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From Portimão: Algar de Benagil and Sea Caves Boat Tour

1. 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: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

2. 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: 1.5-Hour Dolphin Watching Excursion

3. Portimão: 1.5-Hour Dolphin Watching Excursion

Experience a must-do activity for anyone visiting the Algarve with this 1.5-hour dolphin-watching safari. Join an expert crew with over 30 years of experience searching for dolphins in their natural habitat. Enjoy an unforgettable day trip along the stunning coastline of Southern Portugal. Choose from a range of boat rides to suit every wish, including the famous Tornado Rib, which brings you fully into the action. Your fully-certified skipper will have an excellent knowledge of dolphin activity in the area, with sightings guaranteed in over 95% of trips. First, depart from Portimão and feel the thrill of the wind in your face as you glide across the glistening Atlantic Ocean in search of beautiful bottlenose and common dolphins or other wildlife species. Learn about these creatures from the onboard marine biologist. Then, gently settle amongst the pods to watch them dance and play in their natural habitat. After a 90-minute cruise, return back to Portimão where your tour concludes.

Portimão: Kayak Tour of Benagil Caves

4. 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

5. 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.

Portimao: Boat trip to the Benagil Cave

6. Portimao: Boat trip to the Benagil Cave

We are a “Clean and Safe” certified company. Certificate issued by “Turismo de Portugal” and registered as Tourist Entertainment Agents | RNAAT No. 357/2022. We will provide our customers with Boat Trips, exploring the golden coast to the Benagil caves. During our tours, departing from the Clube Naval de Portimão, customers will experience a magnificent setting, with bizarrely shaped cliffs and a huge variety of rock formations, always with a storyteller on board to provide the most out of the experience. . Our team is made up of several elements, enthusiastic, dynamic, with skill, training and experience in the nautical area, which will provide a safe and lively trip.

From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

7. From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

Departing from Marina de Portimão, your guide will take you on this 1 hour 45 minute cruise to the world-famous Jurassic caves and rock formations of the Algar de Benagil and Carvoeiro. On the way, take in views of the amazing beach of Praia da Rocha, followed by the Ponta do Altar Lighthouse, Carvoeiro village, Algar Seco, and the Alfazina Lighthouse. Cruise along before arriving at the journey's highlight, the Algar de Benagil. Stop here for some time to take photos and admire the hidden beach of this magical and ancient cave. Head then towards Praia da Marinha, one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Relax while sailing along the coast on the way back to the marina in Portimão. Prepare to be amazed as you pass magnificent scenery and all your favorite spots from the way there.

From Portimão: Benagil Caves and Beaches By Boat

8. From Portimão: Benagil Caves and Beaches By Boat

Explore the caves and beaches that dot Portugal's southern coast on a boat trip from Portimão to Algar Benagil. Take in some of Europe's most beautiful beaches and fishing villages from the water and even cool off with a quick swim from the boat. Descend the Arade River on the way to the sea, passing the picturesque village of Ferragudo on the way. Snap a picture of what is considered one of the most picturesque towns in Portugal and catch a glimpse of the 19th-century Fort of São João do Arade, also known as Ferragudo Castle. See Carvoeiro – considered to be one of the most beautiful fishing villages in Europe – and admire its natural walkway that leads into the cavernous Algar of Benagil. Discover the beauty of Arcos da Praia da Marinha beach, and see why it's considered to be one of the best in the world. After a stop for a quick swim, return by boat to Portimão.

From Portimão: Private Boat Tour to Benagil Cave

9. From Portimão: Private Boat Tour to Benagil Cave

Join this guided journey along the Algarve coastline to Benagil Cave. This fun and fantastic adventure will fully immerse you in the natural beauty of Portugal. From the pier of Clube Naval de Portimão, begin your boat ride along the coastline, admiring its churches, castles, and beautiful caves. As you glide over the water, your guide will tell you sometimes spooky ancient stories and teach you about the history of the Arade River. All boats are equipped with VHF Radios synchronized with dolphin-watching vessels. If these breathtaking animals are spotted within a 3-mile radius, the boat will go to their location.   Take in the unbelievable beauty of Benagil Cave, with its naturally formed hole at the top that lets the sunlight filter down to the sandy beach below. Listen to the echoes of the wind and let yourself be calmed by your surroundings.

Portimão: Guided Coastal Caves Tour by Boat

10. Portimão: Guided Coastal Caves Tour by Boat

See the coast of Portugal from the water as you glide along the ocean with your crew onboard your tour boat. Discover how the water leads into crevices along the coast that have been carved into caves over centuries of weather and water erosion. Take a swim at one of the 15 beautiful cave stops along the tour. Before you dive in, learn about the history of the shoreline, the caves, and Portugal from your guide on board the tour boat. Take in the sun and the sea and move with the water as you learn more about Portugal’s Algarve coastline. The tour will go to beaches along the coast – from Portimão, Ferragudo, to Estombar, Carvoeiro, and finally to Benagil Beach.

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What people are saying about Ferragudo

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 578 reviews

Crew was great. Very friendly and helpful. The cave tour was just the right size group and we were able to get close into the caves. Lunch was delicious and having umbrellas on the beach was so enjoyable! The trip was even longer than expected!

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!

Really enjoyed the rib boat ride- right near the water so we could see the dolphins really well. It went quite fast at some moments so quite exciting.

This is such a good trip! Well worth the money the crew can’t do enough for you our best day on holiday

Great trip! Very knowledgable about the winery and great range of wine available to taste!