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“Fantastic for families”
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 16 September 2013

Our family of five - two adults and children aged 4 (girl), 6 and 8 (2 boys) - absolutely loved this three hour boat trip. Booking was easy - we discussed the trip at the booth on the harbour initially, then we confirmed by phone a few days later, and we were kept informed by phone regarding departure time.

On the boat, there was ourselves and one other family of four on board, along with co-captains (?) Rick and Bart.

From a bit of fishing for the young 'uns, some swimming for all of us, and especially the shell collecting on the sandbank, it was a thoroughly enjoyable trip. Kids also loved it when Rick brought up a starfish, sea urchins and some water-squirting sea cucumbers from the bottom of the sea! kids even got to hold them (not sure our 4yr old daughter was too impressed with that though)

Add a glass or two of Sangria on the way back to harbour for the adults, and all was well with the world.

Highly recommended.

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Rick A, Owner at Trigana Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2014

Thanks for the review Andy,

We don't always get lucky with the starfish but I'm glad we did that day. Creatures from the sea always fascinate the little ones. Glad you enjoyed it.

Rick

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Reviewed 6 September 2013

A lovely trip, highly recommend it :)
Slight problem in that our 7 yo daughter who had a v bad experience on a kayak in Anglesey earlier this summer was upset for the first 2 hrs by the sea spray and tilting of boat -Bart was great with her, explaining how much history of un-sunkeness the little ship had, but after me and dad sharing hug duties at the swim/snorkel site (which I think would have sorted her out anyway)...
We set sail with full sails and she loved it ! :)
Great trip because is aimed at families so Bart and Rick took it in turns to dive down and bring sea creatures up for the kids to look at and touch, saw lots of the coastline, lovely jumping/diving off boat (nice sangria for mums too ;))
Just before coming into harbour Anfi really became our little chatterbox again, kids challenged to collect as many different coloured shells as poss on a sandy spit of beach, then watched the amazing stunts of kite surfers jumping the 'island'.
A fabulous family afternoon :)

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

We really enjoyed your company too.It was so good to see Anfi warm to the the whole sailing experience after her cautious start. Sailing boats are at their most stable when sailing like they should. Difficult to believe until you are on one. She really transformed throughout the afternoon and was a real joy to see so full of beans.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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