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Benagil caves's kayak tour - departure from Marinha beach

Faro District, Portugal

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Visit Benagil Cave the fun way — by kayak — and leave the tourist boats behind. You’ll follow the scenic route from Marinha Beach to the wind-carved Benagil Cave, enjoying stops to swim at secluded coves along the way. The small-group kayak experience is led by a local guide, meaning assistance on the water is always close by.
  • Book a Benagil Cave kayak tour online to secure a convenient date
  • Hear your guide clearly on a small-group kayak tour while at sea
  • Find the best photo vantage points of the Benagil Cave with a local guide
  • Keep your belongings safe from the sea with the use of a waterproof bag

What's Included

  • Kayak
  • Paddles
  • Life jackets
  • Watertight bags to store personal belongings
  • Personal accident and liability insurance
  • Operator with the "Clean and Safe" seal - Turismo de Portugal

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Marinha Beach
      Marinha Beach, Portugal

      The best way to get to Marinha's beach is by car. We are next to the red Food Truck at the beach's parking. NOTE: in july and august the access road to the beach is closed so you have to walk around 10 minutes.

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Establishment with "Clean & Safe" declaration, issued by Turismo de Portugal
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

    Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Benagil caves's kayak tour - departure from Marinha beach?

    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas

    Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Benagil caves's kayak tour - departure from Marinha beach?

    A:The policies on sanitization are:
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

    Q:What is the social distancing policy during Benagil caves's kayak tour - departure from Marinha beach?

    A:The policy on social distancing is:
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

    Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Benagil caves's kayak tour - departure from Marinha beach?

    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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    Traveler Tips


