Boat Trips from Vilamoura Marina

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 from Vilamoura Marina

Vilamoura Boat Trips
The Famous Benagil Cave

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? We have selected some of the most popular boat trips for you.

Dolphin Watching Trips

Dolphin watching boat trip from Vilamoura Marina
Wild dolphins in the Algarve

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 warmer months coinciding with best sea and weather conditions for a boat trip- usually available from May to October.

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!

Full Day Trips with BBQ and Benagil Caves

Our favourite Vilamoura boat trip is the full day (usually 7 hours) BBQ and caves tour. There are three tour boat companies in Vilamoura that offer this trip. The itinerary is very similar: depart in the morning from the marina, cruise along the coast, visit the Benagil caves, see the dolphins, disembark on the beach for the BBQ, stop for a swim and return to Vilamoura at around 5pm.

With the BBQ lunch and drinks included, this trip is one of the most popular in the summer and is also fantastic value. Read on for more details.

Relaxing Coastal Cruises from Vilamoura

Vilamoura Sunset Sailing Tours

Vilamoura Boat Trips
Sunset sailing from Vilamoura Marina

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

Vilamoura reef fishing trip
Vilamoura reef fishing trip

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. Contact Kiosk Fortuna for more info and local bookings.

Hen and Stag Boat Parties

Vilamoura hen party boat trip
Full day trip on the Vital with BBQ on the beach

Charter a luxury yacht for a full-day or a few hours for your hen do, birthday or a romantic proposal. 

Luxury Private Cruise for Group of 10

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.

Check out Viator´s most popular tours here.

Where to check-in for boat trips at Vilamoura Marina

Most of the Vilamoura boat trips (except the Condor) have their meeting points/check-in desks on the west side of the marina near Murphy’s Bar (blue marker on the map). The Condor de Vilamoura is one of the few that departs from the opposite side, the pier next to the Tivoli Marina Hotel. Private charters will depend where the boat is berthed.

Vilamoura Marina Map for Boat Trip check-in


  • These trips are very popular and are usually sold out – book early;
  • Dolphin sightings cannot be guaranteed;
  • Check-in is generally 30 minutes before departure;
  • All trips depend on weather and sea conditions;
  • You will not be allowed to disembark inside the cave on any of the trips;
  • Don’t forget sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and a windbreaker just in case;
  • Wear appropriate clothing, high heels are usually not allowed.


Can you swim with the dolphins during the boat trips in the Algarve?

No. None of the boat tour operators will allow you to swim or interact with the wild dolphins, this is for your safety and the animals’ welfare. You can swim with dolphins in a controlled environment at the Zoomarine in Guia.

When do the boat trips start in Vilamoura?

The season typically starts from May to October, weather and sea permitting.

Can I book a private boat trip for a large party?

The private yachts or speed boats usually take about 8-10 people max. The largest luxury yacht in Vilamoura can accommodate 14 people. For larger parties check out our page: Boat trips for Groups and Parties.

Where do I find information about Vilamoura Marina?

Visit the official website for Vilamoura Marina.