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Benagil & Marinha Boat Tour
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Benagil & Marinha Boat Tour

By Benagil Express
Recommended by 96% of travellers
96% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Escape the crowds on land and see some of the Algarve’s top sights from the water during a sightseeing cruise that lets you cover more attractions than if you were exploring on land. Hassle-free hotel pickup is available on request and a choice of departure times gives you added flexibility.
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Ages 0-99, max of 16 per group
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
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Highlights
  • Get a different perspective of the Algarve on a boat tour
  • An ideal choice for first-time visitors
  • Get unobstructed pictures of rock formations from the boat
  • Choose between a morning and afternoon departure time to start your schedule

  • Comfortable boat and new generation life jackets.
  • Shared tour
  • Live entertainment
  • Driver/guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges included
  • Entry/Admission - Algar de Benagil
  • Entry/Admission - Praia da Marinha
What's not included
  • Lunch not included


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  • Benagil Express - Benagil Caves Boat Tours, Clube Naval de Portimão, Edif. Portisub, 8500-617 Portimão, Portugal
    Benagil Express está localizado no Edifício Portisub, no Clube Naval de Portimão, junto ao Museu de Portimão.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 103577P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • For your tour you should bring: hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, clothing according the season and of course, your camera to capture these memorable moments of your holiday in the Algarve.
    • The company is not to be held responsible in case of loss or damage of personal items or values
    • In case of ripples or bad weather the tours will be suspended or canceled. Please ask us the day before or the day itself if the tours are taking place. First the safety and then the adventure.
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 103577P1

