Algarve
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From Lagos: Kayak Cave Explorer Tour

1. From Lagos: Kayak 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: 3-Hour Algarve Cruise by Fun Catamaran

2. From Lagos: 3-Hour Algarve Cruise by Fun 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 golden coast of the western Algarve. 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. Then, journey back towards Lagos and anchor near the caves of Ponta da Piedade for a cocktail and some time to swim. Dive into the inviting waters and make use of available paddle boards, snorkeling gear, and a water trampoline. 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.

From Vilamoura: Sunset Tour on a Luxury Sailing Yacht

4. 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

5. 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 4 hours in the 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.

Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

6. 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

7. 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.

Olhão: Ria Formosa Boat Cruise

8. Olhão: Ria Formosa Boat Cruise

Set sail from the port of Olhão and travel through the Ria Formosa National Park. Discover beautiful scenery and rich biodiversity with your expert crew. Learn more about the national park and local culture with your expert captain. Cruise by marshes, barrier islands, islets, dunes, sand bars, and saltpans which are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. Spot local birds, marine life, and beds of clams and oysters. Stop at Culatra Island where 1000 people live and no cars are allowed; experience this European sustainability project that will be completed by 2030. Then make a short visit to Praia Deserta and enjoy the serenity of a tranquil location accessible only by boat. While there, enjoy some time for a swim and take photos before returning to Olhão.

Lagos: Half-Day Dolphin Watching Cruise and Water Activities

9. Lagos: Half-Day Dolphin Watching Cruise and 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.

Ponta da Piedade: 2-Hour Boat Cruise

10. Ponta da Piedade: 2-Hour Boat Cruise

After boarding 'Mananita', a traditional Portuguese boat with a rich history, you can admire the breathtaking views of the outstanding coast of Lagos and 'Ponta da Piedade'. The tour includes visiting a rock formation that dates back thousands of years, where the eye captures each unique feature of the rocks that has been sculptured throughout time by waves and marine life. The Mananita permits you to relax whilst navigating the crystal waters close to the coast line. After anchoring, you will hop onto a smaller boat which better enables you to view the caves and wildlife in greater detail. For the braver and more adventurous visitors, you may go for a swim or explore the outstanding marine life, with the option to snorkel also available.

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What people are saying about Algarve

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,380 reviews

Me and my friend came for the sunset tour and was blown away. We were greeted at the correct meeting point and was taken to the boat where the captain spoke through everything we needed to know. We set sail at the correct time and at the beginning of our journey we was offered food and drink. The boat was lovely and clean too. We spent lots of time on the front of the boat where we was offered blankets and more food and drink. The trip was finished off with the most amazing sunset along the coastline! I couldn’t recommend this enough to anyone! The captain and team made sure we was comfortable the whole time and they were so kind, polite and friendly! Thanks again to the amazing guys :)

This experience with Joao and Tomas is was amazing! We visit ponta da piedade we did paddle board in the big waves it’s was amazing experience I highly recommend best boat ever!

Fantastic crew. Good value for the money. Felt safe and well-looked after. Only thing is I couldn't hear our guide sometimes. Need a mic system or something.

We loved the tour! Getting to know the grutas with a kayak is the best way to do it. :)

Great way to see a bit of the Ria Formosa . Well organised. Fun experience