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AlgarExperience

Name of company

AlgarExperience

What type of activity is it?

A range of sea-based experiences including boat trips, parties, dolphin watching, fishing, parasailing and private hire.

Where do you participate in this activity?

The company is based out of Albufeira Marina, which is the starting and finishing point for all the experiences, which take you west along the Algarve coast.

The company

Established in 2006 and one of the most professional operating in the Algarve.

The fleet

Six main vessels (plus six support vessels for crew, logistics, etc).

The six for public use are:

Belize: 15-metre catamaran taking 70 passengers

Belize Segundo: 18-metre catamaran taking 100 passengers

Belize Terceiro: 14-metre catamaran taking 58 passengers

AlgarExperience: 9.7-metre speedboat taking 12 passengers

Vitamin Sea: 10-metre cabin cruiser taking 10 passengers

Bajan Sundown: 13.2-metre yacht taking 12 passengers

Why do you like it?

The coastal scenery in the Algarve is among the best in Europe, and for tourists and residents alike, it’s great to see what might even be familiar places from a different perspective. When the weather is fine, there are few better places to be than out at sea, and the range of options available mean there is something for everybody.

The different types of boat, and the content and duration of the trips, also cater for all tastes: from thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies to those who just want a leisurely few hours at sea.

The experiences

Caves & Coastline: exploring the diverse scenery of the Algarve, with optional swimming stops (duration: 3 hours).

Beach BBQ: full-day trip including a stop at a quiet beach (inaccessible by land) for a BBQ cooked by the crew (duration: 6-7 hours).

Sunset BBQ: evening version of the above, with music (duration: 5-6 hours).

Boat Party: sunset cruise with drinks and live DJ (duration: 3 hours).

Dolphins & Caves: dolphin spotting with commentary (duration: 2 hours).

Dolphins & BBQ: dolphin spotting trip plus beach BBQ (duration: 4.5 hours).

Parasailing: fun activity for all ages (duration: 1 hour in total, 10 minutes of parasailing per person).

Fishing: try your hand at reef fishing (just off the coast) or shark fishing (fully out at sea), with the respective trips lasting 3 or 6 hours.

Various boats are also available for private hire for hen and stag groups, parties, corporate events, tailored cruises, water sports, etc, with the options of music/DJ and catering on board/on the beach.

How to book

You can pre-book online, by email, at the company’s office in Albufeira Marina (see below) or via a number of local travel agents, hotels and ticket offices. Or just turn up on the day, albeit with no guarantees that  spaces will be available.

When to go

It’s obviously busier during the main summer season, when it makes sense to pre-book to avoid disappointment. In the shoulder seasons, the weather might not be as reliable but things are generally quieter if you’re not a fan of crowds.

As with any water-based activity, you’re reliant on the weather and the sea conditions. The company keep a close watch on both, and if they ever do need to cancel, it’s for your safety and comfort. If you have pre-booked and your experience is cancelled or postponed, you are offered your money back or an alternative date.

Food and drink

There is a bar in the catamarans operating the Caves & Coastline, Beach BBQ, Sunset BBQ and Boat Party trips and an open bar available on the longer trips, with food served as detailed above. For meals/refreshment before or after your trip, there are a range of bars and restaurants at the marina.

Insider knowledge

Several of the trips including swimming stops (diving off the boat) or transfers by dinghy to small beaches, so take your swimwear and a towel.

The experiences are aimed at most age groups, but are not really suitable for the very elderly or infirm, as you obviously do have to be able to get on and off the vessels.

The children’s prices quoted below are for those aged 3-10. The parasailing is the only experience not recommended for anyone under that age.

Life jackets are issued for off-boat transfers, and the crew ensure passengers’ safety is paramount at all times. They’ll even tell you politely if you’ve had too much to drink!

Location

The booking office address is Marina de Albufeira, Passeio do Ouro, Lote 3, Loja 6 and you embark/disembark just opposite.

There is a large underground car park at the marina. Parking charges apply at certain times of the year.

Cost

Prices are per person (adult followed by children) for the low and high seasons respectively:

Caves & Coastline: €26/€17 - €29/€17

Beach BBQ: €54.90/€24.90 - €64.90/€29.90

Sunset BBQ: €49.90/€24.90 - €59.90/€29.90

Boat Party: €29.90 (adults only)

Dolphins & Caves: €35/€25 - €39/€25

Dolphins & BBQ: €49.90/€24.90 - €59.90/€29.90

Parasailing: €35/€25 (spectators €25) - €39/€29 (spectators €29)

Fishing: €35/€25 plus €5 fishing licence (spectators €25)

Private hire: on application

Opening times

Experiences are available from March-October, depending on the weather. Check with the company first.

 

 


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