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Ria Formosa Catamaran Trip from Faro

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Faro, Portugal
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3 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 3 more
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... More
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.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour sailing trip to Ria Formosa National Park from Faro
  • Visit natural landmarks like Deserta Island and Farol Island
  • Scour the scenery for exotic bird species
  • Observe locals in a quaint fishing village and learn about the region's rich culture
  • Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour

What To Expect

After choosing from a morning or afternoon excursion, start the tour by departing from the Faro Marina. Sail slowly through the channels of the Ria Formosa to fully enjoy the beautiful landscape. Along... More
After choosing from a morning or afternoon excursion, start the tour by departing from the Faro Marina. Sail slowly through the channels of the Ria Formosa to fully enjoy the beautiful landscape. Along the way, look out for birds such as the Grey Heron, White Stork, and other native birdlife that frequent the area to feed.

Approaching the islands and
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After choosing from a morning or afternoon excursion, start the tour by departing from the Faro Marina. Sail slowly through the channels of the Ria Formosa to fully enjoy the beautiful landscape. Along the way, look out for birds such as the Grey Heron, White Stork, and other native birdlife that frequent the area to feed.

Approaching the islands and beaches, catch a glimpse of the lighthouse of Culatra Island as the boat pulls in for a stop in Farol. Observe the hard work of the people in the oyster and clam farms. Take in the stunning surrounding scenery and see one of the most important sea entrances of the Ria Formosa.

Upon leaving Farol, make a stop at Deserta Island, also known as Barreta Island. Explore the fauna and flora of the island along an easy walk or simply enjoy the sunshine and bathe in the clear waters of the beach. On the trip back to Faro, enjoy the tranquility of one of the seven wonders of Portugal, the Ria Formosa.

What's Included

3-hour catamaran boat trip (includes a stop of 1 hour in Farol and 20 up to 30 minutes in Deserta)
Life vests
Local guide
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation to/from attractions
Food and drinks
Lunch

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Faro Marina

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying
... More
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
... More
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Disappointing
Discover306490
, Mar 2019
On the 1st of March I booked the 3hour Ria Formosa trip to share with friends We all arrived with great anticipation and starting off the trip ducking under the railway line We were laughing straight away and looking forward to an adventure We spent very little time within the Formosa and although the guide was very knowledgable and gave us a large card of pictures of birds we hoped to see none of this transpired we were whisked out across the lagoon to two islands one with a single inhabitant and his dog which could have been rugged and beautiful if it were not for all the rubbish and plastic lying on the beach We were then taken across the lagoon to the second island where we were left for 45 mins when 5 mins would have been sufficient Then back to the harbour without any further stops Very disappointing when we were expecting to have gone from Faro to Quinta meandering through the wildlife This was not my Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall moment !!!
This tour was very relaxing, with...
vfazen
, Apr 2018
This tour was very relaxing, with amazing views. We met the tour guide at the harbor and boarded a small boat. We then drove towards the islands, and our guide was telling us interesting facts about Faro and the surrounding area. We visited two islands on our tour, which was a neat experience with some breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean. One of the islands has a beautiful beach, with a small restaurant on it. Even though it was not warm enough to go in the water, we enjoyed strolling on the beach and the views.
Faro is an excellent location to use...
Thirunavuk Aras R
, Nov 2017
Faro is an excellent location to use for travel to the rest of the Algarve. Trains and buses connect to all points of the South Portugal and beyond.Flights are convenient.The culinary adventures can be blended with comfort food and delicious desserts.Most of all,local service people and the citizens are caring and attentive to your questions. This was a brilliant trip to enjoy and relax oneself.
This was a great day out. The guide...
Sandra H
, Aug 2017
This was a great day out. The guide was very informative and entertaining. Very glad we chose this trip. Would definitely recommend.
great time did not have the chance...
Marine N
, Jul 2017
great time did not have the chance to see much bird and only visited 2 islands whereas it was say that we will see 4 of them but it was still a great time, peacefull and very pretty!!
Boat ride spoilt by the weather...
Peter S
, Apr 2017
Boat ride spoilt by the weather - raining for much of the trip. Catamaran itself was good as was the skipper Fernando. I'd have liked a bit more time spent on the bird life/watching than on the two stops but I guess the weather did not help. Nice trip though.
Seemless and hassle free from start...
info
, Feb 2017
Seemless and hassle free from start to finish. Boat has luxury seating so a very comfortable ride. Great timings and you get to spend plenty of time looking around the islands. Highly recommended.... Tip: Take a hat as the journey back in can be a bit blowy. :-)
Francisco was excellent, very...
kriebelb
, Oct 2016
Francisco was excellent, very knowledgeable about the wildlife and history of the area, plus has a great sense of humor. The boat was very clean and my kids had a great time. It was a highlight of our 6 days in the Algarve.
One of the best boat trips we have...
Keith T
, Jun 2016
One of the best boat trips we have done. Plenty of interest and a superb boatman Pedro who had good knowledge and a good sense of humour.
jolie découverte !
Catherine D
, Mar 2019
La traversée en bateau parmi la lagune, en mode silence, était très agréable. L'escale sur l'île Faro était une bonne surprise : jolie ballade parmi les petites maisons blanches ceintes d'une flore haut en couleur. En revanche, l'île Déserta pas grand intérêt puisque 30 minutes sont insuffisantes pour en faire le tour, c'est vraiment dommage !

Product code: 25707P1

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