We had the misfortune to take the Beach Bar BQ cruise with Algarve Seafaris last week.
This was advertised as a six and a half hour cruise which would include a tour along the Algarve coast with points of interest being pointed out by the crew, a tour of the sea caves (yes PLURAL), a beach BBQ on a secluded beach only accessible from the sea, with time for swimming culminating in a return journey that should bring us past an area frequented by dolphins. Sounds nice? Yeah. Unfortunately reality deviated quite a bit from this ideal.
The "points of interest" amounted to an announcement over the boat's Tannoy of various beaches that we were passing. Big deal.
But things got worse. The sea caves tour was a joke. I think the boat went in through a single Sea Arch and that was pretty much it.
We were eventually transferred to a beach by a couple of small RIBS that the Catamaran had in tow. I remember looking in horror at the beach as we approached. Reason? We had not thought of bringing a parasol with us and there was not a single shaded area on the entire beach. On the day we went, the temperature must have been approaching 40 deg.C. Not very pleasant really.
The BBQ was served up after about an hour. It was adequate, though nothing to write home about. Whilst eating, I was somewhat amused to notice a good few people walking down onto our "secluded" beach from the fields above.
We must have spent at least another hour waiting for the RIBS to collect us and bring us back to the boat. I never thought time could go so slowly!
On the way back, I thought we might at least get to see some of the dolphins. On the basis of what had already happened on the trip, with hindsight, that was really kind of silly of me. Sure enough, perfectly to form, NO DOLPHINS. Not that the crew went out of their way to find them either.
All in all, I think this trip was a shocking rip off, a waste of time and really poor value for money.
We could have found so many other better things to do on what was the final day of an otherwise enjoyablle holiday.
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