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Benagil: Benagil Caves Kayaking Experience

1. Benagil: Benagil Caves Kayaking Experience

Be at one with nature with this environmentally-friendly kayaking experience, and explore along the coast and inside several caves of Benagil.   Begin at Benagil beach, from where you will be run through an introduction on kayaking, and the safe management of your kayak once inside the caves. Afterward, kayak to the Golden Beach of Marinha. On the way, you will enter several small and big caves. On the return journey, take a 20-minute stop at the beach inside the Benagil Cave for some unforgettable pictures. Go inside several big and small caves near the Benagil Cave and learn from your guide about the formation, surrounding nature and natural life.

Algarve: Benagil Caves and Secret Spots Guided Kayaking Tour

2. Algarve: Benagil Caves and Secret Spots Guided Kayaking Tour

Visit the spectacular caves and secret beaches near Benagil on a guided kayaking tour. Over the course of this tour, you'll get to explore several caves, watch local fish and birdlife, and see rock formations and corals in the area. Learn how to correctly use the kayak with your guide who will explain the proper techniques and safety precautions that you need to take when you're inside the caves.   The tour starts from Benagil Beach before heading to some of the so-called cathedrals of the sea. You'll also be able to get out of your kayak to do some exploring on foot.  Be sure to take lots of excellent photos during the course of this once-in-a-lifetime experience that will end at Benagil, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Algarve: Benagil Sea Cave Sunrise or Sunset Kayak Experience

3. Algarve: Benagil Sea Cave Sunrise or Sunset Kayak Experience

Your tour will begin with an introduction to the basics of kayaking from your expert guide. Then you’re adventure begins: you’ll take to the water by kayak and make your way towards the Benagil Caves. The best way to enter the caves is by kayak just after sunrise, since during the day the area becomes overcrowded with tourists and boats. This special early bird tour is therefore the perfect way to experience the natural beauty of this unique location. At this early hour you’ll have ample time and opportunity to capture stunning pictures and relax on the beach. You’ll explore the Benagil Cave for 30 minutes, enjoying a refreshing dip and walk. If possible you will also discover two more breathtaking smaller caves.

From Faro: Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Guided Day Trip

4. From Faro: Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Guided Day Trip

After gathering at the tour meeting point, your van will depart from Faro for the approximately hour-long journey after which you will arrive to Benagil Beach. It will be from this location, together with your instructor, that you will enter the cave. It will take between 5 and 10 minutes to enter the cave, after which you will have 40 minutes inside to enjoy its unique environment. You can choose to spend your time taking photos, swimming, and just generally relaxing. It will soon be time to head to Marinha Beach, which is considered the most beautiful beach in Portugal. At this location you will have an hour to discover the amazing cliffs and views, following which you will head back to Faro.

Benagil Beach: Standup Paddle Board and Kayak Rental

5. Benagil Beach: Standup Paddle Board and Kayak Rental

Discover the Algarve coast like a local, with a rented standup paddle board or a kayak. Take your time and enjoy a full day out at sea or keep it short and sweet and head out with a specific agenda — the choice is yours. See the caves, cliffs, and hidden beaches the Algarve is famous for. Paddle into coves and up to beaches, deciding to spend as much or as little time at each location. Jump into the clear turquoise waters for a cooling dip whenever you feel like it, before continuing on your active journey. Learn a new skill or hone your previous knowledge, either way prior knowledge of how to use a standup paddle board or kayak is not necessary as they're very stable and safe. Feel the waves beneath you and marvel at the colorful fish swimming underwater. This activity is the perfect day out to enjoy the Algarve's pristine nature.

Portimão: Benagil Grottoes Boat Cruise

6. Portimão: Benagil Grottoes Boat Cruise

Enjoy a visit to the beautiful grottoes of the Algarve in a comfortable boat. Beautiful cliffs, dramatic grottoes and sandy beaches make this tour a magical experience.  Depart from Portimão, passing the scenic fishing village of Ferragudo and the historic fortress that overlooks the beach. Cruise slowly towards Carvoeiro, passing by secluded beaches. Relax and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery along the way. You will then head into the different grottoes at Algar Seco and Benagil. Admire the natural rock formations that have been formed by erosion and the power of the sea. On the way back, stop to swim in the clear waters of the Atlantic.

