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Nature & Wildlife

Private Catamaran Boat Tour - Ria Formosa

Upon boarding, and after a warm welcome from our skipper, your trip will begin with a slow and relax sail through the wonderful Ria Formosa Natural Park.  After about 30 minutes we will arrive at the first anchor point, where we can just stop for a quick swim or anchor and take you to the Deserta Island. After this, we will sail for another 30 minutes and reach the Culatra Island where we will anchor. here you can swim, use our snorkeling equipment or experiment a ride on our paddle boards.  After this, it's all up to you....
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Dolphin & Whale Watching

Half-Day Algarve Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira with Beach BBQ Lunch

Explore the beaches, caves, and coves of Portugal’s Algarve coast on this 5-hour cruise from Albufeira. Dive in to swim, snorkel or paddleboard; spot dolphins swimming and playing in their natural environment; and tuck into a delicious BBQ lunch on a secluded beach.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Other Water Sports

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Faro: Dolphin & Wildlife Watching

Our main goal is to connect science and tourism by providing wildlife watching boat tours while we collect data for scientific research.During this tour you will have the chance to learn more about our local fauna and get to know how we are studying these animals.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Catamaran Cruises

4 Islands | From Faro : Catamaran Tour in Ria Formosa - 4 Stops

Experience Ria Formosa on a half-day catamaran cruise. Board your vessel in Faro and sail with a small group (a maximum of 14 people) to Ria Formosa Natural Park and the four picturesque islands of Deserta, Farol, Hangares, and Culatra. Navigate canals, learn about the area’s rich ecosystem, see Portugal’s southernmost point, and visit a traditional fishing village where you can enjoy lunch.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

2-hour Bird Watching Guided Boat Trip in Ria Formosa from Faro Algarve

If you’re a nature lover in The Algarve, Ria Formosa National Park should be at the top of your itinerary. During this 2-hour tour from Faro, you’ll explore the natural landscape on a ‘saveiro’ (a traditional painted boat) while learning about the myriad of bird species that inhabit the area. With luck, you’ll spot birds such as white storks, little egrets, spoonbills, and grey plover. This small-group tour is limited to 10 people to guarantee an intimate atmosphere.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Rio Guadiana River Cruise

Cruise the Rio Guadiana River for a full day to see the real Algarve and to delve into Portugese cuisine and culture. Follow the river, which forms the border between Portugal and Spain, stopping in Foz de Odeleite and Quinta do Rio to have a look around. Have lunch in town while live music plays in the background. Your guide shares informative commentary about the river’s history and wildlife with your small group, which is limited to 15 people for a more personalized experience.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Algarve Eco-friendly Solar Boat Trip in Ria Formosa from Faro

The Ria Formosa flows through Portugal’s Algarve region, offering a haven for native wildlife—but exploring the lagoons without disturbing the birds isn’t easy. On this tour, cruise along the Ria Formosa peacefully by eco-friendly solar-powered boat and enjoy uninterrupted views over the wetland scenery. With minimal engine noise from your solar-powered boat, spot native wildlife in its natural habitat and see the best of the Ria Formosa.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 45 minutes
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Day Trips

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Faro: 3h Nature & 2 Islands Tour

A great chance to learn more about Ria Formosa and see the barrier islands that surround it. In this tour, a biologist will provide information about the natural park, its fauna and traditions! We head to the islands, where you will be able to see and visit Culatra Island and Deserta Island, as well as the Southernmost point of Portugal mainland - Cabo de Santa Maria. The tour includes 2 stops: one in Deserta Island (perfect for a swim) and the second one in Culatra island!
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

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Eastern Algarve Small Group Day Trip to Castro Marim, Tavira and Faro

Discover the wonders of Eastern Algarve by going on a small-group day trip. By traveling in a smaller group, you’ll have a more personalized experience without feeling your trip is overcrowded. Enjoy roundtrip transport, traveling comfortably in an air-conditioned vehicle. You’ll see the quaint village of Castro Marim, the pretty town of Tavira, Olhão, and have a guided walking tour or an optional boat trip in Faro.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Day Cruises

Ria Formosa Natural Park Two Islands Boat Trip

Cruise from Faro to Ria Formosa Natural Park on a 3-hour outing by catamaran that explores the remote islands of Faro and Deserta. This cruise is the perfect way to experience the Ria Formosa estuary, where you’ll find a maze of wetlands split by canals and hidden islands. Watch for the coastal birds of the Algarve as you relax on the 12-person catamaran, then enjoy some beach time on each island before returning to Faro. Both morning and afternoon departures are available.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Half-day Ria Formosa Natural Park Faro Islands Boat Cruise from Faro

The Ria Formosa Natural Park is one of the most impressive natural wonders along Portugal’s Algarve coast and the best way to explore is by boat. Hop aboard a catamaran on this small-group tour from Faro; cruise around the islands of Armona, Culatra, Farol, and Deserta; and spot wild flamingos and egrets swooping over the lagoon.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Day Trips

5 hrs Ria Formosa islands (hopping)

Combine culture—with visits to the islands of Culatra, Deserta, Farol, and Armona—and adventure—by way of swimming and snorkeling—on this laidback glass-bottom boat tour. Learn about the traditions on Culatra, before lunching in a restaurant on the island, stroll around Armona, and take a dip off the coast of Farol. Overall, experience the region more intimately than many other travelers.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Nature & Wildlife

