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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.

Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

2. Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

When you’re in Portugal make sure to experience this exciting catamaran boat to Deserta and Farol islands that will take you through the spectacular nature of the Ria Formosa. Come see why this region was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. Depart from the Marina of Faro sailing slowly through the channels of the Ria Formosa to fully enjoy the beautiful landscape. Along the tour you will see birds like the Grey Heron, the White Stork and many other birds that use this area as a feeding habitat. As you approach the islands and beaches you see the lighthouse of Culatra Island where you make our first stop. Looking around, one can observe the hard work of the people in the oyster and clam farms. A closer look towards the coastline and you will notice the market of the city of Olhão - an important fishing town. And off toward the ocean you can glimpse one of the most important sea entrances of the Ria Formosa. The next stop is Farol Island. Here, you can enjoy a walk around the streets of this small but friendly community. When passing by the lighthouse, go on until the very end to admire an extensive beach of fine white sand washed by calm warm waters. Leave the Farol Island and make your second stop at Deserta Island. This island is also known as Barreta Island. Here lies the most southern point of Portugal - the Santa Maria Cape. In this second stop you can choose to explore the fauna and flora of the island by an easy walk or simply enjoy the sunshine and bathe in the clear waters of the beach.

Faro: Hop On Hop Off City Tour by Tourist Train

3. Faro: Hop On Hop Off City Tour by Tourist Train

Relax and enjoy a Faro tour on a special tourist train. During this tour, you will visit beautiful and important monuments of the city, including Old City, the Jardim Manuel Bivar, Igreja da Misericórdia, Sé de Faro, Teatro Lethes, Igreja do Carmo, Igreja São Pedro, Zona Comercial da Baixa de Faro, pass by the lagoon Ria Formosa and the new town. Via a multilingual audio system, learn curious facts and secrets as you pass by each location. Your ticket is valid for a full day, so you can stop at any of our stops, explore the surroundings and hop back in to the next stop. The stops are: Praça D. Francisco Gomes (where our tour starts), Jardim da Alameda, Ermida de Santo António, Mercado da Cidade e Igreja do Carmo.

From Faro: Ria Formosa Lagoon Boat Tour

4. 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.

Olhão: 3-Hour Ria Formosa Boat Tour

5. Olhão: 3-Hour Ria Formosa Boat Tour

Observe the nature reserve of the Ria Formosa while being navigated through its channels.  Stop on a desert island where you can swim, relax, and walk on its white sandy beach. You can also stop at one of the island communities Ilha do Farol or Ilha da Culatra. Explore the Ria Formosa area and listen to the detailed explanations that your skipper has to share throughout the tour. Learn about the fauna, flora, and fishing activities.  Discover this unique coastal lagoon that is constantly changing due to the continuous movement of winds, currents, and tides. It is also one of the most important areas for ornithology in Portugal, hosting more than 20,000 birds during the winter season.

From Fuzeta: 2-Hour Southeast Ria Formosa Boat Trip

6. 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.

From Faro: 2-Hour Guided Bird Watching Boat Trip

7. 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.

Faro: Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

8. Faro: Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

Hop aboard a comfortable catamaran and experience the feel of nature as you get to know the different species of birds that inhabit the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Explore the lagoon while sailing through marshes and channels. The skipper is an experienced guide that will give you relevant information about the ecosystem, the tidal system, the birds, and also the history of Faro. The guide can speak in different languages such as English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Then, return to your original point of departure for the end of the tour.

Romantic Sunset Tour in the Ria Formosa from Faro

9. 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.

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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What people are saying about Ria Formosa

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 305 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.

It is nice to get a look at the city from the sea. Staying in the lagoon makes for a smooth boat ride, to enjoy the sun and the natural park.

Was a beautiful trip and Richard was an excellent host. Thank you for an amazing experience

Very interesting and enjoyable trip, with a magnificent guide/driver of the boat.

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