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Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

1. Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

Sail to the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park by catamaran, with regular departures scheduled from Faro. The journey follows the Ria Formosa channels and includes stops at the magical islands of Farol and Deserta. See the imposing Santa Maria Lighthouse in Farol and enjoy time to explore and try island cuisine. In Deserta, admire the rolling dunes and unique landscapes. Look out for unique flora and fauna, including the chameleon. Enjoy plenty of swimming opportunities on both islands, with secluded beaches and pristine shores. On board, learn about the islands and the park with insightful commentary from your guide in various languages.

Algarve: Ria Formosa Eco-Friendly Solar Boat Trip from Faro

2. Algarve: Ria Formosa Eco-Friendly Solar Boat Trip from Faro

Explore the Ria Formosa in the Algarve with an experienced guide. Respect your natural surroundings as you glide along on an eco-friendly boat, powered by solar energy. Commence your journey through the Ria Formosa by departing from the wharf in Faro. Head into the protected marshlands of the Algarve on this relaxing boat tour. During your 1-hour adventure through the Ria Formosa, visit the protected marshlands of the Algarve and spot some of the native wildlife and birdlife that exist in the area. The comfortable, solar-powered boat never leaks oil and doesn't contaminate. What's more, your trained guide is experienced in traveling through this beautiful area without leaving any trace whatsoever.

Cabanas de Tavira: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

3. Cabanas de Tavira: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Experience the excitement of seeing dolphins swimming in the open ocean on this boat tour. You tour offers a 95% chance that you will see dolphins. You will also learn about the dolphin species that live near the Ria Formosa. Your skipper is very experienced and knows just where to find these friendly and gentle creatures. Keep your eyes open during your 2.5-hour tour and you might be the first to spot the dolphins.

From Fuzeta: 2-Hour Southeast Ria Formosa Boat Trip

4. From Fuzeta: 2-Hour Southeast Ria Formosa Boat Trip

Discover the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, Portugal's 7th natural wonder, and its wildlife and culture on this boat trip.  Departing from Fuseta, travel to an oyster and lamb farm, where you will learn more about the park's fishing and agriculture industry. Along the way, don't forget to keep an eye out for migratory birds making their way to their new home. Enjoy an explanation of Ria Formosa's native bird species and other wildlife from your guide. Your next stop will be Armona Island. Here, enjoy a cup of coffee or go for a swim in the island's crystal clear waters before heading back to Fuseta.

Faro: Speed Boat Tour

5. Faro: Speed Boat Tour

Check in at the Faro Marina and meet your skipper for your safety briefing. The skipper will tell you the details of your itinerary before departing. Strap on your life jackets and embark on your speed boat tour. Discover the beauty along the Ria Formosa Natural Park and make your way to a desert island, where you’ll have time to explore the desert beaches. After your time at the beach, continue to discover Ria Formosa’s wonders before heading back to the Faro Marina. Choose from a 1- or 2-hour shared tour, or upgrade your experience to a private 1-hour tour by selecting the relevant option when booking.

From Faro: 2-Hour Guided Bird Watching Boat Trip

6. 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.

The Colors of Ria Formosa: Sunset Boat Trip in Faro

7. The Colors of Ria Formosa: Sunset Boat Trip in Faro

When you’re in Portugal make sure to take this romantic tour on a comfortable pontoon boat while gazing at a beautiful sunset sinking over Portugal’s famed Ria Formosa. It is a truly memorable experience that you will want to share with someone extra special. Come see why this region was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. The sunset over the Ria Formosa is a natural spectacle. Sit back, relax with your special someone and be awed by the tremendous sunset changing colors over the Ria Formosa landscape as day slowly turns into night. On this sunset boat trip the atmosphere is of course very romantic just by itself. It becomes even more so with the addition of sparkling wine for sipping.

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What people are saying about Ria Formosa

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 658 reviews

The trip is perfect if you want to see both islands! You have enough time to enjoy both of them and go swimming or eat something. Our guide was great and he spotted some of the birds in the area and had great suggestions about what to do. I highly recommend the tour!

Excursion to do absolutely if you pass by Faro! We were able to stop on two islands, very different but both extremely beautiful. Our guide Nico was very friendly and funny, I recommend 100%

Miguel was a great tour guide. He took us to three different spots where you could swim, eat, or relax and was also informative about different aspects of Faro

Excellent tour. We had the tour guide Richard who was fun and knowledgeable and adapted the tour based on water conditions. Would highly highly recommend

Superb boat trip under a magnificent sun. Visit of 2 beautiful islands, a very nice guide and good advice (thank you Nico). I recommend