kayaking in Lagos

5 Reasons why I love kayaking in Lagos

By Femke Irik, co-founder and experience-tester at SeaBookings.

The kayak tour in Lagos is a must for everyone who is capable to do so. But no worries, it’s not very demanding. You don’t need to be in top shape, only to be able to swim 😉 Ponta da Piedade is known for the most impressive caves, cliffs and amazingly clear water. While kayaking in Lagos, you’ll discover this little paradise on your kayak. Ready?

People often ask me:

What is the best way to discover Ponta da Piedade?

Well, for me there is no doubt! Go kayaking in Lagos! 

Be impressed by Ponta da Piedade

Be impressed by Ponta da Piedade

Here are 5 reasons why I love kayaking in Lagos

1. You can’t get closer to the caves than on a kayak

There are many small caves and tunnels which are only accessible by kayak or SUP.

You can make stunning pictures

You can make stunning pictures

2. Breath, live and enjoy

There is no better feeling than being healthy, sporty and having fun at the same time. The fresh sea breeze will make you feel alive.

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The kayak tour takes you very close to the caves and rock formations

3. Be together

Kayaking in Lagos is done with 2 people each kayak. I have never seen someone not smiling on this tour. It’s great for family fun or even team building.

kayak tours - lagos, portugal

It’s a true teamwork

4. Time to swim, snorkel and rest on a beach

The kayak tour in Lagos takes you over to a lovely beach, where everyone can swim or do some snorkelling. Ponta da Piedade has amazing beaches along the coastline, you will have the chance to rest a bit on a beautiful beach which is inaccessible by land.

You can even bring your dog!

You can even bring your dog!

5. Unforgettable memories

I have kayaked in Lagos several times now, and I will never forget how much fun it was. I should book a kayak tour in Lagos myself soon 😉

kayak tours - lagos

You can take a rest on a hidden beach

 

In Lagos, we have two kayak tours:

I recommend to book on time and to bring a waterproof camera or GoPro to capture the moments! Don’t forget to share #seabookings. Enjoy!

Top 5 kajak tours in Portugal

Tijdens je vakantie in Portugal wil je soms, naast luieren op het strand, ook wel eens iets actiefs doen. Een van onze kajak tours in Portugal is een van de leukste manieren om meer uit je vakantie te halen. En het is niet alleen leuk, je bent meteen sportief bezig! Hieronder hebben wij een top 5 gemaakt van de meest gave kajak tours in Portugal die je niet mag missen!

De kajak tours in Portugal die wij voor je hebben opgesomd lopen uiteen van 2 uur tot 6 uur en van 25€ tot 75€. Of je nu alleen wilt kajakken of dit wilt combineren met een boottocht, alles is mogelijk! Alle kajak tours die wij aanbieden hebben ieder iets speciaals. De eerste vier kajak tours die hieronder staan beschreven zijn voor alle leeftijden en niveaus van ervaring. De intensiteit van de kajak tours in Portugal zal worden aangepast aan het niveau van de groep. Ben je al een beetje ervaren? Dan hebben wij uiteraard ook een nieuwe uitdaging voor jou, namelijk punt 5, de kajak tour in Sagres.

Durf jij de Portugese kust op een ecologische en gezonde manier te verkennen?

Dit is onze top 5 kajak tours in Portugal

Zelfs honden willen mee

Zelfs honden willen mee

1. Kajak tocht in Lagos

  • Duur: 2:30 uur
  • Locatie: Lagos, Portugal
  • Prijs: 30€

Lagos is een van de meest populaire vakantiebestemmingen in het zuiden van Portugal, de Algarve! Een kajaktocht op deze plek is dan ook zeker de moeite waard! Ken je de mooie kliffen van Lagos al? Nee? Dan is dit een hele gave tocht voor jou! Geluidloos varend over het water zal je kunnen genieten van de prachtige kliffen, grotten en verborgen stranden. Er is genoeg tijd om af en toe te stoppen bij afgelegen strandjes. Hier kun je even lekker uitrusten of je kunt ervoor kiezen om te snorkelen, het gebied is prachtig! Wij zijn zelf echt fan van deze kajak tours in Portugal vanaf ons eigen stadje 🙂

Er gaan meestal 2 personen in een kajak

Er gaan meestal 2 personen in een kajak

2. Boottocht en een kajak tour in Ponta da Piedade

  • Duur: 2 uur
  • Locatie: Lagos, Portugal
  • Prijs: 30€

Ja je leest het goed, deze excursie is een twee in één! Eerst vaar je met een boot richting het prachtige gebied rond de grotten van Ponta da Piedade. Eenmaal in de buurt zal je overstappen op een kajak om de grotten van Ponta da Piedade van dichtbij de ontdekken. Deze tour is erg geschikt om met de hele familie of een groep vrienden doen. Het fijne is namelijk dat je niet per se hoeft te kajakken als je dat niet wilt. Dus mocht je moe zijn, of wil je je oma meenemen? Het kan allemaal! Op de boot kun je namelijk heerlijk genieten van de zon, een koel drankje en eventueel een verfrissende duik in de kristalblauwe oceaan!

