Look inside the spectacular rock formations of the Benagil caves on a comfortable 2.5-hour boat cruise along the Algarve coast from Portimão. Stop…
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We didn't really know what to expect and as there were a few boats coming and going collecting people that morning we werent sure which one was ours.. until I noticed the parrots id seen in the advert for the trip! Once on board we were soon off, introduced to the friendly parrots, with a chance to hold them and take pictures with them... we had some good music playing, offered an ice tea foc or you could buy drinks (not a bar as such). The boat was more like a small converted fishing boat and if you needed the loo there were steep steps down to a small *very* low down toilet which you had to flush but leave paper in a bin.... ok in some cases but i wouldnt like to get caught out needing anything solid if you catch my drift!!!! Its a traditional boat, not a pleasure boat, but that added to the experience so we were happy. The weather was perfect and the scenery was breathtaking - we cruised alongside caves, some that you could go into and out the other side with little beaches.
The crew is excellent, speaking nice English, knowledgeable about the sights and were driving the boat crazy good (even in challenging weather conditions). The tour along the shores was amazing, visited several caves, including the famous Benagil cave! We had plenty of time to take pictures, though we did not have the opportunity to get off the boat in the Benagil cave (it might be due to regulation?). Anyway, we also went far away from the coast to see dolphins and were lucky enough to catch some :) Tips&tricks: put on the jacket they provide (it's windy and cold out there), prepare with dry clothes as we got wet from head to toe.
Host were excellent and nature at its best. It is one of our best 2,5 hours spent, this trip is worth every penny. Ice tea was served in the boat, as complimentary. Loreonzo did excellent explanation and Miguel had excellent sense of humour with total control on the boat. All in all, one of the most memorable trip.
Because the trip lasts 3 hours, you get to see many caves. And because the boat is not big, the captain is able to maneuver in the smallest caves. The boat trip is extra cozy with two parrots on board, music, and free icetea drinks. After visiting the Benagil cave you can swim from the boat to a nearby beach.
Amazing to see so many totally wild animals getting on with what dolphins do, and at such close range. We were lucky with the dolphins, had none turned up i would have been bored with the caves in about five minutes, having said that it was a great couple of hours and I’m glad I went