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    • Benagil Express
      226
      Portimao, Portugal
      Joined in June 2018
    • GiorgosRem
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience
      It was an excellent experience. The two boat guys (I don’t remember their names), were very helpful and polite. I would do it again for sure.
      Written 22 September 2021
    • Mobdad
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Boat trip to Benagil caves
      Fantastic boat trip which took us right in to the caves, past stunning secluded stunning beaches and all with a humorous commentary by skipper Carlos. This is our second trip to these famous caves and well worth the amazing experience.
      Written 31 December 2019
    • barbarav734
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent tour even during low season!
      Don’t be put off by doing this tour during the low season! We did it just after Xmas by showing up at the stand 1h before the tour and it worked very well for us (4 adults, 2 young children 5 and 3). With the right clothes and the sun shining, we had a great time!
      Written 30 December 2019
    • mattaous56
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic tour and super helpful friendly staff
      We has a fantastic tour and the area is beautiful. The staff were excellent and answered any questions we had before and during the tour. The skipper was very good and controlled the boat really well as I've had experience in similar boats and know it's not easy. We took so many great photos and it's an experience I won't forget, made all the better by the staff.
      Written 30 November 2019
    • Rebecca B
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Scam
      We booked and paid and received confirmation days in advance. While me and my family visited Spain we got a call close to 10’pm trying to move our tour to next day. Since we were in Spain we could not. I told woman that I could not move it and if she needed to cancel I needed refund. She said no keep it the way it is then. So we arrive on scheduled day, no one around. We waited an hour. Another tour was arriving he said it was a tour to the caves so we continued to wait. About half hour later they boarded. We were put into life vests and then told it was not our tour. I was with my wife and father in law (87) years old and mother in law. After waiting an hour and half to board to find our boat never showed. The captain of another boat that was just arriving was disturbed since I was very upset that we had waited and paid over a hundred dollars and we were being scammed. As I was distraught that the one thing I saved for and booked was a scam a woman suddenly appeared at the top of the dock. She was saying it was cancelled because she didn’t have enough people booked. So she was so greedy that the cancelled with 4 people and never let us know. I’m sure when it’s busy season and they can make money it would have been a lovely tour. So go ahead if you don’t care about the principles of a company. The other captain said he would take us and we road with him. At least we got to go but it was a large boat that did not go into caves and just road the sea wall. This tour was suppose to show beaches and go into caves. First trip to Portugal and was very excited but let down. The lady didn’t give a care that a family just paid over a hundred for tour, she didn’t care that an 87 year old man waited an hour and a half to find out it was cancelled, she didn’t care that an 87 year old man may never see the caves up close and personal. Only cares that there was not at least 2 or 3 more people booking the trip. If you can’t make enough money for the tour only run it 3 days of the week. Don’t let people book it just to be disappointed. It’s like casting a net and seeing how many you can capture, if trying to lure the fish of the week into one net so you don’t waist money in case and paying captain. People have lives and feelings. Don’t operate a business solely on your own profit. Not cool!!!!!’ Very upset.
      Written 11 November 2019
    • HattiOwen
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Experience
      We were on a tour with Miguel & Tiago last week, they could not have been kinder and more fun, whilst also being very informative. My brother is autistic and was so excited for the experience, he asked for the music to be turned back on, asked to go faster and generally stared at them for the entire 2 hours and they were completely unfazed and made him feel like a star. I cannot express how grateful we were and it made his holiday, and in turn, ours - thanks guys!!
      Written 10 September 2019
    • Vinnie5357
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A boat trip to remember!
      Lots of beautiful caves included and shown on this tour definitely worth the money. A great experience, which is family friendly. Our boat tour guides - Michael and Tiago - drove us safely and kept us very entertained for the whole 2 hour duration. This is a must do experience and an extreme bonus, if you have Michael and Tiego as your boat tour guides. A ten out of ten from all 5 of us!
      Written 6 September 2019
    • Ally0990
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommended - Great fun, great crew
      We booked with Bengali Express pretty much last minute but they were fantastic. Paula, who took the booking was friendly and very helpful, and the crew (Miguel and Tiago) were brilliant. The only slight negative was the Bengali cave was mobbed with people - but that is not the fault of the boat tour company! Great fun both for the commentary and the way the boat was driven! Would highly recommend😀 Having a dip in the Atlantic was an experience too🥶
      Written 21 August 2019
    • charliebar80
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience at Benagil Cave
      It was a perfect day: fantastic weather for a great experience with the boat of the Company. We had a funny captain that speaks in 3 different language and we loved to see so many caves over than the most famous one Benagil. Staff in Portimão base professional and polite. Choose tho company!
      Written 20 August 2019
    • 2xC
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Stunning Scenery!
      Well worth the price for this cave tour! The team did a great job of getting us up close and inside of the caves where this was feasible. Something to think about when booking this excursion, larger boats with covers or sun shades can not access many of the areas this tour affords. You simply must look from the outside. The caves are amazing as is the coastline in this area of the Algarve. Very professional and courteous staff. And the stop to swim included champagne and strawberries! Great trip,. Book with Benagil Express.
      Written 12 August 2019
    • AudreySkywalker
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour for an affordable price!
      The 1,5 h tour was very safe and interesting. Everything was translated right away from Portuguese to English.The boat attendant was very kind to take pictures during stops at the caves. On the way back the captain turned on some music and it was pure delight to enjoy the fantastic views while listening to The Red Hot Chili Peppers. I am pregnant, but felt just fine during the whole trip.
      Written 25 July 2019
    • Leonie v
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very friendly staff
      Small boat, friendly staff. Very Nice. Children half price! Included 1 bottle of water and sultana Excellent!
      Written 12 May 2019
    • philn2290
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolutely breathtaking!
      By far the best decision I made was going on this trip. The driver was perfect and very professional. Was also fantastic at reading the sea and driving the boat! He gave a clear tour and his English was very good! He took us in all the caves and allowed time for photos. If you are ever in the area, do this tour!
      Written 29 April 2019
    • Arnobghosh
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      5 stars
      The tour is a must do from Portimao as you experience the best of the Algarve caves in 2 hours 15 mins. Very interactive team. They made our trip more memorable. A must do.
      Written 19 March 2019
    • Global10566358128
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      Brilliant trip, amazing service
      The service from Benagil Express staff was outstanding and the trip was absotutely fantastic. Having been met with rudeness and a totally dismissive attitude from Taruga Tours when trying to organise a trip to Benagil Caves I rang Benagil Express from the beach at Benagil. They could not have been more helpful and lovely to deal with. We booked a trip for the following day leaving from Portimao - an added advantage being that leaving from the quay meant that the sea state was not preventing trips from leaving. They staff were delightful, friendly and outstandingly helpful at every stage. The trip was brilliant and we saw more of the coast than we would have done with the other company. Would highly recommend booking with Benagil Express. They knock the competition out of the water!
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    Geoff P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023
    I would give six stars if available. The two hour tour was fun, interesting, entertaining, eye-opening. Benagil Cave is the best known feature, but there is so much more. Stephan pointed out the features and added background stories and plenty of humour; there was never a dull moment as we went from one wonder to the next. The boat driver was skilled so that we could virtually stand still despite the waves, and get right into caves and grottoes that larger boats could only see from afar. We had originally considered the one hour tour but the longer version was definitely worth every cent.
    Written 26 March 2023
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    A Equipa da Benagil Express agradece imenso a sua avaliação. É um prazer enorme sentirmos que o trabalho que fazemos de paixão é reconhecido pelos nossos clientes. Um bem-haja.
    Written 27 March 2023
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    gramochroi
    County Dublin, Ireland77 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    We really enjoyed this outing on a rib from Portimao up the coast in and out of the caves up to Benagil cave and Marinhal beach before turning and zipping back. The boat crew were friendly and fun. The rib does speed and thus bounce a little on the return trip so not for the faint hearted, but it’s perfect for going into some of the caves along the coast.

