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Private Tour Benagil Caves from Portimao

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


Escape the crowds and hassle of group tours on this private tour to the Bengagil Caves for just you and your party. And, traveling in a small boat, get deeper into the caves and grottoes than is possible for most. Leave from the historic harbor of Portimão and follow the Rio Arade to the Atlantic, passing fishing villages, medieval forts, lighthouses, and beaches on your way to the caves.
  • Get deeper into the caves than possible with a bigger boat
  • Private tour for just you and your party
  • From your guide, get insight into the features of the coast and the caves
  • Take a scenic route down the coast from Portimão, sailing on calm waters

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Lunch

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Clube Naval De Portimão
    8500-702 Portimão, Portugal

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Operated by Algarve Discovery

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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43 reviews
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Luis/Andre Team of Excellence!!!
robin_t, Jul 2022
Luis and Andre were the perfect team. Knowledgeable and enjoyable. Would highly recommend this tour.
Wonderful tour! Great...
Mary_N, Nov 2021
Wonderful tour! Great guide, beautiful scenery!! Seeing the caves from the boat was so neat!! Would recommend this tour!
Adventure "rocks"
Johanna_B, Sep 2021
Very nice experience, the only bad point was we asked to be guided in French and it finally it was in English. Good adventure to get to know not just the touristics spots, but the less known caves, which are much cooler.
Enjoyed this tour
juliemD2853QP, Nov 2019
Such a great tour. The captain and guide were very professional and entertaining. They were super knowledgeable of the areas and took the time with use in each cave. Highly recommend. Great for photographers!
This guy can REALLY get you in the...
Jacqueline P, Feb 2018
This guy can REALLY get you in the caves.. other larger boats, can only get so far.... but we were in all the amazing caves, practically to the beaches within... and he knew so much about the area... recommended a beach to go to for lunch and swimming and that was excellent too... highly recommend his boat and him as a guide. I don't know what I was thinking... but I wore a swimsuit... out off shore, it is cold and the water is cold so you are not going swimming... don't do what I did : but bring a suit to go to a beach after :
Not worth the money. The website...
Alicia H, Sep 2017
Not worth the money. The website states that the duration is flexible so we were lead to believe we were renting the boat for longer than 1.5 hours, that we could go in and out at our leisure, so to speak. We packed a cooler and were expecting something different than what the other tours were doing. But no, we followed the same path the other boats did. We were picked up late as the first tour wasn't back till 9:15am and we were back by 10:45. No stopping, in and out, and that was it. Save your money and go on the bigger boat tours.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A beautiful tour. My husband and I...
Laura J, Sep 2017
A beautiful tour. My husband and I booked this private tour because he is an amateur photographer who wanted the opportunity to shoot the caves before they were overrun with other boats. Mauro graciously agreed to take us out early at first light. It was beautiful. The sea was calm and we hardly saw any other boats. He did a great job maneuvering the boat so that my husband could get the photos we wanted. All in all it was well worth the money. Practical considerations: after reading initial reviews, I was worried about the boat. Others had commented that it was small, they felt nervous, etc. I was pleasantly surprised--it was a nice, modern boat. Sure it's small, but it had to be to navigate the caves. The seats were sturdy, there were places to hold on, and we never felt tossed about on the waves. We felt quite safe and secure.
There were lots of tours happenings...
Tiffany G, Aug 2017
There were lots of tours happenings at the same time as ours, but because we are in the smaller boat, we were the only ones who could really go back into the caves. This tour was totally worth it and lots of fun. The guide was so nice to offer to take lots of pictures of our group.
Great tour. Totally worth it. Marco...
lynne S, Jul 2017
Great tour. Totally worth it. Marco was a great guide and he gets you right inside the caves. Really special. My young adult children really loved it.
THIS is the way to see the coastline...
linda s, Jun 2017
THIS is the way to see the coastline caves .... with the grand finale being Benagil. This was a VERY nice Zodiak type raft ... big, comfortable, and they are very stable crafts. No splashing of water, even when the water got rough on the way back. Having a private tour without elbow to elbow seating was wonderful, and our guide was quite willing to make turns and returns as necessary for photos. It was a little pricey for just three people, but soooooo worth it! Directions were easy ... we received a contact number, put it into the GPS, and no problem. You won't regret having a perfect day YOUR way because you were so smart to book this! Also, I'd like to say that we stayed in Feragudo, which is an absolutely precious fishing village with the best food, wonderful surroundings, and quiet. Very close to Portimao. You can take a water taxi.
The highlight of our 10 day trip to...
Dorothy F, Mar 2017
The highlight of our 10 day trip to Portugal!!! Our captain Mauro was the best! His knowledge and experience allowed us to see Benagil and many others in a way you only dream of! Seas were too rough the day before But we went out and felt perfectly safe. Dont miss this trip!!!
Great experience. The boat looked...
Anand N, Jan 2017
Great experience. The boat looked small. But after reading a review before travelling I took me family including the children for the trip. The Guide knows the sea well. Mauro knows exactly what he is doing. He was cheerful, friendly and communicated well in English. He knows exactly what he is doing and we felt confident. A good view of the caves and amazing scenery.
This trip was AMAZING! Cannot say...
Martin S, Sep 2016
This trip was AMAZING! Cannot say enough nice things about our captain and the tour. We saw so many caves and even got to get off the boat and spend some time inside Benagil. We were able to modify the time to go at 7 am first light, and the boat fits at least 5 people! Highlight of our trip.
our tour was special to...
Roni_G, Jul 2016
our tour was special to have a private tour ...with such a wonderful guide .... my daughter and I loved the caves and the ability to spend extra time taking amazing photos when we wanted to. Highly recommend ...
I'm not going to lie to you when...
Cinde Q, Jul 2016
I'm not going to lie to you when our boat more like a motorized raft showed up I was ready to take the financial hit and call it a day. Our guide I believe his name was Mauro talked us into giving it a try, and if we were still uncomfortable he would bring us back. It took us all of 5 minutes to realize we were being a bit dramatic, and that this boat was indeed extremely safe, and that Mauro knew exactly what he was doing. In fact, of our two weeks in Portugal and Spain this was by far our most memorable and extraordinary experience. There is no better way to see the beauty of the Algarve coast then to do it by boat. Because it was low tide we were not able to go through the caves, however, Mauro is so skilled he was able to bring us as far in as possible and we captured some amazing photos. He is very knowledgeable about the area and the caves and was able to give us a history lesson or two. My only complaint is that the two hours whizzed by far too quickly - I could've easily spent a day riding the waves and taking in the scenery. I would highly recommend this trip!
Absolutely wonderful trip and...
Shanda M, Jan 2016
Absolutely wonderful trip and adventure even in the winter months. The staff was great! Love you guys hope you're still married! I will not only recommend this, but plan on bringing friends too.
Grutas benagil
Mauro_B, Sep 2020
Excelente. Espetacular. Comandante Mauro e guia André do melhor que há. Excelentes profissionais. Recomendo..
Marian_C, Jul 2019
Eramos un grupo de 12 personas (3 familias con niños de diferentes edades). Los niños lo pasaron genial. Mauro y Ricardo amables, atentos y dispuestos a ayudar en todo : preguntas, fotos, chistes... Repetiríamos


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