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Albufeira, Portugal
Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 3 more

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Overview

Admire the beauty of the Algarve coastline as you discover Portugal’s caves and dolphins during this cruise from Albufeira. Aboard your sleek boat, bask in the sapphire blue waters of the Atlantic and maneuver to the Beach of Carvoeiro to uncover the stunning rock caverns. During your cruise, dip into the Atlantic for a bit and enjoy a chance to see friendly dolphins.
  • Enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the Algarve coastline from Albufeira
  • Be amazed by the beauty of the grottos
  • Try your luck to spot some dophins
  • Take some sun and relax on the deck
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10% Discount to use @ Gate 4 Café
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Sunscreen, Swimming Gear and Towels
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
R. Marina de Albufeira 5B , 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.

This activity will end right where it started.
Start your day meeting at the Albufeira marina for your Algarve cave and dolphin watching cruise. Relax as you motor the coastline in a nimble boat. Glimpse over the waters and enjoy golden views of the sandstone cliffs.

Arrive at the grottos and explore its mesmerizing caves. Then, sit back and relax! Voyage back to Albufeira and traverse deeper into the sea to seek out dolphins. Observe the water surface closely for a chance to see common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. Watch as these schools of dolphins jump and swim playfully and occasionally approach the boat. Head back to the Albufeira marina where your Algarve dolphin and cave watching cruise ends.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dolphin sightings cannot be guaranteed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dream Wave Algarve
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira.

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star-3
Disapointed
Lise_B
, Jun 2022
We were three and weren‘t able to Share That Moment together…! The crew did its best but ….it could have been better.
star-5
Amazing trip would recommend
Tabby_H
, Jun 2022
The caves where a sight to be seen and what a fantastic experience seeing the dolphins! Meeting point was east to locate.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Tabby_H, 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,
star-5
Worth Booking!
Rebecca_M
, Jun 2022
Great tour! Our captain and first mate were very friendly! The caves were beautiful with some shared history and we were fortunate enough to see dolphins!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Rebecca_, 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,
star-5
A real treat!
Stuart_P
, Jun 2022
Exhilarating boat ride, access to the caves in a small boat and seeing dolphins at play. Very friendly and knowledgeable skipper.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Stuart_P, 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,
star-5
Great Experience - Highly Recommend
Linda_E
, Jun 2022
The views were fabulous and we had an awesome dolphin experience. Caves were really stunning. Thanks!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Linda_E, 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,
star-5
Dolphins galore
liz_j
, Jun 2022
It was fun, exciting and seeing the dolphins 🐬 made it a perfect experience. I would highly recommend this trip.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello liz_j, 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,
star-4
The sun came out when we reached the caves
JuanMiguel_M
, May 2022
Beautiful views of the caves from the sea and within them. Better ask in advance what vessel you will be at. Dreamer is catamarán and Insonia is a quick boat. I couldn’t choose when making the reservation. In May it may be a bit chilly in the morning, so the fast boat requires you bring a coat (although there are some in the boat for those who -like me- forgot it). Although it was cloudy and cool when we left, the sun appeared right in time to take beautiful pictures
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello JuanMig, 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,
star-3
Just do the caves
Julie_B
, May 2022
The ride is under two hours long and there's no dolpins as its too cold for them in may The caves was good the seats are not comfortable for the journey
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Julie_B, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the experience. The seats on the insonia boats are very comfortable, we cannot understand why you did not find so? they are cushioned baquet seats, used for race cars and especially designed for comfort. We see dolphins all year, weather conditions do not make any difference of seeing them or not. May is a warm time of year but some days may be cooler, for example today the 8th of May it is 28ºC at 11am. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
star-4
Stunning
Gabriel_D
, May 2022
Amazing trip, would recommend it to anyone visiting Albufeira. The boat ride was alot of fun too. The staff were excellent
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Gabriel_D, 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,
star-5
Spectacular
Andrewfisher9
, Apr 2022
Thrilling motor boat ride spectacular caves & Very friendly host. Lots of interesting facts. Would highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Andrewf, 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,
star-4
Great trip even though we...
Maria_C
, Apr 2022
Great trip even though we did see the dolphins. The tour guide was brilliant and very knowledgeable. Would definitely book again when we are next in the algarve
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Maria_C, 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,
star-5
Great afternoon!
Patrick_B
, Apr 2022
We sat in the “copilots seats” with Marino as our pilot and tour guide. He was awesome at both. Very personable and happy to answer our questions. Thank your for an enjoyable and educational afternoon.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Patrick_B, 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,
star-5
Bring a jacket
Rima_P
, Apr 2022
Had a great time on this trip. The sun was shining and the views were truly stunning, gorgeous beach and truly magnificent caves. We got very lucky and saw a lot of dolphins which was thrilling. Just make sure you’re wrapped up warm as the boat goes quite fast and it can get quite chilly.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Rima_P, 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,
star-5
Magical!
David_G
, Mar 2022
We saw dolphins minutes after we headed out to sea and one swam under our boat. It was magical. Although the sea was a bit choppy, the boat was steered expertly into the caves. We didn’t manage to see by inside the best cave, due to the sea conditions, but but it was still a fabulous trip.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello David_G, 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,
star-5
Fabulous trip
Gabriele_C
, Mar 2022
Fabulous experience and we managed to see the dolphins, it was amazing! We went with my 5 year old son and he loved it too, would highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hello Gabriele_, 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,
star-3
Meh
audreychan43
, Feb 2022
Very average. There were no dolphins, which is just our bad luck, but without them it was about 90 minutes of just riding out on the boat in open water. The fun wore off. The caves were beautiful to see from the water, but there was very little commentary given. The guide knew more, since he shared more information with some passengers in the back of the boat, but not with the general group. Also, other boats traveled closer to the opening of the Bengil Cave, but ours stayed much farther back so you couldn't see any of the interior. Would not recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hello Audreycha, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Safety is and always will be our 1st priority. If the sea conditions do not permit a safe approach to the caves, we will not move towards certain caves. Depending on sea conditions we can visit some, many, all or no caves. If other boats go closer to caves risking people´s safety, we cannot do anything about that, only regret such irresponsability. The coastline is beautiful, the dolphins can appear with any type of sea. We do prefer to do tours with the calmest sea possible. Unfortunately, we cannot control sea conditions, that can change within minutes. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Cave /Dolphin Excursion
Melissa_K
, Feb 2022
We really enjoyed the first half of the trip viewing the caves, coastal beauty, and history. The dolphin watching was no fun, not because we saw none, but the water was very rough, it was windy and too cold.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hello Melissa_K, 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,
star-5
Fantastic seas
Natasha_L
, Feb 2022
The tour guide was absolutely amazing, his personality shined so bright making us feel so welcomed and he was able to find us some dolphins even tho he made us aware that there may not be any. The beautiful caves which we went into was lovely.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hello Natasha_, 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,
star-5
Our Pirate Experience
Gloria_F
, Nov 2021
It was a Super Fun and stunning experience. The ride while looking for the dolphins was awesome! Such a good captain!!! We really enjoyed it! Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hello Gloria_F, 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,
star-4
Windy winter boat tour
Merritt_M
, Nov 2021
Loved loved loved experiencing and exploring the caves. I wasn’t about going out to see looking for dolphins, it was way too windy and they told us to begin with there weren’t any dolphins seen today. I would have been happy to just go back through all of the caves. But the guides were kind and gave just the right amount of info. We all really appreciated it!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hello Merritt_M, 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,

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