While you’re in Portugal, spend a morning exploring the stunning Algarve coastline, renowned for its pristine beaches, rugged cliffs, and hidden caves that offer breathtaking vistas. During this 2.5-hour boat tour departing from Portimão, you’ll embark on a journey across the Atlantic Ocean to observe dolphins before arriving at the famous Benagil Cave.
Program of the boat excursion to the Benagil Cave from Portimão with dolphin watching:
- Meet 15 minutes before the departure time at Cais São Francisco, Porto Comercial de Portimão, 8500-512 Portimão. The Capitão Nemo staff will be there to greet you, and free parking is available adjacent to the boarding gate.
- The journey begins by sailing along the Arade River, providing a unique perspective to admire the S.João do Arade Castle, a medieval military structure, and the S. Catarina do Rio Arade Fortress, one of the area’s most visited landmarks and a symbol of the city. Throughout the tour, the crew will share fascinating facts about the attractions and the wildlife you’ll encounter along the way.
- Next, we’ll navigate over the Atlantic Ocean waters to the areas where spotting cetaceans is most likely. The most common species are Delphinus Delphis and Tursiops Truncatus, and, with some luck, you may witness their playful antics as they jump and frolic around the boat. Birdwatching enthusiasts may also spot various seabird species like the solan goose (Morus Bassanus), the European shag (Phalacrocorax Aristotelis), and the Sandwich tern (Thalasseus Sandvicensis).
- We’ll then reach the Benagil Cave, known worldwide for its distinctive circular opening at the top of the vault. This cave boasts clear turquoise waters and a mesmerizing interplay of colors created by sunlight penetrating and reflecting off the golden rock into the sea. Thanks to our small vessel, we can access this natural wonder, allowing you to appreciate its intricate details and capture its beauty in a few photos.
- During the journey, especially in the summer, we’ll make a stop in a tranquil bay where you can take a refreshing swim in the calm, crystal-clear waters, surrounded by enchanting sandstone cliffs. Upon returning to the boat, you can enjoy a refreshing drink and savor seasonal fruit provided by the crew.
- Finally, we’ll head to Praia da Marinha, a popular destination known for its golden cliffs and crystal-clear waters, making it a paradise for snorkeling enthusiasts.
- The tour concludes after approximately 2.5 hours with a return to Porto Comercial de Portimão.
*This experience is not suitable for pregnant women or individuals with neck and back issues.
**Access to Benagil Cave is subject to weather and sea conditions, so the Port Authority may restrict access to the cave and inner beach to ensure your safety. Despite our best efforts, notice can sometimes be short.
***The Capitão Nemo team often brings their beloved mascot, Pipoca, a small sea-loving dog, on board. If this poses any concerns, please feel free to mention it in the booking notes.
****Weather and sea conditions may affect this experience. In the event of adverse weather or sea conditions, the tour may be canceled after confirmation, and you’ll be offered an alternative date or a full refund.
*****This experience requires a minimum number of passengers.The tour may be cancelled after confirmation if there are not enough passengers. In that case, an alternative or a full refund will be offered.
The price includes: Professional skipper – Multilingual local guide – Lifejacket – Bottled water – Seasonal fruit (in summer) – Hot/cold drinks (in summer/winter).
Don’t forget: Valid ID or passport – Sun hat – Sunglasses – Sunscreen – Beach towel – Swimsuit – Camera.
Maximum: 16 people on board.