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From Lagos: Kayaking and Boat Cave Explorer Tour

1. From Lagos: Kayaking and Boat Cave Explorer Tour

Hop aboard and explore the sea caves and beaches of Ponta da Piedade on a tour by kayak and boat from Lagos. Admire the beautiful golden sand beaches created over millions of years, and listen to your guide as they explain the rules of navigation and how to use your kayak gear for your safety. Once at Ponta da Piedade, board your kayak and follow the guide through the beautiful caves and small beaches the area is famous for. After your kayak adventure, get the chance to go for a swim in the crystal clear waters. Then, jump back on board and relax on the way back to the city.

From Lagos: Algarve Cruise by Catamaran

2. From Lagos: Algarve Cruise by Catamaran

Climb aboard a catamaran cruise from Lagos to Praia da Luz and back. Depart Lagos and see the mesmerizing beaches and rock formations of the western Algarve's golden coast. Sail towards the stunning cliffs and grottoes of Ponta da Piedade and continue to Praia da Luz, known for its volcanic landscape and palm tree-lined promenade. While the boat is anchored in a secluded bay, dive into the inviting waters and make use of available paddle boards, snorkeling goggles, and inflatable balance track, and more. After your swim stop, it's time to relax and soak up the sun on the sunbathing net as the boat calmly cruises through the peaceful waters back to Lagos.

From Lagos: Algarve Coast and Caves by Kayak

3. From Lagos: Algarve Coast and Caves by Kayak

Journey to one of the top highlights of the Algarve: the Lagos Caves. Hop in a kayak for an active and adventurous trip to the characteristic rock formations that continue to charm visitors with their mystique and beauty. Let your experienced guide lead you to the most impressive caves on the Algarve coastline. Learn how the beautiful shapes and patterns decorating the cave walls were created by sea erosion and get to know the unique flora and fauna of the area while snorkeling. Then enjoy a relaxing stay at a beach which is solely accessible by boat. If you don't feel like paddling back, opt to ride on the support boat, which will be close by at all times during your trip.

Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

4. Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

Depart from the marina in Portimão and sail towards the beautiful caves of Algar de Benagil. Enjoy the fantastic views of Praia da Rocha, Farol de Alfazina, Praia de Carvoeiro, Praia de Benagil, and Praia da Marinha throughout this 3.5-hour catamaran cruise. Admire the stunning rock formations dotted along the coast, which date back to the Jurrasic period. Drop anchor at the bay of João de Arens bay where you can top up your tan, swim, or do some paddle boarding or snorkeling. Be sure to keep a lookout for the friendly dolphins who inhabit the waters of the region.

Albufeira: 2-Hour Caves and Cliffs Kayaking Experience

5. Albufeira: 2-Hour Caves and Cliffs Kayaking Experience

After getting equipped with a lifejacket, kayak, and paddle, receive a brief introduction to kayaking 101. Then, it's time to get in the water with the instructors and start your kayaking adventure. The first moments will be spent to get familiarized with the newly learned paddling techniques. Once everyone in the group feels comfortable, set off to discover the magical landscapes and cliffs of Albufeira. Get up close to the cliffs and pass through stunning caves. Discover some hidden beaches around the area. Take a break at one of the hidden beaches and enjoy some free time to explore the area. Then, it's time to paddle back to the starting point in Coelha Beach where your kayaking experience ends.

From Vilamoura: Sunset Tour on a Luxury Sailing Yacht

6. 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.

Lagos: Guided Scuba Diving Trip for Beginners

7. Lagos: Guided Scuba Diving Trip for Beginners

Meet at the dive center in Lagos and get equipped with full scuba equipment provided. Once you have all your gear, take a short boat trip with your guide to the diving sites. Jump off the boat and follow your guide through the water. Spend one dive in ocean where you will admire the beautiful underwater world of the shoreline. See a variety of underwater species including cuttlefish, squid, sea stars, sea cucumbers, anemones, octopus, and a variety of fish. The dive itself will be around 35 minutes.

Lagos Kayak Adventure

8. Lagos Kayak Adventure

Meet your guide at the Marina de Lagos and start your kayaking adventure. Leave the Harbour to your kayaking start point - along the way your instructor will provide you with all the information you need regarding water safety, kayak use and what you can expect to see during the day.   Arrive at your location and be met by the main boat (catamaran) which will be close by for assistance throughout the tour. During the kayak tour your experienced guide will give you information about the beaches, caves and curious rock formations.  At the end of the tour return back to the catamaran with the kayaks to relax for a few minutes before jumping into the crystal clear waters for a swim. At the end of the tour you will be conveniently transported back to your starting location. 

Lagos: Dolphin Watching Half-Day Cruise & Water Activities

9. Lagos: Dolphin Watching Half-Day Cruise & Water Activities

Experience an amazing encounter with dolphins in their natural habitat and take the unique opportunity to see them socializing, frolicking, and feeding up close. You'll learn from your experienced and friendly crew about the unique habits of these gentle and highly intelligent sea creatures. Make sure you keep an eye out for other amazing cetaceans such as orcas and fin whales as well. After the dolphin watching, you'll have the chance to enjoy water activities on a peaceful and secluded bay. Go for a swim, sunbathe, and jump on the water slide. Have fun with your family and friends as you enjoy the modern brand-new catamaran as well as a complimentary healthy snack.

From Olhão: Ria Formosa Sunset Tour

10. From Olhão: Ria Formosa Sunset Tour

After boarding your boat, head out into the sheltered waters of Ria Formosa. Depending on the season you will get to discover one of two islands. In May, stop on Armona Island and drink a coffee on the beach or take a swim and explore the island. From May to September your first stop will be at Praia Deserta, one of the most pristine beaches in the Algarve. From the beach, head to the village of Ilha da Armona and enjoy a refreshing drink while you contemplate the amazing views. The final stop on your tour is at a deserted beach on Culatra Island, a small community of 1000 people that is to be a sustainability project by 2030. Here you can relax and, in summer, enjoy some swimming. After about 40 minutes to enjoy the beach and the sunset, you'll board your boat for the return trip to Olhão.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,380 reviews

My friend and I did the afternoon sailing (August 29, 2022) which was fine, it was still hot. The crew was great. Bartender, she can sure mix a mean drink . Upbeat music playing in the background. Crew provided quite a bit of equipment if you wanted to hit the water besides to swim like paddle boards. Stunning coastline. I'll miss that the most. Would definitely take with them again.

A definite must do in Villamoura, very chilled, wonderful host, drinks and snacks on board and stunning views of the sunset & moon! Delivered back to the marina just in time to enjoy dinner & drinks for the rest of the evening!

We really enjoyed our trip. Friendly and informative crew . kayaking around the grottoes were amazing . Holiday highlight

Highly recommend. Boat ride, kayak time, group size was excellent. One of the highlight of our trip.

Very enjoyable cruise, great hosts and great value for money