The Algarve coast between Armaçao de Pera and Lagos is very cut out and offer to bathers and walkers a multitude of small and protected coves and beaches.
One of the most famous ones is Algar de Benagil. This impressive rock cavity is located close to the beach of Benagil.
From the inside of the cave, you can admire the blue sky through an opening in its ceiling. This opening, called Eye of Benagil, makes photographers happy.
This cave is accessible only by swimming (on the condition of being a good swimmer, and that weather conditions are favorable) or by boat.
You will find a lot of companies offering to visit the cave of Benagil and other marine caves of the coastline.
Ask for the duration of the excursion which is very variable (from a few minutes to more than one hour), and with the options proposed. Indeed, some excursions allow to land on the cove or inside the caves, and to swim inside translucent waters.
Concerning the boats, there are both for every taste :
Fishermen boats : You can find them on some beaches of Benagil or Carvoeiro.
Small modern boats : From almost all the beaches around (Benagil, Praia da Marinha, Praia de Armaçao de Pera)
Click here to see the type of boats and excursion which you can find
On board a pirate boat: The Santa Bernarda takes the sea from Portimao for a navigation of 4 hours along the Algarve coasts. Small boats will allow you to visit the caves and to land on a cove for lunch. For more information, click here: http://www.santa-bernarda.com/
On a majestic two-master boat : One day cruising, with beautiful and great lunch on an amazing cove. A meat and fish barbecue is organized. With a bit of luck, you will see some dolphins on your itinerary. To know more : http://condordevilamoura.pai.pt/