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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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From Albufeira: Half-Day Algarve Jeep Safari

2. From Albufeira: Half-Day Algarve Jeep Safari

Capture the essence of the Algarve aboard a 4WD jeep on a half-day off-the-beaten-path adventure through the Portuguese countryside. Depart Albufeira and travel through beautiful landscapes to see regional architecture, dense forests of cork trees that supply the wine industry, and groves of fragrant orange trees. Sample the gastronomical delights of the region at a local farm, and taste their honey and homemade liquors. Go to an old distillery to try some of the legendary Medronho (Aguardente de Medronhos). Drive along hidden tracks and encounter historic villages, swim in a local river, and marvel at spectacular waterfalls. Learn about the customs and traditions of the rustic villages from a guide full of knowledge about the local history, nature, lifestyle, and landscape.

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Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

3. 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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Portimão: Benagil Caves and Marinha 2-Hour Boat Tour

4. Portimão: Benagil Caves and Marinha 2-Hour Boat Tour

Hop on board the boat and immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes of the Algarve coastline. On this two hour boat trip you’ll discover more than 20 caves and a number of deserted beaches along the way. The 2-hour trip of fun and discovery starts at Cais Vacco da Gama in Portimão. Along the way you’ll see the Fort of Santa Catarina, the Ferragudo Castle, and the small fishing village of Ferragudo. From the sea, you’ll be able to admire the beaches of Pintadinho, Paradise, and Carvoeiro. Visit one of the world's most exotic beaches, Praia da Marinha, where you can go swimming. Finally, on your perfectly-sized boat, visit the interior of the visually striking Benagil Sea Cave.

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Algarve: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Private Tour

5. Algarve: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Private Tour

Your private tour leaves from Portimão in the morning, when the sea is calm. The boat follows the Rio Arade to the Atlantic Ocean. Head southeast, past the lighthouse of Ferragudo, the beach of Caneiros, the Roman Tower and Smugglers’ Cave. Marvel at the rock formations of Algar Seco and Praia Vale de Centianes and travel along the beaches of Benagil. Go inside one of the most famous caves in Europe by boat. In all there are over 30 caves and there are deserted beaches to discover as well. The 2-hour trip is priced for a group of up to 10 persons.

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From Portimão: 2-Hour Benagil Caves Boat Tour

6. 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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Benagil & Coastline on Eco-Friendly Catamaran

7. Benagil & Coastline on Eco-Friendly Catamaran

Enjoy nature, with zero emissions onboard a solar-powered catamaran in a tranquil environment. Sail east into the ocean, passing Carvoeiro and Algar Seco with unforgettable scenery. See wonderful picturesque beaches and rock formations along the way. As the catamaran is quiet and does not pollute the ocean, you will be able to feel a deep connection with nature. Approach Benagil Cave and stop to refresh yourself with a swim, sunbathe or enjoy some drinks at the bar. During the boat trip, enter between 2 and 4 caves, depending on the tides and weather. Get access to all information about points of interest with a Sun Boat app. Don’t forget your camera to take beautiful pictures of the coastal scenery along the way.

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From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

8. From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

Departing from Marina de Portimão, your guide will take you on this 1 hour 45 minute cruise to the world-famous Jurassic caves and rock formations of the Algar de Benagil and Carvoeiro. On the way, take in views of the amazing beach of Praia da Rocha, followed by the Ponta do Altar Lighthouse, Carvoeiro village, Algar Seco, and the Alfazina Lighthouse. Cruise along before arriving at the journey's highlight, the Algar de Benagil. Stop here for some time to take photos and admire the hidden beach of this magical and ancient cave. Head then towards Praia da Marinha, one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Relax while sailing along the coast on the way back to the marina in Portimão. Prepare to be amazed as you pass magnificent scenery and all your favorite spots from the way there.

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

9. 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: Benagil Cave and Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve Tour

10. Portimão: Benagil Cave and Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve Tour

From the pier of São Francisco in Portimão, you will board a boat. After a warm welcome, the safety procedures will be explained. Then, the journey towards the famous Benagil Cave will start. Along the way, admire other beautiful caves along the coast and hear old stories about them from your guide. If you're lucky, you will be able to see dolphins. All the boats are equipped with radios that will be tuned in to the same channel as the dolphin watching boats. If dolphins are spotted, which is very frequent on the Algarvian coast, and they are within 2 nautical miles, you will have the opportunity to see them. After stopping at the Benagil Cave to take pictures, the boat will continue to the breathtaking Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve. The marshland of the Alvor estuary is one of the finest places on the Algarve for birdwatching, so it's likely you'll spot pink flamingos and many other bird species. On the way back to Portimão, admire the impressive Praia do Alvor, one of the largest sandy beaches of the Algarve.

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What people are saying about Portimão

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,414 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.