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

1. 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. You may be able to watch the hunting of predatory birds, and will also be able to 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.

Olhão: Ria Formosa Boat Cruise

2. 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. 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 Faro: 2-Hour Guided Bird Watching Boat Trip

3. From Faro: 2-Hour Guided Bird Watching Boat Trip

When you’re in Portugal make sure to be a part of this ecotourism experience that will take you through the spectacular nature of the Ria Formosa by boat. Come see why this region was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. Considered one of the most important wetlands for aquatic birds in Portugal, during the tour we observe birds like the White Stork, Little Egret and the Spoonbill. Waders are most abundant during winter, although birds like the Whimbrel, the Turnstone and the Grey Plover are a constant presence. The trip continues towards the islands of the Natural Park through oyster and clams farms. Here you will have the opportunity to see one of the most important economical activities in the Algarve and also very interesting species such as the black-tailed godwit, the oystercatcher and many others. During wintertime we often observe the sandwich tern and the greater flamingo. Towards the point where the lagoon meets the sea, we make a stop so you may enjoy this small paradise. During our trip back we will have many opportunities to observe other species while our boat sails calmly through the channels of this Natural Park in direction to the city of Faro.

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What people are saying about Ria Formosa

Friendly, informative and sharp-eyed guide. Lucky enough to have the boat to ourselves. The solar engine is so quiet and gentle we were able to approach birds quite closely and to get into the shallows. Recommend this to anyone.

Carlos very nice and our guide (José) very nice speaking very good French and English. Nice 2 hour experience. For the price and small villages to visit it's perfect!

Great walk to discover the Ria Formosa. Our guide spoke perfect French and was really great! The reception and support was very simple. I recommend !

Really enjoyed our eco boat trip. The guide was very knowledgeable. Binoculars provided were good quality. Highly recommend!

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