Benagil cave

Ja, hier kan je naartoe kajakken!

3. Boottocht + kajak tour naar Benagil

  • Duur: 3 uur
  • Locatie: Ferragudo, Portugal
  • Prijs: 65€

Ik kan wel zeggen dat deze tour een van de populairste tours is die wij aanbieden. De tour duurt maar liefst 3 uur en is het geld meer dan waard! De combinatie van een boottocht met kajak tour maakt deze tour zeer unieke manier om te kajakken in Portugal. En dan gaat deze tour ook nog eens naar momenteel de populairste grot van Portugal, de grot van Benagil.

De tocht gaat al vroeg in de ochtend van start, maar dit is om twee redenen: ten eerste voorkom je dat je op het heetst van de dag gaan kajakken en ten tweede is het in de vroege ochtend nog heerlijk rustig, je bent dus een van de weinigen die al lekker op het water dobbert, heerlijk! Ook op deze boottocht hoef je niet per se te kajakken maar kun je heerlijk genieten van de omgeving vanaf de boot. Wil je echt met je voeten in het zand van de grot van Benagil staan? Dan moet je wel mee met de kajak!

Coastal canoeing Sesimbra

De omgeving van Sesimbra is geweldig

4. Kajak tour in Sesimbra

  • Duur: 4 uur
  • Locatie: Sesimbra, Portugal
  • Prijs: vanaf 25€

Tijdens een kajaktour in Sesimbra kom je beslist langs de mooiste stranden in de buurt van Lissabon. Sesimbra ligt niet heel ver van Lissabon vandaan (ongeveer 30 minuten met de auto). Als je even wilt ontsnappen van de drukte van de stad en behoefte hebt aan een beetje natuur, dan is deze kajak tours in Portugal beslist iets voor jou! Je zult verstelt staan van de ongerepte stranden het het kristalheldere water. De natuur is in de omgeving van Sesimbra zo adembenemend, en dat zo dicht bij Lissabon! Op deze tour kan je het hele jaar door kajakken in Portugal.

Discover the caves around Armação de Pêra

Discover the caves around Armação de Pêra

5. Kajak tour in Armação de Pêra

  • Duur: 2 uur
  • Locatie: Armação de Pêra, Portugal
  • Prijs: 25€

Kun je je voorstellen dat je foto’s maakt terwijl je langs de indrukwekkende kliffen en stranden rond Armação de Pêra peddelt? Ontdek de kustlijn van Armação de Pêra tot Praia da Albandeira op een sportieve manier over zee, op deze fantastische tocht per kajak in Armação de Pêra.

We hebben nog meer tours om te kajakken in Portugal beschikbaar. Helaas doen we geen kajak verhuur om te kajakken in Portugal want vinden de tours een veiligere optie. Mocht je verder nog vragen of tips hebben, neem dan gerust contact met ons op!

Kayak in Vilamoura

Why you should go kayaking instead of taking a boat tour

This is a guest post by Mark from Kayakguru.com

Portugal is a beautiful country, with rich and diverse natural environments. With a warm-to-hot climate that is convenient for year-round outdoor activities, the Portugal coastline is perfect for exploring by water. If you prefer convenience, you might consider a boat tour. These are often narrated, and can offer restrooms, snack bars and other amenities that a casual tourist will find useful.

But if you are a more adventurous type of person, and prefer to do things for yourself, you may find that a kayaking trip is more your style. There are several advantages that paddling a kayak has to offer.

Join us on a kayak tour in Portugal

Join us on a kayak tour in Portugal

Kayaking Is Relaxing

One of the biggest advantages that kayaking has over a boat tour is peace and quiet. Most of us spend our time in urban environments, surrounded by the sounds of engines, noisy crowds and notifications from electronic devices.
There are many benefits to escaping the stress of the modern world and spending time in nature, including:

  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Pumping up the heart rate
  • A general sense of well-being

With the noise of the engine and the other people on a boat tour, you might find that you aren’t getting the escape that you were looking for.  Kayaking, by contrast, eliminates all of these factors. Leaving behind the engine and the crowds, you are left with your ‘yak, the sounds of your paddle in the water, and maybe a close friend or two (human or otherwise!). Paddling with a tandem kayak can be really fun if you’re not alone.

Kayaking can be done all around the Portuguese coast

Kayaking can be done all around the Portuguese coast

It Brings You Closer To Nature

In addition to relaxation, the relative silence and increased maneuverability of a kayak, also allows you to see more of the nature that you are looking for. On a boat tour, you are limited to a pre-planned route. You may see wildlife from a distance, but a larger boat can only get so close before the size and the noise of the engine potentially chases them away.

