Last week, while on holiday in the Algarve, my family and I decided to treat ourselves to a Luxury Yacht Charter! We decided on a full day charter, leaving from Vilamoura Marina. We were really excited after booking with the friendly office staff, and couldn’t wait to climb aboard!!
We were welcomed onto the beautiful yacht with a glass of champagne and smiles from the crew! As we had the boat for a full day, we asked the Skipper to include a Cave Tour and to also look for Dolphins, and he did not disappoint! He took us as close to the Caves as he could get, and then, to our surprise, we were showed to a smaller Rib which was on the yacht - a boat on a boat!! We were delighted and got into the rib and then actually went into the caves themselves! We were given a really informative tour of the caves and the rock formations before getting back onto the yacht to search for the dolphins!
We were having a lovely day, with the beers and bubbly flowing, the sun was shining and we were soaking in the glorious views of the Algarvian Coastline! We knew we were not guaranteed to see dolphins, but as if to just top our day off, we saw them!! There was a group of about 6 or 7 which the skipper identified as Bottlenose Dolphins. Cameras were out like the paparazzi and the kids were over the moon!!
We spent the rest of the afternoon chilling out, sunbathing, laughing and playing with the kids, who loved the trip just as much as we did! The interior of the yacht was just as luxurious as the outside, but we spent most of our time on the deck. The weather was perfect and as we headed back to Vilamoura just before 5, we all agreed we would have to do it again! It was a fabulous treat for all the family, and an experience we would recommend to anyone - of any age! There really is something for everyone, families, couples and elderly people alike! The crew are very accommodating of your needs and will do their best to give you everything you want for the perfect cruise!
As we returned, after thanking the crew and office staff, we enquired about the Sunset Cruises they do. They are from the same private yacht, but leave in the late afternoon to see the sun set. It is definitely something we would love to do on our next visit to the Algarve! I would highly recommend this trip, it’s absolutely worth it in every way!!