Boat trips are on every single list of Best things to do in Vilamoura. Not surprising, as there are over 800 boats berthed in the Vilamoura Marina. The Algarve coast has optimal sailing conditions and offers some stunning scenery. Numerous tour companies operate boat tours from Vilamoura, we have grouped the tours by theme: caves, dolphins, boat type and also included some boat tours in other locations that are really worth seeing.
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Cave Boat Trips
The sea cave tours are the most popular boat trips in the Algarve. From Vilamoura these trips take a minimum of 2.5 – 3 hours.
Cruise along the rugged coastline, visit rock formations and caves that can only be accessed by sea.
The most visited cave is the famous Benagil Cathedral, a huge airy cave with a hidden beach, two entrances and a dramatic circular ‘skylight’.
Planning on exploring the Benagil Caves by boat? Choose an open-rib boat, these boats give guests an exclusive tour through caves inside. There is limited space for 12 people so it’s important to book early if this sounds like your idea of fun and adventure.
Dolphin Watching Trips
Dolphins are regularly seen along the Algarve coastline all year long, making these Vilamoura boat trips extremely popular.
Peak season for dolphin sighting seeing is during the summer coinciding with best sea and weather conditions for a boat trip.
Go on a dolphin safari cruise in search of the playful creatures out at sea in their natural enviroment. Watch them race around, doing flips and jumps before coming up for air to breathe. Get an inside look at the sea caves along the coast as well as other rock formations in this magnificent area!
Why not take your family to Zoomarine and swim with the dolphins? The park offers a fun waterpark experience for all ages. Your whole family will enjoy themselves, whether they are 2 or 82 years old!
Condor de Vilamoura Cruise
The Condor de Vilamoura full-day (7hr) cruise and beach BBQ is one of the most highly rated boat trips in Vilamoura.
Cruise along the Algarve coastline from Vilamoura Marina to the Benagil caves aboard this schooner replica.
The BBQ lunch is served on a secluded beach. Visits to the Benagil Caves will be in smaller boats and depends on weather.
Buy tickets locally at: Kiosk Fortuna
3-hour Boat Trip
Set off from Vilamoura on the Vital Catamaran (or Condor de Vilamoura) for 3 hours along the coast past Albufeira towards the Galé Beach.
Explore the natural beauty of dolphins in Algarve. Watch bottlenose and common dolphins playfully swim about their environment while enjoying the scenic boat cruise.
Like all boat trips in Vilamoura this experience will depend on sea and weather conditions, when these are ideal you will stop for swimming and explore the caves. On the return journey (wind permitting) the engines are shut down and you will cruise back at full sail.
Vilamoura Sunset Sailing Tours
A great way to end the day in the summer. You can enjoy a welcome drink with some appetizers before you get to see the beautiful sunset over the horizon. Stop for a swim or snorkel in crystal-clear waters, and if you are feeling laidback then relax on the decks of your boat while listening to mellow music as it sails back into Vilamoura.
Fishing Trips from Vilamoura
Enjoy a half-day or full day fishing trip from Vilamoura. Either join a trip or charter a private boat for your group. All equipment is provided and all levels of experience accepted.
In the area you will find trips for reef fishing, big game fishing and shark fishing.
Hen and Stag Boat Parties
Charter a luxury yacht for a full-day or a few hours for your hen do, birthday or a romantic proposal.
Most private charters will accommodate 8-10 people. Contact us for larger groups.
Ria Formosa Boat Tours
The Ria Formosa Natural Park is a coastal lagoon area that extends along the coast from Quinta do Lago to Cacela Velha (Tavira).
This scenic area is home to over 200 species of birds and a wide array of marine wildlife. This is a popular hiking and cycling area but the best way to see it is by boat.
Try the Ria Formosa: Tour to Paradise Boat Tour. Go on an adventure exploring the hidden gems of Ria Formosa Natural Park and enjoy a 4-hour boat trip to see all its beauty. Visit Olhão’s market for wide variety seafood that is sourced from this area, then head back home with pickup and drop at your accommodation in one package!