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Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira

Albufeira, Portugal
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Admire the beauty of the Algarve coastline as you discover Portugal’s caves and dolphins during this cruise from Albufeira. Aboard your sleek boat, bask in the sapphire blue waters of the Atlantic and maneuver to the Beach of Carvoeiro to uncover the stunning rock caverns. During your cruise, dip into the Atlantic for a bit and enjoy a chance to see friendly dolphins.
  • Enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the Algarve coastline from Albufeira
  • Be amazed by the beauty of the grottos
  • Try your luck to spot some dophins
  • Take some sun and relax on the deck
Start your day meeting at the Albufeira marina for your Algarve cave and dolphin watching cruise. Relax as you motor the coastline in a nimble boat. Glimpse over the waters and enjoy golden views of the sandstone cliffs.

Arrive at the grottos and explore its mesmerizing caves. Then, sit back and relax! Voyage back to Albufeira and traverse deeper into the sea to seek out dolphins. Observe the water surface closely for a chance to see common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. Watch as these schools of dolphins jump and swim playfully and occasionally approach the boat. Head back to the Albufeira marina where your Algarve dolphin and cave watching cruise ends.

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Good trip
Therealdavid K
, Nov 2019
Nice to get out on the water and see some dolphins and the views are great. They really bring you into the caves with the boat and you get great photo ops
Dolphin & caves watching cruse
, Sep 2019
We were happy with the cruse it started on the time. We were lucky to see dolphins. The information gives were very clear.
Just an overpriced boat ride
, Sep 2019
We booked this activity/excursion based on the number of reviews for its hat we saw on trip advisor/ viator. We were super disappointed with this activity. The extra one star is for the guides who did a decent job of explaining the spots we visited. The whole process is very poorly organized, starting from the chaotic entrance to the marina to find the dream wave desk to getting onto the boat which is extremely frustrating with people cutting ahead of you as there is no organization of first come first serve. Once on the boat you see the map in front of you with about 6-7 areas along the coast pointed out which you think you will be visiting but we only ended up seeing 3 of them. At least they should have told us that we aren’t going to visit them all. I completely understand that dolphins aren’t guaranteed which is normal and we didn’t go in expecting to see any dolphins. However, seeing just three of the spots along the coast was not worth the cost and you could tell by the expression of the people on the boat when the guides said that trip was over, everyone was super shocked and disappointed. Very few people tipped and if they did tip if was minimal. Lastly, I would say that where you are in a pontoon boat you do not get a very close view of the sites. My wife was keen on seeing Benagil which is why we went and really we didn’t get to see much of it at all because the boat didn’t get close enough to truly see it. If you want to truly see Benagil do it by kayak or swim. We paid 35 euros a person and I would say 20 euros a person would be what this was worth.
Nature touch
, Aug 2019
Excellent amazing trip - in this cost it is really not able to get more! Advanture journey to wild dolphins and wonderfull visit of coast clifs and caves. I recommend with pleasure.
Exceptional morning !
Anaïs V
, Aug 2019
We were lucky to have our own boat for the tour which was amazing - the guide was very friendly and told us many stories about the caves and the landscapes. The views were breathtaking, the ride was so much fun (we got wet !) And to finish off, we were lucky to see dolphins in their natural environment which was the cherry on top of the cake !! We came back with our heads full of great memories ! I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to enjoy themselves and just relax !! Muito obrigado !!
Caves and Dolphin Watching a worthwhile experience
, Aug 2019
I was traveling with my two teenage children when my daughter found this day trip in Albufeira on line. The boat trip was amazing with great views of the southern cost of Portugal. The beaches and surrounding gave where absolutely gorgeous. The dolphin encounter was also a special experience that left my daughter very moved to see dolphins swimming freely in their natural environment. Highy recommended!!
Loved it!
, Aug 2019
We saw dolphins! I might have been a bit upset if we hadn't but the trip would still have been wonderful. We had Captain Christiano (who if I ever win the lottery I am hiring for my yacht!!) and Gustav! They were both great! Both knowledgeable about those amazing caves and the area and tried so hard to get us to see the dolphins! Gustav kept looking after my little boy (8years old) as I was a bit worried about him going overboard even though Chtistiano reassured me he would be safe and he obviously was! Gustav wrapped him up in a waterproof coat as even though luckily we were sat on the back row (the front must have been wet and cold!) there was still a little spray but we loved it even though it was a bit chilly it was very exciting! Christiano was brilliant with my husband, as my two children and I were sat on the back row of three seats and he was at the back with the captain who was very entertaining!! I would have stayed on board all day going out each time if I could! The early trip was so worth it and especially with these guys as some of the boats I saw looked too big to get in the caves properly and some looked as if there was no leg room you'd be all scrunched up on board! We were very comfortable and being so close to the water and seeing the dolphins so close up was exciting but they are so fast blink and you'll miss them! They are amazing creatures, the dolphins that is!!
, Jul 2019
Excellent few hours spent on board . We were lucky enough to see the dolphin which was lovely and the caves are interesting. There are some lovely photo opportunities in the caves. Captain and crew were friendly and looked after us very well. It was great fun.
This was great... big boat that...
Jacqueline P
, Feb 2018
This was great... big boat that went straight out into the ocean where we saw MANY dolphins!!! They then took us to see some caves, had drinks onboard.. showed us some other UNESCO shoreline before going back. highly recommend!
Good. Didn't get to see the Dolphins...
Dave S
, Dec 2017
Good. Didn't get to see the Dolphins but this is made clear at the outset. They are wild animals and its not easy to predict where they're going to be. But overall thoroughly enjoyable.

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