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Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

Activity provider: Santa Bernarda
Water activity

Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

Activity provider: Santa Bernarda

From US$ 37.53 per person

Navigate along the coast on a big ship complete with shade, toilets, and bar service during this relaxing coastal cruise. Transfer to a small boat to explore the scenic caves, and enjoy swimming in front of Marinha Beach.

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Duration 3 hours
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Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible


  • Hoist the sails of a medieval-style discovery vessel
  • Board a traditional wooden dingis to explore inside the caves
  • Walk the plank to leap into the ocean like a true pirate
  • Take in views of mediaeval castles and keep an eye out for dolphins
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Feel like a pirate sailing the Atlantic on this unique cruise from Portimão that combines adventure and relaxation. Visit famous sites like the lighthouse of Alfanzina and the Benagil Cave. Swim in crystalline water, and walk the plank like a real pirate. 

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.

  • Coastal cruise
  • Small-boat cave tour
  • Insurance
  • Life vests
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Board your ship at the Vasco da Gama pier, next to Clube Naval and the Portimão Museum. Your ship is named the Santa Bernarda Pirate Ship.

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Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 586 reviews

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It was after a stormy morning, so seas were rough. As there was no guarantee we could board smaller boats to enter caves, operator offered delay or refund. We went for the ride... and what a ride... fun if you have sea legs. The kids in board that day loved the rolls left to right and up and down. As we couldn't stop at caves, the captain took us up close and extended the excursion up the coast to see more beautiful landscapes. Very enjoyable afternoon ... maybe we were a little unsteady on our feet for a moment when we got back to dry land! But that's the fun of new experiences.

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February 9, 2023

The pirate ship was incredible and the crew was great. We received a high level of customer service and our kids were very happy with the experience! However, do be warned that when the sea is rough, (during winter months the crew informed us) the crew will continue the tour even when they possibly should not have. We took our trip in January 2023 and the water was rocky. Several passengers became ill and still, we finished the voyage at sea. Also, no guarantees of visiting the Benegil caves as the water was again too rough for the smaller boat to get to the caves safely. We wish we could have been warned of the conditions and turned back sooner when the water got rough, but such is the life of a pirate!

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January 31, 2023

It was a lot of fun! You first go out to sea in the big pirate ship towards the caves, about 1 hour. Then you change to smaller boats on the water. With these you then drive from all caves - very spectacular because you drive into caves that you don't think fit :-) Then you get back on the big ship and drive a bit, can then jump into the water and briefly in the Swim in the sea if you want and then drive back comfortably. There are two toilets on the ship and you can buy something to drink. In the high season it is probably really crowded and there are also small snacks. The guide only spoke English but he answered all questions without exception. We would drive it again. Just some pirate music might be played. That would be more appropriate than first 70's and then 80's music. But was ok.

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November 6, 2022

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