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  • Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

    1. Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

    When you’re in Portugal make sure to experience this exciting catamaran boat to Deserta and Farol islands that will take you through the spectacular nature of the Ria Formosa. Come see why this region was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. Depart from the Marina of Faro sailing slowly through the channels of the Ria Formosa to fully enjoy the beautiful landscape. Along the tour you will see birds like the Grey Heron, the White Stork and many other birds that use this area as a feeding habitat. As you approach the islands and beaches you see the lighthouse of Culatra Island where you make our first stop. Looking around, one can observe the hard work of the people in the oyster and clam farms. A closer look towards the coastline and you will notice the market of the city of Olhão - an important fishing town. And off toward the ocean you can glimpse one of the most importan...

    This trip was the highlight of our holiday. Lovely and comfortable luxurious boat. Informative guide on the way to the islands. One hour stop at the lighthouse and a half hour stop of Deserta Island. Both stops were breathtakingly beautiful…you’d think you were in the Caribbean. Will definitely visit again. Easy to book and staff were most helpful. I wish I had booked a longer tour and it was out of this world.excellent value for money.

  • From Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

    2. From Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

    Sail to the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park by catamaran, with regular departures scheduled from Faro. The journey follows the Ria Formosa channels, and includes stops at the magical islands of Farol and Deserta. Don't forget your swimsuits and towels - there will be plenty of breaks for swimming! The guide on board will provide information in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. The modern catamaran has a capacity of up to 11 passengers and provides a pleasant and comfortable way of exploring the islands. The day is divided into 2 tours. The first tour will take place in the morning and last for approximately 3.5 hours, and the second tour will take place in the afternoon and last for approximately 3 hours. There will be a break after the first tour for lunch at Farol Island. Lunch is not included in the cost of the activity.

    Had an amazing time both on and off the boat - the guide definitely knew what he was doing, and we saw some beautiful scenery and wildlife on our way to the islands of the Ria Formosa. He hopped fluidly between English, German and French descriptions of animals for the guests on the boat which made everyone feel welcome. The islands themselves were amazing and the only thing I'd change was wanting to spend more time there! I would recommend this trip to anyone and it was one of the highlights of our stay in Portugal!

  • From Olhão: Ria Formosa Full-Day 3-Island Tour

    3. From Olhão: Ria Formosa Full-Day 3-Island Tour

    Explore the islands of Ria Formosa in Olhão and Faro for an unforgettable and rich experience. Start in Culatra, an island located in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa with about 750 inhabitants, most of them fishermen. Learn about the local history and visit all the small streets and typical houses of the region. Discover the lighthouse and continue to the most peaceful beach in the Algarve on Culatra, which separates the dark blue of the Atlantic Ocean and the light blue of the Ria Formosa. Dive, swim, relax and enjoy the sun. Don’t stress about bringing anything for your beach relaxation, as everything you could need will be provided.

    This trip is worth of money with spectacular view, communicative and insightful tour guide.

  • Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

    4. Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

    The Algarve coast brings to mind pirate adventures, and pristine beaches. Today you will explore the coast between Albufeira Marina and Capvoeiro beach on a luxury boat that offers you the chance to swim, relax, and maybe even see a dolphin or two! Begin with a relaxing ride through the caves and rock formations that make this landscape so unique. Then head out to sea in your search for the dolphins who call these waters home. Your boat is the perfect vessel for dolphin exploration, and these playful and fun animals are truly a sight to behold! Your expert guide will share with you interesting facts and history on this memorable trip.

    Thank you for your friendliness and kindness, very fun and interesting trip ! I enjoyed it a lot !

  • From Olhão: Ria Formosa Sunset Tour

    5. From Olhão: Ria Formosa Sunset Tour

    After boarding your boat, head out into the sheltered waters of Ria Formosa. Your first stop will be at on Praia Deserta at one of the most pristine beaches in the Algarve. From the beach, head to the village of Ilha da Armona and enjoy a refreshing drink while you contemplate the amazing views. The final stop on your tour is at a deserted beach where you can relax and, in summer, enjoy some swimming or snorkelling. From the beach, you can also enjoy beautiful views of the sunset over the ocean at the end of the day when your group will almost certainly have the beach to yourselves. After about 30 minutes to enjoy the beach and the sunset, you'll board your boat for the return trip Olhão.

    Great day out and lovely experience. Capitán Luís was a fantastic guide and even encouraged/helped us to clean up some ocean trash.

  • Olhão: Ria Formosa Boat Cruise

    6. Olhão: Ria Formosa Boat Cruise

    Set sail from the port of Olhão and travel through the Ria Formosa National Park. Discover beautiful scenery and rich biodiversity with your expert crew. Learn more about the national park and local culture with your expert captain. Cruise by marshes, barrier-islands, islets, dunes, sand bars, and saltpans which are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. Spot local birds, marine life, and beds of clams and oysters. Make a short stop at Praia Deserta and enjoy the serenity of a tranquil location accessible only by boat. While there, enjoy some time for a swim and to take photos, before returning to Olhão.

