Algarve Beach trips

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Algarve: Benagil Caves and Secret Spots Guided Kayaking Tour

1. 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.

Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

2. Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

Feel like a pirate sailing the Atlantic on this unique cruise from Portimão that combines adventure and relaxation. Visit famous sites like the lighthouse of Alfanzina and the Benagil Cave. Swim in crystalline water, and walk the plank like a real pirate.  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.

Benagil: Kayak or SUP Benagil Caves & Coast Line Tour

3. Benagil: Kayak or SUP Benagil Caves & Coast Line Tour

Take a SUP or kayak tour to discover parts of the Algarve coastline where traditional tour vessels cannot go. Venture through the calm and clear ocean near the shore with a guide, exploring the beautiful Benagil coast and the most famous sea cave in the world. Meet your guide near the beautiful Benagil beach. After a quick check-in, begin your coastline and cave tour with a visit to the famous Benagil Cave. Kayak or stand up paddleboard and discover hidden gems of the coastline with your expert local guide. Visit the famous Benagil Cave, and discover hidden gems of the coastline. Enjoy some stops for swimming in the ocean, and discover secluded beaches.

Benagil: Benagil Caves Kayaking Experience

4. 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.

From Armação de Pêra: Benagil Caves and Beaches Boat Tour

5. From Armação de Pêra: Benagil Caves and Beaches Boat Tour

Discover the breathtaking scenery of the Algarve region on this boat tour departing from Armação de Pêra. Travel in the company of an expert team and experienced captain for a safe and comfortable journey. Along the way, visit 10 caves and 15 deserted beaches which are only accessible from the sea. Admire Praia da Marinha, the Albandeira Arch, and much more. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the rugged coastline between Armação de Pêra and Benagil. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the unique landscape of this region before arriving at the highlight of the trip, the world-famous Benagil Cave. On the way back, simply sit back, relax and enjoy the boat trip.

From Faro: Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Guided Day Trip

6. 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.

Lagos: Guided Kayak Tour

7. Lagos: Guided Kayak Tour

See Lagos from a different angle on this guided kayaking tour. Take off from Praia de Batata, paddle into dark caves, and relax on a sunny beach. Begin your tour at Batata Beach. Meet your guide and get into your safety gear before hopping into one of the double kayaks. Start paddling through the clear waters with your kayak partner and head towards Ponta de Piedade. As you paddle, enjoy the peace of mind brought to you by the support boat, which cruises alongside. Follow your guide's kayak into several caves, discovering fascinating rock formations. Take a rest halfway through your 2.5-hour tour on a sunny beach to sunbathe or enjoy a refreshing swim.

From Algarve: Benagil Beach Double Kayak Rental

8. 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. 

From Carvoeiro: Benagil Caves and Praia da Marinha Boat Trip

9. 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. 

Portimão: Benagil Caves and Praia de Marinha Boat Tour

10. Portimão: Benagil Caves and Praia de Marinha Boat Tour

Hop onboard the boat and immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes of the Algarve coastline. On this boat trip, you’ll discover more than 20 caves and a number of deserted beaches along the way. Start the adventure at Cais Vasco da Gama in Portimão. Along the way, you’ll see the Fort of Santa Catarina, the Ferragudo Castle, and the small fishing village of Ferragudo. From the sea, you’ll be able to admire the beaches of Pintadinho, Paradise, and Carvoeiro. Visit one of the world's most exotic beaches, Praia da Marinha, where you can go swimming. Finally, on your perfectly-sized boat, visit the interior of the visually striking Benagil Sea Cave.

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4.5 / 5

based on 5,611 reviews

This was the second time I booked this cruise. The crew is friendly and works very hard to give each person the best experience possible. The skill of the boat captains is phenomenal; they expertly get you in and out of the caves for a great viewing experience. The barbecue on the beach was a relaxing end to the trip.

No better way to start your morning then a gentle kayak out at the sea! Ruben was an awesome guide - made sure everyone in the group was safe and shared lots of info about Lagos

Staff were amazing ! Went above and beyond to ensure we had fun. We got to see lots of dolphins (in November!) and in general had an amazing day out

Was an amazing experience! The ship crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you

Great value, excellent boat maneuvering, educational, and a wonderful experience.