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Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave Boat Cruise

1. 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.

Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

2. Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

Depart from the marina in Portimão and sail towards the beautiful caves of Algar de Benagil. Enjoy the fantastic views of Praia da Rocha, Farol de Alfazina, Praia de Carvoeiro, Praia de Benagil, and Praia da Marinha throughout this 3.5-hour catamaran cruise. Admire the stunning rock formations dotted along the coast, which date back to the Jurrasic period. Drop anchor at the bay of João de Arens bay where you can top up your tan, swim, or do some paddle boarding or snorkeling. Be sure to keep a lookout for the friendly dolphins who inhabit the waters of the region.

Albufeira: Benagil Cave and Dolphin Sightseeing Boat Cruise

3. Albufeira: Benagil Cave and Dolphin Sightseeing Boat Cruise

Discover the beauty of Algarve's dynamic coast from the water while looking for playful dolphins on this cruise from Albufeira. Speed over the water in a semi-rigid craft and admire the beaches of São Rafael, Galé Salgados, and Armação de Pêra. View the Albandeira caves and the famed Benagil cave.  Start your tour from the Albufeira Marina, with a briefing where your guide will explain safety measures and let you know everything that you are going to visit in detail. Depart from the Albufeira Marina and make your way west along the shore. Pass by the golden sands of the beaches of Arrifes, São Rafael, Galé Salgados, and Armação de Pêra. Visit Senhora da Rocha beach and capture pictures of its caves. Head to the Albandeira caves and rock formations and the emblematic Marinha beach. Continue to the stunning Benagil cave and finish your tour of the caves near the red-domed Alfanzina Lighthouse. Finally, search for frolicking dolphins or other marine mammals. Listen as your guide tells you about these majestic creatures. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Benagil & Coastline on Eco-Friendly Catamaran

4. Benagil & Coastline on Eco-Friendly Catamaran

Enjoy nature, with zero emissions onboard a solar-powered catamaran in a tranquil environment. Sail east into the ocean, passing Carvoeiro and Algar Seco with unforgettable scenery. See wonderful picturesque beaches and rock formations along the way. As the catamaran is quiet and does not pollute the ocean, you will be able to feel a deep connection with nature. Approach Benagil Cave and stop to refresh yourself with a swim, sunbathe or enjoy some drinks at the bar. During the boat trip, enter between 2 and 4 caves, depending on the tides and weather. Get access to all information about points of interest with a Sun Boat app. Don’t forget your camera to take beautiful pictures of the coastal scenery along the way.

From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

5. From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

Departing from Marina de Portimão, your guide will take you on this 1 hour 45 minute cruise to the world-famous Jurassic caves and rock formations of the Algar de Benagil and Carvoeiro. On the way, take in views of the amazing beach of Praia da Rocha, followed by the Ponta do Altar Lighthouse, Carvoeiro village, Algar Seco, and the Alfazina Lighthouse. Cruise along before arriving at the journey's highlight, the Algar de Benagil. Stop here for some time to take photos and admire the hidden beach of this magical and ancient cave. Head then towards Praia da Marinha, one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Relax while sailing along the coast on the way back to the marina in Portimão. Prepare to be amazed as you pass magnificent scenery and all your favorite spots from the way there.

Portimão: Private Benagil Cave Boating Tour

6. Portimão: Private Benagil Cave Boating Tour

Departing from the beach at Portimão, head out to the water where the fun begins. Once away from the beach, use a paddle board to gain access to the famous Benagil Cave, or to just paddle around for fun. Enter caves including the natural wonder of Benagil Cave, and see places such as Carvoeiro Village, the “Doll" in Algar Seco, and the Alfanzina Lighthouse. Encounter famous local beaches, including Vale Centeanes Beach, Carvalho Beach, Benagil Beach, and the world-famous Marinha Beach. Throughout your tour you will stop for approximately 30 minutes to do some snorkeling, paddle, access a private beach, or top up your tan on the padded sundeck.

From Portimão: Private Boat Tour to Benagil Cave

7. From Portimão: Private Boat Tour to Benagil Cave

Join this guided journey along the Algarve coastline to Benagil Cave. This fun and fantastic adventure will fully immerse you in the natural beauty of Portugal. From the pier of Clube Naval de Portimão, begin your boat ride along the coastline, admiring its churches, castles, and beautiful caves. As you glide over the water, your guide will tell you sometimes spooky ancient stories and teach you about the history of the Arade River. All boats are equipped with VHF Radios synchronized with dolphin-watching vessels. If these breathtaking animals are spotted within a 3-mile radius, the boat will go to their location.   Take in the unbelievable beauty of Benagil Cave, with its naturally formed hole at the top that lets the sunlight filter down to the sandy beach below. Listen to the echoes of the wind and let yourself be calmed by your surroundings.

Portimão: Benagil Cave and Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve Tour

8. Portimão: Benagil Cave and Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve Tour

From the pier of São Francisco in Portimão, you will board a boat. After a warm welcome, the safety procedures will be explained. Then, the journey towards the famous Benagil Cave will start. Along the way, admire other beautiful caves along the coast and hear old stories about them from your guide. If you're lucky, you will be able to see dolphins. All the boats are equipped with radios that will be tuned in to the same channel as the dolphin watching boats. If dolphins are spotted, which is very frequent on the Algarvian coast, and they are within 2 nautical miles, you will have the opportunity to see them. After stopping at the Benagil Cave to take pictures, the boat will continue to the breathtaking Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve. The marshland of the Alvor estuary is one of the finest places on the Algarve for birdwatching, so it's likely you'll spot pink flamingos and many other bird species. On the way back to Portimão, admire the impressive Praia do Alvor, one of the largest sandy beaches of the Algarve.

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What people are saying about Alfanzina Lighthouse

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 763 reviews

We did an afternoon Boat trip at around 2:30pm, the weather was about 31 degrees! It was an amazing day for the boat, it still gets a little chilly out at sea as you’re going so fast in the wind but once you stop at the caves it’s much warmer! We unfortunately didn’t see any dolphins, however it’s never guaranteed! Apparently they show themselves more in the mornings. I highly recommend the trip, even if you don’t see dolphins it’s great fun! The guys on the boat are so friendly & helpful! It was an amazing experience, the caves are stunning!! The only thing I would say to make it a better experience is, if you could stop off for a swim! Me and my boyfriend would have loved to of done that, that’s the only thing I’d say that would have made it even better.

It was a wonderful trip - Fernando was super nice and explained a lot of things to us. Also we got to see the dolphins, it was so cool!! Would highly recommend to bring a sweater and dress properly because the wind is extremely cold

really nice tour! we were lucky and saw many dolphins + the caves are beautiful. a must do if you are in Algarve!

The staff was on top, a walk near the rocks, the caves are magnificent and the catamaran is silent!

Amazing experience you must to go visit caves and saw dolphins