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BIRDWATCHING AND NATURE ECOTOUR RIA FORMOSA NATURAL PARK

We are a company focused on providing unique environmentally conscious tourist experiences. We focus daily on the development of good practices for a sustainable activity, using our vessels powered by solar energy. We believe in raising awareness of environmental and cultural education, contributing to a better future.We want to share with you the tranquility and balance of this place ...
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry

Explore the rugged ‘Deserted Island’ located just off the Algarve coast. Take the ferry to the island and observe the various bird species that inhabit the area such as herons, plovers, and black-winged stilts. Soak up the sun on the white sandy beaches or go for a walk and admire the beautiful scenery before taking the ferry back to Faro.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Day Trips

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Hop On Hop Off Islands

Feel free to explore the Ria Formosa’s barrier islands at your own pace. Departing from Faro, you can take the boat circuit to the islands of the Natural Park, and you have freedom to travel between them, on the available schedules. The ticket is valid for 24 hours on all trips until you return to Faro.How does the Hop On Hop Off Islands work?We have multiple scheduled pickup times in the three islands (hourly), giving you the flexibility to visit them all, choosing the time you want to spend on each one. Our boat skippers will be there to guide you and provide all the information you need during your journey.You can depart from Faro, spend the day exploring and traveling between the islands, and choose your return time.
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  • 2 to 24 hours
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  • 2 to 24 hours
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Catamaran Cruises

Ilha Deserta and Farol Island: a small group boat trip in Ria Formosa from Faro

Cruise the glittering waters of Ria Formosa Natural Park on a 3-hour sailing trip from Faro. After you climb aboard a luxurious catamaran, sail to natural landmarks like Deserta Island and Farol Island and scour the scenery for sightings of exotic birds. Observe the lives of locals as you listen to history and culture-rich commentary from your guide. Receive personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to 10 passengers.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Nature & Wildlife

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Octopus Route

This tour is perfect to learn about the local culture.The tour is fun for all age groups.You will have a chance to eat the typical dishes of the region, namely the octopus.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

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Sunset Boat Trip: an Eco-friendly Tour of Ria Formosa on a solar boat from Faro

A sunset boat trip in Ria Formosa on board a solar powered boat. Admire the surrounding nature aboard our eco-friendly boat while experiencing a beautiful sunset in the Algarve.Come and relax in Ria Formosa on a 45-minute boat trip at the best time of the day – sunset. Soak up the stunning natural surroundings aboard our solar powered boat as we cruise along this beautiful Nature Park. With departures from Faro, admire the surrounding nature and experience a beautiful sunset.If you’re staying in the Algarve, this is a great trip to enjoy with your family and friends. Sit back and relax and treat your loved ones to a magical outing on board an eco-friendly experience in Ria Formosa.You’ll experience a true feeling of freedom in Ria Formosa as you explore this protected area cruising along its beautiful channels.This small-group tour is limited to 10 people, offering an intimate experience and treat your loved ones to a magical outing in the Algarve.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Private Half-day Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro

Take a sightseeing cruise around the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park on your own private boat. This half-day tour leaves from Faro and stops at the islands of Armona, Culatra, Farol, and Deserta where you can enjoy time on the beach to soak up the sun and swim. Snorkel masks are provided for those who would like to discover the underwater marine life of the area.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Ria Formosa, Faro, Private Boat Tours

Explore the Formosa estuary on a half-day catamaran cruise. After embarking on your adventure from Faro, spend a few hours visiting beautiful desert beaches and some of the hidden spots in Ria Formosa Natural Park. Enjoy a custom-crafted adventure tailored to meet your interests with options to include food, catering, and transportation.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

The Algarve's Ria Formosa Islands: a Small Group Boat Trip from Faro

This Ria Formosa Island adventure is a great option for a day away from the hustle and bustle of Faro. After departing Faro Marina, you’ll glide down the waters of Ria Formosa with guide commentary to ensure you learn about the sites and spot scenic viewpoints. You won’t have to worry about missing out on the islands you pass as there will be multiple stop-offs en route, such as Ilha Deserta, Culatra Island, and Farol Island.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Catamaran Cruises

2 Islands | From Faro: Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour - 2 Stops

Explore the Formosa estuary on a half-day catamaran cruise. After embarking on your adventure from Faro, visit the islands of Farol and Deserta—the southernmost tip of Portugal—and watch for birds in the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Stroll the streets of Farol, visit its lighthouse, and enjoy an intimate, small-group tour lead by an informative local guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Islands Tour

Make the most of your time exploring Ria Formosa Natural Park by traveling with a guide on this half-day excursion. While you move through the canals of Olhao, the Barrier Islands, and the bay of Armona, learn about the area’s ecosystem and history through guided commentary. Make a stop for lunch (own expense) in the tiny fishing village of Cultura, where you can get a restaurant recommendation or picnic on the beach.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

Romantic private sunset & dinner

Relax and unwind on this private evening boat tour off the coast of Olhão. Watch the sunset over the azure waters of the Portuguese coast and enjoy a romantic dinner—which includes your choice of grilled meat or fish, accompanied by oysters, wine, and a dessert—on the sandy stretches of Culatra Island.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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