Water activity

From Faro: 2-Island, 2-Stop Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

4.1 / 5

43 reviews

Activity provider: Estrela da Ria Formosa

From Faro: 2-Island, 2-Stop Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

Activity provider: Estrela da Ria Formosa

From US$ 32.97 per person

Cross the channels of the Ria Formosa Natural Park and stop at Deserta Island and Farol Island on this guided tour.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Enjoy a guided tour of Ria Formosa Natural Park
  • Travel on a relaxing catamaran through the most beautiful waters of the Algarve
  • Discover Deserta Island and Farol Island
Full description
On this 3-hour tour in a comfortable catamaran through the most beautiful waters of the Algarve, always with professional guide telling you about the fauna and flora of Ria Formosa Natural Park.  Discover the two main islands of Deserta Island, 11 kilometers of beach at the southern most point of Portugal and Farol Island, a holiday island with a lighthouse. Cross the channels of Ria Formosa Natural Park until Deserta Island, where you will make a 45 minute stop, then travel to Farol Island with another 45 minute stop to see the lighthouse and its community. During the tour, observe the resident birds and when the tide lowers, the shellfish.
  • Professional skipper
  • Diving masks
  • Life jackets
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Rua Comandante Francisco Manuel, 8000-250 Faro, Algarve, Portugal.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Tours are subject to weather conditions
  • Please note, the morning tour is 5 hours in duration, and the afternoon tour is 4 hours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 43 reviews

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Highly recommended trip

Thank to the off-season, we spent a pleasant, romantic 3-hour trip in Ria Formosa. As only we took part in the morning tour (my husband and me), we have the opportunity to enjoy the full attention of the captain. He was very kind, and helpful, answered all of our questions, and told interesting stories for us. The lagoon itself is marvelous. We preferred the desert island, altough Farol was also almost empty in this season.

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November 30, 2018

Nice trip for a relaxed afternoon on the water and on 2 islands. Little information about the Ria Formosa itself, unfortunately you don't really sail in between. I didn't find the 2 islands very special either.

November 14, 2020

Little was told by the skipper . I expected to hear more about the flora and fauna. It was more like a "taxi service", you were dropped off at the islets and that was it. There was also a lot of rubbish on Deserta island, too bad.

September 28, 2020

Product ID: 120274