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From Faro: 4 Islands, 4 Stops in Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

1. From Faro: 4 Islands, 4 Stops in Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

Enjoy a tour on a comfortable Catamaran, taking in the fauna and flora of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa. Cross the channels of the park and stop for 45 minutes at Deserta Island, where you will the opportunity to take a swim. Then, proceed to Farol Island where you will have another 45 minutes to discover its lighthouse and take photos. Sail to Hangares and see the culture of oysters and the military reserve. Lastly, arrive at Culatra Island where you will have 1.5 hours of free time to explore the traditional fishing village. You will also have the option to have lunch in a typical restaurant on Breech Island where the main course varies between fresh fish or seafood.

Faro: Kayak Hire in Ria Formosa Natural Park

2. Faro: Kayak Hire in Ria Formosa Natural Park

Paddle through the Algarve's famed blue waters in a kayak. The Rotomod sit-on-top kayaks are stable, safe, comfortable, and easy to use, making them the perfect way for you to explore the waters of the Algarve. You don’t need any experience to get the most out of your very own kayaking adventure. Various types of kayaks are available for rent. The first is the Rotomod Ocean Duo, a comfortable double kayak that can seat up to 2 adults. There is also the Rotomod Ocean Quattro, perfect for families. This kayak can seat up to 2 adults and 1 child. The Rotomod Tango is a heavy duty solo kayak, ideal for bigger paddlers or people travelling with a lot of heavy gear. If you don’t have that much gear, then the Toromod Mambo might be for you, with excellent maneuverability from this solo kayak. Just for your safety, your kayak hire will also include light paddles and comfortable safety vests.

From Faro: 2-Island, 2-Stop Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

3. From Faro: 2-Island, 2-Stop Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

On this 3-hour tour in a comfortable catamaran through the most beautiful waters of the Algarve, always with professional guide telling you about the fauna and flora of Ria Formosa Natural Park.  Discover the two main islands of Deserta Island, 11 kilometers of beach at the southern most point of Portugal and Farol Island, a holiday island with a lighthouse. Cross the channels of Ria Formosa Natural Park until Deserta Island, where you will make a 45 minute stop, then travel to Farol Island with another 45 minute stop to see the lighthouse and its community. During the tour, observe the resident birds and when the tide lowers, the shellfish.

Algarve: 2-Hour Ria Formosa Kayak Tour from Faro

4. Algarve: 2-Hour Ria Formosa Kayak Tour from Faro

This 2-hour kayak tour in the Ria Formosa Nature Park will take you on an adventure of exploration along the channels and marshes of this spectacular wetlands area. With your guide you'll discover the enormous abundance of wildlife and learn about the history and local economic activities of one of the most important protected areas in the Algarve. You'll head out on a leisurely paddle through the peaceful waters of the Ria Formosa Park and stop at one of its islets for a break and a chance to take in the beauty of the unique habitats. After your rest stop you’ll paddle back as you enjoy stunning views of the old town of Faro along the way. All tours are accompanied by experienced instructors. The kayaks are double, sit-on-top models, and are safe, comfortable, and glide along easily. No previous paddling experience is required to enjoy this nature activity.

Romantic Sunset Tour in the Ria Formosa from Faro

5. Romantic Sunset Tour in the Ria Formosa from Faro

Come on board a comfortable catamaran with your soul mate in private. Follow the channels of the Ria Formosa and explore the barrier islands that form the natural reserve with a guide that will provide you relevant information. You can enjoy one stop before returning to the boat. Experience a majestic sunset in a paradise location, and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Gaze across the tranquil lagoon as the sun dips across the horizon in radiant colors. Then, return to your original point of departure for the end of the tour.

Ria Formosa National Park: Kayak Trip

6. Ria Formosa National Park: Kayak Trip

The protected land of the Ria Formosa on Portugal's southernmost tip is a marvel of wildlife, landscape and natural beauty. There are many ways to explore this biodiverse paradise, but surely the most fun is by kayak! On this tour you'll discover the white beaches, the clear waters, and the incredible bird and sea life with which the park teems. Your professional guide will help you get the most out of your kayaking adventure. Whether you're a seasoned pro or it's your first time, the calm waters and beautiful landscape are the perfect backdrop for your visit to this national park. Depart Faro and travel towards the lagoon of the Ria Formosa for a quick lesson on how to handle your kayak. With no waves here, it is the perfect place for learning before you head into the marshes and islets. Keep your eyes open for the hundreds of varieties of birdlife to which the park is home! Once you reach the national park, pass people working in the clam farms and head straight towards a small islet with your friends! Spend the day on the water in a fun and safe kayak while you get to know one of the world's most beautiful natural enclaves.

Olhão: Private Boat Tour to Ria Formosa

7. 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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What people are saying about Ria Formosa

Had a wonderful time kayaking with Luis in Ria Formosa. He was very knowledgeable about the wildlife in the lagoon and we could tell his love for nature and the sea. We had a picture-perfect morning despite the recent rains in the Algarve, saw a great variety of birds, and did not want our kayaking tour to end.

Kayak trip amongst the sand banks- great guide( luis) who had good knowledge and made the trip very interesting . Lovely way to see wildlife close up

Great time spent with a very nice and very interesting guide; he took the time to explain many things to us about this amazing marine environment

A pleasant way to visit these 4 islands! Our Guide ALEX, clearly told us the how, what and why of this region.

everything was very good for the visit we ate well we are well taken care of