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“Best bit of my holiday!!”
Review of Santa Bernarda

Santa Bernarda
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 July 2013

Without doubt this was the best bit of my entire holiday. While it is slightly more expensive than all of the other boats touring the algarve sea caves this tour is certainly worth it! Spend 4 hours with a fantastically friendly and entertaining crew sailing you 40 miles down the coast into inlets and caves. A must do if you have the opportunity!

Thank Brendan L
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

All staff were friendly, helpful and funny. Ship sails out to sea and then you board smaller boats to visit the caves. There is 3 different trips to chose from a morning, afternoon or full day trip. Morning is meant to be better for calm sea, we took the afternoon trip and the sea was a bit choppy so a did feel a bit of motion sickness but plenty of room on seats to lay down and staff keep a check on you to make sure you are ok, offering pillows and blankets if you want to lay down. Great day trip and well worth the money.

1  Thank Charlene1986
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Did the trip today in mid March at sunny conditions (family with 3 and 1 yr old daughter) and loved it. The boat is even more beautiful than on the pictures, you feel the love the captain invested when building/renovating it. The trip along the beautiful coastline east of Portimao with its cliffs and caves itself is worth the cost. Going with the small extra boat close to/into some of the caves completes the adventure. Although the weather conditions (not low tide, some waves) did not allow entry into many caves, we loved it. Captain Bernarda is very experienced and knowledgeable and his stories shared along the ride are very entertaining and inspiring.

2  Thank Christian M
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

This trip was just outstanding. My sis and I did the full day trip and dressed up as pirates (which Bernard loved). We sailed along the East until we came to a secluded beach only accessible by small boat. So Santa Bernarda dropped it's anchor and we got on our small boat and went and down some cave tours before going to the beach. We got right inside the caves - with the help of the waves! - and it was just amazing. We then went onto the beach where we chilled for a bit while the crew cooked our bbq lunch. The lunch was very tasty and one member of the crew was crazy doing hand stands on the beach and falling into the sea. We then went back on board and sailed West past Portimao. Once we headed back they cut the engine and put the sails up and cruised back into the Port. Captain Bernard aptly put on We Are Sailing by Rod Steward which was hysterical. Cracking day out for the money. By far the BEST thing to do in the whole of the Algarve.

3  Thank Gildo101
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Reviewed 21 September 2012

Really good fun and very well orgainsed. The crew could not do enough to help.

Our trip went ou of Portimao and into the sea heading East to the caves. When we arrived 2 smaller boats took passengers out and into the caves with very skillful boat handlers.

The captain spoke several languages and gave an excellent commentary during the trip.

The sea was a little choppy and unfortunately a couple of passengers were not feeling well. The crew could not have been more sympathetic/helpful.

Good fun for 30 Euros.

1  Thank Stuart049
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