Faro Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended Faro Safaris & wildlife activities

Faro: Dolphin and Wildlife Watching in the Atlantic Ocean

1. Faro: Dolphin and Wildlife Watching in the Atlantic Ocean

Discover different species of cetaceans, birds and other marine life on this exciting experience in the Algarve. Leaving from Faro, cross through Ria Formosa Natural Park towards the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the views of the Barrier Islands (Deserta and Culatra) or the marshlands as you cruise to the coastline. Once you reach the ocean, spot wildlife such as dolphins, whales, and porpoises. Whale season is between February and May, while dolphins are resident all year round. You will also see birds such as gannets and shearwaters flying overhead. When it comes to fish, spot species such as ocean sunfish, blue sharks, and hammerhead sharks, as well as a few marine turtles. A team of two marine biologists will help you find as many species as possible during your time on the ocean, and give you facts and information about the fauna and the surroundings.  After spotting a group of dolphins, enjoy 30 minutes free to watch the group. Feel free to ask any questions regarding dolphins and other marine life to one of your guides and take the opportunity to learn more about how biologists collect data for scientific research on dolphin populations. Once your observation time is over, return to Ria Formosa and cruise back to Faro.

Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

2. Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

Explore the Algarve coast which is legendary for pirate adventures and pristine beaches. Cruise along the coast between Albufeira Marina and Carvoeiro beach on a luxury boat that offers you the chance to swim, relax, and maybe even see a dolphin or two. Begin with a relaxing ride through the caves and rock formations that make this landscape so unique. Stop for swim in a stunning location with stunning views. Head out to sea in your search for the playful dolphins who call these waters home. Enjoy sailing along in comfortable vessel that is ideal looking for dolphins. Learn facinating facts about these majestic animals from your guide. Return to the meeting point at the end of your tour.

Olhão: Ria Formosa Boat Cruise

3. 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, and sand bars which are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. Spot local birds, marine life, and beds of clams and oysters during low tide. 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, visit Armona Island and enjoy the serenity of a tranquil location accessible only by boat. While there, enjoy some time to explore the island or for a swim and take amazing photos

Faro: Eco-Friendly Ria Formosa Bird Watching in Solar Boat

4. Faro: Eco-Friendly Ria Formosa Bird Watching in Solar Boat

Ria Formosa is a place of extreme nature, with an environment that is always different at every hour of the day. This is due largely to the fact that the sea level rises and falls about 3 meters every 6 hours. Whilst there, you will discover a complete self-regenerating ecosystem, which allows a part of the local population to develop fishing and shellfish production. This provides all of the ingredients for the varied diets of the migratory birds that continue returning to this area year after year. Watch the hunting of predatory birds, or enter into a maze of canals where the only thing that you will hear is the sound of the birds calling and their interactions with one another. At the conclusion of your tour, you will return by boat to your tour's point of origin.

From Faro: Island Tour by Boat

5. From Faro: Island Tour by Boat

Tour to Deserta, Farol and Culatra islands. Stop at Culatra Island for lunch. About Tour in the natural park of Ria formosa through the breeding and harvesting ponds of shellfish and oysters, visit the islands and stop at an island for lunch. On this tour visit the following islands: - Desert Island - Lighthouse Island - Culatra - Armona

From Faro: Dolphin Watching & 2 Islands Tour

6. From Faro: Dolphin Watching & 2 Islands Tour

Discover the beauty of Faro’s coastline on this epic sea adventure that navigates along the Ria Formosa waters, passing between Deserta Island and Farol Island and across the Cape de Santa Maria. Marvel at scenic views where the waters of the Ria Formosa meet the Atlantic Ocean and gaze out towards the vastness of the open blue sea. After a glide around Ria Formosa Natural Park, ride along the coast in search of a pod of dolphins swimming in their natural habitat. These magnificent creatures often spend their mornings feeding in the clear and crystalline waters off the coast of Faro. Although there is no guarantee that dolphins will be spotted on the trip, there is a 90% chance of finding the sea creatures. After dolphin watching, begin discovering the islands. Head to Farol Island and then Culatra Island for lunch at a restaurant or an optional picnic. Then, discover the oyster culture on Hangares Island, before finally visiting Deserta Island for snorkeling.

From Olhão: Ria Formosa Sunset Tour

7. 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.

From Faro: Dolphin-Watching & Wildlife

8. From Faro: Dolphin-Watching & Wildlife

Discover the wildlife in Faro's waters on a dolphin-watching cruise aboard a speedboat. Have the opportunity to see dolphins, birds, and, if you're lucky, turtles and small sharks. Learn about the marine animals with the onboard marine biologist. After making your own way to the meeting point, board the boat and cruise through the Rio Formosa Natural Park. Admire the landscape of winding waterways as you make your way to Cape Santa Maria, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Rio Formosa river. Upon arrival at the ocean, keep your eye out for local dolphins. Enjoy the best chance of seeing them on this morning cruise because the dolphins approach the coast looking for food at this time. As well as dolphins, look out for birds, turtles, and harmless sharks, and feel free to ask the marine biologist questions about the wildlife. On the way back to Faro, enjoy different views of the natural park due to the changing tides of the Rio Formosa.

Algarve Dolphin Watching & Marine Life Eco Tour

9. Algarve Dolphin Watching & Marine Life Eco Tour

Spotting dolphins in their natural habitat is an extraordinary experience and on this 2-hour excursion off the coast of the Algarve you will get the chance to see common and bottlenose dolphins, as well as the other marine life that live and play around the barrier islands of Ria Formosa and Santa Maria Cape, Europe’s most southerly point. The vendor is a dedicated supporter of marine life conservation and an ecotourism provider. Departing Faro you will travel aboard a comfortable and safe RIB boat with a nature guide in tow, who will give you fascinating facts about the extraordinary sea life of this lovely location. The boat trip is approximately 2 hours long and cruises through the calm waters of the Ria Formosa towards the big blue ocean, reaching 10 or 12 miles offshore. You will sail along the coastline of the Algarve, pass by the barrier-islands of Ria Formosa and Santa Maria Cape looking out for several species of cetaceans. Seabirds will be your constant companions, including Northern Gannet, Balearic Shearwater, Mediterranean Gull and several species of Storm Petrels. Seagulls will duck and dive around the fishing boats. Look out for other marine wildlife, such as sea turtles, Ocean Sunfish, sharks, and even the occasional Harbor Porpoise or Minke Whale. After the exciting water adventure tracking the intense marine life, you will return to Ria Formosa where the tour ends.

Olhão: Private Boat Tour to Ria Formosa

10. 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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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 23 reviews

The boat tour was great, pretty fast and fun! We also saw dolphins and the guide was nice. However, it wasn't in German, even though we booked the German-speaking trip - the only one offered! That wasn't so great for our child, but then we translated. The guide's English was easy to understand! You could probably have received a German explanation by means of an app….

I recommend this outing with Juan! Discovery of the 3 islands, local and excellent meals! Warm and caring welcome. Thank you for this discovery outing Juan! Looking forward to coming back to Faro for another ride! Go there with your eyes closed!

We had a wonderful time on that silent boat. Getting away from all the tourist hustle and enjoying nature. Our guide was so nice and enthusiastic and showed us wonderful places where we could watch the birds in their natural environment.

Although the weather didn't fully worked out, the trip was quite nice and interesting. Carlos is also a great guide. Highly recommended.

Brilliant staff, views and activity. Great fun. Saw dolphins, birds, sat in a beach bar and snorkeled. Great half day trip.