Water activity

Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

Activity provider: Santa Bernarda
Water activity

Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

Activity provider: Santa Bernarda

From US$ 37.53 per person

Navigate along the coast on a big ship complete with shade, toilets, and bar service during this relaxing coastal cruise. Transfer to a small boat to explore the scenic caves, and enjoy swimming in front of Marinha Beach.

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Duration 3 hours
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Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible


  • Hoist the sails of a medieval-style discovery vessel
  • Board a traditional wooden dingis to explore inside the caves
  • Walk the plank to leap into the ocean like a true pirate
  • Take in views of mediaeval castles and keep an eye out for dolphins
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Full description

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.

  • Coastal cruise
  • Small-boat cave tour
  • Insurance
  • Life vests
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Board your ship at the Vasco da Gama pier, next to Clube Naval and the Portimão Museum. Your ship is named the Santa Bernarda Pirate Ship.

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Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 546 reviews

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The pirate ship was incredible and the crew was great. We received a high level of customer service and our kids were very happy with the experience! However, do be warned that when the sea is rough, (during winter months the crew informed us) the crew will continue the tour even when they possibly should not have. We took our trip in January 2023 and the water was rocky. Several passengers became ill and still, we finished the voyage at sea. Also, no guarantees of visiting the Benegil caves as the water was again too rough for the smaller boat to get to the caves safely. We wish we could have been warned of the conditions and turned back sooner when the water got rough, but such is the life of a pirate!

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March 21, 2023

We had the most amazing day ever. It was a dream come through for us. The crew onboard were amazing and so nice and friendly. I genuinely cannot recommend this once in a lifetime experience enough. Thank you to everyone one of the crew and especially the wonderful captain for giving us an absolutely amazing lifelong memory.

March 21, 2023

We had a great experience! Very professional and well run activity. Getting into the smaller boats to view the caves is not too bad as the crew helps you. Life jackets are handed out after you’re seated. We were able to get amazing pictures inside the caves!

March 21, 2023

Product ID: 310848