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Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira
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Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira

By Dream Wave
Avoid the hassle of renting and navigating a boat in unfamiliar territory on a stress-free dolphin watching cruise from Albufeira. A small, motorized boat grants you access to the hard-to-reach caves and grottoes that line Albufeira's coast, while a guide transports you to places with increased dolphin activity. A great option for families, this experience combines education with entertainment.
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$29.05
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$29.05
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Ages 0-99, max of 24 per group
Duration:
2h
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Ticket type:
Mobile
Portuguese, English, French, Spanish

Highlights
  • Book online ahead of time to guarantee a spot on this popular guided tour
  • Explore in a small boat that grants access to caves and grottoes 
  • Go to Carvoeiro Beach and cruise the Atlantic Ocean without getting lost 
  • Easy-to-find meeting spot at Albufeira Marina for convenience

  • Life jackets
  • Safety Briefing
  • 10% Discount to use @ Gate 4 Café
  • Smiles & Good Times :)
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and Drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Sunscreen, Swimming Gear and Towels
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Meet at Albufeira Marina a little before your departure time. Check in, hop aboard a small boat, and get ready to cruise the Atlantic Ocean. Once you get out on the water, relax as your guide takes you to areas to see views of the nearby sandstone cliffs. Head toward Carvoeiro Beach, and get the chance to explore the caves. Afterward, your guide knows some of the best places to spot dolphins. A sighting is not 100-percent guaranteed, but you can possibly see two types of dolphins, common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. If you do spot them, chances are they’ll be swimming close to your boat in their natural habitat. Your guided tour ends when your boat reaches the Albufeira Marina and docks.

Departure details
  • R. Marina de Albufeira 5B, 8200 Albufeira, Portugal The meeting point will be @ Gate 4 Café in Marina de Albufeira. You have to be there 30min prior to the schedualed departure.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2236DOLPHIN

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dolphin sightings cannot be guaranteed
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira?
Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira price starts from $31.29. Discover and book Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira on Tripadvisor
What is the Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira cancellation policy?
Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira?
Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira is hosted by Dream Wave. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Dream Wave on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira?
On average, this experience will take approximately 2h. Discover and book Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2236DOLPHIN

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

385maleeka
385maleeka
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Great! Would recommend!
Amazing tour of the beautiful coastline! Jamie was an especially charismatic tour guide, very funny made sure we ha
Mark W
Mark W
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Always wanted to be a pirate
Was a great trip out along the cliffs and beaches. Even had a couple of beers for 2 euro’s a pop, not bad! There w
OrignalFmir
OrignalFmir
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Amazing Experience
Loved the experience and ride. I will totally recommend doing it as this will show you around the cost line what yo
D7246TBstefanf
D7246TBstefanf
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Good
It was interesting. The caves didn't do for me but the fact we've seen the dolphins was the best experience. If you
Odyssey06386581256
Odyssey06386581256
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Not what was expected but nice day out.
Was a nice day out, wasn’t much of a sailing trip as it was a small trip on the boat to a private beach and then ba
Petearthur
Petearthur
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Excellent
Having never done this before my wife and I booked on, so glad we did it was amazing , Vlad and captain Danny were
980erino
980erino
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Well worth it!
Very attentive crew, thank goodness they had jackets for us since it got pretty cold when going to see dolphins. We
aurelie_jana
aurelie_jana
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Amazing experience
Vlad and Ricardo did an excellent job making us feel safe AND entertaining us. They are so kind and always open to
helenw988
helenw988
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Fantastic trip, well worth the cost. A must.
Fantastic trip with very competent crew. We were lucky enough to choose a day , with fine weather and saw a pod of
715lydiaw
715lydiaw
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Be prepared to be soaked!
This trip was great fun. I had been very nervous but once on board felt as though we were in safe hands. All 3 of u
Yusha M
Yusha M
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Jet Skiing 🎿
One of the best most memorable thrilling experiences of my life and I've riden a motorbike 🏍 so that's saying some
Keelan M
Keelan M
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Unreal time with Vlad and Ricardo
Vlad and Ricardo were fantastic guides and made sure we had a great time out parasailing - thrilling experience and
jeffreysF5916YA
jeffreysF5916YA
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Great time out on the water.
Crew does a great job creating an enjoyable atmosphere. The parasailing is only part of the overall experience. F
zndl
zndl
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A must-try experience
Such an amazing experience! Myself and 4 other friends went and Captain Danny and Vlad were amazing; so funny and e
I1708PZamandar
I1708PZamandar
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Amazing
What an absolute pleasure, from start to finish the pirate’s 🏴‍☠️ Andre,Ruben and Ricardo were fantastic full of v
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JUK
11 contributions
I booked a seat on Dream Wave's Insonia - Caves & Dolphin Watching experience during my stay in Albufeira and enjoyed a fantastic two hour voyage taking in some unbelievable views of the caves, mostly which can only be accessed by boat. While Insonia was a smaller boat, it still offered a good ride and the boat's crew provided a good running commentary as we went along. We missed spotting any dolphins on the day, so the final 30 minutes descended into a rapid blast across the bay, which left me soaked. Fortunately I'd packed my valuables in a waterproof bag and would encourage other passengers to do the same before stepping aboard.
Written April 23, 2022
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DreamWaver
Hello Joel R, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the experience. Hope to see you again soon! :-)
Written April 25, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Eliana
Lucerne, Switzerland29 contributions
Couples
Loved every minute of our trip. From the very beginning, we could see that safety was taken very seriously: life jackets were provided to all tourists, face masks were mandatory and everyone had to disinfect their hands before jumping on board. As soon as we departed from the Marina, the captain started driving full speed to a very specific area in the middle of the sea, where we could see a large group of dolphins. I assume he was coordinating with other boats and that he knew the area very well, because finding dolphins seemed so effortless! Seeing dolphins swim in the wild was such an amazing experience that I will remember for a very long time, definitely worth the cost of the tour and more! Afterwards, we cruised the coast to see many cliffs, caves, beaches and rock formations. This was also very interesting and beautiful: I agree with the reviewers that wrote that the caves alone were worth the trip in case the doplhins couldn't be spotted! Our guide Sam - speaking perfect English - shared many useful tips on how to reach the most secluded beaches we saw during the tour. At the end of the two hours, we reached back the Marina safely. When stepping out of the boat, my boyfriend dropped his phone in the ocean and the guide was again incredibly helpful: he took us straight away to a giving centre where a diver could almost instantly dive there and retrieve the phone. All in all, it was a great experience with great service: will definitely recommend!
Written September 2, 2020
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Hello Eliana95, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the tour. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
Written September 3, 2020
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Claire C
7 contributions
Couples
Absolutely loved our trip speeding along the coastline on the boat from cave to cave. Our captain and guide were fantastic and told us enough about each cave that we got some information but weren't overwhelmed and could sit back and take in the views and snap plenty of photos. We were worried we were going to miss out on seeing the dolphins but on our way back we were treated to a pod by the bay which was amazing!

