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Olhão: 4-Hour Ria Formosa Islands Tour

1. Olhão: 4-Hour Ria Formosa Islands Tour

Navigate the waterways between the barrier islands of Ria Formosa off the coast of Olhão and discover a paradise of nature. Enjoy great views of the Farol Bar and Santa Maria Lighthouse on Farol Island. Stop for lunch in the fishing village of Culatra, home to about 1,000 residents with shops, a school, church, medical office, and even its own football pitch. Savor the local fresh fish at a typical restaurant or go for a nice picnic on the beach. Continue to Armona Bay and island, where you will stop for another 30 minutes to appreciate the nature. Return to Olhão, passing close to several tuna factories and the fishing harbor. See a larger area of Ria Formosa than most other tours, and benefit from the expert knowledge of your skipper to learn about the flora and fauna.

From Faro: Ria Formosa Lagoon Boat Tour

2. From Faro: Ria Formosa Lagoon Boat Tour

You set sail on a pontoon boat, and the marina of Faro fades behind you. On this tour you'll feel like a native of the Algarve as we explore the lagoon and numerous birds and wildlife who live in this protected landscape. You will sail through marshes and channels, and enjoy a nice boat trip with beautiful views of the walls of the Old Town of Faro. For anyone passing by Faro without much time to explore, this is the perfect way to get an overview of this fascinating city. The Ria Formosa is one of Portugal's Seven Natural Wonders, and you'll soon discover why! Come out and spend a beautiful time on the water.

From Olhão: Ria Formosa Sunset Tour

3. 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.

Ria Formosa: Tour to Paradise Boat Tour

4. Ria Formosa: Tour to Paradise Boat Tour

Get back to nature in the barrier islands of Ria Formosa Natural Park and discover a unique lagoon system that constantly changes according to the movement of the winds. Experience the natural beauty of the Algarve away from the tourist resorts and marvel at the area's amazing biodiversity. See birds nests and learn about the mollusks and crustaceans that provide revenue for the local seafood producers. Climb aboard a boat in Olhão for a 4-hour trip to observe the flora and fauna of the barrier islands from the water.  Stop at one of the islands to take a relaxing stroll on the golden sands and see the typical fishing villages of the area. Get the chance to visit the market in Olhão before or after your boat trip, and marvel at the wide variety of fresh seafood on sale, including clams, oysters and more. Lunch on the islands can be arranged (not included in the tour price). Enjoy free time to swim and relax before your return.

Olhão: Sightseeing boat Tour to Ria Formosa

5. Olhão: Sightseeing boat Tour to Ria Formosa

Embark on an adventure and go on a sightseeing boat tour to Ria Formosa.  Swim in crystal clear waters, explore the picturesque villages of Armona and Culatra. Take a walk on one of the many beautiful sandy beaches and take in a unique atmosphere. Explore this beautiful area while enjoying cold drinks on board. Relax on this comfortable and private boat that has capacity for 12 passengers. Customize this private tour that you can plan with an experienced skipper. Discover some of the most beautiful places in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa on this private tour with your family or friends.

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What people are saying about Ria Formosa

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 10 reviews

What a wonderful trip! It was a small, immaculate boat with a very knowledgeable and engaging skipper. We were impressed that everyone was given a life jacket and safety briefing. We didn't see many birds because of high tides but the skipper went out of his way to find them. He knew a lot about the wildlife of the region. We loved our trip.

The tour was great fun for us. Because it wasn't a huge boat, you had more driving experience, but we always felt safe. The tour was informative. The stays on Armona and Culatra were well timed and the sunset/afterglow was wonderful to see from the island/boat.

Really good tour. The guide was very friendly and informative. Even though we didn't see the sunset because of the weather I would still highly recommend!

We were lucky to have perfect hot weather and clear sky Lovely sunset on our gentle boat trip

Joãn very good and informative. Jolly man. Had a super day out.