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Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry provided by Animaris Ilha Deserta Boat Tours

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Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Updated 07/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Take a break from the crowds on land during a cruise that lets you discover the unspoiled Isla Deserta (Deserted Island). By getting out on the water, you’ll increase your chances of spotting diverse bird species and admire views of Ria Formosa Natural Park from a different perspective.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Cais das Portas do Mar
    R. Cmte. Francisco Manuel 41, 8000-138 Faro, Portugal
    Also know as "Cais da Porta Nova". You'll find our staff dressed in yellow shirts.
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    Animaris Ilha Deserta Boat Tours
    Stop: 4 hours
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    Ilha Deserta
    Stop: 4 hours
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  • You'll end at
    Cais das Portas do Mar
    R. Cmte. Francisco Manuel 41, 8000-138 Faro, Portugal
    Also know as "Cais da Porta Nova". You'll find our staff dressed in yellow shirts.
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Spot more birds than you would on land on a cruise
  • An ideal choice for wildlife lovers
  • Spend time away from the crowds on a deserted island
  • Choose a departure time to suit your schedule
Important Information
Departure Point
Cais das Portas do Mar, R. Cmte. Francisco Manuel 41, 8000-138 Faro, Portugal
Duration
1–8 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guide
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual service
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 97 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
63Reviews
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LiliBrik wrote a review Feb 2020
Ottawa, Canada1 contribution
I took this boat trip with Thomas by luck: I had wanted to just go to Ilha déserta but also to do some serious birdwatching, and this ended up as both. The boat lets you get close to the birds and Thomas is incredibly knowledgeable about where to find them, what they are, and
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Response from rominagcmanuel, Gerente de relações com clientes at Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry
Responded Feb 10, 2020
We are very grateful for your lovely review, it's so nice to get feedback from clients :) Our team, and Thomas especially, appreciate your testimony. It will always be a pleasure to meet you again!
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FranceandKen wrote a review Feb 2020
Windsor, Canada71 contributions34 helpful votes
It was nice to see the beautiful beach on the island. The weather was cool, so there was not much to do there.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from rominagcmanuel, Gerente de relações com clientes at Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry
Responded Feb 7, 2020
We were happy to know that you enjoyed visiting the beautiful beach on the island. Looking forward to your return :)
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KKL wrote a review Jan 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Thomas was our lovely guide and we were the only people on the RIB on the way out. He was incredibly knowledgeable and between him and my husband they spotted 30 different species of bird (Thomas we saw the Osprey on the return trip) plus huge barrel jellyfish. We came back
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from rominagcmanuel, Gerente de relações com clientes at Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry
Responded Jan 14, 2020
Dear Hillheadtravel, We are very grateful for your lovely review, it's so nice to get feedback from clients. Our team, and Thomas especially, appreciate your testimony. It will always be a pleasure to meet you again :)
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Joanna C wrote a review Jan 2020
2 contributions
Our guide Thomas was incredibly knowledgeable (he's studied marine biology locally), friendly, his English was excellent and he gave us so much information about the local habitat, birds and marine wildlife. He even had a spare pair of binoculars which was very helpful as we'd
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from rominagcmanuel, Gerente de relações com clientes at Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry
Responded Jan 6, 2020
Dear joannacC6010OI, We are very grateful for your lovely review, it's so nice to get feedback from clients :) Our team, and Thomas especially, appreciate your testimony. It will always be a pleasure to meet you again. Kind Regards, Romina Manuel
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Satyajit N wrote a review Dec 2019
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It was a nice day trip. Super natural beauty and views in the island. The ferry ride was awesome and on time. We enjoyed our time.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from rominagcmanuel, Gerente de relações com clientes at Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry
Responded Jan 6, 2020
We are glad you enjoyed the Ferry boat to Ilha Deserta, and the natural beauty in the island. We look forward to your next visit :)
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About the operator

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By: Animaris Ilha Deserta Boat Tours
F4716GJellier
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Amazing and informative day out
This was an incredible tour. Our tour guide Tom (Tom Cruise) was incredibly knowledgeable and interesting and clear
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anca89
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Great ecotour
We did the ecotour with Thomas from Animaris. We really enjoyed the explanations and the birdwatching part. Very pr
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jandres01
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Poor customer experience.
Do not use this company if you want to visit Ilha Deserta. Staff was rude, and irresponsible. We meant to depart at
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reviewer231231
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Ilha Deserta Ferry
We hadn’t planned to visit Ilha Deserta but we notice it at their hut outside the castle. It was only €10 return fo
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simonsmart
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Ferry to Ilha Deserta
We booked lunch on Ilha Deserta so opted for the ferry. It was on time, safe, the crew were very helpful and it was
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C1140PHsarahc
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Combo Eco Tour and Hop-on/Hop-off
Truly excellent guided tour by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. Our family enjoyed it immensely.
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Aardvark_stories
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Guided tour on Ilha Deserta
Spent wonderfull time today on the walking tour arond the Ilha Deserta. Thomas was my guide, he shared very interes
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Aggy3000
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Rio Formosa Birdwatching Tour
We were lucky enough to have Tom ‘Cruise’ guide us around the Rio Formosa. The company are very well run and I book
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Hvannary
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Great experience
We had such a good time on this boat. Honestly I'm not a trip advisor person but I wanted to write this comment onl
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Sally M
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Eco boat tour Rio Formosa from Faro
Excellent trip. Guide, Tom, extremely knowledgeable and took us to see spoonbills, whimbrels, white storks amongst
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magellanpg
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Very nice experience
We had some really good time on a boat and on an island later on. Our guide, Gonzalo, was great - very knowledgeabl
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marialindus
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Fantastic boat trip
Very informative. Tom,our guide, was knowledgeable, engaging and fun and clearly really cares about his subject.
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kristina k
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Two hour eco boat tour
Tom (Cruise) our guide was informative and provided us with so much knowledge about the waterways, birds and marine
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Holly C
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Must do!
Tour was amazing. Tom the guide was really knowledgable and seemed passionate about what he was telling us! Must se
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rkrjones
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Great birthday gift
Lovely morning tour of the beautiful Ria Formosa. We ended up with the boat to ourselves, and our guide Gonzalo was
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  • Duration: 1–8 hours
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