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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.

Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave

2. Albufeira: 2.5-Hour 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

3. 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: Dolphins, Benagil Caves and Coastline Boat Tour

4. 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.

Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave Boat Cruise

5. Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave Boat Cruise

Climb aboard a small boat in Albufeira marina and journey along the coastline of the Algarve for 18 kilometers. Enjoy watching dolphins in their natural habitat with commentary from a guide and marine biologist. See the Alfanzina Lighthouse and the seaside Benagil Cave. Journey with a captain with expert knowledge of this part of the coastline. Sail to the Alfanzina Lighthouse and be amazed by the beaches and rock formations along the way. Marvel at the stunning sea caves, including the famous rock formations of Benagil Cave. Cool down with a swim in the sea, if conditions permit, and then look for the lovable dolphins as they frolic in the water. Feel the sea breeze on your face as you take in the scenic views. Learn about the surrounding marine life from the local marine biologist onboard.

From Albufeira: Dolphins and Caves 2.5-Hour Boat Trip

6. From Albufeira: Dolphins and Caves 2.5-Hour Boat Trip

Climb aboard a unique catamaran in the marina of Albufeira for a 2-hour trip along the coast of the Algarve. Look for native wildlife, including whales, sharks, turtles and sea birds, and encounter dolphins in their natural environment. Benefit from the chance to admire these friendly animals in the water, and keep your eyes open for the prevalent, short-beaked common dolphin and bottlenose dolphins that can live for up to 45 years and reach 4 meters in length. Along the way, marvel at the caves and rock formations that make the south coast of Portugal one of the most beautiful in the world.

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.

From Albufeira: Benagil Caves and Dolphins Guided Boat Tour

8. 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.

Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Caves Trip

9. Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Caves Trip

Explore the famous caves of the Algarve and try to spot dolphins from a 16-meter-long powerboat. Your trip starts at the Marina of Albufeira, where you'll set off along the coastline of the south of Portugal. Pass by the the areas of Galé, Senhora da Rocha, and Marinha until you reach Benagil cave and Carvoeiro. Marvel at the unique rock formations, then enter and explore the most famous caves. Benefit from the knowledgeable crew, who can tell you detailed information about the area. Then, cruise away from the coast to look for dolphins playing in the wild. If the weather permits, there will be a quick stop for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear ocean, before the experienced crew takes you safely back to the Albufeira Marina.

Algarvian Mountain Off Road and Cave and Dolphin Boat Tour

10. Algarvian Mountain Off Road and Cave and Dolphin Boat Tour

Take an amazing safari tour along the Algarvian Mountains by comfortable Land Rover with an English-speaking driver. The safari is an off road tour in a safe and comfortable Land Rover Defender, where you will learn about the ancestry, history and traditions of the region.  Cross large fruit plantations, valleys with little villages, and streams. Learn about cork oaks, swim in crystal clear water rivers or just relax near beautiful lagoons and springs.  Taste the local "firewater" (49%) and other liquors along with some natural fruit jams and enjoy the great views from the highest peak of the region. After the drive, head to the coast for a unique boat tour, which will take you to the ocean secrets of the coastline. Pass by caves, algares and grottoes and discover the Benagil Cathedral, Marinha, Carvalho and many others gems without a name. Make a stop and go for a swim before speeding up and going out to the open sea to search for dolphins. As wild animals in their natural habitat they may not show up, but considerable effort will be made to see them before returning to the starting point, where your driver will be waiting for you to bring you back to your hotel.

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4.6 / 5

based on 63 reviews

We have seen the dolphins and caves with a short history behind the caves. Tour was planned for 2.5hrs initially, however we were searching for the dolphins 1h15mins before we get message from another bout who found them - we immediately have turned to that way and were lucky to see them. very cooperative boat drivers - thank you for that. then we spent around 15 minutes with dolphins and in order to respect their privacy - turned to the caves and left the place. it is awesome experience to see the real nature and it's life. overall tour took 2h45min and definitely worth the money we've paid. highly recommended!

My family including my teenage son had a fantastic time in the speed boat trip led by Mr.Petro and his crew. We were extremely lucky to see the beautiful Dolphins in the sea. The coastal lines and caves were also breathtaking. Definitely recommended.

Very good trip, staff were informative and we did manage to see dolphins. Not right up to the boat but we did see them clearly swimming around and quite a few too.

Fantastic experience! The views were sensational along the coast and it was thrilling to see a huge pod of dolphins in the wild.

Take a nice boat ride to see the caves and dolphin watching if you are lucky. Lots of beautiful caves to see.