Olhão: Full-Day Ria Formosa Tour with Dolphin Observation
- Private group
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration: 8 hours
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I cannot say enough positive things about this tour!! We did see dolphins which was amazing, but even if we had not the tour was extremely enjoyable and worthwhile. The guides are incredible, they are a wealth of information regarding the region’s marine life and we learned so much from them. They are happy to answer questions and are so passionate about the subject and about conservation. They are not simply a tourist operation, they are studying and researching, and sharing everything they observe and learn with you. What a truly great and memorable experience, worth every penny!!
The skipper was kind and explained a bit about the typical birds of the area. The tour was relaxing and chilling, we would have definitely spent more time on both the isles. On Farol Isle (1h break) we didn’t have enough time to take a deeper look around and go up on the lighthouse, which is typical of the isle. On Barreta Isle (desert isle) we would have definitely loved to have the time to chill or to reach the solitary house of the fisherman who lives on the isle, who is actually the only one person living on it. At least we enjoyed!
The boat trip was a wonderful experience. We saw some beautiful scenery and wildlife and the guide was very knowledgeable about the local area and the birds especially. I would definitely recommend going.
Low tide seems to be best for bird activity. Lovely tour through the marshes and time for a quick dip at Ilha Deserta and Ilha Farol. Francisco was an entertaining tour guide.
Chico was an awesome guide and gave us a fantastic tour. He is clearly passionate about wildlife and the sea. The trip was calm, soothing and thoroughly enjoyable.