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Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Caves & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

1. Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Caves & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Look for dolphins and hidden caves on a half-day dolphin watching cruise of the Algarve from Albufeira. Bring your swimsuit and towel, as the activity includes a stop for a swim. Marvel at the rock formations, and access areas that other vessels can’t reach. A marine biologist will be on board to provide all necessary information about these wonderful creatures. Be aware that as dolphins are wild animals, sightings can not be guaranteed.

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Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Caves Cruise

2. Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Caves Cruise

Look for dolphins and other marine life off the coast of the Algarve on a 2.5-hour cruise by boat. Explore sea caves, look for 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.

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Algarve 3-Hour Caves and Coastline Boat Trip

3. Algarve 3-Hour Caves and Coastline Boat Trip

Enjoy some time at sea on your Algarve vacation. Explore the beautiful coastline of the Algarve and its caves, on a 3-hour sail from Albufeira to the Carvoeiro area, on a fully equipped and comfortable catamaran. The excursion departs from the Albufeira marina, on the Algarve coast, and heads out along the coastline, taking you to see some spectacular caves and rock formations. This splendid catamaran features a lounge and a bar, free WiFi, and a fly bridge area that allows you to enjoy the scenery in full (access not included in the price). With a swimming stop during the cruise, you’ll also be able to enjoy the warm sea waters as well.

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From Vilamoura: Sunset Tour on a Luxury Sailing Yacht

4. From Vilamoura: Sunset Tour on a Luxury Sailing Yacht

Take a romantic 2.5-hour sunset sailing cruise along the coastline of Vilamoura and Albufeira as you sail on a luxury sailing yacht. See beaches such as Falésia Beach and Tomato Beach from a different perspective. Enjoy a welcome drink with aperitifs as you sail along the coast watching the sunset over the horizon. Stop for a swim or snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, or if you're feeling laidback, soak in the sun, relax, and listen to some music before heading back to Vilamoura.

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Abulferia: 3-Hour Yacht Cruise to Benagil

5. Abulferia: 3-Hour Yacht Cruise to Benagil

Depart from Albufeira Marina on board a yacht and cruise west along the southern coastline of Portugal. Learn about the places and sights that you pass by from the skipper and crew. Get amazing views of the rock formations along the coast and see the exteriors of the caves of Benagil, Galé, and Carvoeiro. During the cruise, the captain will choose a protected place to stop the boat and you can take a swim in the ocean. On the return sail, enjoy a glass of champagne with background music to toast the end of a relaxing cruise. At the end of your 3-hour cruise, you will be dropped back at Albufeira Marina, where your tour will end.

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Pirate Ship Cruise along the Algarve Coast

6. Pirate Ship Cruise along the Algarve Coast

We hoist our pirate flag, lift the anchor, and away we go! On the beautiful Pirate Ship Leãozinho ("little lion"), we will explore the most treasured spots along the Algarve Coastline and discover why these hidden caves and grottos became the favored home of generations of daring pirates. As we set sail, we'll see enchanting rock formations and spectacular caves on our historical ship. If you feel like a sip from the ol' barrel of rum to lift your spirits for our cruise, we've got an onboard Pirate Bar that's perfect for quenching your thirst. The wind whips through the sails, and your comfortable seating lets you look out on all of the most beautiful beaches and breathtaking formations along this coastline. We will even have the chance to head out onto the Atlantic, passing the soft, sandy beaches of San Rafael, Castelo, and Praia da Gale. Of course, no pirate adventure is complete without having to "walk the plank", and you'll be happy to do so as you end up in the refreshing and beautiful waters below! Your swim in the clear waters is the perfect rejuvenating dip before we set sail and return to the Marina of Albufeira.

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Albufeira: Dolphins, Benagil Caves and Coastline Boat Tour

7. Albufeira: Dolphins, Benagil Caves and Coastline Boat Tour

Hop in a RIB — a rigid inflatable boat — and enjoy two experiences along the coast of the Algarve. Watch dolphins in their natural environment. The most common species you'll find are the common dolphin and the bottlenose dolphin. Also, visit the stunning caves and other rock formations in the region, between Albufeira Marina and the famous Benagil cave or “Algar de Benagil”. Being aboard a RIB, you're guaranteed to be able to enter parts of the cave, unlike a tour in a catamaran.

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Vilamoura: Coastal Cruise on a Luxury Sailing Yacht

8. Vilamoura: Coastal Cruise on a Luxury Sailing Yacht

See the magnificent coastlines of Vilamoura and Albufeira from vantage points as you sail in a luxury sailing yacht. You will pass several beaches including, Falésia beach, Tomatoes beach, Santa Eulalia Beach, and Olhos de Agua beach as you travel to Albufeira. Enjoy a welcome drink, cheese, and Portuguese Chorizo as you admire the views from vantage points where the Algarve coastline divides. See the clay formations of Falésia beach. Soak in the sun, relax, and listen to some music. Stop for a quick swim in the ocean before arriving back in Vilamoura.

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Albufeira: Caves of the Algarve Boat Tour

9. Albufeira: Caves of the Algarve Boat Tour

Take a speedboat cruise to experience the Algarve coast from a new perspective. Check in and meet your guide at the local partner's office on Albufeira Marina. Climb aboard the boat to start your tour. Follow the coastline and admire stunning sea caves and rock formations from the water, including the Benagil Sea Cave. Stop for a quick swim in the crystal-clear water close to an idyllic beach. Remember to keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine animals during your cruise.

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Albufeira: 6-Hour Cruise and Beach BBQ

10. Albufeira: 6-Hour Cruise and Beach BBQ

Your 6-hour cruise begins in the morning with a departure from the Albufeira marina. Heading to the west, you’ll 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’ll 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’ll have a couple of hours to relax and enjoy the deserted beach and the calm, translucent sea.

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What people are saying about Albufeira

It was such a nice experience. We were able to see dolphins and a very nice guide gave us a brief explanation of them. The atmosphere was amazing and it was not only because of beautiful views but as well because of amazing staff working there. Thank you! :)

Very good time spent. We got to see the dolphins up close and follow them for a little while it was cool! The visit to the caves and the different beaches were fabulous. The staff are very friendly

Beautiful ride. Friendly and very attentive guides. Company committed to time and security. Easy location of the meeting point.

Nice excursion along the coast to the caves and bays. Great crew. I can only recommend it!

So much fun! Great food and drinks. Super friendly staff.