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Half-day Ria Formosa Natural Park Faro Islands Boat Cruise from Faro

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Sail through the Ria Formosa Natural Park on this 4.5-hour sightseeing cruise from Faro. Journey through the Ria Formosa channels on a 12-person catamaran and make stops at the islands of Culatra, Farol and Deserta. The tour is operated by a multilingual guide.
  • Access all of Ria Formosa Natural Park on a boat tour
  • Maximize chances of seeing egrets and flamingos with a guide 
  • Small vessel holds 11 passengers, for an intimate atmosphere
  • Choose from a morning or afternoon departure time
What to Expect
Make your way to Faro port to board a modern catamaran. As your guide provides an overview of the area, watch the coastline of Faro recede on the way out to sea. Keep watch for coastal birds that use this area as a breeding ground, such as egrets, cranes, and flamingos. Cruise along the Algarve coast, through the lagoons of Ria Formosa Natural Park, and around the islands of Deserta, Farol, Culatra, and Armona. Stop at Deserta and Culatra, where the catamaran makes a stop for you to access the isolated beaches. Taking this boat tour allows you the best possible views and experience of the natural park and the islands. Return to the port in Faro for drop-off at the end of your tour. Morning and afternoon tours are available to suit your schedule.
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Departure Point
Cais das Portas do Mar, R. Cmte. Francisco Manuel 41, 8000-138 Faro, Portugal
4h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entry/Admission - Ilha Deserta
  • Entry/Admission - Ilha da Culatra
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operated by a multilingual guide
  • Free parking available at Largo São Francisco
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our expectation was we would be on the water, cruising around the islands with a couple of stops, on a catamaran. What actually happened was a 4.5 hour tour where we were only on the water a total of 45 minutes. Once the "pontoon" left...More

Date of experience: September 2019
2  Thank Linda G
Reviewed 5 days ago

Brilliant way to spend the day visiting all three islands of the Ria Formosa. From the booking staff Paula at the marina in faro to our extremely knowledgeable captain of the boat Miguel, the whole trip was excellent. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Paulinenorthumberlan
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyable. Very friendly and informative. Philip was a great guide. I went with my wife and my mum. Highly recommend walking to the beach on the last island even though it is a 20 minute walk.

Date of experience: September 2019
2  Thank Tristan C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

But if you have a fever - don't go running around Ilha Deserta to chase down Cape St. Mary! Take the short way - the pathway to the right will lead you there. It was amazing to see these islands, and I would recommend it...More

2  Thank Niquitha1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Takes you up close to the natural park. Had a very knowledgeable guide who made the difference. Plenty of time to explore and walk on the beaches

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank lydiaong7
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2 June 2019|
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Response from Majda M | Reviewed this property |
Hello, we had 4 stops with between 30 min and 45 min. We stayed longer on the last stop because the driver (Miguel) offered us to watch the sunset from the boat so we stayed above 4 hours. In few places we can eat and drink... More
Camille A
9 January 2019|
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Response from Bridget C | Reviewed this property |
I was a lone traveller and it was a great experience, I joined in with the group and we all ended up having lunch together. It was a great experience for me.
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