The Southern Coast of Portugal, also known as the Algarve, has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. With clear water and so many different shades of blue, I felt like I was visiting the Caribbean when I was actually on the beautiful Algarve beaches. The cliffs and different rock formations along the coastline are breathtaking. The best way to appreciate the Algarve caves in Portugal is by boat because you can reach areas that are not accessible from the beaches.
Algarve Boat Tours with Bom Dia
Bom Dia offers several different Algarve boat trips that will show you the grottos near Lagos, so you will be able to find one that fits your schedule and budget. We took the two-hour tour and had a great time. They also have fishing and dolphin watching tours in the Algarve.
Their Algarve cave tours leave from the Lagos marina. We found the Bom Dia sales booth by the marina and were directed across the bridge to where we would catch the boat. At first, I was worried we were in the wrong place because I did not see a Bom Dia boat, but then I saw a gentleman wearing a red shirt with a Bom Dia logo.
A few minutes later we saw a Bom Dia boat arrive. It was a large sailboat that was pulling a smaller motorboat behind it. The passengers quickly disembarked and they were ready for us. We boarded the boat and had plenty of space to spread out.
Setting Sail for the Algarve Caves
Pretty soon, we were ready to set sail on our Algarve tour. We left the Algarve marina and moved into open water, which was surprisingly calm. The crew raised the sails and we relaxed and enjoyed the ride. They had beverages available for sale for those that were interested.
I couldn’t have asked for a nicer day, the sun was shining and it was probably about 75 degrees – not bad for the Algarve in April. The water was calm, so sailing was so relaxing. As expected, it was a bit windy, so I was glad I wore my hair up. One passenger had his hat blow off his head, so if you bring one, you need to hold onto it!
When we got close to the Algarve sea caves, the crew pulled in the small boat. Half of the passengers got in the small boat and headed to the grottos. We stayed on the big boat and relaxed, our turn would be next. They asked if we wanted to get in the water. I did have my swimsuit on, but I hadn’t brought a towel. The water is really clear so I was tempted but then decided it was probably too cold. Looking back now, I wish I would have gone in.
Our Lagos Cave Boat Tour
Then it was our turn to see the Algarve caves. We climbed from the big boat to the smaller one, a pretty easy transition since the water was so calm. We were told to sit in the back because the ride would be smoother. On this boat, we had to put on life jackets, and then we were off.
The rock formations were even more impressive close-up. Depending on how you looked at the Portugal caves you could see different images. Our captain pointed out King Kong, an alligator, and even Michael Jackson. You could also see shells in the rock and in some places the rock looked like it was coral.
We went in and out of several Lagos caves and admired the impressive cliffs. We also saw some beaches but the stairs to get to these beaches looked a little intimidating. If you want to see the Algarve cliffs, a boat ride is definitely the way to go.
Then it was time to head back to the sailboat. As we approached it, we saw there was a police boat moored alongside. I was a little worried at first, but then I was told it was just a routine inspection. We got back on the sailboat, and I saw one of the ladies was relaxing in the water. I asked her how it was and she said it was a bit cold but she was enjoying it. I really wish I had taken the opportunity to swim!
Heading Back to the Lagos Marina
She got back on the boat and then we headed back to the marina. It really was an afternoon well spent. I enjoyed our Algarve experience. The caves in the Algarve were beautiful and we had a great time exploring them. The staff was very professional with a good sense of humor. I would love to do one of the longer boat tours next time I am in the area.
If you are looking for a place to eat, check out this list of the best restaurants in Lagos.
Check out our Algarve video to see more of our afternoon exploring. Have you ever done a boat tour to see grottos? If you haven’t I would definitely recommend doing one of the Algarve boat tours from Lagos Portugal!
Expert Tips for seeing the Algarve Caves
- Bom Dia offers several different Algarve tours of varying lengths and prices. You can even do one to see the Algarve dolphins.
- It may be windy. Be careful if you decide to bring a hat on board, it may blow away! If you have long hair, I would recommend wearing it up.
- Don’t forget your sunscreen and apply it liberally. I did get a little sunburnt.
- Bring your bathing suit and a towel so that you can enjoy the lovely water.
- You will also want to explore some of the other great beaches in the Algarve.
Disclosure: We were guests of Bom Dia Lagos on their Algarve boat tour. As always, all opinions are mine.
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