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Portimão: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Speed Boat Tour

1. Portimão: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Speed Boat Tour

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 stop so you can go swimming.

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Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

2. Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

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.

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From Portimão: 2-Hour Benagil Caves Boat Tour

3. From Portimão: 2-Hour 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.

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From Portimão: Private 2-Hour Boat Tour to Benagil Cave

4. From Portimão: Private 2-Hour Boat Tour to Benagil Cave

Join this guided journey along the Algarve coastline to Benagil Cave. This fun and fantastic adventure will fully immerse you in the natural beauty of Portugal. From the pier of Clube Naval de Portimão, begin your boat ride along the coastline, admiring its churches, castles, and beautiful caves. As you glide over the water, your guide will tell you sometimes spooky ancient stories and teach you about the history of the Arade River. All boats are equipped with VHF Radios synchronized with dolphin-watching vessels. If these breathtaking animals are spotted within a 3-mile radius, the boat will go to their location.   Take in the unbelievable beauty of Benagil Cave, with its naturally formed hole at the top that lets the sunlight filter down to the sandy beach below. Listen to the echoes of the wind and let yourself be calmed by your surroundings.

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Portimão: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Portimão

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 20 reviews

I took an Uber from Tivoli in Vilamoura and got to portimao for 3pm. My previous bookings for the boat ride in Vilamoura were cancelled due to bad weather. I was so glad I could make this day before my flight back to UK. Crew members Rita, Hugo and Ricardo we’re absolutely amazing. Rita had an amazing sense of humour and made us laugh so much. She kept making sure I was okay and asked if I needed anything. Hugo and Ricardo helped us step into the boat demonstrating good ways and bad ways to get it which was funny. Lol We took some amazing pictures and was fascinated by the history of portimao guided by Rita. On the way back the music was perfect, It was a vibe and really allowed me to be in my zone and experience the return back to the port.

My partner and I had a wonderful time on our boat trip. We had the first trip in the morning which meant it was more quiet than usual. We had the boat and all the caves to ourselves for the whole trip. The tour started at the pier and took us all the way to the Benagil Caves. On the way there though, we were shown many other beautiful caves and formations in the cliffs. Miguel was our guide. He told us all about the rock formations as well as some history of this region of Portugal. The crew was very welcoming and made our trip comfortable and fun. I highly recommend choosing this Tour!

I loved this tour. It was the coolest thing I did in Portugal. Rita, my guide and Ricardo, the captain were kind enough to follow through with my scheduled tour even though I was the only one who booked. Rita was very knowledgeable about the different beaches, names of the caves and surrounding towns. She took pictures for me since I was traveling alone. Very happy with this experience and would highly recommend to others.

Very friendly, funny and considerate guide and pilot (boat). Thanks to them, we had a very pleasant tour. I highly recommend this agency.

Nuno was a great guide! Engaging and specracular boat trip. Was well organized with clear instructions.