable ride with a guide. First, you'll see the most breathtaking caves, “algars” and natural formations always with one of our guides taking the lead, making sure that everybody is safe and having the most fun. You'll see around 10 caves and during the experience and enter in about 5! We drop off inside at the most famous cave of Portugal, the “Algar” of Benagil. There, you’re gonna have the chance to feel its mighty energy and relax. Gopro10 photos will be taken and delivered to you We intend to take small groups on our tours (maximum 10 people), so we can develop a closer relation with you and make sure that everyone has the attention that is needed. Additionally, we will get away from the typical confusion of the high season by doing a route that is way calmer and most of the people don’t know about. One of the main goals is to give you a calm, fun and relaxing experience so you won’t forget Algarve and the BrotheRootz spirit and way of living. We will finish our journey, once again, at Carvalho beach.

Krazy World Interactive Zoo & Park Entrance

10. Krazy World Interactive Zoo & Park Entrance

Visit an interactive zoo with activities for the entire family. Interact with and feed dwarf goats, llamas, and deer at the petting farm. Explore the new dinosaur exhibit at the Terra Exotika See the biggest snake in Europe in the Reptile Pavillion. View and interact with several species of exotic animals such as the birds in the aviary, wallabies, and lemurs. After the visit to the animals enjoy lunch at our restaurant, viewing one of our many presentations with animals. Take a refreshing swim in the swimming pool or jump down the water slide. Enjoy various activities such as tree climbing, pedal karts, inflatables, pony rides, or the 18-hole mini-golf circuit. For colder or rainy days there is a large indoor area with a restaurant, inflatable bouncy castle, and stage for animal presentations.

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based on 4,160 reviews

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!

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.

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.