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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