Yes, we went 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 the beach of Benagil. This beach is located in the South of Portugal, the Algarve, near Lagoa. It’s not a very accessible beach. There are no public transports that reach the beach, so you should go by car or taxi (or Uber, of course). Parking near the beach of Benagil can also be a hassle, so we recommend you to go early in the morning, before the crowd. If you end up going a bit later, probably you’ll have to park a bit further along the road and have to walk a bit to the beach.
The kayak tour in Benagil
The kayak tour in Benagil takes about 2 hours. On the beach of Benagil, 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 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.
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!
The kayak tour in Benagil will be continuously accompanied by a motor boat. If you feel tired or something goes wrong, the motorboat 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 on the beach. If you have got a water resistant GoPro, please bring it! You’ll make impressive pictures and videos for sure!
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 sunscreen! 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.