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Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

1. 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: Caves, Benagil and Algarve Coastline Boat Tour

2. 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: Private Benagil Cave Boating Tour

3. 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.

Portimão: Benagil Cave and Snorkeling Boat Trip

4. Portimão: Benagil Cave and Snorkeling Boat Trip

Take a boat trip from Portimão along the stunning Algarve coastline. Admire the breathtaking views and explore world-famous caves. Sail inside the Benagil Sea Cave, inaccessible to larger boats. Your guide will show you hidden caves and explain about these natural formations. Make a stop by a calm bay to go snorkeling and discover the beauty of the underwater world.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 65 reviews

It was a really nice boat trip along the coast and through the impressive caves, accompanied at times by relaxing music. Since the boat is not that big, you can easily get into all the caves. The captain had told us a lot about the cliffs, the coast and the caves, such as their names and history. On the way we were provided with drinks and on the way back there was even a glass of champagne. You can swim, the water is super nice, but from my own experience I can say that it is a bit cold (at least in early June). All in all a very relaxed experience with a nice ambience, which I can only recommend!

The boat tour to the islands was nice, you also saw beautiful lesser-known caves and received explanations about them. The guides were great. But the highlight was, after we dropped off the other passengers of the cave tour, we went out to snorkel again alone with the guides. We were given a short explanation and the necessary equipment (luckily a wetsuit, otherwise it would have been quite cold) and then we were allowed to explore ourselves. That was really great and because of the proximity of the boat you feel totally safe. Anytime again and much better than just the normal cave tour.

The guides were very nice, and the caves visited very pretty. We were 2 groups, one french speaking and the other so spanish speaking, and the guides were switching between english, spanish and french, making sure that we could properly understand, and taking time to answer questions. The snorkeling after visiting the cave was very nice as well, the water was cool, the place beautiful while secluded, and we stayed there quite some time. I highly recommend this experience and this travel guide.

It was a great experience and we can only recommend it to everyone. This tour gives you an insight into the coastal landscape of the Algarve. that remains hidden from the land. In addition, the crew were extremely helpful and, with their help, made it possible for my wife to take part in this boat tour.

A great experience in the cost and caves of Algarve. A very gentil captain.