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“Phenomenal views... well worth the $ in our opinion”
Review of Carvoeiro Caves

Carvoeiro Caves
Ranked #1 of 7 Tours in Carvoeiro
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Boat trips by sea in easy boarding modern small boats, visiting breathtaking unique Benagil coastline caves, from Carvoeiro, through Benagil up to Praia da Marinha, considered most beautiful beaches in Europe. Only smaller boats can explore the caves at will - the larger boats are too big to enter the caves. Carvoeiro Caves has a fleet of 6 small, modern boats that zip along the coast and can easily be manoeuvered in the caves. All the boats have an easy boarding system making them accessible to the mobility impaired - no wading through waist-high water before clambering aboard. And all boats are equipped with all safety gear as required by law
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

We reserved online with them a few days before our trip. Took over a day (24 hours) to receive confirmation. We were just happy to receive it! Arrived in town the day before and went by the kiosk to check how early would she arrive and to see if there were any other instructions. We chose to do a 10 am Marinha trip reasoning that the sun would not be too overwhelming so early. When they first called the marinha trip, a family of 5 skipped the line (so, beware line jumpers!). When we got to the water and they were about to load the boat, they asked for younger children first... so it ended up that the children of the "skip" family were seated on the first row of benches with the the second row occupied by their parents and another couple. Our group of 4 was seated in the last row of benches. Despite having camera angles often over the other's heads, we felt that there was no poor seating for taking pics. After being equipped with lifevests, our trip began. The captain (Antonio?) Occasionally provided some description when we visited particular caves/beaches, but nearly always gave us the name of the site we were visiting. His English was very good and he answered questions as needed. The 6 foot 4 person in our group felt like he might have given a forewarning when we entered a cave with apparent minimal clearance at the entry, but that seemed to just be a visual effect as when we exited the clearance was obviously more than sufficient. The captain took pics of each group in one of the more breathtaking caves. Highlights were Benagil cave (of course!), the apparently low clearance cave, praia do carvalho and praia da marinha, to name a few. The captain demonstrated amazing skill navigating the boat in small spaces and allowed sufficient time at each location for at least a few pics (have your camera/phone ready at all times however bc they just keep coming... suggest you have a full charge on whichever you use). Finally, the trip allowed us to scope out several beaches for later enjoyment, and the standouts for us were carvalho (appeared to have easier access than marinha), marinha (too many stairs?), and vale de covo (looked gorgeous with the hotel atop the cliff behind it). Lamentably, this was a very short trip and we made it to carvalho only (see separate review). This tour will remain in our memories for a very long time.

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"life jackets"
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"boat trip"
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"great trip"
in 8 reviews
"small boat"
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"carvoeiro beach"
in 12 reviews
"minute trip"
in 4 reviews
"cave tour"
in 6 reviews
"hour tour"
in 5 reviews
"would highly recommend this tour"
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"great guide"
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"fast ride"
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"captain miguel"
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"bear this in mind"
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"excellent boat"
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"reserved online"
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"ticket booth"
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"amazing tour"
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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Thank you Miquel, you are an excellent skipper. We saw all the caves inside and out. What a wonderful experience, one I will remember for a long time. We had fun.

Thank Linda E
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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

We have booked Marinha tour (1,5 h) directly in Carvoeiro and first been surprised by the price of the tour. We had done quite a lot of tours in Europe but also in Asia and Caraibean in the past and this one was probably the most expensive. The lady convinced us and we booked it!
Our captain Miguel has been really nice and friendly and explained the different caves we went to. He was funny but also professional and very obliging, helping us to take the best pictures. After 1,5 hour tour we arrived back to Carvoeiro and have been more than satisfied to have done it. Thanks to Miguel.

Thank homelolo
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

miguel was our tour guide and so amazing and so sweet. Took crazy pictures of us in the caves! really informative guide and super cute!

Thank tmpioro
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Reviewed 17 June 2018

This was a wonderful tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide! The caves are stunning, and it was great to see the coastline from this perspective. It was amazing to drive right into several caves and see the secret beaches inside. Sometimes we were so far in, it was pitch black! The boat was very comfortabIe and smooth. I would highly recommend this tour.

Thank Kim B
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