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“A great experience on board of Santa Bernarda”
Review of Santa Bernarda

Santa Bernarda
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A great experience on board of Santa Bernarda”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

A wonderful trip with captain Crew and his skip. A nice tour of the particular caves in Portimao. I suggest to make a
trip ... The love's cave is waiting for you.

Visited September 2012
Thank Gianni E
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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“Check the conditions before you book”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

Impressive-looking boat, professional and friendly crew, interesting cave trip...but, oh dear, the sea sickness!!
At least a third of the passengers were sick despite the handing out of tablets at the start of the trip and the best attempts of the crew to keep everyone cool by dousing them with cold water. Those who were sick were ushered into a dark cabin at the rear of the boat, Within an hour of the start of the trip this resembled a scene from some TV drama about a 19th Century crossing of the Atlantic from Liverpool to the United States - poor folk in steerage desperately trying to survive, praying for the sigh of dry land.
One family were evacuated by small boat at Carvoveira when one of their boys was sick and started fainting. Some quietly chucked up overboard, others emitted low moans and wails.
The captain said something about winds coming up from Morocco causing unsually choppy waters. Just wish we had known beforehand, which I suppose must be the advice to anyone considering this outing. Out of my party of five, only one was actually sick, but two others spent much of the time feeling awful and looking green. Four hours can seem a very long time when you're trapped on a rocking boat.

Visited July 2013
Thank Bainoclan
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“Morning trip: not much to see so pretty boring really. There is nothing about pirates at all....”
Reviewed 18 July 2013 via mobile

We went on this trip and the temp reached up to 40c by the end so there was a lot of sea sickness including myself. The staff were excellent with everyone throughout and provided tablets, although these didn't work.... They were very quick with sick bags and removing these when full! They've obviously had lots of practice.

The trip itself is pretty boring really with an hour sail to the caves followed by up to an hour of waiting for your turn to join the boats. There is only two row boats so it took 3 trips before it was our turn to see the caves. It was a lot of hanging about especially when you're feeling sea sick. If you're even slightly prone to it I would avoid this trip. I'm not sure if its the type of boat, the Atlantic or the heat but its a lethal cocktail. The caves are nice but hardly awe inspiring and certainly not worth the effort. There wasn't a commentary to tell you about the geology or whether or not pirates used them.

We chose this because we thought the kids would love the pirate theme but apart from the boat there was nothing else to suggest it.

One improvement could be letting folk off for a swim as this might help the boredom and the sea sickness. At one point all my fellow passengers and I looked jealously as we passed another boat where everyone was enjoying themselves jumping into the sea etc, lucky sods. I quickly returned to my sick bag!

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Ingramgd
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Best bit of my holiday!!”
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!

Visited May 2013
Thank Brendan L
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Luton, United Kingdom
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“Great day trip out”
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.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Charlene1986
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