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Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira

Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira
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Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
24
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Avoid the hassle of renting and navigating a boat in unfamiliar territory on a stress-free dolphin watching cruise from Albufeira. A small, motorized boat grants you access to the hard-to-reach caves and grottoes that line Albufeira's coast, while a guide transports you to places with increased dolphin activity. A great option for families, this experience combines education with entertainment.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Explore in a small boat that grants access to caves and grottoes 
  • Go to Carvoeiro Beach and cruise the Atlantic Ocean without getting lost 
  • Easy-to-find meeting spot at Albufeira Marina for convenience
What to expect
Meet at Albufeira Marina a little before your departure time. Check in, hop aboard a small boat, and get ready to cruise the Atlantic Ocean. Once you get out on the water, relax as your guide takes you to areas to see views of the nearby sandstone cliffs. Head toward Carvoeiro Beach, and get the chance to explore the caves. Afterward, your guide knows some of the best places to spot dolphins. A sighting is not 100-percent guaranteed, but you can possibly see two types of dolphins, common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. If you do spot them, chances are they’ll be swimming close to your boat in their natural habitat. Your guided tour ends when your boat reaches the Albufeira Marina and docks.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Explore in a small boat that grants access to caves and grottoes 
  • Go to Carvoeiro Beach and cruise the Atlantic Ocean without getting lost 
  • Easy-to-find meeting spot at Albufeira Marina for convenience
What to expect
Meet at Albufeira Marina a little before your departure time. Check in, hop aboard a small boat, and get ready to cruise the Atlantic Ocean. Once you get out on the water, relax as your guide takes you to areas to see views of the nearby sandstone cliffs. Head toward Carvoeiro Beach, and get the chance to explore the caves. Afterward, your guide knows some of the best places to spot dolphins. A sighting is not 100-percent guaranteed, but you can possibly see two types of dolphins, common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. If you do spot them, chances are they’ll be swimming close to your boat in their natural habitat. Your guided tour ends when your boat reaches the Albufeira Marina and docks.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 2236DOLPHIN
Important information
Inclusions
  • Life jackets
  • Safety Briefing
  • 10% Discount to use @ Gate 4 Café
  • Smiles & Good Times :)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and Drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Sunscreen, Swimming Gear and Towels
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • R. Marina de Albufeira 5B, 8200 Albufeira, Portugal The meeting point will be @ Gate 4 Café in Marina de Albufeira. You have to be there 30min prior to the schedualed departure.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dolphin sightings cannot be guaranteed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers
Inclusions
  • Life jackets
  • Safety Briefing
  • 10% Discount to use @ Gate 4 Café
  • Smiles & Good Times :)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and Drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Sunscreen, Swimming Gear and Towels
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Departure details
  • R. Marina de Albufeira 5B, 8200 Albufeira, Portugal The meeting point will be @ Gate 4 Café in Marina de Albufeira. You have to be there 30min prior to the schedualed departure.
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dolphin sightings cannot be guaranteed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
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JUK
11 contributions
I booked a seat on Dream Wave's Insonia - Caves & Dolphin Watching experience during my stay in Albufeira and enjoyed a fantastic two hour voyage taking in some unbelievable views of the caves, mostly which can only be accessed by boat. While Insonia was a smaller boat, it still offered a good ride and the boat's crew provided a good running commentary as we went along. We missed spotting any dolphins on the day, so the final 30 minutes descended into a rapid blast across the bay, which left me soaked. Fortunately I'd packed my valuables in a waterproof bag and would encourage other passengers to do the same before stepping aboard.
Written 23 April 2022
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DreamWaver
Hello Joel R, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the experience. Hope to see you again soon! :-)
Written 25 April 2022
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Eliana
Lucerne, Switzerland29 contributions
Couples
Loved every minute of our trip. From the very beginning, we could see that safety was taken very seriously: life jackets were provided to all tourists, face masks were mandatory and everyone had to disinfect their hands before jumping on board. As soon as we departed from the Marina, the captain started driving full speed to a very specific area in the middle of the sea, where we could see a large group of dolphins. I assume he was coordinating with other boats and that he knew the area very well, because finding dolphins seemed so effortless! Seeing dolphins swim in the wild was such an amazing experience that I will remember for a very long time, definitely worth the cost of the tour and more! Afterwards, we cruised the coast to see many cliffs, caves, beaches and rock formations. This was also very interesting and beautiful: I agree with the reviewers that wrote that the caves alone were worth the trip in case the doplhins couldn't be spotted! Our guide Sam - speaking perfect English - shared many useful tips on how to reach the most secluded beaches we saw during the tour. At the end of the two hours, we reached back the Marina safely. When stepping out of the boat, my boyfriend dropped his phone in the ocean and the guide was again incredibly helpful: he took us straight away to a giving centre where a diver could almost instantly dive there and retrieve the phone. All in all, it was a great experience with great service: will definitely recommend!
Written 2 September 2020
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Hello Eliana95, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the tour. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
Written 3 September 2020
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Márlon L
Swindon, UK2 contributions
I have a very mixed review of our experience on the Insomnia tour (the smaller semi-rigid boat). Check in and boarding was very organised, COVID-safe, and the tour guides and captain were very nice. We were very unlucky with the sea conditions that day, as it was very windy, which meant larger waves and a bumpy ride. We were warned of the wind and offered jackets onboard, and that we would get a bit wet. At the start of the ride, things were going well, but once we hit the larger waves, we were soaking wet as the waves hit the side of the boat multiple times! There was a layer of water in the boat which meant our bag was also drenched. While some bumps and a bit of splash can be fun, that was not the case.
Unfortunately my wife was feeling very poorly with all the motion and we had to abort the tour before we hit the caves. The crew was very attentive and managed to contact the Dreamer boat that was returning to the marina to rescue us. The larger boat was very smooth and we really appreciate the effort to help us.
While I do understand that sea conditions are not 100% predictable, the crew had just returned from a previous tour and knew how things were. I don’t believe it was safe to run the smaller boat tour in those conditions and wish we were given a more explicit warning before boarding and offered to either reschedule our tour or change it to the Dreamer boat.
Written 28 August 2021
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Hello Marlon89br, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the experience. We have made note of your sugesstions. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
Written 29 August 2021
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ELO
Vegarshei Municipality, Norway1,134 contributions
Family
We bought this trip from our travel agency at the Hotel. It cost 50 euro Per person. We were picked up outside the Hotel and transported to the marina. Then the boat took us for A 2 hours trip by the cost along the cliffs and afterwards out in the sea to look for dolphins. We got an nice presentation of the cliffs. We did not See any dolphins, but we had A great time at the sea.
Written 7 August 2022
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Hello Erlend1973, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the experience. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
Written 7 August 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lydia Rimmer
Liverpool, UK46 contributions
Couples
Slightly disappointed by the tour... was a bit more expensive than others, but I decided to pay as I’d seen they had a fair amount of good reviews (and many more dolphin sightings). The guides were friendly and the tour of the coast line was very nice, but I felt like it was quite a rush to see things - especially Benagil Caves, which we were in for approximately 1 minute before we backed out and were on our way. I thought the boat would at least go to the shore so you could take a picture but we hovered in the entrance and then left, which was disappointing.