    Great experience, the whole day was pure magic, the guide (Louis) in particular was great and gave us even more time than we paid for.

  • Faro: Dolphin and Wildlife Watching in the Atlantic Ocean

    7. Faro: Dolphin and Wildlife Watching in the Atlantic Ocean

    Discover different species of cetaceans, birds and other marine life on this exciting experience in the Algarve. Leaving from Faro, cross through Ria Formosa Natural Park towards the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the views of the Barrier Islands (Deserta and Culatra) or the marshlands as you cruise to the coastline. Once you reach the water, spot wildlife such as dolphins, whales, and porpoises, and if you're lucky maybe come across a pod of orcas or fin whales. You will also see birds such as gannets and shearwaters flying overhead. When it comes to fish, spot species such as ocean sunfish, blue sharks, and tope sharks, as well as a few marine turtles. A team of two marine biologists will help you find as many species as possible during your time on the ocean, and give you facts and information about the fauna and the surroundings.  After spotting a group of dolphins, enjoy 30 minutes free to...

    What an incredible day out! We were lucky enough to witness beautiful dolphins that day. Alfredo and his colleague are not only knowledgeable about the beautiful marine life but have deep respect for them and the ocean. If you want to try and spot dolphins and possibly other marine life if you’re lucky, then go with this company. They’re great!

  • Pirate Ship Cruise along the Algarve Coast

    8. Pirate Ship Cruise along the Algarve Coast

    We hoist our pirate flag, lift the anchor, and away we go! On the beautiful Pirate Ship Leãozinho ("little lion"), we will explore the most treasured spots along the Algarve Coastline and discover why these hidden caves and grottos became the favored home of generations of daring pirates. As we set sail, we'll see enchanting rock formations and spectacular caves on our historical ship. If you feel like a sip from the ol' barrel of rum to lift your spirits for our cruise, we've got an onboard Pirate Bar that's perfect for quenching your thirst. The wind whips through the sails, and your comfortable seating lets you look out on all of the most beautiful beaches and breathtaking formations along this coastline. We will even have the chance to head out onto the Atlantic, passing the soft, sandy beaches of San Rafael, Castelo, and Praia da Gale. Of course, no pirate adventure is complete w...

    Great experience, the boat felt like a real pirate boat! Great guys on the boat too

  • From Olhão: Ria Formosa & Culatra Island Half-Day Cruise

    9. From Olhão: Ria Formosa & Culatra Island Half-Day Cruise

    Depart from the port in Olhão and sail through the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Learn about the history and rich biodiversity of the region from the captain as you sail through its natural waterways. Spot local fauna and flora with the binoculars provided. Visit the barrier island of Culatra located in Ria Formosa, which is home to about 750 inhabitants. Take 45 minutes to wander around the streets of the village and learn about its traditions and customs. Sample delicious local cuisine in one of the cafés or restaurants, your captain will be happy to recommend the best spots. After exploring the village, continue to one a desert beach in the Algarve region on the island. Enjoy some time swimming and taking photos in a tranquil location before returning to Olhão.

  • Olhão: 3-Hour Ria Formosa Boat Tour

    10. Olhão: 3-Hour Ria Formosa Boat Tour

    Observe the nature reserve of the Ria Formosa while being navigated through its channels.  Stop on a desert island where you can swim, relax, and walk on its white sandy beach. You can also stop at one of the island communities Ilha do Farol or Ilha da Culatra. Explore the Ria Formosa area and listen to the detailed explanations that your skipper has to share throughout the tour. Learn about the fauna, flora, and fishing activities.  Discover this unique coastal lagoon that is constantly changing due to the continuous movement of winds, currents, and tides. It is also one of the most important areas for ornithology in Portugal, hosting more than 20,000 birds during the winter season.

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What people are saying about Faro

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What an incredible day out! We were lucky enough to witness beautiful dolphins that day. Alfredo and his colleague are not only knowledgeable about the beautiful marine life but have deep respect for them and the ocean. If you want to try and spot dolphins and possibly other marine life if you’re lucky, then go with this company. They’re great!

Really great experience - Sandra and Ricardo were very communicative before the trip about the meeting point. Ricardo was friendly and knowledgable - he managed to spot lots of different birds in the wetlands, including the flamingos! The islands were beautiful too. Thanks so much for the lovely day trip!

Great way to discover Ria Formosa and some of its islands. We spent a great afternoon with Nico who was very knowledgeable, funny and made sure we had a great time.

Great day out and lovely experience. Capitán Luís was a fantastic guide and even encouraged/helped us to clean up some ocean trash.

Thank you for your friendliness and kindness, very fun and interesting trip ! I enjoyed it a lot !