Benagil Express - Boat trip to Benagil cave, Marinha beach and the caves by Carvoeiro
Directions to Benagil Express
The Benagil Express is a 2h15 minute boat trip from Portimão to the Benagil cave. Rather than a quick 1 hour trip directly to Benagil and back, the trip allows you to discover a dozen magnificent caves along the coastline from Portimão to beyond Carvoeiro. There is time to enter the caves by boat and explore the sinuous lines of the coastline, get some great photos, relax in the sun and even cool off in the water. You get to see the amazing sea arches at Praia da Marinha and the unbelieveably translucent waters that bathe the shores here. Suitable for the mobility impaired, the Benagil Express trips are one of the best ways to not only see the Benagil cave, but to also explore the coastline.
The Benagil Express trip lasts 2h15m and departs from Portimão, heading eastwards. You pass the castle of S. João do Arade at Ferragudo and head out to sea, following the coastline of cliffs and coves, passing the amazing rock formations at Boneca and Algar Seco, past the beaches of Carvoeiro, Centeanes and Carvalho, before coming to Benagil where you can see one of the most famous sea caves. All along the route, the Benagil Express takes you into 10 or 12 different caves (depending on the sea and weather conditions), all stunning in their natural beauty. Past Benagil, time to see the gorgeous sea arches at Praia da Marinha, considered one of the most picturesque beaches in Europe and to enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea, if you wish.
The Benagil Express boats
The boats are comfortable and fast 18 seaters with easy access and are suitable for wheelchair access and those wtih impaired mobility. Even when you dive in for a refreshing swim, getting back on the boat is easy thanks to the special platform. Water is served on board and snacks can be arranged too on request.
Where and how to book
The Benagil Express runs every day, all year long. The boats depart from Portimão, at the Clube Naval, next to the Portimão Museum (We recommend a two in one - take the Benagil Express and visit the museum too - well worth it). At the meeting point there is a shaded and air conditioned reception, WC and luggage storage area. Advance booking is recommended - you can book online via the Benagil Express website, using the link above.
Adults : €35 per person
Children (3 - 12 yrs) : €20 per child
Children 0 - 2 yrs go free
For more options on trips to the caves, check out Benagil Express' sister company Carvoeiro Caves which runs boat trips from Carvoeiro beach to the Benagil cave.