Algarve
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Our most recommended Algarve Sailing Trips & Tours

  • 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.

    The caves were beautiful! Time was wasted while people swam (less than half the group wanted to swim). So while the 20 or so people swam the rest of us were sitting in the sun with nothing to do. We should have used that time to sightsee or find dolphins. We were unable to find any but that is not the tour company's fault.

  • From Portimão: Benagil Caves Cruise

    2. From Portimão: Benagil Caves Cruise

    Depart Portimão and cruise along the coast of the Algarve in a comfortable boat. Admire stunning views of the coastline from the water as you make your way towards the Benagil caves.  Upon arrival at the rock formations, enter the caves by boat to explore an amazing natural attraction that can only be accessed from the water. Benefit from the capabilities of a larger and heavier vessel that can directly enter the cave system, and get up close to the rocks for stunning photo opportunities. Document your amazing experience as a keepsake souvenir, and avail of the boat's facilities as you cruise. Make use of the on-board bar serving refreshments as you sail. Look for dolphins swimming in their natural habitat on the return journey, and stop for a swim at a beautiful location selected by your captain.

    Excellent atmosphere. The guide was very useful and polite and the while trip is really worth it. It was the highlight of our stay in Portugal!

  • 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.

    Our guide took us through so many small caves and arches. He led us down close to the coast so we could see all the details. He didn’t rush us so we had time to enjoy the beauty and take pics. They provide a dry bag so you can bring your bag with you or they have lockers. They tow you back with a boat so you only paddle one way. We absolutely loved it. It was convenient to book online.

  • From Lagos: 75-Minute Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

    4. From Lagos: 75-Minute Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

    Cruise along the coast of Lagos and Ponta da Piedade in the Barlavento region of the Algarve and see the rock formations and hidden grottos from the inside. Get an amazing perspective of famous beaches such as D. Ana Beach and Camilo Beach from the sea. Relax in comfort on cushioned seats and listen to explanations from your skipper as you depart Marina de Lagos and sail towards the Ponta da Bandeira Fort. Pass the beaches of Batata and Pinhão, as well as a nudist beach as you continue to the rock formations of Ponta da Piedade. Marvel at the yellow-golden cliff-like rocks, given names such as the "Kitchen" and "Living Room" for their unusual shapes. Make you way towards the small semi-circular beach of Barranco Martinho, between Canavial Beach and the Ponta da Piedade Lighthouse, characterized by a tall rock near the waterline. Continue back to Marina de Lagos, where you will disembar...

    Perfect morning seeing the beautiful coastline of Lagos. The rock formations and caves are spectacular.

  • From Albufeira: Benagil Hidden Caves Tour by Kayak or SUP

    5. From Albufeira: Benagil Hidden Caves Tour by Kayak or SUP

    Start your Benagil tour and depart from Albufeira Marina on a specially-built boat. Enjoy the stunning views of the coastline as you sail in the boat for 40 minutes, before stopping and transferring to the Kayak or SUPs. Paddle into the caves and caverns and stop to take pictures of the rock formations. You can choose to paddleboard and embrace the freedom to move around. You can reposition yourself to wherever you feel comfortable, standing up or on your knees. Have a safe and rewarding experience regardless of age or skill level. Alternatively, you can ride in a single kayak or double kayak. Gain confidence even as a beginner with a water safety briefing from your guide before starting the tour. Take a dive in the ocean before returning to the marina by boat, where you can enjoy a cool drink on board.

    Amazing experience seeing the most beautiful caves and beaches. The tour guide was great and it’s definitely a top thing to do!

  • Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

    6. 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 ...

    Everything was good but we saw dolphins for only 2 minutes. I was hoping it would take longer.

  • Portimão: 90-Minute Benagil Sea Caves Speedboat Adventure

    7. Portimão: 90-Minute Benagil Sea Caves Speedboat Adventure

    Speed along the Algarve coastline and explore its beautiful caves in this speedboat adventure. Meet next to the ruins of the San Francisco Convent. Enjoy piece of mind from a quick safety briefing with the crew members and grab your life jacket. Step on board the brand new speedboat and get ready to explore the Algarve coastline. Admire breathtaking cliffs and discover the secret sandy beaches only accessible by boat as you zip across the water. Be awed at the natural beauty of the Benagil Sea Caves. This essential Algarve site was formed by natural erosion creating a huge sunlit cavern.

    Fantastic value for money, saw lots of caves, great commentary and fun Speed boat. Our group of 9 didn’t need to wear masks as we were all sitting together. They even stopped out at sea and we went for a swim. Great experience

  • Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Caves Cruise

    8. 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. 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 benefit from the services of an experienced captain throughout the journey. 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.

    Gezellige uurtjes. Deden echt hun best om de dolfijnen te zoeken. Ook gelukt trouwens!

  • Lagos: Dolphin Watching Tour with Marine Biologist on Board

    9. Lagos: Dolphin Watching Tour with Marine Biologist on Board

    Dolphin watching is a must-do activity for anyone visiting the Algarve! With a tour provider that has over 30-years experience, you can get up close and personal to one of nature's most spectacular and fascinating creatures.  Take part in a tour with the first ever company to search for dolphins in Algarve, and enjoy the experience with guides who have over 30-years experience. This is a day trip along the stunning coast of Southern Portugal you'll never forget. You have the ability to go on a boat ride that will suit all your adventure needs, including, riding on a world-renowned dolphin searching boat "the Tornado rib". Feel the thrill of the wind in your face as you glide across the glistening Atlantic Ocean in search of beautiful bottlenose and common dolphins or even other different species of Wildlife, before gently settling amongst the pods to watch them dance and play in their...

    Wow. We’ve seen so many dolphins and the crew were absolutely lovely! Thank you for this amazing experience!

  • Portimão: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Speed Boat Tour

    10. Portimão: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Speed Boat Tour

    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 ...

    A very good trip all round the scenery is amazing and the guide named tudor was the funniest and most informative person you could hope to have on one of these trips!!

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What people are saying about Algarve

Overall rating

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based on 7,600 reviews

We had a wonderful boat tour around different caves & got the chance to see the dolphins at the beginning of our tour. The guides really did their best for us to see the dolphins as they are not in captivity.

We had our tour with Mauro and Andre. The tour was fabulous. We got to see dolphins which was an extra bonus. This tour was the highlight of our trip and definitely recommend

The driver was safe The guide Pedro was super friendly. The caves are beautiful. The boat ride was super fast and fun.

We saw a huge amount of dolphins, really a unique experience. The crew was very professionel.

worth the time to see the whole coast. the view on Carvoeiro is worth it