5 Best Algarve Boat Experiences for Summer 2023

Written By Lara Silva

With its stunning coastline and clear water, the Algarve is the perfect destination for incredible boat experiences during the summer. One of the best ways to enjoy the Southern coast is by boat, where you will get the opportunity to explore hidden sea caves and beaches and enjoy incredible sunsets. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable experience with the 5 best Algarve boat experiences for summer 2023.

1. Albufeira Beach BBQ with Caves and Coastline Cruise

The all-inclusive tour from Albufeira provides an exciting experience along Portugal’s southern coast. You’ll enjoy a cruise to Nossa Senhora da Rocha and have the opportunity to visit the famous Benagil Caves. Throughout the journey, unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks are available.

Once you reach a secluded beach only accessible by water, you can enjoy some watersports using equipment like paddleboards and snorkeling gear. The crew will also prepare a delicious barbecue feast with local specialties. This tour offers stunning coastal views, watersports, and a beach barbecue for a memorable adventure along the Albufeira coastline.

2. Ophelia Catamaran Cruises + Beach BBQ

Another great way to enjoy the Algarvian coast is on a lovely catamaran cruise. Instead of just seeing Portimão from land, hop on the luxurious Ophelia catamaran and sail along the coast. Admire the cliffs, villages, and make a stop at the famous Benagil caves.

You will get to explore the caves in a small boat, and then enjoy a tasty beach BBQ lunch. The tour includes an open beach bar, on-board Wi-Fi, and optional pickup service for an extra fee. 

3. Half-Day Lagos Golden Coast Cruise with Lunch

This half-day small-group catamaran cruise from Lagos sails through dramatic sea cliffs, and golden beaches, passing through notable landmarks like Camilo Beach and the black rock of Praia da Luz.

You’ll have the opportunity to swim, kayak, or paddleboard in the open sea, and enjoy a delicious lunch on board. With a chance of spotting dolphins during the journey, this tour promises an unforgettable experience.

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The includes a light lunch with a choice of chicken salad or vegetarian/vegan salad and a complimentary drink. 

4. 6-Hour Sunset Dinner Catamaran Cruise from Albufeira 

If a sunset cruise is what you’re looking for, this 6-hour cruise experience from Albufeira might be the perfect choice. Set sail across Armação de Pêra bay on a relaxing catamaran, and be mesmerized by the stunning beaches, sea caves, and majestic sea cliffs along the coast.

As the sun begins to set, enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner on the beach, where you can savor local flavors in a picturesque setting. Throughout the cruise, enjoy live entertainment and unlimited drinks on board the catamaran, creating a truly unforgettable evening experience.

5. 3-Hour Boat Tour in Ria Formosa on Olhão Algarve

For a different experience, this Olhāo tour offers a perfect combination of a day on the water, sunbathing, and sightseeing. Embark on a boat tour of the stunning Ria Formosa Natural Park, where an experienced skipper provides detailed explanations about the area, including its history, diverse wildlife, and fishing activities.

One of the stops includes a visit to Culatra Island, a charming and authentic village primarily inhabited by local fishermen throughout the year. Lastly, explore Ilha Do Farol, renowned for its picturesque lighthouse and breathtaking scenery. 

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