The only little thing I'd say is that it's a bit chaotic at the gate as they are boarding so many different trips and boats which are all sold out so make sure you pay attention to the staff calling out the trips and you'll be fine.

I would recommend booking in advance as when we did the day before, most time slots were full and we were lucky to get a place. Overall a great trip and well worth the money.
Written August 16, 2022
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Hello H7834LFclairec, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the experience. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
Written August 16, 2022
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Márlon L
Swindon, UK2 contributions
I have a very mixed review of our experience on the Insomnia tour (the smaller semi-rigid boat). Check in and boarding was very organised, COVID-safe, and the tour guides and captain were very nice. We were very unlucky with the sea conditions that day, as it was very windy, which meant larger waves and a bumpy ride. We were warned of the wind and offered jackets onboard, and that we would get a bit wet. At the start of the ride, things were going well, but once we hit the larger waves, we were soaking wet as the waves hit the side of the boat multiple times! There was a layer of water in the boat which meant our bag was also drenched. While some bumps and a bit of splash can be fun, that was not the case.
Unfortunately my wife was feeling very poorly with all the motion and we had to abort the tour before we hit the caves. The crew was very attentive and managed to contact the Dreamer boat that was returning to the marina to rescue us. The larger boat was very smooth and we really appreciate the effort to help us.
While I do understand that sea conditions are not 100% predictable, the crew had just returned from a previous tour and knew how things were. I don’t believe it was safe to run the smaller boat tour in those conditions and wish we were given a more explicit warning before boarding and offered to either reschedule our tour or change it to the Dreamer boat.
Written August 28, 2021
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Hello Marlon89br, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the experience. We have made note of your sugesstions. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
Written August 29, 2021
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ELO
Vegarshei Municipality, Norway1,136 contributions
Family
We bought this trip from our travel agency at the Hotel. It cost 50 euro Per person. We were picked up outside the Hotel and transported to the marina. Then the boat took us for A 2 hours trip by the cost along the cliffs and afterwards out in the sea to look for dolphins. We got an nice presentation of the cliffs. We did not See any dolphins, but we had A great time at the sea.
Written August 7, 2022
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Hello Erlend1973, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the experience. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
Written August 7, 2022
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Lydia Rimmer
Liverpool, UK46 contributions
Couples
Slightly disappointed by the tour... was a bit more expensive than others, but I decided to pay as I’d seen they had a fair amount of good reviews (and many more dolphin sightings). The guides were friendly and the tour of the coast line was very nice, but I felt like it was quite a rush to see things - especially Benagil Caves, which we were in for approximately 1 minute before we backed out and were on our way. I thought the boat would at least go to the shore so you could take a picture but we hovered in the entrance and then left, which was disappointing.

Then for the dolphin tour, we zigzagged for an hour away from the shore and saw nothing - I know this is never a guarantee but it did feel disappointing, given that it was a clear day, calm sea and in the peak of the recommended season. I did think it would’ve been better to look for the dolphins first (we went early in the morning as I know this is when dolphins are most active) but instead we did the caves for an hour, then the dolphins.

