Hop-on hop-off tour

From Faro: Ria Formosa Hop-On Hop-Off Island Tour

From Faro: Ria Formosa Hop-On Hop-Off Island Tour

From US$ 32.21 per person

Climb aboard a hop-on hop-off boat and sail through the amazing channels of Ria Formosa Natural Park at your own pace. Admire the stunning nature, relax on the beach and see how the locals live in a fishing village.

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  • Explore 3 fascinating islands and discover each of their unique characteristics
  • Travel the islands at your own pace with flexible schedule hours
  • Enjoy the tranquility of the uninhabited Desert Island
  • Watch small fishing communities and their traditional fishing methods
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Discover 3 of Ria Formosa's barrier islands and admire the wonderful world of the fauna and flora of this part of the Algarve coast. Travel by hop-on hop-off boat and enjoy the flexibility to choose the time you want to spend at each of the islands. A professional team of boat skippers will be here to guide you and provide all the necessary information ensuring you'll have a pleasant and enjoyable stay. With regular departures scheduled from the pier in Faro, aboard a speedboat or ferry boat heading in direction of Desert Island which will be your first stop. Spend the day exploring the only uninhabited island and enjoy the tranquility of this peaceful place. Relax on the beach, observe the wildlife or take a walking tour to Cape Saint Mary. Swim in the ocean’s clear waters, sunbathe or enjoy a memorable meal at Estaminé during your visit to Desert Island. Next, visit Farol Island and the small village of Farol. Take a stroll along the sea wall, visit the island's namesake lighthouse or enjoy a drink at one of the beach bars. On the last stop of the tour, visit the small fishing village of Culatra Island. During low tide, observe the oyster farms that are exported internationally. Visit the church and school, meet the locals, and observe traditional fishing gear before heading back to Faro.
  • Transportation between islands by ferry or shuttle boat
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please note that your ticket is valid for 24 hours until you return to Faro
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 18 reviews

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The hop on hop off tour was very nice. We started with the ferry. It was more pleasant than with the speed boat. In March it is still a bit fresh in the morning. The islands are very beautiful. You can also eat very well on Deserta. The speedboat then went on. Farol is a ghost town at this time. But it was very nice in the culatra

March 14, 2020

A great way to experience the islands at your own pace. Every island was unique in their own way and definitely worth a visit when staying in Faro. The speedboats are nice as the journey is not as long as the ferry allowing you to spend more time on the islands

May 23, 2022


The boats can go really fast and it's a lot of fun. So not so many people on one boat. The islands are really nice and you're pretty flexible with the hop-on-hop-off ticket

September 10, 2021

Product ID: 214848