SUP Benagil

SUP vs Kayak to Benagil

How to choose: SUP or kayak to Benagil

The Benagil cave is one of the most famous sea caves in the Algarve. You can visit it by boat, SUP or kayak. If you’re with an active group of people looking to visit the Benagil cave, a kayak or SUP tour should be on top of your list. Both tours allow you to get off in the Benagil cave, while on a boat tour, you stay in the boat.

But what is the best choice for you to visit Benagil cave? Let us show you by comparing SUP vs Kayak to Benagil

SUP or kayak to Benagil

The epic Benagil cave is just one of the many caves of the region

SUP to Benagil

Joining a SUP Tour to visit Benagil is a super fun way to visit the famous caves. Have you ever tried SUP before? It’s short for Stand-Up Paddleboarding, and it’s very easy to learn. You stand or knee on one of the big SUP Boards and use a paddle to move in the water.

Even if you have never done SUP before, it’s no problem. The SUP guides will always give you a little introduction at the beach about what you need to know. After that, it’s just up to you to grab your board and start paddling.

A Tour to do SUP to Benagil is perfect because you can really access the cave. By going by SUP to Benagil, you can explore also the region just around the Benagil cave with its beautiful beaches. SUP to Benagil also allows us to get really close the Algarve coast.

During a SUP Tour to Benagil, we can even paddle through some arches and grottos! It’s a real adventure. And the best thing is that you also stay very fit while doing SUP – it’s a great exercise for core, legs and arms. Whenever it gets too hot, just jump in the water and after you can easily climb on the board again!

SUP to Benagil is a great choice for people looking for a new challenge or even all SUP-lovers out there. The SUP Tours to Benagil are only done as long as the sea conditions are nice and calm, so you don’t have to worry about the waves. With the Stand-Up paddling, you can also go to the little beach inside the Benagil cave. 

You can join the Stand-Up Paddle tour to Benagil in the morning or in the afternoon. We even have a sunrise SUP Tour to Benagil, which is the perfect way to visit the caves. Early in the morning, you can admire the cave without the masses of tourists and boats.

Kayak to Benagil

Choosing a Kayak tour to Benagil is also a great way to visit the cave. Going by Kayak to Benagil is a lot of fun for the whole family. On our kayak tours to Benagil, there is always a support boat next to it. This makes it a great choice for groups where some might not want to kayak and prefer staying on the boat.

Kayaking is very easy and you don’t need any previous experience for it. You sit comfortably in the sea kayak together with one more person usually and paddle together to explore the Algarve coastline. Admire the beautiful caves around Benagil beach.

Each kayak takes 2 people

Each kayak takes 2 people

On our boat and kayak tour to Benagil, the biggest part of the tour is done by boat. Once you get closer to Benagil, you can switch over to the kayak and get really close to the caves and grottos.

Let the guide show you secret passages in the rock formations and take you to hidden caves and grottos. With the kayak, you can also access the beach inside the Benagil cave! That’s why it’s a great choice to visit the famous Benagil cave by kayak! And of course, you also stay fit and get a nice tan during the kayak to Benagil. 

Benagil boat tour in Algarve

The Benagil Cathedral is just one of the many impressive caves of the area

SUP vs Kayak to Benagil

Alright, as you can see, both a SUP or Kayak Tours to Benagil have a lot of great arguments for it. But what should you choose? A tour to do SUP or Kayak to Benagil

It really depends on the type of person you are and the group of people you are looking to do the tour with! If you are looking to visit Benagil cave with a group or family, that is generally quite active and love sporty adventures, we can highly recommend choosing the SUP to Benagil cave.

However, if somebody on your group doesn’t want to do something too tiring or even if you are travelling with little kids, then kayak to Benagil is the perfect choice for you. There you always have the option to get back to the boat or just stay on board while the ones who want go out exploring the coastline!

