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“Boat trip from Faro to Desert Island”

Animaris Ilha Deserta Boat Tours
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$12.19*
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Ilha Deserta - FERRY - Ria Formosa
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$36.58*
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Ilha Deserta - Guided Nature Tour - Ria Formosa
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Our boats were specifically designed for nature adventure and our tours are guided by one of our experienced and knowledgeable naturalist guides. This tour begins in Faro, we will cruise various channels; voyaging through magnificent waterways, streams, surrounded on all sides by rich marshlands and lagoons. Coastal scenery, natural history, traditional activities, birds details...
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

This is a trip you should not miss when you are visiting Faro.
We took the catamaran ferry from Faro to get to Desert Island (10 EUR return ticket).
The trip takes about 30 minutes. It is a beautiful boat cruise through the laguna that divides Faro from the beaches at the Atlantic Ocean.

In our case we were especially lucky because we were allowed to take the speed boat on the way back.

This happens sometimes. For us is was the cherry on the top! :-)

The staff of Animaris is amazingly friendly.

Next time we will do a tour with them again.

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Marcio A, Public Relations Manager at Animaris Ilha Deserta Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2015

Dear customer,

Thank you for your kind comments and I will pass on your comments to our staff. Hopefully next time it will not be to windy.

Regards,
Márcio Alexandre

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Planned on going to this beach early so we headed down and got the animaris ferry to the beach. The ferry was modern but I think it was a disco boat by night that freelanced as a ferry by day. The toilets on the ferry were out of service (trip took nearly one hour). After arriving on the island it was so worth the trip. The beach was beautiful, long sandy clean. It also had toilet facilities nearby. However after spending most of the day there we decided at 16.45 to get the 17.30 boat back. When we arrived at the harbour there was a sizeable queue formed. And it doubled in size before the ferry was due to leave. At 17.30 when the ferry was due to leave everyone could see it anchored just outside the port but it was not moving towards us. Another smaller ferry came to pick up its passengers but most of the crowd were queuing for the bigger ferry. The big boat did not return for us until 19.00. This was the last scheduled ferry of the day and it was clear that they never intended on bringing the crowd back at half 5 but were happy to leave us standing on the habour for over 2 hours which the staff were unappologetic and uninterested in the unhappy customers.

Would recomend that u go to this beach but use an alternative. There is a small boat company that goes to this beach would recomend that you them and their boat is easily twice as fast as these.

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We took the 1 hour guided tour and left at 10:30. We had made a reservation on line. As soon as we walked in to the parking lot, Tony, the man who runs the place spotted us and had us on the boat in no time. It was a very interesting tour and our guide was very likeable. He dropped us off at the desert island. We had a great lunch at the restaurant and spent the day on the beach. Loved the fact that we could rent an umbrella and chairs. Made it very relaxing. We took the ferry back. The entire operation is extremely well run and very organized. Highly recommend.

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Marcio A, Public Relations Manager at Animaris Ilha Deserta Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2015

Dear Wendy,

What a lovely review. I will pass on your comments to Tony without hesitation and hopefully if you are back in the area you will join us again.

All the best,
Márcio Alexandre

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Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

Ilha Deserta is an amazing tropical like island half an hour in a small ferry ( daily) off the coast of Faro, Portugal. This island is really worth a visit. It has a wonderful restaurant O Estamine (only one) which has delicious fresh fish amongst other wonderful dishes.
After a gorgeous lunch it is worth doing the walk around part of the island which includes the sights of the Faro side of the island, including small lagoon type beaches with a calm warm sea great for swimming. When you have crossed the island ( 10 mins walk) walk back along the open sea beach again great for swimming and seeing endless pretty shells. Due to the lack of people on the island even in high summer the island seems empty, it is seriously like being on a deserted island! wonderful for people wanting to get away from it all. Ilha Deserta is open in the winter when it is really wild and deserted. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed June 8, 2013

In front of Faro, Portugal lies Rio Formosa, a huge 80 plus km strechted island line along the coast. The tide difference can come up to two meters and more. Every day throughout the year Animaris Ilha Deserta Boat Tours provides great bird watching trips starting in Faro at around 11.30 in the morning, Taking you out on a motorized catramaran the guy on board tells you about the over 52! different birds that can be found throughout the year in this very exclusive nature area. For a fiar 3 euro you can buy a full coulour booklet in 8 languages telling you about the nature and the birds. And when hungry and thirsty they do a stop at Ilha Deserta resaturant Estamine with great food and a supe relaxed atomosphere, So get out of the crwod on board of the Animaris Ilha Deserta Boat Tours and bring yourself back to nature in a great days out!

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