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Lagos, Portugal


Volta do Mar - Experiences and Retreats in Lagos, Portugal

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Volta do Mar is the result of our passion for travel, adventure, nature, and fun. We believe that life is to be lived and enjoyed out in the sunshine and water, sharing and laughing with friends and family, eating good food and drinking good wine.

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Lagos, Portugal

Who am I?

My name is Andre Gloria. I'm a professional diving and climbing instructor, and an adventure sports enthusiast. 

I was born in the Algarve, in the South of Portugal. I spent much of my youth in Lagos where my family ran a little boutique hotel. As children, my little brother and I spent summers playing on the beach and cycling the cliffs, exploring hidden areas, and entertaining guests and visitors. 

I've always had an adventurous spirit but was never certain of what I wanted to do. All I knew was that I wanted to travel, be active outdoors, try new things and meet new people. And so I moved abroad and ended up working in tourism in Greece, Spain, Thailand, Egypt, and France.

What do I have to offer?

Tourism and adventure sports are my area of expertise. I'm passionate about nature and being outdoors - diving in the sea, scaling the cliffs, cycling the land, and breathing in the fresh air. I love to meet new people and I love to teach, because the best things in life are even better shared.

For the past 10 years of my career, I've lived in many different countries and tried pretty much everything there is to do in the tourism industry, from resorts and summer camps, rental car and travel agencies, to helping to set up adventure sports companies. I've taught rockclimbing in Thailand and diving in the Red Sea, and lead tourists on bike, Segway and walking tours around Paris. Until recently, I was training manager for an international tourism company in Paris.

Beliefs!

I believe that most of us share a basic set of desires. We want to enjoy life. We want to relax. We want to have fun. We want to feel welcomed.

I’ve never liked formality or faceless commercial tourism. People want to be cared for and treated as individuals and friends. I want to get to know my guests, invite them in, share my favourite foods and wines, take them to my favourite hangouts and hidden dive and climb spots. I want us to enjoy a great day out, have fun, relax and share a drink and good conversation. 

Project

For years my dream has been to create my own adventure tourism company in my home. The Algarve is famous for beautiful beaches and exquisite landscapes, fresh seafood and regional wines, and a fascinating history spanning centuries of the Discovery Age and Moorish civilisation. The Portuguese people are some of the friendliest and most laid-back that you will ever meet.

My business will be run alongside the family business. Our old house is now a small, boutique hotel which has been run by my father and aunt for the last 15 years. Their motto is the 'care and kindness’ hotel. This is a place where you are welcomed and cared for as friends. 

My business will offer you a personal guide and teacher for:

  • water activities like diving and snorkeling; 
  • land activities like cycling, rock climbing and rappelling; 
  • historical and cultural activities including food and wine tours to sample regional cuisine; and 
  • health, rest and relaxation activities including yoga and massage. 

All experiences will be unique and tailored to guests. What are you interested in? What are you curious about? What do you want to learn? What do you want to try that you've never done before or have dreamed of doing?

How is the money going to be used?

Right now I have access to an amazing location, some charming accommodation, and equipment such as bicycles and climbing gear. But I need some more equipment in order to provide the key activities and experiences. With your help, I will be able to purchase diving gear, a vehicle for guest transportation, and some office equipment. Something we can't forget... more than 30% will be used on taxes and fees...

Call for help

I want people to come and have fun and enjoy themselves with me here in Portugal. I want them to enjoy the beauty of this place in an authentic way. I want people to experience the adventure that I experience every day as a local. In doing so, I hope to share what I've learned from all the wandering and travel that I have done over the years. 

Please help me to make this happen. Come and be a part of this project, and experience the magic of the Algarve for yourself.

Company culture

Volta do Mar is about creating unique, tailored holiday experiences that combine fun and adventure, family and friendship, culture, nature and relaxation. 

Volta do Mar is dedicated to bringing people together as friends and family, to enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Volta do Mar will provide expertise in adventure sports and tourism, local knowledge, and quality customer care and personalized service in a relaxed and friendly environment.  

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Bike Rental

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Discover Scuba Diving

Discover Scuba Diving

 Abseiling

Abseiling

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André Glória
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Volta do Mar
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Lagos, Portugal

About

I am a local Algarvian, raised on a diet of sunshine, fresh fish and sweet desserts. I’ve spent my childhood running around on the beaches of Lagos and Faro, impersonating my favourite comic-book characters, occasionally getting into strife, and often passing-out in sugar-induced comas from eating too many delicious Portuguese treats. After studying tourism at university and learning capoeira, rockclimbing, mountainbiking, and diving, I did my best superhero impersonation and took off around the world to improve my skills and make a career out of fun and adventure. I have since traveled the world as a professional diving and climbing instructor, helping tourists in Greece, Thailand, Egypt, and France. I maintain a passion for comic books, amateur horror films, McGyver-esque escapades and adventure sports, and continue in my search for the answers to some of life’s most pertinent philosophical questions: “if you could have only one superpower, what would it be?” or “In a battle between Superman and Batman, who would be the victor?”

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About

I am a local Algarvian, raised on a diet of sunshine, fresh fish and sweet desserts. I’ve spent my childhood running around on the beaches of Lagos and Faro, impersonating my favourite comic-book characters, occasionally getting into strife, and often passing-out in sugar-induced comas from eating too many delicious Portuguese treats. After studying tourism at university and learning capoeira, rockclimbing, mountainbiking, and diving, I did my best superhero impersonation and took off around the world to improve my skills and make a career out of fun and adventure. I have since traveled the world as a professional diving and climbing instructor, helping tourists in Greece, Thailand, Egypt, and France. I maintain a passion for comic books, amateur horror films, McGyver-esque escapades and adventure sports, and continue in my search for the answers to some of life’s most pertinent philosophical questions: “if you could have only one superpower, what would it be?” or “In a battle between Superman and Batman, who would be the victor?”

Team Members

Xzarina Nicholson

Yoga instructor, masseuse and supreme advisor

Xzarina was born and raised in Australia but has since travelled, studied and worked her way through South-East Asia and the Middle East, Europe, North America, and India - usually without a plan but with enough luck to get by. She was introduced to yoga as a child, and later completed her teacher training in India to become a certified yoga instructor. After finishing her studies in International Relations in Australia, she booked a one-way ticket to Paris to fulfill her lifelong dream of munching on croissants in a park while watching the pompiers* on their daily exercise rounds. That’s where she met Andre (in Paris, not the park). She now spends her time teaching yoga, climbing, diving, and tucked up somewhere reading.


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of $15,000 target

by

50 funders


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Rewards Offered

Souvenir
Souvenir

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A Thank You on our Facebook Page!

Transportation
Transportation
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Fund $12 or more

Bike rental!

Souvenir
Souvenir

Fund $23 or more

Sonja’s magical bag and a thank you

Adventure
Adventure
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Fund $23 or more

A walking tour in Lagos

Adventure
Adventure
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Fund $34 or more

Bike tour in Lagos

Souvenir
Souvenir

Fund $35 or more

T-SHIRTS & TOPS

Souvenir
Souvenir

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GOODIE BAG of regional treats

Adventure
Adventure

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MASSAGE

Adventure
Adventure
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Fund $97 or more

Climbing and/or Abseiling

Adventure
Adventure

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4x4 DISCOVERIES

Activities
Activities
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Discover Scuba Diving

Food
Food
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Fado Night

Food
Food
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Wine Tasting

Accommodation
Accommodation
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One night for 2 with Extras

Accommodation
Accommodation
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Weekend for 2 with Extras

Accommodation
Accommodation
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Climbing retreat and Course

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