Water activity

From Faro: 4 Stops, 3 Islands in Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

Activity provider: Estrela da Ria Formosa

From Faro: 4 Stops, 3 Islands in Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

Activity provider: Estrela da Ria Formosa

From US$ 37.75 per person

Join a catamaran cruise with a guide. Cross the canals of the natural park and discover Deserta Island, Farol Island, and Culatra Island. Observe oyster farming and enjoy an optional lunch.

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Duration 4 hours
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Spanish, English, French, Portuguese


  • Discover the fauna and flora of the Ria Formosa Natural Park
  • Swim in the waters of Deserta Island, the only uninhabited island of Ria Formosa
  • Sail on a relaxing and luxurious catamaran to the sandy Farol Island
  • Visit the beaches of the remote paradise of Culatra Island
  • Opt for a traditional lunch in a fishing village for your last stop
Full description
Enjoy a tour on a comfortable Catamaran, taking in the fauna and flora of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa. Cross the channels of the park and stop for 45 minutes at Deserta Island, where you will the opportunity to take a swim. Then, proceed to Farol Island where you will have another 45 minutes to discover its lighthouse and take photos. Sail to Hangares and see the culture of oysters and the military reserve. Lastly, arrive at Culatra Island where you will have 1.5 hours of free time to explore the traditional fishing village. You will also have the option to have lunch in a typical restaurant on Breech Island where the main course varies between fresh fish or seafood.
  • Professional skipper
  • Diving masks
  • Life jackets
  • Lunch (optional)
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Rua Comandante Francisco Manuel, 8000-138 Faro. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Tour are subject to weather conditions
  • Morning tours last 5 hours. Afternoon tours last 4 hours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 405 reviews

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Time appeared relatively short for such journey of 3 stops and 1 passing by. If arranged lunch was chosen, you won't have time at the Culantra beach which requires at least 25-min walk each way! Also, the October waves were too wild for a swim. The water was too cold. Most people were sun bathing only. So don't expect any fun in the ocean.

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October 15, 2022

An excursion that lasts 5 hours in the morning (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) and allows us to discover 3 islands of the Ria Formosa (+1 on which we do not stop). Our guide, Claudio, was very friendly! We stay 2 hours on the last island, Culatra, which allows us to visit and land on the beach. A must do for anyone passing through Faro!

August 16, 2022

Very nice excursion: small committee (12 people on the boat), 3 stops on 3 different islands, large free car park a few minutes from the stand, departure on time, comfortable boat with a part in the shade, French guide... We recommend this excursion! We did not choose the restaurant option that the company offers but we ate in a small snack bar with our feet in the sand "BAIXA MAR" (at the beginning of the island) very good, the prices are very affordable and the staff friendly.

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August 13, 2022

Product ID: 103007