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Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

1. 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.

Portimão: Benagil Grottoes Boat Cruise

2. Portimão: Benagil Grottoes Boat Cruise

Enjoy a visit to the beautiful grottoes of the Algarve in a comfortable boat. Beautiful cliffs, dramatic grottoes and sandy beaches make this tour a magical experience.  Depart from Portimão, passing the scenic fishing village of Ferragudo and the historic fortress that overlooks the beach. Cruise slowly towards Carvoeiro, passing by secluded beaches. Relax and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery along the way. You will then head into the different grottoes at Algar Seco and Benagil. Admire the natural rock formations that have been formed by erosion and the power of the sea. On the way back, stop to swim in the clear waters of the Atlantic.

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.

From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

4. From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

Discover the beautiful Benagil Sea Cave on a catamaran cruise from Portimão. Admire views of Ferragudo fishing village before landing on Benagil beach. Head into the cave on a small boat and enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch prepared for you on the beach. Depart from Portimão and pass by the pretty fishing village of Ferragudo and the historic castle that overlooks the beach. Cruise at ease towards the east and don’t forget your camera to capture the beautiful coastal scenery along the way. Head towards the grottoes at Benagil, where on small boats the tour will take you into different grottoes. Marvel at the natural rock formations and be transported to the beach, where you can soak in the sun. In the meantime, the crew prepares a delicious BBQ for you on the beach with bread, salad, mixed grill, complete with an open bar with red or white wine, water, orangeade.  Travel back while passing by some of the beautiful, secluded cove beaches around Carvoeiro. Enjoy the beautiful views and create a holiday memory that you won’t forget.

Portimão: Benagil Caves and Praia de Marinha Boat Tour

5. 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.

From Portimão: 2-Hour Catamaran Tour to Benagil Caves

6. From Portimão: 2-Hour Catamaran Tour to Benagil Caves

Enjoy a relaxing family-friendly tour that will take you through the caves in Benagil and Marinha Beach and allow you to marvel at the beautiful Algarve coastline. From the Portimão Marina, your local Captain will take you to the east coast of Portimão and show you the amazing caves located along the Algarve coastline, including the very well known Benagil Cave. Marvel at the Algar of Benagil, the lighthouse, the Love Cave, and the cathedral. To finish off your tour, take the opportunity to dive in these crystalline waters nearby the famous Marinha Beach.

Portimão: Benagil Caves Kayak and Speedboat Tour

7. Portimão: Benagil Caves Kayak and Speedboat Tour

Join an exciting tour along the Algarve Coast that combines a ride on a speedboat and paddleboarding or kayak inside the famous Benagil Caves. First, cruise aboard a speedboat and get stunning views of the Algarve Coastline. Feel the thrill of water splashing around you, and if you are lucky, you might spot some dolphins playing in the waters.  Next, grab your paddleboard or kayak and head over to explore the Benagil Caves. Get a chance to paddle and swim around and inside these beautiful natural wonders.

From Albufeira: Portimao & Lagos Ponta da Piedade Tour

8. From Albufeira: Portimao & Lagos Ponta da Piedade Tour

Explore the natural wonders and local life around the Algarve on this multi-stop trip from Albufeira. Visit Ponta da Piedade, Lagos, Praia da Rocha, and more, taking in unbeatable views along the way. Enjoy an optional boat trip in Ponta da Piedade. The trip starts with pickup from your hotel or any other location in the Albufeira area, then head directly to Ponta da Piedade (an approximately 45-minute ride). Enjoy the cliffs of the Ponta da Piedade headland, one of the finest natural features of the Algarve. This limestone coastline is formed of sea pillars, fragile rock arches, and hidden grottos where the exposed cliffs reveal their golden color and the turquoise sea waters lap precariously balanced rock formations. Join an optional boat trip before continuing to the tour. Next, visit Lagos where you can witness a history of navigators and pirates. In Lagos, you can choose to have lunch at a local restaurant and stroll through the historic city center, where you can see various street artists doing shows and telling their stories. Later, set off towards Praia da Rocha in Portimao. Round off your trip enjoying the wonderful view of Forte de Santa Catarina over Portimao marina and Arade River.

From Portimao: Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Boat Tour

9. From Portimao: Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Boat Tour

Discover the beautiful coastline of the Algarve on a boat cruise from Portimao. Admire the views of rock formations as well as the beaches of Marinha, La Rocha, and Carvalho, with a stop for swimming during the tour. Start the tour from Clube Naval de Portimao located by the Arade River. Pass by the quaint fishing village of Ferragudo, St John´s Fortress situated by the river, the Marina of Portimao, and La Rocha Beach. Next, sail by the various rock formations, hidden beaches, and mysterious caves that dot the coastline between the city of Portimao and beautiful Praia da Marinha. Admire the sights of Carvalho Beach, Canairos Beach, Paradise Beach, and Carvoeiro village. Spot the rock formations of Algar Seco such as the Cathedral Cave, Cave of the Smugglers, Monster Cave, Cave of the Heart, Turtle Cave, and many more. Arrive at the famous Benagil Cave which you can snap photos from different perspectives from the boat. Afterwards head to Praia da Marinha (Navy Beach) and make a stop for swimming in the bay. Afterwards, speed along the coastline back to Portimao.

Portimão: Caves, Benagil and Algarve Coastline Boat Tour

10. Portimão: Caves, Benagil and Algarve Coastline Boat Tour

Sail from Marina de Portimão and enjoy the natural beauty of the Algarve coast. Swim and snorkel in the crystal waters and enjoy a Champagne toast on board. Depart from Marina de Portimão and sail to Marinha Beach, visiting about 20 caves along the coast, including the famous Grotto of Benagil, one of the ten natural wonders of the world. Make stops at beautiful beaches and paradisiacal caves with plenty of free time to relax and explore. Enjoy time to snorkel or swim in the sea, followed by a toast on board with Champagne or soda.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,329 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.

A very nice tour to the caves and change to a small boat to enter the caves. A very friendly, personable and helpful crew of the ship. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

The whole journey was smooth and enjoyable. we only wished we could have got off the boat and gone into the caves but the waves were definitely not allowing that!

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