    It would be helpful to have a bit of kayak experience as there is some maneuvering in and out of the smaller caves.
    I am scared of swimming in the sea, so thought paddle kayaking would be scary.
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    Much ado (and frustration) about nothing
    EvaKmmel_C, Jul 2022
    First booked a tour at 1 o'clock via viator.com. 5 minutes after, we got an email stating that the tour was over-booked and that we should wait 5-6 days to get our money back. Tour later that day still available but homepage did not allow us to book again. Called Viator who was friendly but could apparently not distinguish "d" and "t" and we never got the booking link. Called Viator again. Spent 45 minutes again with another lady, who did not understand the problem at all with her quite limited English. She did not want to get help from a colleague even if we could her that she did not understand. We ended up with a booking for the next day (this she understood) and wanted her to check that all was okay with that and that we'll not be charged for more that one trip. This she did not understand either. We gave up on her but received an email from a man (colleague?) that all is good. We went to the trip. Information said meet us at parking lot. So we went from beach to parking lot. People at parking lot directed us to beach again, where we asked around and finally found a friendly man who had just been on the trip with another group (hence no kayaks had been visible on the beach). He announced - quite convincingly - that the weather and current was too bad to go. But when he called the boss (Ricardo), the boss did not trust that and wanted us to go out anyways. But only to see 1 of 5 caves. Of course we trusted the guide more than a boss from a distance and did then not want to go at all. But now that the boss had said okay to go, we could not get the money back, because the boss did not think there was an issue (catch 22). 45 minutes discussion, guide one phone with boss, guide did not want to go etc.. odd discussion forth and back. At the end, the guide said he strongly believed we should not go and we should then get our money and that he'd talk to the boss afterwards. So we left and hoped for the best. Even though we did not go on the tour, we are glad we trusted the guide, who seemed to really do his best. And good news is, that we have received our money after only a few days.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Rocky start, rolling finish
    Kerry_m, Aug 2022
    The instructions said to meet in the parking lot next to the food trucks 30 minutes before we start but they weren’t there. They did not answer our calls or texts but we eventually found them at the beach after asking around. The guys checking us in were very rude and made a comment about me most likely being British (which I’m not). This made for a rocky start, but, we were able to put that behind us and have a lovely experience. Our instructor was fantastic and kept a close eye on the group to make sure everyone was safe. The caves were spectacular and we even saw Dolphins! I highly recommend taking a kayak tour instead of a tour boat because you can fit into the smaller caves that the larger boats cannot. Overall it was a very memorable experience and I would recommend it to anyone visiting the area.
    Great experience!
    Sophia_G, Sep 2021
    We had a very nice tour with Pedro as our guide. He showed us beautiful caves and beaches and always watched out for our safety. Clear recommendation!
    An awesome experience with an awesome guide.
    Indu_N, Sep 2021
    1. Excellent and informative tour guide who took us safely to caves which we would not have been if we were on our own. 2. plenty time in all the beaches/caves to explore/swim 3. not a crowded tour which is another thing I personally liked. Noticed another tour operator with a fleet of kayakers and paddleboarders and was very glad I was not in the crowd!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Great experience!
    Ruta_M, Jul 2022
    A really exciting experience! Tour guide was very friendly, professional and super helpful. 5 stars 🤩🤩🤩
    Incredible kayaking tour with breathtaking scenery!
    Katherine_P, May 2022
    This was an outstanding tour and incredible value for what you get. David and Joao were very kind, professional, and knowledgeable. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking and David took us into many of the caves. The tour lasts about 2 hours. We liked the fact it left out of Marinha beach vs. Benagil beach. We felt that was a better value and included more than the tours out of Benagil beach. It was less crowded and we we lucked out and were the only couple on the tour. Great overall experience. I highly recommend this tour if you visit the Algarve.
    Great day
    Julia_L, Oct 2021
    Such a beautiful coastline great to see up close on a kayak. We went as a family of four two kids aged 12 and 15 and it was suitable for us all.
    One of a kind kayak tour
    Amanda_G, Mar 2022
    We had an amazing and thrilling experience!! As novice kayakers, our guide provided us excellent guidance and gave us the perfect small group excursion!! The views from inside the cave were stunning and unforgettable providing a significantly better view than the hike that only went above the cave. We saw a lot of boat tours that were able to peek into the cave, but the benefit of our kayak trip was getting ample time to experience the cave and take all the photos we wanted! Our Guide was very kind and even helped with our photos! This was definitely the most memorable part of our 1 week trip around Portugal and we’re so thankful to our guide.
    Enjoyable, safe, would recommend.
    Bradley_B, Jul 2022
    Our guide Joao was very friendly, and very informed about the coastline we were kayaking. We were quite late due to some transportation issues and he was still very welcoming. We didn't get to enter very many caves because of the tide/weather situation, which is totally out of the kayak tour's control, but still made it seem less stellar than our expectations (hence the four stars). Would recommend, as it is a much more peaceful and enjoyable way of exploring the Benagil cave than on a boat filled with fellow tourists clamoring for photos.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Awesome and safe cave kayak tour
    Robert_P, Apr 2022
    My wife and I joined a small group which was lead by Gonzalo who took us through all the safety and techniques required on our Kayak tour through the Benagil Caves. He always kept the group together and was very mindful of the boat tours around us. We felt safe and well taken care of throughout the tour. We took awesome pictures and had a great time!
    100% recommended
    Christian_B, Apr 2022
    We had a great ecperience! We were the only ones who booked this Tour at that day so we had like a private Tour and it was so amazing. We went into a lot of caves which was so fun. We always felt safe because the guide took much care about us and always went into the caves before us to Check the waves. He gave us lots of time to enjoy the Places and to take photos. He also told us some really interesting facts about the places we drove to. We would 100% recommend this experience.
    Wonderful kayaking tour to Benagil Cave
    Charles_T, Aug 2022
    We were so glad we booked this tour which departs from Marinha Beach, not too far from Benagil Cave. It was so much quieter away from the crazy crowds of Benagil Beach. It was a cloudy morning with calm waves so we had only ourselves for the tour. Our guide Simone was kind of quiet (think he was worried about his English) but very nice and knowledgeable about the different caves along the route. It was good we booked the earlier tour which was nice and cool. We then swam and hiked the trail along the cliffs after the 2 hour kayaking tour but it got pretty hot. So we drove to Benagil area to check it out. The crowds and crazy traffic (land and water) in that area was terrible. It was compounded by the fact that it was a Saturday! So glad we did not do the tour of the Benagil Beach. We had a wonderful time and would actually do this tour again if we visit the area in the future.
    Wonderful experience
    Jeff_O, Jul 2022
    The guide was friendly and engaging. He told stories about what we were seeing and was very knowledgeable. He made it fun.
    Amazing tour of the Benagil caves
    Jan_P, Oct 2021
    A fantastic experience in a small group and attentive as well as experienced guide. The highlight was the famous Benagil cave with plenty of time to take pictures inside the cave. Tour did not take too long. We would recommend this strongly.
    Fun, safe, and definitely worth it!
    Kathleen_K, Aug 2022
    Breathtaking rock formations. Our guide Joao was helpful, informative, and kept the group together and safe. We saw various caves even though it was busy with other kayaks and boats.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Must Do Experience
    Lauren_S, Aug 2022
    Amazing experience. A must do in Portugal! Kayaking to the caves was half of the fun. I recommend doing it as early as possible to avoid big crowds
    Fun for all ages
    Maggie_M, Aug 2022
    Super time had by everyone, the guides were really excellent and kind and helpful, it was a great experience
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Amazing Experience
    Lifang_Z, Aug 2022
    We had wonderful time. The staff are very nice and helpful. It was really fun, quite safe and experienced amazing sea cave trip.
    Ok- need to be fit and be prepared for a crowd
    Jennifer_L, Jul 2022
    The tour leaders were quick to respond and the transaction went smoothly. However, they were not at the first location for meeting and there was some confusion for quite a few people as there is a hiking trail and a steep stair down, and first timers might end up taking the hiking trail. The activity was decent. More suited to people that are strong as it was quite a big group (20?) and the slower kayaks were left behind. There were quite a few caves we just went by and were told it was either unsafe or too crowded or tide too high to get into, though there were others that were obviously there. Also worth noting that during high season you will not be able to find parking at Marinha beach. You will have to park 1km away and walk.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Great guides, scenery,...
    Chris_B, Jun 2022
    Great guides, scenery, and the cave was awesome. I am entering more to get 100 characters. A bit more. There.
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