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Marina de Albufeira

Marina de Albufeira: Our most recommended tours and activities

Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave

1. Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave

Look for dolphins and other marine life off the coast of the Algarve on a 2.5-hour cruise by boat. Explore sea caves, including the Benagil Sea Cave, enjoy close ocean animal encounters, and swim next to beautiful beaches. Depart from the Marina de Albufeira and head towards Carvoeiro Beach enjoying the breathtaking landscapes, pleasant weather, and crystal-clear waters of Portugal's southern shore along the way. Marvel at the contrast of colors between the rocky cliffs and caves, the blue of the sea and the indigenous flora and fauna. Get a safety briefing to ensure you are comfortable once on board the boat, and enjoy the services of an experienced captain throughout the journey. Benefit from life jackets and raincoats to keep you safe and dry on the trip. Explore a selection of sea caves along the coast of the Algarve, looking for dolphins and other animals on your adventure. Enter the caves for up-close encounters, and swim next to beautiful beaches to make this an experience to remember for a lifetime.

Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

2. Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

Enjoy a guided boat trip between Albufeira and Benagil Caves on a tour that combines nature and adventure. Discover the Algarve coastline's most iconic landscapes and keep your eyes open for playful dolphins on the way. Start your journey at the meeting point, where you will be welcomed by the crew. Skip the line at the check-in kiosk and benefit from a special welcome package. Have a coffee or some water at the coffee lounge while you wait to board the boat. After priority boarding, start your tour by cruising along the beautiful, 18km-long Algarve coastline. Listen to your knowledgeable guide and learn all about the sights you pass by. Feel the relaxing sea breeze and be amazed by the coastal view. Head inside the famous Benagil caves to admire this rock formation. Take amazing pictures of the caves and capture the light entering them. Spot São Rafael and Marinha beaches, among the most emblematic beaches in Portugal, famous for their cliffs and fine golden sand. Make a short swimming stop and immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters of the Algarve coast. During the tour, look for the dolphins on the way. If they are spotted, see them playing in their natural environment and take photos of them jumping in and out of the water.

Albufeira: Coastline and Benagil Caves Tour by Catamaran

3. Albufeira: Coastline and Benagil Caves Tour by Catamaran

Soak up the views of the Algarve coastline on a guided catamaran cruise from Albufeira. Enter the Benagil Sea Cave and take in secluded beaches, rugged rock formations, and hidden swim stops. Start your tour from Albufeira Marina, where you'll set off on the spacious and comfortable catamaran. From here you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the views of the beautiful rock formations and deserted beaches. The team will tell you more about our fantastic coastline and all its hidden secrets. Relax to some nice music and enjoy a cool drink. Visit the beautiful caves and rock formations as far as Benagil (Cathedral Cave). Head back east towards the marina before stopping off for a swim in the sea.

From Albufeira: Benagil Hidden Caves Tour by Kayak or SUP

4. From Albufeira: Benagil Hidden Caves Tour by Kayak or SUP

From this moment 10/09/2023, we have been informed, by local authorities, that no one can entre the Benagil cave itself. This means that we are only allowed to show you the cave from the boat. We will show you other beautiful spots and caves a long the coastline while kayaking. Always with safety in mind and when sea conditions permits. Uncover the treasures of Benagil's coast on a stand-up paddle or kayak tour from Albufeira. Follow your guide to hidden caves and secluded beaches, and enjoy a drink on your boat ride back to the marina. Start your Benagil tour and depart from Albufeira Marina on a specially-built boat. Enjoy the stunning views of the coastline as you sail in the boat for 40 minutes, before stopping and transferring to the Kayak or SUPs. You can choose to paddleboard and embrace the freedom to move around. You can reposition yourself to wherever you feel comfortable, standing up or on your knees. Have a safe and rewarding experience regardless of age or skill level. Alternatively, you can ride in a single kayak or double kayak. Gain confidence even as a beginner with a water safety briefing from your guide before starting the tour. Take a dive in the ocean before returning to the marina by boat, where you can enjoy a cool drink on board.

From Albufeira: Benagil Caves and Dolphins Guided Boat Tour

5. From Albufeira: Benagil Caves and Dolphins Guided Boat Tour

Adventure into Portuguese waters for a unique combination of sightseeing experiences. Your skipper will help you watch for dolphins as you cruise along the Algarve coast. Soak up the charming natural scenery of the waterway between Benagil and Albufeira. As you tour the area, the skipper will guide you past fascinating natural caves and rock formations. You'll discover hidden beaches and learn about the background of this enchanting stretch of coastline. In the pure blue waters, catch a glimpse of dolphins playing in their pods. When possible, you'll be invited to take a moment on this 2.5 hour guided boat tour to swim in the beautiful, refreshing water along the picturesque coastline. Relax and enjoy the unforgettable natural beauty of your surroundings. The visit to the caves and the stop for swimming are subject to sea conditions.

