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Portimão: Benagil Caves Speed Boat Tour with Sunset Option

1. Portimão: Benagil Caves Speed Boat Tour with Sunset Option

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 and let yourself be moved by these impressive natural surroundings. On the way back to the marina, the boat will make a brief swimming stop with views of the beautiful beach at Corredoura. If you choose the sunset option, watch a spectacular sunset on the return journey. Finish off the day by admiring the vibrant colors on the horizon as the sun goes down.

From Portimão: Algar de Benagil and Sea Caves Boat Tour

2. From Portimão: Algar de Benagil and Sea Caves Boat Tour

Sail along the Algarve coast on a boat trip from Portimão. Admire highlights, including the Benagil Cave and the Fort of São João do Arade. Swim in the crystal waters and learn about the area from your guide. Boarding at the Marina of Portimão, you will see the Castel of S.João do Arade and the fort of Stª Catarina from the Arade River, a unique perspective from the river to the city of Portimão.  See beautiful beaches and caves, from Portimão through to Carvoeiro, passing Benagil all the way to the famous beach of Praia da Marinha. During the boat tour, your guide will talk and explain all about the caves and the coastline, fauna, flora, and the geology of the region with the stunning caves formations. On the way back to the marina your skipper will navigate the boat away from the cliffs giving you a broader perspective of the coastline.

Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

3. Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

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.

Portimão: Benagil Caves Cruise with Dolphin Watching

4. Portimão: Benagil Caves Cruise with Dolphin Watching

Join a marine biologist on a guided cruise of the Benagil Caves. Cruise in search of dolphins, visit the stunning coves of the Algarve coast, and cruise into the iconic Algar de Benagil cave. Set sail from Portimão and head to the Marinha beach. As you sail, hear live commentary about the area's geology and marine life from a marine biologist. Stop at the famous cave Algar de Benagil to take an Instagram-perfect picture. Cruise down the Algarve coast and stop to visit hidden caves and secluded coves. At one of the beaches, dive off the boat and swim in the clear water. Next, leave the coast behind and sail off into the Atlantic in search of dolphins. Get videos of these playful creatures jumping and swimming around the boat before returning to the mainland.

Portimão: Benagil Caves and Praia de Marinha Boat Tour

5. Portimão: Benagil Caves and Praia de Marinha Boat Tour

Hop onboard the boat and immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes of the Algarve coastline. On this boat trip, you’ll discover more than 20 caves and a number of deserted beaches along the way. Start the adventure at Cais Vacco da Gama in Portimão. Along the way, you’ll see the Fort of Santa Catarina, the Ferragudo Castle, and the small fishing village of Ferragudo. From the sea, you’ll be able to admire the beaches of Pintadinho, Paradise, and Carvoeiro. Visit one of the world's most exotic beaches, Praia da Marinha, where you can go swimming. Finally, on your perfectly-sized boat, visit the interior of the visually striking Benagil Sea Cave.

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.

Portimão: Benagil Sea Caves Speedboat Adventure Tour

7. Portimão: Benagil Sea Caves Speedboat Adventure Tour

Travel along the Algarve coastline and explore its beautiful caves on this speedboat adventure. Discover the beauty of the coast on a high-speed boat tour. Meet next to the ruins of the San Francisco Convent. Feel confident and prepared after a quick safety briefing with the crew members and grab your life jacket. Step onboard 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. Admire the natural beauty of the Benagil Sea Caves. This essential Algarve site was formed by natural erosion creating a huge sunlit cavern.

Portimão: Dolphin Watching, Benagil Caves Cruise & Sunset

8. Portimão: Dolphin Watching, Benagil Caves Cruise & Sunset

Discover the Algarve coast on a combination sunset cruise, cave visit, and dolphin-watching tour. Learn about the area's geology and animals from a marine biologist, sail past the Castelo de S.João do Arade, and marvel at the colors of the sunset over the ocean. Set sail from the marina of Portimão and cruise past the Castelo de S.João do Arade and the Forte de Santa Catarina in Rio Arade. Head into the ocean to search for dolphins. Snap a picture as they playfully swim around your boat. Continue back to the coastline and sail by secluded beaches framed by golden cliffs. Head into the iconic Algar de Benagil Cave and marvel at the fascinating rock formations inside. After leaving the cave, relax and feel the sea breeze as you watch the sunset over the water while you return to the marina.

Portimão: Kayak Tour of Benagil Caves

9. Portimão: Kayak Tour of Benagil Caves

Enjoy a cruise along the Algarve coast to the Benagil Caves where you'll have the opportunity to explore the caves by kayak. Your catamaran will depart from the Marina of Portimão. Aboard, the crew will brief you on the kayak equipment and kayaking skills. You'll cruise along the coast to Albandeira Beach. From the beach, you'll paddle to the Benagil Caves. Along the way, you'll have the chance to visit other caves and enjoy the golden coast. Your experienced guide will point out local landmarks and direct you to the most interesting spots including the impressive Captain’s Cave, Barraquinho Beach, Baraço Cave, and the world famous Marinha Beach. There's even time for a quick swim. If you get tired, you can always get back on board the catamaran for a rest, before heading back to the marina. Your catamaran has toilets, comfortable seats, and a professional crew. If you don't feel like kayaking and just want to enjoy the views from the catamaran, you're welcome on this tour, too.

From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

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

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.

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What people are saying about Portimão

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,341 reviews

Perfect experience, the guide and the captain were on top! We were able to enrich ourselves thanks to the anecdotes of the guide, and enjoy the sea thanks to the professionalism of the captain. I recommend for children and adults alike. It was the best memory of my vacation!

Fabulous trip. Well organised and easy to find the meeting point. The trip allowed us to explore the caves (from a difference) and allowed us time to paddle board and swim in the sea! Highly recommend!

Brilliant experience, best feeling ever, and it’s an experience to cherish for life. The instructors were professional and were very helpful in calming nerves.

It has been an amazing experience. You cannot leave Portimao without doing it. The incredible guide and Captain.

Shame about the dolphins (which weren't there)