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Portimão: Benagil Caves Speed Boat Tour with Sunset Option

1. Portimão: Benagil Caves Speed Boat Tour with Sunset Option

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 swimming stop with views of the beautiful beach at Corredoura. If you choose the sunset option, watch a spectacular sunset on the return journey. Finish off the day by admiring the vibrant colors on the horizon as the sun goes down.

Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

2. 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.

Vilamoura: Benagil Cave Boat Tour with Entry

3. Vilamoura: Benagil Cave Boat Tour with Entry

Departing from the Vilamoura Marina, your skipper will welcome you on board one of the 4 custom-built boats. Your skipper will travel along the stretch of the coast leading towards the Benagil Cave, where you will have opportunity to view all the other stunning rock formations and secluded beaches along the way. Once at the Benagil Cave the boat will enter into the caves safely and securely, so you can sit back, enjoy, and take in the beautiful views. This location is simply breathtaking, and will make for many perfect photo opportunities. This cave tour will visit many other beautiful locations en route, and your guide will aim to locate wild dolphins whenever possible.

Portimão: Benagil Caves Cruise with Dolphin Watching

4. Portimão: Benagil Caves Cruise with Dolphin Watching

Join a marine biologist on a guided cruise of the Benagil Caves. Cruise in search of dolphins, visit the stunning coves of the Algarve coast, and cruise into the iconic Algar de Benagil cave. Set sail from Portimão and head to the Marinha beach. As you sail, hear live commentary about the area's geology and marine life from a marine biologist. Stop at the famous cave Algar de Benagil to take an Instagram-perfect picture. Cruise down the Algarve coast and stop to visit hidden caves and secluded coves. At one of the beaches, dive off the boat and swim in the clear water. Next, leave the coast behind and sail off into the Atlantic in search of dolphins. Get videos of these playful creatures jumping and swimming around the boat before returning to the mainland.

Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

5. 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.

Portimão: Dolphin Watching, Benagil Caves Cruise & Sunset

6. Portimão: Dolphin Watching, Benagil Caves Cruise & Sunset

Discover the Algarve coast on a combination sunset cruise, cave visit, and dolphin-watching tour. Learn about the area's geology and animals from a marine biologist, sail past the Castelo de S.João do Arade, and marvel at the colors of the sunset over the ocean. Set sail from the marina of Portimão and cruise past the Castelo de S.João do Arade and the Forte de Santa Catarina in Rio Arade. Head into the ocean to search for dolphins. Snap a picture as they playfully swim around your boat. Continue back to the coastline and sail by secluded beaches framed by golden cliffs. Head into the iconic Algar de Benagil Cave and marvel at the fascinating rock formations inside. After leaving the cave, relax and feel the sea breeze as you watch the sunset over the water while you return to the marina.

From Vilamoura: 2.5-Hour Benagil Cave and Dolphins Boat Tour

7. From Vilamoura: 2.5-Hour Benagil Cave and Dolphins Boat Tour

Meet your friendly crew at Vilamoura Marina and be welcomed aboard for your 2.5-hour tour to the Benagil Caves. Listen to your guide as they explain the highlights of your tour.  As you cruise along, see natural rock formations of the Algarve coastline. Pass by gorgeous beaches and impressive caves. If you're lucky you might even have the chance to see some wild dolphins. Once you arrive at the Benagil Caves, be amazed by their natural beauty. Don’t forget to bring your cameras, as the famous caves and grottos along the Algarve coast are the perfect motifs to take some amazing photos.

Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Caves Trip

8. 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.

From Portimão: Benagil Caves Boat Tour

9. From Portimão: 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.

Albufeira: Benagil Cave and Dolphin Sightseeing Boat Cruise

10. Albufeira: Benagil Cave and Dolphin Sightseeing Boat Cruise

Discover the beauty of Algarve's dynamic coast from the water while looking for playful dolphins on this cruise from Albufeira. Speed over the water in a semi-rigid craft and admire the beaches of São Rafael, Galé Salgados, and Armação de Pêra. View the Albandeira caves and the famed Benagil cave.  Start your tour from the Albufeira Marina, with a briefing where your guide will explain safety measures and let you know everything that you are going to visit in detail. Depart from the Albufeira Marina and make your way west along the shore. Pass by the golden sands of the beaches of Arrifes, São Rafael, Galé Salgados, and Armação de Pêra. Visit Senhora da Rocha beach and capture pictures of its caves. Head to the Albandeira caves and rock formations and the emblematic Marinha beach. Continue to the stunning Benagil cave and finish your tour of the caves near the red-domed Alfanzina Lighthouse. Finally, search for frolicking dolphins or other marine mammals. Listen as your guide tells you about these majestic creatures. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

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What people are saying about Benagil

The tour is full of fun in the 2.5 hours. The cave is beautiful. We were able to see some dolphins swimming around our boat, which is fun. The guide is very funny and pointed out some very interesting shapes in the rocks.

It was an amazing experience with wonderful guides explaining everything all along the trip. We had the opportunity to see the dolphin twice wich was amazing. Definitely recommend

Ralf and the captain were exception tour guides and I had a blast on this tour even when the weather went bad. 10/10

Despite the weather not being very good, the experience was great, the guide and the boat driver were really good.

Excellent sightseeing with good entertainment along the way!