    Our 3 rating has less to do with the actual outing and more to do with our experience overall as we had booked a 4-6pm tour and turned up to see a sign…next boat 4.30pm. No reason, no apology and no notice. Others we spoke to booked a 4.30pm tour that morning so it should have been possible to tell us the time had changed. Kids standing around in the heat is not a good start. The office staff were not the most communicative so even at 4.30pm we were all standing around looking at each other. We finally got moving at 4.40pm and got back at 6.30pm.
    On the plus side if you are there early as we were there is a lovely walk through in the nearby air conditioned museum (€4.50 family ticket!) giving the history of the sardine canning industry in Portimao…we did that for the 1/2 hour and the kids enjoyed it.
    Written 12 August 2023
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    Kathy_ON_Can
    Ontario, Canada45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I went on the Benegil Express cave tour twice, once with friends and once with my daughter and her boyfriend. Exploring the cave by boat is a must if you visiting the Algarve. We hiked along the coast and the views are amazing, but you see a totally different perspective from the water. The boats take you inside caves that are otherwise unreachable. The Benegil Express staff, boat drivers and tour guides are exceptional….answering questions, providing insights and history, and taking pictures for anyone not wanting a selfie. Thank you for two awesome trips!
    Written 29 March 2023
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    Muito obrigada pela preferencia, a Equipa da Benagil Express deseja-vos uma boas férias.
    Written 4 April 2023
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    dusguy
    Düsseldorf, Germany5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2024 • Couples
    This was an amazing trip. Alberto and Diego did a fantastic job showing us all the caves but also the best spots for photos. Alberto was skippering carefully where it was shallow and small. But also showed us what his 300hp rib can do in terms of speed. Really awesome trip and would highly recommend Benagil Express.
    Written 27 May 2024
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    smilingbluesky
    United Kingdom108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019
    Very professional outfit and very enjoyable trip - I would definitely recommend this company. The boat trip lasts just over 2 hours, taking you along the coast to see beautiful beaches and into lots of caves then a speed ride back to Portimao.
    Pick up from Armacao de Pera.
    Written 1 January 2020
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    Júlia Mafran
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020
    The staff was professional and gentil. On time to pick us up at the hotel and also on the way to return. The tour was nice, with some explanations about the cliffs and some funny facts. The give us watter and crackers. The crew took precautionary measures against the Covid-19, but the boat was full.
    Written 3 August 2020
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    Dear customer, We thank you very much for your review on our service and we are extremely satisfied to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Wishing you all the best Sunny regards from your Benagil Express ® Team
    Written 15 August 2020
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    JennyK1111
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022 • Friends
    Great trip, incorporated so much more than just Benagil cave. The guides were lovely and informative. Would definitely do this again, we went on the 11am trip at peak season in August, if I were to go again, I’d go on the 9am trip when the cave wasn’t as busy (if that’s even possible) but stunning coastline and we took advantage of a swim at the end after the caves. Great trip.
    Written 24 August 2022
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    Dreamer776066
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2022
    Many thanks to the guides for the excellent tour! We loved every minute. It's so worth it! I also appreciate the fantastic way they dealt with my daughter's fears. Booking was simple and quick, Paula's welcome much appreciated. We also visited the museum with the discount offered by bengali express.
    Written 2 February 2023
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    Muito obrigada pela vossa visita. É sempre um prazer fazer das vossas férias um momento especial. A Equipa da Benagil Express agradece
    Written 24 February 2023
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    Bas K
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Me and my girlfriend went on this boattrip. It's a great experience. You'll see a lot of the beautiful caves and beaches.

    Everything is well organised. The boat is not to big, so not to crowded. There is a guide, who knows everything about the caves, rocks and beaches. He's even funny. Near the end of the trip you'll get the opportunity to swim.

    Definitely an recommendation!
    Written 30 July 2023
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    Juan O
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022
    The tour was awesome. We went to a whole bunch of caves, saw some from the outside, and went into and through others. Saw the Benagil cave and at the end, jumped into the ocean and swam a little. It was refreshing. The good thing is that the boat was small enough to go into the larger caves, which was great. There were other boats that were too big to do that. Would do it again!
    Written 24 August 2022
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