The Southern Coast of Portugal has some of the most beautiful beaches that I have ever seen. The water was so clear and the different shades of blue in the water made me feel like I was in the Caribbean. Plus, I loved the cliffs and different rock formations along the coast. The best way to appreciate the Algarve caves is by boat because you can reach areas that are not accessible from the beaches.
Bom Dia offers several different boat tours 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.
The tour leaves from the marina in Lagos. 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 motor boat behind it. The passengers quickly disembarked and they were ready for us. We boarded the boat and had plenty of space to spread out.
Pretty soon, we were ready to set sail. We left the 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. 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 on to it!
When we got close to the Algarve caves, the crew pulled in the small boat and half of the passengers got in it and headed to the grottos. We stayed on the 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.
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 them 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 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 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!
She got back on the boat and then we headed back to the marina. It really was an afternoon well spent. I really enjoyed seeing the Algarve caves and we had a great time doing it. The staff was very professional with a good sense of humor. I would love to do one of the longer tours next time I am in the area.
Check out our video to get a better idea of what our afternoon exploring the Algarve Caves was like. Have you ever done a boat tour to see grottos? I would love to hear about your experience.
Expert Tips for seeing the Algarve Caves:
- 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.
Disclosure: We were guests of Bom Dia. As always, all opinions are mine.
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