Water Sports in Vilamoura
Most of the fun things to do in Vilamoura involve the sun, beach and water. Of course, having the best marina in Portugal, two beautiful beaches and hot long summers means Vilamoura is a prime spot for water sports.
Water sport activities available during the warm seasons in Vilamoura include Jet-Skiing, Parasailing, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle (SUP), Banana Boats, Speed Boats and much more. These activities usually start from April to end of October, a few operate during low-season.
Listed below are all the water sports activities in Vilamoura and nearby. Online tickets links will take you to trusted vendors such as Viator, Get Your Guide or Musement, where you can also read detailed description of each specific activity. Note that some vendors will mention Albufeira or Quarteira, this is actually correct as Vilamoura is formally part of Quarteira and the Falésia Beach (also Rocha Baixinha Beach) is part of the municipality of Albufeira. Unless mentioned otherwise, these links are for activities in Vilamoura (walking distance from marina or beach). Nevertheless, always check where the meeting point is before booking.
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Parasailing in Vilamoura
Soar above the sea and enjoy the stunning views of the coastline and Vilamoura. Parasailing is a thrilling and safe activity that anyone can enjoy. You don’t need any experience or special skills, just a sense of fun and a willingness to fly. You will be securely attached to a parachute and towed by a boat, lifting you up in the air. You will feel the breeze and the adrenaline as you glide over the water and admire the scenery. You can choose to fly solo or with a friend, and you can even dip your feet in the water for a refreshing splash. Book on Get Your Guide with our favourite parasailing operator.
Jet skiing is one of the most exciting ways to get out on the water. It’s great fun for all ages and abilities, so everyone in your family will love it. You can even take younger kids as passengers (drivers must be at least 18 years old).
No experience is needed as you will be driving in a dedicated circuit just off the Marina. Safety briefing, instructions, insurance, life jackets and fuel is included in price. Jet ski takes 2 adults or 1 adult and 2 kids (younger than 12). Use the GYG calendar to check prices and availability (title says Albufeira because the Falésia Beach is technically in the Albufeira parish.)
Be prepared to get wet on this exciting jet boat thrill ride. An experienced captain will take you on this powerful jet boat that will feel like a roller coaster on the sea.
This scream-fest lasts for 30 minutes while the captain show off all his tricks. Not for the faint hearted or children under 6.
The jet boat accommodates 12 passengers, life jackets must be worn. Check-in at Vilamoura Marina.
Book your own exclusive speed boat for an hour or more and explore the coastline at your leisure.
For small groups of up to 7 people this boat is perfect.
If you plan to visit the Benagil Caves you will require at least two hours.
Inflatables or Tubing
Inflatables can be a lot of fun. Small groups from 4 to 8 people, depending on the shape of the inflatable, get towed by a speedboat. Rings and banana boats are the most common types of inflatables.
Expect a bumpy ride, lots of screaming and a good time. Suitable for all ages, some restrictions may apply.
Tip: Check number of people in group and duration for each ride before booking.
A kayak tour is a great way to explore the coastline. Join a small group from the Falésia Beach for guided tour of the dramatic red cliffs.
One of the best ways to visit the Benagil Caves is by kayak or stand up paddle. From Vilamoura you would need to drive to Benagil and join the tour there.
SUP (Stand-Up Paddle)
Stand-Up Paddle boarding is becoming an increasingly popular water sports in Portugal. Not only is it great fun it provides a full body workout.
Beginners will be able to to stand up and start paddling after a very brief instruction. Suitable for all aged swimmers.
A number of tours are available such as Bike and SUP or Benagil Cave SUP. You can join a tour or go solo.
Flyboarding is one of the most extreme water sports in Vilamoura. An unforgettable experience for thrill seekers.
The flyboard is a water propelled jet pack that allows you to fly in and out of water. A jet ski driven by your instructor will provided the high pressure water via a flexible hose attached to your feet.
Minimum age for this activity is 12 years old and swimmers only.
Water skiing is a popular family activity for tourists in Vilamoura. Ski lessons are available for children as young as six years old, as well as for more seasoned skiers who want to improve their technique.
Great fun for any skill level. Hire a private speed boat with up to 6 friends. Prices start at about €150 per hour.
Wakeboarding combines water skiing, snow boarding and surfing techniques. Although it requires some skill, it is easier to learn and you can progress fairly quickly.
This water activity is great fun for a group of friends or family looking to spend a few hours in the sea.
Vilamoura has its very own surf school located in the Marina (Falésia side). The school is open all year round for private lessons, group lessons or equipment rental.
The instructors are accredited by the Portuguese Surf Federation and the facility is fully equipped.
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