Kayaking is a completely different story. The compact size leaves you free to explore coves and small creeks, circle islands, and even land on shore and walk around when you see something interesting. When you do encounter wildlife, you are less likely to disturb their activities, because you can stop paddling and drift. This lets you get much closer, and really see nature in action. If you are planning to fish from your kayak, you will find that the decreased noise and disruption will improve your catches.

Kayaking in a group is a lo of fun

Kayaking in a group is a lot of fun

Kayaking Provides Beneficial Exercise

If the benefits of being truly within nature aren’t enough for you, there are also the advantages of the physical activity of kayaking. Some of us need to find time for more exercise anyway, and this is a perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone (not literally!).

Kayaking is a full body sport that offers many health benefits, including:

  • An excellent upper body workout
  • Weight loss
  • Increased core strength
  • Toning of the legs
  • Improved cardiovascular health

But don’t let this scare you; kayaking is not the same as trying to squeeze a workout into an hour at the gym. You can set your own pace, so you won’t have to be pushing yourself the entire time! Even at a casual speed, the exercise offered by kayak is a whole lot better than nothing.

It Is Better For The Environment

As well as the benefits to you, kayaking is also better for the environment you are exploring. Kayaks, in addition to not using a motor, are easy to clean, and don’t require water resistant surface paints that can leach chemicals into the water. With all of these factors to consider, kayaking is often a better option, for your health, and for your overall experience.

If you are thinking about exploring Portugal in a kayak, you can choose from many planned tours, or you can simply grab your paddle and explore on your own. See you out on the water!

We went kayaking in Benagil

Kayaking in Benagil is a must!

Grab your friends together and go kayaking in Benagil

Grab your friends together and go kayaking in Benagil

We love to try out the experiences that are available on our platform. Femke and a group of friends went to try out the kayaking in Benagil. This kayak tour in Benagil takes you to one of the biggest marine caves of Portugal and even Europe.

Kayaking in Benagil is a lot of fun. You’ll depart from Ferragudo on a boat. Ferragudo is a cute fisherman town, next to Portimão, in the South of Portugal, Algarve. Parking facilities next to the departure point are great and free.

The kayaks for the kayak tour are tandem

The kayaks for the kayak tour are tandem

The kayak tour in Benagil

The kayak tour in Benagil takes about 3 hours. On the boat, you’ll get a brief instruction by one of the guides and then you’re ready to get into your kayak. The guides that will take you kayaking in Benagil are very kind and speak English and Portuguese. The trip starts at a boat trip and only closer to the Benagil caves, we’ll step over to the kayaks.

The kayaks that are used for this kayak tour in Benagil are tandem kayaks. They take two people at a time. Life vests are mandatory to go kayaking in Benagil and provided by the tour operator.

Bring sunglasses and a swimsuit for kayaking in Benagil

Bring sunglasses and a swimsuit for kayaking in Benagil

The fact that the kayaks for the kayak tour in Benagil are tandem makes it suitable for families. Children can go with their parents. For example, mom can go with one of the kids and dad with the other. As long as the kids can swim, they are welcome! Don’t’ you want the kayak but your whole family or group of friends does? No worries, come along on the support boat and enjoy the sun, view and take some pictures.

The kayak tour in Benagil will be continuously accompanied by the boat. If you feel tired or something goes wrong, the boat is there to support immediately. Of course, this is usually not necessary, it’s just a matter of precaution. To go kayaking in Benagil, you do not need to be super fit. Obviously, it’s a physical exercise, but not very intense and it does not require any previous experience.

About the tour itself, kayaking in Benagil is amazing! You’ll have the change to stop on four different beaches for a little rest and to explore the beauty of the rock formations. In total, you’ll be able to get into about ten different caves. Kayaking in Benagil, as said, starts at Praia de Benagil and you’ll be kayaking up to Praia da Marinha. The huge cave of Benagil is the highlight of this kayak tour in Benagil. This is one of the largest marine caves of Europe and the waters around it are several shades of blue. Just beautiful!

The sights along the kayak tour in Benagil are stunning. We went into a lot of different grottos. As it was a very warm day, we even went for a swim. As the kayaks are rather unstable and can get totally wet, it’s not recommended to take your phone or camera. You can store your luggage and phone at the tour operator. If you have got a water-resistant GoPro, please bring it! You’ll make impressive pictures and videos for sure!

Blue waters under you in the kayak tour in Benagil

Blue waters under you in the kayak tour in Benagil

Now it’s your turn!

All you need to bring to go kayaking in Benagil is a swimming suit, towel, hat and a lot of sunscreens! As this activity is very depended on the tides and waves, we recommend you to book a few days ahead and stay in contact to be informed about the conditions of the ocean. Of course, cancellations are not part of the plan but due to the nature of this activity, they may happen! Controlling the weather and ocean conditions is still something that is out of our reach.

The cave of Benagil is impressive!

The cave of Benagil is impressive!

Let us know if you’ve got any questions or suggestions about kayaking in Benagil and also, feel free to book now, of course! You can read more about Benagil here.