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Vela Brilhante

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Address: Rua da Escola, Carvoeiro 8400-507, Portugal
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Boat trips by sea in traditional fishing boats, visiting breathtaking...

Boat trips by sea in traditional fishing boats, visiting breathtaking unique coastline caves.

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Great views!

We were with 3 kids. Smallest one felt a sleep on 20 min after departure :) but the rest enjoyed the ride with us. A pity that all the best caves are "overpopulated" by tourists... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 September 2016
Valeria S
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Moscow, Russia
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London
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49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

This is a trip with a difference as you zig zag in and out of the caves. Only about 10 maximum on the boat and full life jackets worn at all times. You don't get off the boat at all, bear this in mind especially if traveling during the hot part of the day as you may want to put... More 

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2 Thank UkVen
Carvoeiro c, Guest Relations Manager at Vela Brilhante, responded to this review

Dear UkVen, We thank you very much indeed for taking the time to write your review on our service and are extremely satisfied to hear that you throughout enjoyed the trip, apart from the fact that not much was said during the journey. We apologize for that and recognise that this is a weak point and we are currently elaborating... More 

Moscow, Russia
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We were with 3 kids. Smallest one felt a sleep on 20 min after departure :) but the rest enjoyed the ride with us. A pity that all the best caves are "overpopulated" by tourists - difficult to make pictures without anyone on it

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1 Thank Valeria S
Carvoeiro c, Guest Relations Manager at Vela Brilhante, responded to this review

Dear Valeria, We thank you very much indeed for taking the time to write your review on our service and are extremely satisfied to hear that you throughout enjoyed the trip. Regretfully the fact that there is such a great traffic inside and around the caves is beyond our control, it is quiter during the middle/ Low season. Wishing you... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Not just a cave trip but you get to see where the best beaches are The company are efficient, good safe boats and take bookings We were 12 and theybooked us a private

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Carvoeiro c, Guest Relations Manager at Vela Brilhante, responded to this review

Dear Doug, We thank you very much indeed for taking the time to write your review on our service and are extremely satisfied to hear that you throughout enjoyed the full family trip! Wishing you all the best and thanking you already in advance for telling your friends about the experience and the beauty of our nature. Regards from your... More 

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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Brilliant hour and a half in boat visiting 20 caves ..captain of boat very good at maneuvering boat in and out of smaller caves ....only thing lacking is a bit of commentary on the caves but nevertheless a great excursion

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Carvoeiro c, Guest Relations Manager at Vela Brilhante, responded to this review

Dear John, Thank you very much indeed for taking the time to write your review on our service and are extremely satisfied to hear that you throughout enjoyed the trip. We will take your comment into consideration and train our staff with the content of our caves as well as prepare literature with the different designations. Wishing you all the... More 

Carvoeiro, Portugal
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

I have muscular dystrophy and the staff were so helpful in helping me to and on the boat. They arranged for the beach wheelchair to take me from the jetty to the boat and they lifted me on to the boat and into the captain's place so that my back was supported, thankfully the captain was happy to sit on... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

My boyfriend and I took the longer trip for €25. Booking the trip was fairly smooth and it is easy to find on Carvoeiro beach. The boats are fairly small which I think was nice as it made the tour more personal. Our tour guide was called João and he spoke very good English. There was a Portuguese couple on... More 

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Carvoeiro c, Guest Relations Manager at Vela Brilhante, responded to this review

Dear Katie, Thank you for the time you spend to comment your experience whilst visiting the caves of Carvoeiro, however we are unhappy to be hold responsible for an act we did not do as our Company Vela Brilhante, Lda. does not have any fiber glass boats, only wooden ones and we do not at all propose that service to... More 

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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

A brilliant boat ride. More caves than you think. I lost count. Brilliant boat captains very good at handling their boats. I advise the longer trip do 25euros. You get so much more.

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

We headed to the beach early (9-9:15ish), having heard that the sea is calmer then and we were booked on the 10am tour. It was just us and one other family. The caves are brilliant and a must see. The boat ride was very good, the only thing that I felt is preventing a 5 star rating was the lack... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Went on the 1:30hr trip yesterday, fantastic view of the caves and well worth the extra €5 for the longer trip. I'd recommend to go first thing in the morning as the sea is calm. Stu from England.

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Newcastle
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23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

One of the best trips to do is the boat trip round the caves it cost 20 euros and takes about 1hr 10mins.Trips can only be booked a day in advance in most cases as the trips are dependant on the sea conditions. If you go to the beach in the morning from 9am then you will be able to... More 

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