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Algarve: Benagil Caves Guided Kayaking Tour

1. Algarve: Benagil Caves 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.

From Benagil: Benagil Beach Kayak Rental

2. From Benagil: Benagil Beach Kayak Rental

Explore the beautiful Algarve coastline on your own self-guided adventure by renting a kayak. Paddle along the coast and discover the rock formations, with the Benagil Cave a short distance away. Meet on Benagil Beach and receive all your equipment to begin your own adventure. Head into the water and paddle at your own pace. Admire the fantastic views of the coastline as you create your own route. Head to the famous Benagil Cave, which is located a short distance from the beach. Spend more time at the cave than you would on a guided tour, and explore more of the coastline and the place that are of most interest to you.

Portimão: Benagil Caves Cruise with Dolphin Watching

3. 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.

Benagil: Kayak or SUP Benagil Caves & Coast Line Tour

4. 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.

From Lagos: Kayaking and Boat Cave Explorer Tour

5. From Lagos: Kayaking and Boat Cave Explorer Tour

Hop aboard and explore the sea caves and beaches of Ponta da Piedade on a tour by kayak and boat from Lagos. Admire the beautiful golden sand beaches created over millions of years, and listen to your guide as they explain the rules of navigation and how to use your kayak gear for your safety. Once at Ponta da Piedade, board your kayak and follow the guide through the beautiful caves and small beaches the area is famous for. After your kayak adventure, get the chance to go for a swim in the crystal clear waters. Then, jump back on board and relax on the way back to the city.

From Lagos: Algarve Cruise by Catamaran

6. From Lagos: Algarve Cruise by Catamaran

Climb aboard a catamaran cruise from Lagos to Praia da Luz and back. Depart Lagos and see the mesmerizing beaches and rock formations of the golden coast of the western Algarve. Sail towards the stunning cliffs and grottoes of Ponta da Piedade and continue to Praia da Luz, known for its volcanic landscape and palm tree-lined promenade. While the boat is anchored in a secluded bay, dive into the inviting waters and make use of available paddle boards, snorkeling gear, and a water trampoline. After your swim stop it's time to relax and soak up the sun on the sunbathing net as the boat calmly cruises through the peaceful waters back to Lagos.

Parasailing Vilamoura

7. Parasailing Vilamoura

This parasailing Vilamoura boat trip experience lasts for about an hour on the boat and 8-10 minutes in the air flying in the parachute. Come and join aboard a state of the art custom built Cherokee boat and have an unforgettable parasailing flying experience from your parachute in the sky as you cruise along the Algarve coastline from the Vilamoura Marina. Sit back and relax, enjoy this parasailing experience and take in the breathtaking views of the beautiful beaches and cliffs along the coast of the Algarve. For the braver ones, have a dip in the Atlantic Ocean Sea while sitting comfortably in your parasailing parachute. Be thrilled as you’re gently lifted off the deck of this custom built parasailing vessel and up to 200m into the air! In the distance you have the whole view of the Vilamoura and Quarteira beach line with it’s beautiful golden sands.

Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

8. 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.

Algarve: Jet Ski Rental in Armação de Pêra

9. Algarve: Jet Ski Rental in Armação de Pêra

Get an adrenaline rush at the controls of a jet ski and set sail from the lovely village of Armação de Pêra, one of the last places in the Algarve where fishing boats are launched from and return to the beach. Have fun cresting the waves as you open up the throttle and reach fast speeds off the coast. Receive a safety briefing upon arrival and then depart alone or accompanied. Each jet ski can accommodate 1 or 2 people. Learn about all the features so that you can have fun out on the water in safety. Access areas along the coast, including some of the secret sea caves. Embrace the freedom of the sea and get extreme emotions in the crystal clear waters of Armacao de Pera bay.

Lagos: Dolphin and Sea Life Watching Experience

10. Lagos: Dolphin and Sea Life Watching Experience

Dolphin watching is a must-do activity for anyone visiting the Algarve! With a tour provider that has over 30-years experience, you can get up close and personal to one of nature's most spectacular and fascinating creatures.  Take part in a tour with the first ever company to search for dolphins in Algarve, and enjoy the experience with guides who have over 30-years experience. This is a day trip along the stunning coast of Southern Portugal you'll never forget. You have the ability to go on a boat ride that will suit all your adventure needs, including, riding on a world-renowned dolphin searching boat "the Tornado rib". Feel the thrill of the wind in your face as you glide across the glistening Atlantic Ocean in search of beautiful bottlenose and common dolphins or even other different species of Wildlife, before gently settling amongst the pods to watch them dance and play in their natural habitat. This tour lasts approximately 90-minutes and runs throughout each day from Lagos, Alvor and Portimão.

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What people are saying about Algarve

Really enjoyable experience. Views incredible, wish it could have lasted longer. Lovely way to spend an hour. Great to have shared the experience with my 15 year old son who was nervous initially but loved the experience. Lovely memory for us both.

We really enjoyed ourselves. From 14 years old to 81 years old. A stable boat with both shade and sun. Nice music playing. Lovely stop in a cove with crystal clear waters and fun stuff to do. Kind, attentive staff. A must!

Fabulous trip. Well organised and easy to find the meeting point. The trip allowed us to explore the caves (from a difference) and allowed us time to paddle board and swim in the sea! Highly recommend!

Excellent experience...it was our first time on jet-ski....and we had a ball....would recommend it for over 50's...always a first time for everything..

Really great activity, smoothly run and staff were very friendly.