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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.

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Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

2. Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

The Algarve coast brings to mind pirate adventures, and pristine beaches. Today you will explore the coast between Albufeira Marina and Capvoeiro beach on a luxury boat that offers you the chance to swim, relax, and maybe even see a dolphin or two! Begin with a relaxing ride through the caves and rock formations that make this landscape so unique. Then head out to sea in your search for the dolphins who call these waters home. Your boat is the perfect vessel for dolphin exploration, and these playful and fun animals are truly a sight to behold! Your expert guide will share with you interesting facts and history on this memorable trip.

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Albufeira: 2-Hour Falesia Beach Surf Lesson

3. Albufeira: 2-Hour Falesia Beach Surf Lesson

After stepping out of the van, you will be able to see the waves on the beach underneath you. How they conceal the sand, only to reveal it again a second afterward. You can breathe in the salty air and feel the sun on your skin as you slip into your wetsuit. When your feet touch the sand of the beach, your adventure is just one step ahead of you. In the hands of this surfing and snorkeling school based in Albufeira, you will have the opportunity to start from the ground up and learn how to surf. You will be brought closer to the ocean to experience memorable moments underwater and on your surfboard. You can try something new that you will broaden your horizons, it’s all about the experience.  Your lesson will be adjusted according to your skills, meaning that you can start on the sand or hit the water straight away to further your skills. Enjoy a hands-on, personal learning experience, as each instructor looks after around nine participants.

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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.

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Albufeira: 2-Hour Caves and Cliffs Kayaking Experience

5. 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.

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From Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin and Sea Caves Boat Tour

6. From Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin and Sea Caves Boat Tour

Climb aboard a small boat in Albufeira marina and journey along the coastline of the Algarve for 18 kilometers in a small group. Sail to the Alfanzina Lighthouse and be amazed by the beaches and rock formations along the way. Marvel at the stunning sea caves, including the famous rock formations of Benagil Cave. Cool down with a swim in the sea, if conditions permit, and then look for the lovable dolphins as they frolic in the water. Feel the sea breeze on your face as you take in the scenic views and benefit from the local knowledge of an on-board marine biologist who will explain the characteristics of the animals. Journey with a captain with expert knowledge of this part of the coastline and enjoy more personalized attention than larger dolphin watching cruises.

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Albufeira: Parasailing Boat Trip

7. Albufeira: Parasailing Boat Trip

Go for an exhilarating parasailing boat trip off the coast of Albufeira, taking in the panoramic sights of Portugal’s beautiful resort city and sandy beaches. For a thrilling 10 minutes, feel the wind in your face while flying over the water, and enjoy the scenery from a bird’s-eye view.   This activity starts from Albufeira Marina, where the crew will share a safety briefing, and you’ll be given a life jacket and a harness that will connect to your parachute. After boarding the boat, you'll head out onto the open waters. The skipper will strap you into the harness, open the parachute, and slowly release the cable to start the flight. Reach a height of up to 80 meters and feel the adrenaline rush as you fly above the ocean for an unforgettable experience.   The overall boat ride lasts up to 1. 5 hours depending on the number of guests. 2- or 3-person flights are subject to sea conditions and techniques. After everyone has a chance to fly, enjoy the boat ride back to the marina.

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Albufeira: Paragliding and Paratrike Tandem Flights

8. Albufeira: Paragliding and Paratrike Tandem Flights

Experience the ultimate sensation of flying on the iconic Algarve coast, forging Mediterranean memories of the vast color palettes. Fly over the hot springs and enjoy the diverse landscape of southern Portugal whilst acquainting yourself with the coast of Albufeira through this panoramic paragliding flight. Get to soar through the air during this incredible experience whilst sunrise or sunset, witnessing the spectacular landscape and beach at this particularly beautiful time of the day. This is a trip you will certainly not forget. Depending on weather conditions, guests may fly on a paratrike (motor aided paraglide). This type of flight allows you to take a 10 km ride along the Algarve coast and over the beach, taking in spectacular views along the way.

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Pirate Ship Cruise along the Algarve Coast

9. Pirate Ship Cruise along the Algarve Coast

We hoist our pirate flag, lift the anchor, and away we go! On the beautiful Pirate Ship Leãozinho ("little lion"), we will explore the most treasured spots along the Algarve Coastline and discover why these hidden caves and grottos became the favored home of generations of daring pirates. As we set sail, we'll see enchanting rock formations and spectacular caves on our historical ship. If you feel like a sip from the ol' barrel of rum to lift your spirits for our cruise, we've got an onboard Pirate Bar that's perfect for quenching your thirst. The wind whips through the sails, and your comfortable seating lets you look out on all of the most beautiful beaches and breathtaking formations along this coastline. We will even have the chance to head out onto the Atlantic, passing the soft, sandy beaches of San Rafael, Castelo, and Praia da Gale. Of course, no pirate adventure is complete without having to "walk the plank", and you'll be happy to do so as you end up in the refreshing and beautiful waters below! Your swim in the clear waters is the perfect rejuvenating dip before we set sail and return to the Marina of Albufeira.

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Albufeira: Guided Tour by Tuk-Tuk

10. Albufeira: Guided Tour by Tuk-Tuk

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or villa in Albufeira, and then travel around the city by tuk-tuk to marvel at its landmark monuments and a few surprises along the way. Discover some of the best beaches of the Algarve and get a friendly explanation about life in the city from your driver/guide. Benefit from the freedom to stop where you want to take souvenir photos or just admire the views as your driver chats about the history and culture of the area. Get a feel for the city's rich maritime history at the marina and fishing docks. Choose the evening tour to see the city illuminated for the night and get a feel for the excitement of its entertainment districts after dark.

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What people are saying about Albufeira

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Amazing. The team clicks you photos that you can buy for 20 Euros. They give it is soft copy via email. Be the last one to fly (which is the person who will exit first from the boat) for the best flight!

Very good time spent. We got to see the dolphins up close and follow them for a little while it was cool! The visit to the caves and the different beaches were fabulous. The staff are very friendly

Antonio was a very good guide and driver. We learned a lot about Albufeira during our experience.

It has been a very interesting excursion. We saw the dolphins and a great experience

So much fun! Great food and drinks. Super friendly staff.