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“Lovely trip but!”
Review of Trigana Boat Trips

Trigana Boat Trips
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Owner description: Trigana Boat Trips is a sailing trip company that consists of two classic Portuguese sailing cargo vessels that have been adapted to serve the tourist industry. We pride ourselves in sailing the boats without engines whenever possible. We have been running for over 13 years now and provide personalised high quality trips. We usually offer 3 trips per day in the high season and are open from April 1st till 31st October. Our new official video is viewable on you tube Trigana sailing.Worth a look! We have a ticket booth in Alvor harbour.
Reviewed 31 August 2013

A lovely 3 hour trip with two other families with children of similar ages. We sailed (mostly by engine as there was hardly any wind) to the far end of the coves and back again and stopped in the estuary for a dip in the warm waters. The two man crew were very friendly and allowed the children to help steer the boat, to climb up the front and to catch a few fish - the only drawback on this three hour trip was the captain on our boat loved the sound of own voice! If we heard once about now good his sailing skills etc were then we heard it a thousand times! (but all reassuring of course) - there was complimentary bottle of water for the children and sangria for the adults - which I would give a miss as the beakers looked a bit suspect and the sangria warm. We were promised that they would stop and dive down and get starfish for the children to see but unfortunately that didn't happen. A good trip but maybe after reading the other reviews the other boat might have been better!

Thank janet91
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Rick A, Owner at Trigana Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2013

Hi,
I'm glad you enjoyed your trip, sounds like the crew worked hard for your enjoyment. Sadly you came on a day when there was a little bit of swell from the south. On these rare days it is sometimes necessary to keep the boat moving whilst at sea for customer comfort. This can mean not stopping at the rock formations to swim as there is no shelter from the swell. This is where the starfish are (if we are lucky!) The best option on these days is to return to the estuary/island area to enjoy a swim in calm conditions. This is particularly important when children are on board.
I hope you are able to come again on a normal day when your experience would warrant a 5 star review.

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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Thank you to owner Rick and crew Bart for a fantastic afternoon in lovely weather conditions. Very informative about the local area and the rock formations were spectacular. We finished off the afternoon with a swim in the estuary on the return journey. It really was like a warm bath. If you are visiting anywhere in the Algarve you really should do this trip. Its brilliant.

1  Thank mtrigger
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Rick A, Owner at Trigana Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2013

Thanks for the great review. Come and see us again next time you are here. Everyday is different.

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Reviewed 22 August 2013

We are a family of 4 with 2 children aged 16 and 14. We all thoroughly enjoyed the family trip. My son had a go with a fishing rod (unsuccessfully unfortunately) and we all enjoyed the snorkelling - although I'm not sure I would agree with Bart on the sea temperature being like a warm bath! Rick and Bart were really friendly & informative putting all our party at ease. Previous boat trips we have been on elsewhere have involved large motor vessels where we were all crammed to capacity. This was lovely to be part of only a small group and to actually sail. Very good value for money. Would definitely recommend. Many thanks.

1  Thank Happyeater231
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Rick A, Owner at Trigana Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2013

Hi,
Thanks for your review. There is always lots to do on our trips and I'm glad you and your family enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 15 August 2013

If you are going to Alvor then this trip is a must!!!
We enjoyed the first trip so much that we went back and did it all again a few days later!!
The first trip was around the coves just left of Alvor. We anchored up and all went snorkelling which was awesome. Bart (The long haired one and no, his Dad isn't called Homer apparently) dived down to get a sea cucumber which was really cool and an sea urchin (Which I nearly dropped). The second trip was amazing!! We did the sunset sail on our last day and were given champagne and cherries. We sailed most of the way too which we both loved!
I would highly recommend this and at only 30 Euro's for the afternoon trip each and 25 Euro's for the sunset cruise, its a Must.
Both Bart & Rick were brilliant and fun (Even though they have a really horrible job to do!!) ((Joke)).
On the sunset cruise, another guy (Sorry, I didn't catch your name) who also works on the boats was on there with some friends so obviously, he cant get enough of this trip either.
If there is one thing you do in Alvor (other than eat and breath) make sure you do this trip!! ;o)

1  Thank Mark J
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Rick A, Owner at Trigana Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2013

Hi Mark,
thanks for your review. Glad you got to come out with us when there was a nice breeze to blow us across the bay.
One of the crew normally goes in for a dive and it is great to see the 'creatures from the deep' up close when we find something interesting for you isn't it.
The 'other guy' that was on the sunset trip is Mickey Blue eyes (but his eyes aren't blue!!!)
see you again.

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Reviewed 9 August 2013

We booked the boat for a private party sail one evening. Unsure that actually would use the sails, but true to their word as soon as we cleared the other moored boats, up went the sails and the engine was switched off. The crew were passionate about sailing and we had a lovely evening watching the sun go down over Lagos. The crew were great and we all had a lovely experience ( including my 96 year old father in law). We did use the engine again at our request as we where beginning to go backwards with the tide with half a mile to go.

Thank IanLievesley
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Rick A, Owner at Trigana Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2013

Hi Ian,

If there is wind we will sail. There is something special about sailing across the bay at sunset. Glad you all enjoyed it, especially your father-in-law.

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