Water activity

Faro: Ria Formosa National Park Boat Tour

4.9 / 5

40 reviews

Faro: Ria Formosa National Park Boat Tour

From US$ 34.22 per person

Explore Ria Formosa Natural Park with a local guide and get to know more about the area's fauna and traditions while cruising to the Barrier Islands, Deserta and Culatra.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Explore Ria Formosa and visit 2 of the Barrier Islands
  • Marvel at the view over Cabo de Santa Maria in Deserta island
  • Learn more about the Natural Park from your guide
Full description
Departing from Faro, head into the Ria Formosa lagoon to discover the marshlands and their inhabitants on your way to the Barrier islands. While cruising, admire the breathtaking views that surround you and listen to your guide as they give you information about the Natural Park and its local fauna. With the help of your guide, spot local bird species flying overhead. Enjoy 30 minutes of free time at the beach in Deserta Island. Go for a swim in the bay’s crystal clear waters or simply take a walk around the island. Later, enjoy 1 hour of free time to discover Culatra Island. Explore the island’s picturesque villages or take a stroll on one of the many sandy beaches before cruising back to Faro.
  • Live guide
  • Stops at Deserta Island and Culatra Island
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Santa Maria Petisca Ria (by Faro harbour). You should notice lots of flags in a row.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • You may have to remove your shoes to drop off at the beach.
  • It is recommended to bring water and sun cream.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 40 reviews

Review summary

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Wonderful tour of the Lagon and clear description of the different species that are present. Free time in both islands that allowed us to visit them at our own pace. But there is a species that you absolutely need to meet that is full of knowledge, very didactic and super funny: it is Pedro the marine biologist who was our guide! He is the gem of Ria Farmosa. Thanks again for this unforgettable visit.

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August 31, 2020

the boat was very good, our skipper Pedro adorable and very helpful. As far as the outing itself is concerned, I was disappointed with the few birds that we saw; then the famous "desert island" is disappointing. Nice gradient of colors in the water but a lot of dirt on the beach and on the island ... too bad. despite this we had a good 7th day thanks to Pedro and it is always nice to do dubatrau with wonderful weather.

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July 21, 2020

We have a great experience in Isla Deserta and Isla de Culatra. Pedro, our skipper, was very kind and friendly and he explained us a lot of interesting things about fishes and birds. He gave us also suggestion about what to do in Faro and in the other villages and about place where eating local dishes!:)

September 9, 2019

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