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Embark on a beautiful and relaxing 5-hour boat trip from the town of Faro to discover the stunning scenery of the Ria Formosa Nature Park.

Depart from the Faro marina and cruise down the calm waters of Ria Formosa in a comfortable boat with sun shade. Float through this stunning coastal lagoon and learn from a knowledgeable skipper that will provide insight into the natural ecosystem of Ria Formosa and the culture and traditions of this area.

The first stop is on Ilha Deserta. Here you can enjoy a walk along its long white sandy seashores where you’ll find lots of beautiful and different sea shells.

The boat trip continues to Culatra Island. During this second stop, you can visit this fascinating island. This is one of the most important fishing communities in the Eastern Algarve. Take your time to wander in this fishing community and its small harbor or even enjoy a lovely meal in one of the local restaurants.

Back on board, learn about the clam farms and the oyster beds of Ria Formosa. You will witness the oyster pickers and shellfish farmers working on the tidal flats of the lagoon as your guide comments on one of the most important economic activities in Ria Formosa.

The next stop is on a deserted beach. This is a lovely spot and on summer months, you can even take a refreshing dive in crystal-clear waters surrounded by beautiful sand banks.

Continuing aboard the boat, you’ll learn about Hangares in Culatra Island and its historical importance in the anti-submarine defense during World War I. The last stop is on Farol Island. Here you may walk to the lighthouse in the small community of Farol, the southernmost beach in Portugal.

Learn about the typical vegetation of this beautiful marshland area, classified as one of the most important wetland for birds in all of Portugal, before slowly cruising back to the town of Faro, enjoying spectacular views of this approaching city on the way.

Enjoy a boat trip to the islands and nature of Ria Formosa. It will take you on a relaxing day in a paradise yet to be discovered.
Overview

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.

Highlights
  • Swap Faro for a boat trip past Ria Formosa Natural Park

  • Learn about the sites as you sail with live commentary on board

  • The perfect way to access spectacular viewpoints

  • Stop off en route at white sandy deserted beaches

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Reviewed June 19, 2018
DO NOT BOOK THIS!

I went to Faro from Quarteira on the bus just to do this trip. I had my binoculars and was very excited about it. I booked it at 10.30 to depart at 12.30. I paid cash -€25 at the main office. I arrived at the...More

2  Thank LeicsHelen
Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile
Boat tour

Really great boat tour from 3 hrs with guide Pedro. He knows a lot of interesting things and stories about the nature, also for those less interested in birds alone;) Enjoyed it and would recommend it!

Thank Steven d
Reviewed October 17, 2017
Great boat trip

We booked this boat trip with five other friends who had been recommended. We chose the beach and the villages tour. captain Carlos was excellent and happy to answer any questions but also very knowledgeable of the area. we stopped on two deserted beaches and...More

2  Thank ccredBuckinghamshire
Reviewed January 21, 2017 via mobile
Nature unreserved

Our trip was a spontaneous one, although we had visited Faro before, we had never been out to the Ria Formosa. There were 8 of us in the comfortable catamaran which would have seated a maximum of 10. Although we did not get too close...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed December 26, 2016 via mobile
Nov3015

Really had a great time we made small island trips and was amazing to see small Islands with our little toddler she had a great time on boat and playing with sand as we got to the island..we had a stopover and had lunch which...More

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