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Portimão: Benagil Caves Cruise with Dolphin Watching

1. 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.

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.

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.

Portimão: Dolphin Watching, Benagil Caves Cruise & Sunset

4. Portimão: Dolphin Watching, Benagil Caves Cruise & Sunset

Discover the Algarve coast on a combination sunset cruise, cave visit, and dolphin-watching tour. Learn about the area's geology and animals from a marine biologist, sail past the Castelo de S.João do Arade, and marvel at the colors of the sunset over the ocean. Set sail from the marina of Portimão and cruise past the Castelo de S.João do Arade and the Forte de Santa Catarina in Rio Arade. Head into the ocean to search for dolphins. Snap a picture as they playfully swim around your boat. Continue back to the coastline and sail by secluded beaches framed by golden cliffs. Head into the iconic Algar de Benagil Cave and marvel at the fascinating rock formations inside. After leaving the cave, relax and feel the sea breeze as you watch the sunset over the water while you return to the marina.

Portimão: Benagil Caves Kayak and Speedboat Tour

5. 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.

Portimão: Benagil Small Group Boat Tour

6. Portimão: Benagil Small Group Boat Tour

Take an unforgettable boat tour to the amazing giant sea caves at Benagil. Embark on a 1.5-hour guided cruise on board an inflatable RIB. Travel along the unique Algarve coastline discovering incredible scenery and breathtakingly beautiful natural rock formations. Admire the views of the amazing cliffs of the Algarvian coastline surrounded by stunning beaches.   When you arrive at the giant sea caves at Benagil, gaze in awe at their splendor. See for yourself why Algar de Benagil was recently considered one of the most beautiful caves in the world. At the end of your tour, return to Portimão.

Portimão: Caves, Benagil and Algarve Coastline Boat Tour

7. 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.

Portimão: 1.25-Hour Segway Tour

8. Portimão: 1.25-Hour Segway Tour

Immerse yourself in the vibrant and colorful atmosphere of Portimão, one of the most breathtaking cities of the Algarve, on a scenic Segway ride along the coastline. After picking up your segway, glide along the marina, admiring privileged views of the River Arade as you go. Witness sites such as the beach promenade in Praia da Rocha, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Algarve sea. Later, ride past the lighthouse, the pier, and the imposing Santa Catarina Fortress. Along the route, learn more about the area's best attractions and scenery from your passionate guide.

From Portimão: Boat Trip to the Benagil Caves

9. From Portimão: Boat Trip to the Benagil Caves

Depart Portimão harbor and your skipper will take you along the beautiful coastline of the Algarve. Spot stunning rock formations and secluded beaches along the way, including the world-famous Benagil Caves. Swim in the crystal clear water, if you want, and take scenic pictures of the landscapes. On the way back, the skipper will take you further away from the cliffs so that you might see dolphins and marvel at the cliffs as a whole from a larger perspective.

Portimão: Private Benagil Cave Boating Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Portimão

Amazing experience! We had the luck to find two dolphins, so super happy about it. The caves were also awesome. The boat driver did a wonderfull job getting inside them to get the full experience. The Sunset was also incredible. We were lucky cuz it was full moon and during the Sunset, the moon was rising from the opposite side of the sun, making both sides and unique experience. We were also surprised with a "glass" of wine (or Juice) during the sunset. Very nice detail from this company. Overall, i recommend it! Choose this one if u want a good, full and relaxing 3h.

There were only two of us, registered for the outing, and it still took place! Thanks. We enjoyed these varied moments of navigation \kayak ...

Fantastic experience Kayaking in the caves, guides were very knowledgeable and even the boat ride to get there was great

Amazing experience, we managed to see the dolphins. Nice and funny staff

Very enjoyable cruise, great hosts and great value for money