Water activity

Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry

Water activity

Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry

From US$ 10.84 per person

Climb aboard a comfortable catamaran and sail through the amazing channels of Ria Formosa Natural Park. Go to the island of Ilha Deserta to relax on the beach and enjoy lunch at the eco-friendly Estaminé Restaurant.

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Duration 45 minutes
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  • Relax on the remote beaches of Ilha Deserta
  • Cruise through the channels of Ria Formosa Natural Park by catamaran
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch at an eco-friendly restaurant on Ilha Deserta
Full description
Discover a hidden paradise of the Algarve on a catamaran cruise from Faro. Climb aboard to journey through the channels of the Ria Formosa Natural Park on a 45-minute trip to see seabirds and native plants. Then, dock at Ilha Deserta (also known as Barreta Island and Santa Maria Cape Island). Only accessible by boat, the island remains unspoiled and it’s hard to believe such a natural jewel still exists in Europe. Go to a unique beach at the southernmost point of Portugal and sample the traditional flavors of the Algarve at the environmentally-friendly Estaminé Restaurant. Opt to stay on the island for a few hours or the entire day, and return to Faro whenever you want. Avail of a number of return crossings for your convenience.
  • Round-trip boat tickets
  • Visit to Ilha Deserta, with free time to relax, explore and stroll the 2-kilometer boardwalk
  • Food and drinks
  • Beach deck chair and awning

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Meeting point

Board the catamaran at the Porta Nova pier on Rua Comandante Francisco Manuel, near the sea gate in Faro Old Town. Directions: Follow the waterfront around the corner from Faro Marina (close to Hotel Eva and Hotel Faro). The pier is less than 5 minutes on foot from the marina.

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Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 237 reviews

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this is great value for money, make sure you have add least 3 hours on this wonderful island, you could easily stay for the day. just lovely. we missed our return but hitched a speedboat for pennies, people so helpful. this was actually the highlight of our holiday.

April 1, 2023

100% must see! Beach is unbelievable and the restaurant food is incredible. I would advise looking at the logistics of getting to the Marina where the boat picks you up we assumed it would be an easy trip, but the buses to the area stop around 5.45pm which is quite early depending on what time you catch the boat, we ended up asking our hotel (in Albufeira) to arrange transport for us it was €37 each way and a 45 min journey, but was totally worth it as we spent the whole day there. I would recommend staying for the day as it is beautiful and I’d be surprised if anyone would be in a hurry to leave, we packed drinks as there is nothing but the restaurant there which is a bit pricey but we did eat our dinner there and have a cheeky sangria which was absolutely divine! If you want to eat at the restaurant book in advance, we were very lucky as when I booked there were only 2 available times for dinner.

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April 1, 2023

The reservation was fast,once on the spot I just show the confirmation number and they printed the ticket for me. Ilha Deserta itself it's amazing...in September it was really like a dessert, which means almost nobody there. If you are looking for a relaxing day on the beach with cristal clear water and white sand, this is your spot! The ride on the catamaran was also an atraction and the staff was very nice, even waited for my friend few minutes as she couldn't find the starting point. Ps: the docking place it's behind the actual port, in front of old city walls. Ps2: Note- there is no shops on the island so take water and all you need. There is a restaurant there ( the only building in the island) but it's a bit pricy, which is understandable considering the location, behind the restaurant there is a snack bar which has more economical version.

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April 1, 2023

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