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Afternoon Sailing and Caves Tour from Portimao

By Santa Bernarda
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$37.98
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$37.98
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Ages 0-99, max of 60 per group
Duration:3h
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Ticket type:Mobile
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish


  • Local taxes
  • Boat tour
  • Restroom on board
  • WiFi on board
  • Entry/Admission - Algar de Benagil
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Departure details
  • Rua Gonçalo Nascimento, R. Gonçalo Nascimento, 8500-607 Portimão, Portugal Pier "Vasco da Gama", next to the "Clube Naval" and Portimão "Museum".
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • 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: 18743P4

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • 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 60 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
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Afternoon Sailing and Caves Tour from Portimao?
Afternoon Sailing and Caves Tour from Portimao price starts from $37.82. Discover and book Afternoon Sailing and Caves Tour from Portimao on Tripadvisor
What is the Afternoon Sailing and Caves Tour from Portimao cancellation policy?
Afternoon Sailing and Caves Tour from Portimao cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Afternoon Sailing and Caves Tour from Portimao on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Afternoon Sailing and Caves Tour from Portimao?
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How much time do I need for Afternoon Sailing and Caves Tour from Portimao?
On average, this experience will take approximately 3h. Discover and book Afternoon Sailing and Caves Tour from Portimao 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: 18743P4

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Rua Gonçalo Nascimento
    R. Gonçalo Nascimento, 8500-607 Portimão, Portugal
    Pier "Vasco da Gama", next to the "Clube Naval" and Portimão "Museum".
    See address & details
  • 1
    Algar de Benagil
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    We start our trip in Portimão. At the lighthouse of Ferragudo we set our sails and cruise south-east along the coast line to the lighthouse of Alfanzina. Here we drop anchor for swim and you board on smaller boats to visit the caves described in Program 1 following the beaches of Carvalho, Benagil to Praia da Marinha. Then we will return to Portimão by engine power, passing close to the rocks, caves and beaches.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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Marc94041
Marc94041
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Excellent Benagil Caves Tour
Excellent Benagil caves tour on a large, old looking ship. Good guide with excellent commentary. Comfortable. Helpf
OJW75
OJW75
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Sunset Sail
What a fantastic experience for kids big and small! Wonderful boat trip of just over 2 1/2 hours with great commen
Setareh S
Setareh S
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Real Sturdy Wooden Boat. Exceptional
Exceptional wooden boat, with two smaller boats attached at the back for the caves. 2h40 min of music, history, div
a10mcbride
a10mcbride
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Three generations felt welcome and safe. Great experience! Wonderful guide and crew.
Family of 16 ages 16-86; three generations. Nuno was our fantastic tour guide and the captain and crew were friendl
P115SRlaurab
P115SRlaurab
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Highlight of our trip, great for kids.
Great for our 2 year old, as there was freedom to wander around the deck of the big ship and there was plenty of sh
Donna B
Donna B
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Pick this tour
This tour was excellent. The ship crew were very friendly and polite. It was best to take the big ship out to the c
anna_h05
anna_h05
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Great morning aboard a pirate ship!
Great trip aboard a pirate ship! We took the morning tour and the 3 hours went really quickly! The crew were reall
joonasch
joonasch
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Nice sailing cruise along the stunning coastline
While searching for the available Benagil cave cruise options we found the Santa Barbara sailing boat which took ou
441ursulak
441ursulak
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Fantastic trip with "Algar Experience" to the Benagil caves / Barbecue on the beach.
A MUST do with "Algar Experience". Fantastic staff. Did the day Barbecue Trip. Excellent food, drinks and extremely
Maureen B
Maureen B
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Great day out !
I have gone out on the Santa Bernarda several times, in fact every time I visit Portimáo. The full day trip with bb
Laurie O
Laurie O
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The company honoured our ticket.
The boat company was cooperative and honoured our tickets. Trip Advisor needs to change their departure time from 2
Clairuu
Clairuu
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Great trip
Went out of the pirate ship for a tour of the Bengali caves. Sailed out about 45 minutes on the ship then transferr
4t_nias
4t_nias
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Amazing 😉
Excellent. A really great morning in a pirate ship replica, visiting part of the barlavento coast with fantastic ca
kevinmcnamara
kevinmcnamara
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Fantastic day out
What a fantastic day out, boarded early morning to spend a day out on the ship. Having lost my left leg a year ago
karan06011955
karan06011955
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Memorable Exploration
We had a half a day tour along with family members, old mother and handicapped wife. But there was no issue in boar
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Dan I
Somerset West, South Africa31 contributions
Oct 2021
Many providers for the same tours, i.e. boat + caves but NO ONE matches this! What about sailing on a boat that look likes the Black pearl (well, Brown Pearl should be more appropriate for this one...). All people from the other tours were taking pictures of this amazing boat. Absolutely massive and beautiful. It felt like we were max 10 people while we were probably around 40 or 50? great space, many places to be and have a wonderful look over the coast and the caves. it is really a special experience and you feel you have made something different. Like you took a break in your crazy life and just took time for something special. Not sure you will have the same feeling with the other tours when you are shoulder to shoulder to visit one cave after the other on a small speedy boat bumping over the sea. I could take hundreds of pics during our 3+ hour tour, which would not have been possible on fast boats. This is really something special, out of its time, and different. We ALL (wife + kids) LOVED it.

Staff is friendly and relaxed.

