I spent a week in Portugal, and spent some of that time in the beautiful Lagos. I was looking for things to do, and coasteering in Lagos was something I hadn’t heard of, but was on the list of activities offered at Bura Surfhouse. It sounded pretty cool, so I signed myself up.
I had to get a bus to another town for the coasteering pickup, which was easy enough to do. Mika, our guide, was so friendly from the get go. He told us coasteering was invented in Wales 40 years ago, and is a way to explore the coastline with minimal equipment. No kayaks, ropes, or any fussy stuff needed. Perfect!
We suited up, in wetsuits, helmets, booties, and life jackets, and then sweated our way down to the water. Mika, our awesome guide, showed us how to get started by doing a backflip into the Atlantic. He quickly taught us how to jump in safely, as we would be finding higher jumps into the sea. After most of us perfected the jump (there was a few mid-air running mans!) we swum along the coast.
Trying to swim when wearing that much gear is no mean feat. I decided I was best on my back, flailing my arms like a struggling starfish. I started laughing to myself at how funny we must look, flopping about in the sea.
Mika took us into caves, and showed us the mussel farm buoys that have been trapped in amongst the rocks, smashed into place in rough seas. He also pointed out everything he knew about the local sealife; snails that go from the size of a pea to massive, and shellfish that only grow on this coast.
We had to haul ourselves out of the ocean and up a cliff face, which was easier said than done when my little arms couldn’t reach high enough to pull myself up. After the third try, and sick of getting smashed against rocks and sucked back out to sea, I grabbed high enough to pull myself out.
I managed a few jumps off an 8 metre cliff, but couldn’t pull myself out to manage any more. It’s exhausting stuff this coasteering business! We climbed the cliffs to reach a huge hole in the rock, where we watched as some of the boys jumped in.
Exhausted and happy, we were dropped back into Lagos by Mika. He was happy to tell us about life in Portugal, and all the jobs he has done leading up to coasteering in Lagos.
I had a great time, and it is something I would definitely do again. I’m sure it’s more inviting in places like Portugal than Wales! If coasteering in Lagos is something you would be into, make sure you ask the staff at Bura surfhouse!