Then for the dolphin tour, we zigzagged for an hour away from the shore and saw nothing - I know this is never a guarantee but it did feel disappointing, given that it was a clear day, calm sea and in the peak of the recommended season. I did think it would’ve been better to look for the dolphins first (we went early in the morning as I know this is when dolphins are most active) but instead we did the caves for an hour, then the dolphins.

Once we were back at shore we were simply waved off - I think there should be some incentive if you don’t see a dolphin (ie half off another trip) as this is something I’ve experienced from other boat trips. It just felt like a waste of €70 odd euros for two people and in future I would probably book elsewhere. Nonetheless we still enjoyed ourselves, I just feel a bit gutted at the price we paid for a pretty average experience.
Written 30 July 2020
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Hello Lydia J, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the tour. Sorry that the Dolphins did not appear. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
Written 30 July 2020
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Oskar R
Birmingham, UK3 contributions
First of all, I was lucky enough to have full package as we were able to see dozens of dolphins which swam around us, and that was a very cool experience. We also went to explore various caves including the infamous Benagil cave. It was very windy during our trip which is understandable in January, nevertheless the boat operator cautiously approached and went inside various caves which was a great experience. The guide was knowledgeable and seemed passionate about his job. 2 hours though felt a bit long, I wished that we had more time with the dolphins and focus more on the main caves, rather that explore most of them which all look very similar in my opinion.

In conclusion, I would recommend this to everyone especially for the price, as it was very cool experience, I was a solo traveler and therefore I believe that if you're going with friends or family those 2 hours will be gone in no time.
Written 9 January 2020
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Hello Oskarrodz, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the tour. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
Written 10 January 2020
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BelfastVolta
Belfast20 contributions
I can only liken this trip to the opening scene of the Normandy landings in 'Saving Private Ryan' - extremely choppy and dangerous. Literally like a rollercoaster, with everyone on board shouting and yelling as we dipped and dived over every wave.

We did not see any dolphins, but we understand that that is nature, and have no issue with that. Nevertheless, the weather conditions were so bad that it would have been obvious to the staff that no dolphins would be seen. What was more frustrating was that we could not enter any of the caves at all. The openings are narrow and choppy in bad weather, and so the boat cannot enter them safely. The company would have known this, but proceeded to take the boat out anyway meaning the whole point of the trip is lost. There isn't much point when you can't go into the caves.

The company had cancelled our original booking that morning, due to adverse weather. The fact is, our afternoon excursion should have been cancelled too. You can't advertise a boat trip to caves when you know you can't actually access them.

The staff had said at the outset that there there was no guarantee on seeing the dolphins, but never mentioned that entrance to the caves could be problematic. They have enough experience to know this, and should have offered a refund or alternative day.