But in the end, both SUP and Kayak to Benagil promise to be a lot of fun and a great experience during your holidays in the Algarve! If you need more help making up your mind, just send us an e-mail to [email protected]!

kajak tours in Portugal

Top 5 kayak tours in Portugal

During your holidays in Portugal, besides lying on the beach, you sometimes want to do something active! Our kayak tours in Portugal are some of the nicest ways to get more out of your vacation. And it is not only fun, but you are also immediately involved in sports! We have made a top 5 of the most beautiful kayak tours in Portugal that you definitely cannot miss!

The kayak tours in Portugal that we have listed for you vary from 2 hours to 6 hours and from 25€ to 65€. Whether you want to go only kayaking or combine it with a boat trip, everything is possible! All kayak tours that we offer each have something special. The first four kayak tours described below are for all ages and levels of experience. The intensity of the kayak tours in Portugal will be adjusted to the level of the group. Do you already have some experience? Then we have a new challenge for you, namely point 5, the kayak tour in Sagres.

Do you dare to explore the Portuguese coast in an ecological and healthy way?

This is our top 5 of kayak tours in Portugal

Zelfs honden willen mee

Even the dogs want to join us

1. Kayak tour in Lagos

  • Duration: 2:30 hours
  • Location: Praia da Batata, Lagos, Portugal
  • Price: 30€

Lagos is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the South of Portugal, the Algarve! A kayak trip in this area is definitely worth it! Do you already know the beautiful cliffs of Lagos? No? Then this is a very cool trip for you! Smoothly sailing over the sea, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful cliffs, caves and hidden beaches. There is plenty of time to occasionally stop at remote beaches. Here you can have a nice rest, or you can choose to snorkel, the area is beautiful! We are a real fan of these kayak tours in Portugal from our own town.

Er gaan meestal 2 personen in een kajak

Each kayak usually takes 2 people

2. Boat + kayak tour to Ponta da Piedade

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Lagos, Portugal
  • Price: 30€

Yes, you read it right, this excursion is a two in one! First, you will cruise with a boat towards the beautiful area around the caves of Ponta da Piedade. Once we arrive in this area, you will switch to a kayak to discover the caves of Ponta da Piedade up and close. This tour is very suitable to do with the whole family or a group of friends

Benagil cave

Yes, you can kayak here!

3. Boat + kayak tour to Benagil

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Location: Ferragudo, Portugal
  • Price: 65€

We can say that this tour is one of the most popular tours we offer. The tour lasts about 3 hours and is worth the money! The combination of a boat trip + kayak tour makes this tour very unique in Portugal. This tour also goes to the most popular cave in Portugal, the Benagil cave.

The tour starts early in the morning for two reasons: first, you avoid kayaking in the heat of the day and secondly it is still very quiet in the early morning, so you are one of the few who is already enjoying the sea and caves, amazing! Also, on this boat trip, you do not necessarily have to kayak. You can also enjoy the surroundings from the boat. Do you really want to stand with your feet in the sand of the Benagil cave? Then you have to join the kayak!

Coastal canoeing Sesimbra

The scenery around Sesimbra is incredible

4. Kayak tour in Sesimbra

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Location: Sesimbra, Portugal
  • Price: from 25€

During a kayak tour in Sesimbra, you will definitely pass the most beautiful beaches in the area around Lisbon. Sesimbra is a place is not far from Lisbon (about 30 minutes by car). If you want to get away from the busy city and are in need of a bit of nature, then these kayak tours in Portugal are definitely something for you! You will be amazed by the untouched beaches and the crystal-clear water. The nature is so breathtaking around the area of Sesimbra, and so close to Lisbon! On this tour, you can kayak in Portugal all year round.

Discover the caves around Armação de Pêra

Discover the caves around Armação de Pêra

5. Kayak tour in Armação de Pêra

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Armação de Pêra, Portugal
  • Price: 35€

Can you imagine yourself taking pictures whilst paddling along the impressive cliffs and beaches around Armação de Pêra? Discover the coastline from Armação de Pêra to Praia da Albandeira by the sea in a sporty way, on this fantastic tour by kayak.

We have more tours for kayaking available in Portugal. Unfortunately, we do not rent kayaks for kayaking in Portugal because tours are a safer option. If you have further questions or tips, please contact us!

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!