Chose this one to make a special day count.
Written October 29, 2021
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Clara22_12
Edinburgh, UK34 contributions
Had a fantastic afternoon out on this ship and then on the wee boat going into the caves. It was a lot of fun and very exciting and a totally great experience. The staff are very highly skilled and experienced and I would put my trust in every single one of them. We were very impressed with them all. We then had a very lovely bonus when the dolphins rocked up and joined the party. The skipper knew what he was doing and slowed the boat down so the dolphins loved this and hung around for ages. Very delighted 😁😁😁
Written May 5, 2022
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LMWalker
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
Excellent time on Santa Bernarda ship yesterday evening. I have a fear of boats and getting sea sick, so I was nervous about going onto the boat. However, the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The boat sailed very smoothly and I felt relaxed and safe. It was really cool to get onto a smaller boat to be able to see the caves, again I was nervous about this but the staff reassured me and helped you get on and off the small boats.
We were able to see the sunset and actually sail towards it, this was a beautiful experience and feel very lucky to experience this and share this moment with my family.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and approachable. He could speak many languages and spoke very clearly. The facts were extremely interesting.
Written August 25, 2022
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Kirill F
15 contributions
Nov 2021
It's a nice trip on the "piraten-ship" with a friendly crew. During the trip you change the boat for a smaller one to enter the caves. It was windy but I felt completely safe, these people are very expeienced! The best attraction in Portimao and surroundings.
Written November 19, 2021
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Claire S
London, UK72 contributions
Sep 2020
The boat was novel and it was an enjoyable trip. However the crew were not very friendly (perhaps channelling their inner pirates) and although there was cursory information provided in English, the focus was far more on providing information in German (the German commentary lasted far longer than the English). The trip round the caves in the small boats was interesting although the boats didn't feel very safe at times and we ended up soaked through. Was glad we saw the caves but probably wouldn't join the Santa Bernarda again.
Written September 24, 2020
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Stephen B
1 contribution
This is quite possibly the best €35 I have ever spent. The whole trip was superb, all the crew were engaging and fun. If your in the area I would highly recommend spending an afternoon on a pirate adventure. Life is about creating memories and today was a memory.
Written July 23, 2022
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cristian stefan dudu
6 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Probably the best way to experience the caves around Portimao, the ship looks like out of an movie the small boats get into all the caves, and the crew is very friendly and helpful. The captain also gave us plenty of information about our surroundings. We booked our tikets with Paula from Portimao she was also very helpful in assisting us making the right choice :)
Written July 6, 2021
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SantaBernarda
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Written July 7, 2021
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leeanems
Lake District, UK73 contributions
It was really easy to book, Paula was very quick to reply by booking via WhatsApp. We went with our teen boys who loved jumping off the pirate boat! The caves were great and a small selection of sandwiches and drinks onboard. Would recommend to take your own too.
Written August 16, 2022
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trine_m_u23
London, UK8 contributions
Greeted by rude and moody captain and unfortunately found staff to be generally disengaged and “just wanting to get their jobs over with”. Very hard to get a smile out of any of them with the exception of one pirate who made an effort to dress up a couple of times and have his photo taken with the smallest kids on board.
The transfer to small boats on open water is bumpy and scary for little kids, but once you are all on seated and dressed in safety vests, the trip into the caves is the highlight of the experience.
The toilets are in reasonable condition, and the bar sells drinks and snacks.
The sails are raised on the outbound journey to the caves, but that is more for visual effect as the engine is still on. Not a great place for families who may be allergic to smoke as some of the crew are heavy smokers.
Written July 16, 2018
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karan06011955
Bengaluru, India200 contributions
Aug 2019
This trip on Santa Bernarda would stand out for a long long time for its unique experience it offers.

Spent a good amount of time with the Captain and possibly owner Bernardo too to understand the genesis of this ship, tour and experience they offer to tourists.

Firstly this was a fishing trawler abandoned after its life, picked up by this team, refurbished, retrofitted all items - engine to communication etc., to obtain seaworthiness and with supporting safety and insurance licenses, its declared safe to do these trips and they are in business. Wonderful job they have done.

So one should understand that this is not wheel chair friendly or even the seat arrangements are just benches along the periphery and some places are provided with detachable padded foam seats. But the hosts are more than willing to help all enthusiastic tourists to help them on / off board and even help pushing the wheel chairs up / down the ramp.

So anyone wanting to go on this ship should be ready to put up with the rough and tough feeling of the ship , in other words, be ready to experience and enjoy the real sea voyage in a realistic environment.

The ship with its sails launched, and a pirate flag on its forward above Bow, one gets a different feeling in comparison to the normal /standard ship. Here with its extended forward with a net on, its indeed different and stands out.

Those who are prone to seasickness should not lean against the backrest and should sit forward and allow the ship to take on the waves and not transfer it to body.

Let's talk about the trip / exploration. The ship departs from Portimao and crosses lagoa, Faro and shows all the way the the limestone hillocks coastline. They reach Faro, anchor out there, and ferry through small boats batches of people to the caves of Lagoa and Faro and explain their features, scantily though viz., echoing caves, caves with opening on top, caves where water seeps through them in to the sea, a small beach like land inside the cave etc., Its an exhilarating experience to experience the nature's play and such wonders.

Surprisingly all through the coast, the sea isn't rough at all and of course low tides make you feel that you're on a calm sea.

At the anchor point, should anyone would like to take a plunge in to the Atlantic, they are ready with safety rings to help out and adventurist tourists can have a plunge.

Walking on the caves from land end and doing board walk and experiencing its history are way different from seeing them from ocean and going in to them and seeing / experiencing it there.

In short, its a great experience and worth including it as one item of the bucket list.
Written August 25, 2019
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