People on board were vomiting from the conditions. Give this one a miss.
Written 21 June 2022
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Hello BelfastVolta, Firstly, I wanted to Thank-you for bringing this issue to my attention. We strive at Dream Wave for all our guests to have an experience that exceeds their expectations, however, unfortunately, there may be times when we are slightly off target. This is why we appreciate all forms of feedback, good or bad, so we can sort any issues in the future. We totally disagree with your accusation. All our tours are safe and comply with all Portuguese safety standards. Safety is always priority. Unfortunately we cannot control sea conditions although we only do tours when local authorities approve. The seating of our boats are especially prepared to absorb choppier seas. Our sea normally is fine for all our activities although at times the sea can be rougher than desired for certain Guests, to prevent this we do inform that we do not recommend our tours for people with back issues or pregnant, information that we reenforce to all Guest during the check in. Once again we apologise for not exceeding your expectations. Kind Regards,
Written 26 June 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Meaumie
Birmingham, UK3 contributions
I booked this for me and my boyfriend. We went to meet them at the cafe as instructed. I think it’s their cafe (as their name is written above the place). We waited a while for our boat to arrive and when it did we got on straight away. 2 people came with our group, one is a captain and another one is a guide, he will tell us what everything is like where we are and the history of it and he kept making sure all of us were ok a few times throughout the boat ride. The boat isn’t big it’s more like a little 8-10 people boat, but that’s not a problem at all. Our ride was a bit bumpy, but it was understandable because we were bouncing on waves while going fast at the same time, but just to let people know in the future it’s not suitable for people with back pain or pregnant people (as they also check with us before we boarded as well). The first thing we did was dolphin hunting, they say that we might or might not see them as they are wild animals. It took us a while to get to where you’d normally find them a lot far from shore. We found nearly 10 dolphins swimming around so we follow them just for a bit them leave them to their own thing. Then afterwards we get to see the Benagil cave but it was packed with all people swimming, kayaking, and other boats that were also around so we have to slowly take turns for views and photos. We didn’t get off the boat as that wasn’t part of the tour, if you want to go to walk around there, I think you’d either have to get there yourself by swimming or kayaking. Overall, it was just worth it. The staff are amazing at their job and the view and the tour were just perfect.
Written 24 July 2022
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Hello Meaumieee, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the experience. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
Written 25 July 2022
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Joanna M
Balbriggan, Ireland7 contributions
Nothing good to write about this trip, disaster from start to finish. Leaving the marina the water and speed of the boat was fine but once you exit the marina the boat goes alot faster obviously as it is a speed boat, lifting into the air and smashing down very roughly into waves due to speed of the boat. It was extremely rough and took any enjoyment out of the trip. The waves weren’t too bad we felt the driver could have taken it a bit easier as if you didn’t have back pain before this you will after!! This went on the whole duration from cave to cave. There are no seat belts and it felt very unsafe, we were lifted out of our seats on multiple occasions and couldn’t even open our eyes due to the speed and gripping on to the sides of the chairs very tightly all of this resulted in myself having a panic attack and just wanting the trip to end, this was only 5/10 minutes in to the 2 hours. We seen the caves which felt very rushed and then went further from the coast to search for dolphins which we couldn’t find, this also wasn’t communicated to us and the boat just headed straight back to the marina and we were waved off. I took a similar trip from armacao de pera in 2016 and it was nothing like this! I wouldn’t recommend this trip if you are taking the smaller speed boat Insonia it’s not one bit safe!!!
Written 20 June 2022
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Hello joannam666, Firstly, I wanted to Thank-you for bringing this issue to my attention. We strive at Dream Wave for all our guests to have an experience that exceeds their expectations, however, unfortunately, there may be times when we are slightly off target. This is why we appreciate all forms of feedback, good or bad, so we can sort any issues in the future. We totally disagree with your accusation. All our tours are safe and comply with all Portuguese safety standards. Unfortunately we cannot control sea conditions although we only do tours when local authorities approve. The seating of our boats are especially prepared to absorb choppier seas. Our sea normally is fine for all our activities although at times the sea can be rougher than desired for certain Guests, to prevent this we do inform that we do not recommend our tours for people with back issues or pregnant, information that we reenforce to all Guest during the check in. Seat belts are not permitted on boats, this is something that can be dangerous instead of a safety feature. At the beginning of the tour all Guests are given life jackets that are automatically inflated when in touch with water. In case of an emergency a seat belt would invalidate the purpose of the life jacket that is to maintain someone above water. Once again we apologise for not exceeding your expectations. Kind Regards,
Written 26 June 2022
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Magnus105
Chicago, IL378 contributions
Really enjoyed this! Saw dolphins and lovely caves. A really good tour guide. We even got a nice photo of us that they took for a few euros. Main con is we had a family of 3 and couldn’t sit together. I recommend if you have a group of 3 to stand in line first to be able to get a seat together
Written 21 January 2020
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Hello Magnus105, Thank-you for your review and your kind words. Makes us happy that you enjoyed the tour. Hope to see you again soon! :-) Kind Regards,
Written 24 January 2020
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