Benagil: Guided Kayaking Tour to Caves and Secret Spots

7. Benagil: Guided Kayaking Tour to Caves and Secret Spots

Get off the beaten track with a guided kayaking tour to the Benagil caves with an instructor. Navigate along towering cliffs and around stunning rock formations on a turquoise sea. Stop for a refreshing swim at a breathtaking location. Meet your guide at an easy-to-locate restaurant and get set up with your high-quality paddle, kayak, dry bag, and life vest. Get some instructions on how to use your kayak most effectively from your guide before embarking on your coastal adventure. Make your way along stretches of golden coastline and over crystal-clear waters that are teeming with shimmering fish. Capture pictures of the Benagil caves as light streams through from above, illuminating the cave and azure water. Learn about how these geological formations were crafted by the wind and waves over time. Cool off with a dive into the water and admire this other-worldly landscape as you swim along the beach. Return to the meeting point at the end of your tour.

From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

8. From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

Discover the beautiful Benagil Sea Cave on a catamaran cruise from Portimão. Admire views of Ferragudo fishing village before landing on Benagil beach. Head into the cave on a small boat and enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch prepared for you on the beach. Depart from Portimão and pass by the pretty fishing village of Ferragudo and the historic castle that overlooks the beach. Cruise at ease towards the east and don’t forget your camera to capture the beautiful coastal scenery along the way. Head towards the grottoes at Benagil, where on small boats the tour will take you into different grottoes. Marvel at the natural rock formations and be transported to the beach, where you can soak in the sun. In the meantime, the crew prepares a delicious BBQ for you on the beach with bread, salad, mixed grill, complete with an open bar with red or white wine, water, orangeade.  Travel back while passing by some of the beautiful, secluded cove beaches around Carvoeiro. Enjoy the beautiful views and create a holiday memory that you won’t forget.

Albufeira: Coastline and Benagil Caves Tour by Catamaran

9. Albufeira: Coastline and Benagil Caves Tour by Catamaran

Soak up the views of the Algarve coastline on a guided catamaran cruise from Albufeira. Enter the Benagil Sea Cave and take in secluded beaches, rugged rock formations, and hidden swim stops. Start your tour from Albufeira Marina, where you'll set off on the spacious and comfortable catamaran. From here you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the views of the beautiful rock formations and deserted beaches. The team will tell you more about our fantastic coastline and all its hidden secrets. Relax to some nice music and enjoy a cool drink. Visit the beautiful caves and rock formations as far as Benagil (Cathedral Cave). Head back east towards the marina before stopping off for a swim in the sea.

From Algarve: Benagil Beach Double Kayak Rental

10. From Algarve: Benagil Beach Double Kayak Rental

Visit the spectacular caves and desert beaches of the Benagil area with a double kayak rental. Admire the Algarve's main attractions from the water, such as the Benagil Caves and pristine beaches. You will see breathtaking rock formations, including the famous Benagil Caves. Paddle the kayaks and enter the caves to see the area at your own pace. During your kayak ride, spot some of the Algarve's local fish and sea birds of the region. You can take photos while marveling at the scenic beauty of the area. Enjoy a 2-hour ride full of fun and adventure. 

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What people are saying about Benagil beach

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4.7 / 5

based on 3,526 reviews

Everything was perfect, the welcome, the basic rules for navigating with a kayak, security for access to the Benagil cave and the time allocated to make the most of the cave. Good atmosphere with a smile. Thank you. It was great. George

It’s a great experience and our guides are amazing. They led us to several famous caves and showed their great patience for to the new learners of Kayak like us. Very recommend!

In the top !!! We left without a guide to visit the cave. The manager gave us effective advice and he was extremely helpful and kind

Beautiful day spent on the sea, visiting the caves and beaches. Excellent guidance from Jack

Very nice tour guide! Overall a great experience :)