Culatra Island
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Olhão: Ria Formosa Boat Cruise

1. 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. Stop at Culatra Island where 1000 people live and no cars are allowed; experience this European sustainability project that will be completed by 2030. Then make a short visit to Praia Deserta and enjoy the serenity of a tranquil location accessible only by boat. While there, enjoy some time for a swim and take photos before returning to Olhão.

From Olhão: Ria Formosa Sunset Tour

2. From Olhão: Ria Formosa Sunset Tour

After boarding your boat, head out into the sheltered waters of Ria Formosa. Depending on the season you will get to discover one of two islands. In May, stop on Armona Island and drink a coffee on the beach or take a swim and explore the island. From May to September your first stop will be at Praia Deserta, 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 on Culatra Island, a small community of 1000 people that is to be a sustainability project by 2030. Here you can relax and, in summer, enjoy some swimming. After about 40 minutes to enjoy the beach and the sunset, you'll board your boat for the return trip to Olhão.

Olhão: Private Boat Tour to Ria Formosa

3. Olhão: Private Boat Tour to Ria Formosa

Discover some of the most beautiful places at the Natural Park of Ria Formosa on this private tour with your family or friends. Embark on a private tour together with an experienced skipper that will take you to the best places of this beautiful area which is considered one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal. Go for a swim in crystal clear waters, explore the island´s picturesque villages, or take a stroll on one of the many beautiful sandy beaches. Listen to the information your skipper can share in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French. Benefit from a pleasant and comfortable way to explore this little paradise while enjoying cold drinks on board. The boat has capacity for 12 passengers.

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What people are saying about Culatra Island

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Really lovely day! Actually had a message from the guide in the morning offering us a 4 hour trip instead of 2 for only a few euros more! Our guide clearly loves his job and was really knowledgable about the area. We stopped for some amazing fish at a local restaurant. All in all just a fun, relaxed afternoon with a lovely bunch of people.

Very nice day, we have a very nice moment with a group of French people. Guillaume our boat captain very nice pleasant and provided us with very good information on the islands of Formosa. Carlos very attentive to schedules and very accommodating.

Nice and informative excursion to Culatra, unfortunately a bit short (approx. 2 hours). For swimming and eating, I recommend taking a longer boat trip. The crew was friendly and very well informed about flora and fauna. Gladly again!

Great way to see a bit of the Ria Formosa . Well organised. Fun experience

Passeio muito agradável e instrutivo. Vale a pena.