Albufeira: Sightseeing Cruise with Beach BBQ and Open Bar

6. Albufeira: Sightseeing Cruise with Beach BBQ and Open Bar

Explore the beautiful coastline of the Algarve on a sightseeing cruise with a BBQ lunch and open bar at the beach. Take a refreshing swim, snorkel in the serene waters, enjoy water activities or sip on your drinks at a secluded beach. Your 6-hour cruise begins in the morning with a departure from the Albufeira Marina. Heading to the west, you will hug the Algarve coast as you take in the beautiful scenery of this part of Portugal. You’ll transfer to a dinghy and then disembark at a secluded beach that’s inaccessible by land. Enjoy a variety of recreational activities, sip refreshing drinks, and enjoy a unique meal prepared by the crew. During your time at the beach, you will have water and beach sports equipment available, including stand-up paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, and balls, rackets, and other beach games. After a BBQ lunch, you will have a couple of hours to relax and enjoy the deserted beach and the calm, translucent sea.

Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

7. Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

Explore the Algarve coast which is legendary for pirate adventures and pristine beaches. Cruise along the coast between Albufeira Marina and Carvoeiro beach on a luxury boat that offers you the chance to swim, relax, and maybe even see a dolphin or two. Begin with a relaxing ride through the caves and rock formations that make this landscape so unique. Stop for swim in a stunning location with stunning views. Head out to sea in your search for the playful dolphins who call these waters home. Enjoy sailing along in comfortable vessel that is ideal looking for dolphins. Learn facinating facts about these majestic animals from your guide. Return to the meeting point at the end of your tour.

Algarve: 30-Minute Jet Ski Experience

8. Algarve: 30-Minute Jet Ski Experience

Take your holiday up a notch when you take to the water on a Yamaha Waverunner jet ski. See a different side of the Algarve on a thrilling 30-minute high-powered adventure. You’ll start out with a safety briefing before heading out on your own to join the high-adrenalin world of jet skiing! The jet skis available for this activity are 1,100cc, 110hp Yamaha Waverunners. It’s not a problem if this is your first time on a jet ski as you’ll be given a safety briefing and also provided all necessary assistance. Enjoy the experience and have fun driving this amazing machine!

Catamaran Cruise: Caves and Coastline to Benagil

9. Catamaran Cruise: Caves and Coastline to Benagil

Embark on an adventure by catamaran. Discover the caves and outstanding beauty of the Benagil coastline, and take a swim as you go. Departing from the Albufeira Marina, you’ll start by cruising westward along the coastline of the south of Portugal. Learn about the places and sights that you pass by from the skipper and crew – in particular, you’ll get a great view of the rock formations and caves of the areas of Benagil, Galé, and Carvoeiro. During the cruise, the captain will choose somewhere to stop the boat so everyone who wants to can take a dive and swim in the ocean with the supervision of the crew. Take advantage of free wi-fi on board the vessel. On the way back, before you reach the Marina again, you will be served a cup of champagne while the background music is still playing, to toast the end of a relaxing cruise.

Thrilling 30-Minute Jet Boat Ride in the Algarve

10. Thrilling 30-Minute Jet Boat Ride in the Algarve

During the 30-minute ride you’ll see unusual rock formations and fantastic caves along the coastline, and enjoy the thrill as the jet boat performs maneuvers that include fun 180 and 360-degree turns, power breaks, slides, and more. Experience the natural beauty of the Algarve on a ride with professionals. The adventure begins at Gate 4 Café at the Albufeira Marina. If you’re interested in hotel pick-up, it’s available at an additional cost.

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What people are saying about Marina de Albufeira

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4.7 / 5

based on 3,947 reviews

The tour guides were fantastic Incredibly knowledgeable and spoke many different languages between them. We were incredibly fortunate to see 2 separate lots of dolphins and the caves were beautiful. I would highly recommend this trip.

Fantastic tour and very entertaining guides. We managed to see dolphins on 4 occasions. Visiting the caves was a truly remarkable experience, I captured so many amazing pictures and videos.

the guide was very knowledgeable about the tour subject and was very funny at times and the captain and crew were awesome in keeping us safe at sea and in the caves. thankyou. xx

It was an excellent experience. The team is very nice and friendly and has a good atmosphere and communication.

Caring staff, enthusiasts and a unique experience, I recommend 100% with my eyes closed