Once we were back at shore we were simply waved off - I think there should be some incentive if you don’t see a dolphin (ie half off another trip) as this is something I’ve experienced from other boat trips. It just felt like a waste of €70 odd euros for two people and in future I would probably book elsewhere. Nonetheless we still enjoyed ourselves, I just feel a bit gutted at the price we paid for a pretty average experience.
Written July 30, 2020
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Hello Lydia J, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the tour. Sorry that the Dolphins did not appear. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
Written July 30, 2020
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Oskar R
Birmingham, UK3 contributions
First of all, I was lucky enough to have full package as we were able to see dozens of dolphins which swam around us, and that was a very cool experience. We also went to explore various caves including the infamous Benagil cave. It was very windy during our trip which is understandable in January, nevertheless the boat operator cautiously approached and went inside various caves which was a great experience. The guide was knowledgeable and seemed passionate about his job. 2 hours though felt a bit long, I wished that we had more time with the dolphins and focus more on the main caves, rather that explore most of them which all look very similar in my opinion.

In conclusion, I would recommend this to everyone especially for the price, as it was very cool experience, I was a solo traveler and therefore I believe that if you're going with friends or family those 2 hours will be gone in no time.
Written January 9, 2020
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Hello Oskarrodz, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the tour. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
Written January 10, 2020
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BelfastVolta
Belfast20 contributions
I can only liken this trip to the opening scene of the Normandy landings in 'Saving Private Ryan' - extremely choppy and dangerous. Literally like a rollercoaster, with everyone on board shouting and yelling as we dipped and dived over every wave.

We did not see any dolphins, but we understand that that is nature, and have no issue with that. Nevertheless, the weather conditions were so bad that it would have been obvious to the staff that no dolphins would be seen. What was more frustrating was that we could not enter any of the caves at all. The openings are narrow and choppy in bad weather, and so the boat cannot enter them safely. The company would have known this, but proceeded to take the boat out anyway meaning the whole point of the trip is lost. There isn't much point when you can't go into the caves.

The company had cancelled our original booking that morning, due to adverse weather. The fact is, our afternoon excursion should have been cancelled too. You can't advertise a boat trip to caves when you know you can't actually access them.

The staff had said at the outset that there there was no guarantee on seeing the dolphins, but never mentioned that entrance to the caves could be problematic. They have enough experience to know this, and should have offered a refund or alternative day.

People on board were vomiting from the conditions. Give this one a miss.
Written June 21, 2022
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Hello BelfastVolta, Firstly, I wanted to Thank-you for bringing this issue to my attention. We strive at Dream Wave for all our guests to have an experience that exceeds their expectations, however, unfortunately, there may be times when we are slightly off target. This is why we appreciate all forms of feedback, good or bad, so we can sort any issues in the future. We totally disagree with your accusation. All our tours are safe and comply with all Portuguese safety standards. Safety is always priority. Unfortunately we cannot control sea conditions although we only do tours when local authorities approve. The seating of our boats are especially prepared to absorb choppier seas. Our sea normally is fine for all our activities although at times the sea can be rougher than desired for certain Guests, to prevent this we do inform that we do not recommend our tours for people with back issues or pregnant, information that we reenforce to all Guest during the check in. Once again we apologise for not exceeding your expectations. Kind Regards,
Written June 26, 2022
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Meaumie
Birmingham, UK3 contributions
I booked this for me and my boyfriend. We went to meet them at the cafe as instructed. I think it’s their cafe (as their name is written above the place). We waited a while for our boat to arrive and when it did we got on straight away. 2 people came with our group, one is a captain and another one is a guide, he will tell us what everything is like where we are and the history of it and he kept making sure all of us were ok a few times throughout the boat ride. The boat isn’t big it’s more like a little 8-10 people boat, but that’s not a problem at all. Our ride was a bit bumpy, but it was understandable because we were bouncing on waves while going fast at the same time, but just to let people know in the future it’s not suitable for people with back pain or pregnant people (as they also check with us before we boarded as well). The first thing we did was dolphin hunting, they say that we might or might not see them as they are wild animals. It took us a while to get to where you’d normally find them a lot far from shore. We found nearly 10 dolphins swimming around so we follow them just for a bit them leave them to their own thing. Then afterwards we get to see the Benagil cave but it was packed with all people swimming, kayaking, and other boats that were also around so we have to slowly take turns for views and photos. We didn’t get off the boat as that wasn’t part of the tour, if you want to go to walk around there, I think you’d either have to get there yourself by swimming or kayaking. Overall, it was just worth it. The staff are amazing at their job and the view and the tour were just perfect.
Written July 24, 2022
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Hello Meaumieee, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the experience. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
Written July 25, 2022
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MarieK69
Benalmadena, Spain59 contributions
If you are afraid of open see and fast boats, don’t attend. BUT, if you are brave and feel like having a boat ride of your lives, this is one for you. Sit in the front and let your hair loose! The speed, 47km/h, 26 knots, will give you a thrill. We saw dolfhins and the caves and the private hard to get beahces are so beaytifull! The staff is wonderfull!
Written August 29, 2022
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Hello MarieK69, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the experience. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
Written August 30, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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