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Portimão: Benagil Caves Speed Boat Tour with Sunset Option

1. Portimão: Benagil Caves Speed Boat Tour with Sunset Option

Meet your guide at the pier in Portimao and listen to a short safety briefing. Then, board the RIB speed boat to start the journey out to sea. On your way, the guide will tell you stories about the Arade River and the Algarve region. Admire views of the Fort of Santa Catarina, the Ferragudo castle, as well as a quaint fishing village along the coast. See many dramatic caves and cliffs as you travel along the coast. Keep a lookout, as dolphins can often be seen navigating the waters here. If they are spotted and are less than 3 miles away, the boat will head in their direction so you can get a closer look at these playful mammals. Then, head inside the famous Benagil Caves, which are only reachable by boat. Marvel at the naturally-formed holes at the top, which let the sunlight filter down to the sandy beach below in a beautiful display. Listen to the echoes and the sound of the wind and let yourself be moved by these impressive natural surroundings. On the way back to the marina, the boat will make a brief swimming stop with views of the beautiful beach at Corredoura. If you choose the sunset option, watch a spectacular sunset on the return journey. Finish off the day by admiring the vibrant colors on the horizon as the sun goes down.

Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

2. 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 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.

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.

Krazy World Interactive Zoo & Park Entrance

5. Krazy World Interactive Zoo & Park Entrance

Visit an interactive zoo with activities for the entire family. Interact with and feed dwarf goats, llamas, and deer at the petting farm. Explore the new dinosaur exhibit at the Terra Exotika See the biggest snake in Europe in the Reptile Pavillion. View and interact with several species of exotic animals such as the birds in the aviary, wallabies, and lemurs. After the visit to the animals enjoy lunch at our restaurant, viewing one of our many presentations with animals. Take a refreshing swim in the swimming pool or jump down the water slide. Enjoy various activities such as tree climbing, pedal karts, inflatables, pony rides, or the 18-hole mini-golf circuit. For colder or rainy days there is a large indoor area with a restaurant, inflatable bouncy castle, and stage for animal presentations.

Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

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

Discover the wonders along the coast of Portimão on a half-day catamaran cruise. You will explore the beaches of Praia de Benagil, and Praia da Rocha, rock formations along the coast, and more. Dive into the water for swimming or snorkeling before returning to the shore. Depart from the marina in Portimão and sail towards the beautiful caves of Algar de Benagil. Take in the dramatic views of various beaches like Praia da Rocha, Farol de Alfazina, Praia de Carvoeiro, Praia de Benagil, and Praia da Marinha. You will also admire the rock formations dotted along the coast before arriving at the bay of João de Arens. Drop the anchor to relax and keep an eye out for the friendly dolphins who inhabit the region. Soak up the sunshine on deck or take a refreshing swim in the turquoise water. You can also try some water activities, such as paddle boarding to get a glimpse of the world beneath the waves as you snorkel. Finally, marvel at the scenic panoramic views of the area while heading back to the shore. 

Portimão: Algarve Reef Fishing

7. Portimão: Algarve Reef Fishing

Start your trip at the pier of Portimão Marina and meet your friendly crew who will outline some safety procedures before departure. Enjoy a reef fishing trip suitable for all fishing enthusiasts, family, and groups of friends. During the trip, admire the beautiful views of the Algarve coast. Drop anchor approximately 5 kilometers from the shore and cast your fishing line with bait into the sea. Try to snag a variety of species including red snapper, bicas, seabass, silverbream, goldenbream, grouper, safia, and beetle.

From Portimão: Benagil Caves Boat Tour

8. From Portimão: Benagil Caves Boat Tour

Depart from Portimão and take in breathtaking views of the coast on your way to these world-famous caves. With the small boat it will be possible sail inside some of them, the most popular one being Algar de Benagil. Your knowledgeable guide will show you caves so hidden, that you wouldn't spot them one your own. They will also explain all there is to know about these natural formations and reveal some of their secrets. Travel in comfort on this boat tour that can be adapted to your needs, in case you want to stay longer in a specific cave.

Portimão: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

9. Portimão: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Depart from the harbor in Portimão on a speedboat. Fully trained skippers know just where to look for dolphins. Fortunately, these beautiful and curious creatures are glad to help us find them and seem to like the company of the boats. The boat tour is 2 hours long and offers many chances to see the dolphins and cruise through the water with them. Don't miss this magical and unique experience.

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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Amazing tour, travelling solo and got to sit with the captain. Captain and guides were amazing! Great info/jokes along the way & will give great recommendations for the rest of your holiday! Highly recommend this boat 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.

Boat ride was pleasant and guide was very entertaining as he brought us along the many rock formations and the famous Bengali Caves.

These guides work their butts off to make sure you have an amazing time! Our family lives our tour!

Very nice experience and worth every penny. A must try excursion when you visit Algarve.