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Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro provided by Islands 4 You

Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 16/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro
In order to provide a safe experience in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, we ensure the sanitization of our vessels before and after each tour. We also provide sanitizer gel to all of our passengers when entering and leaving the vessel. Passengers are required to wear a mask.
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Updated 16/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Explore Portugal's Ria Formosa Natural Park on a boat tour, a great way to explore parts of the park inaccessible by car. Aboard a 12-person catamaran, enjoy unobstructed views of the Algarve Coast and cruise around the islands of Deserta, Farol, and Culatra. Traveling with a guide maximizes your chances of spotting local wildlife such as egrets and flamingos, and promises to enhance your knowledge of local flora and fauna. A small group guarantees personalized attention from your guide. 
Itinerary
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You'll start at
Islands 4 you
Avenida da República - Stand 8 Doca de Recreio de Faro, 8000-078 Faro, PortugalNext to Hotel Eva Senses
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  • 1
    Ilha Deserta
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 2
    Ilha da Culatra
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
Islands 4 you
Avenida da República - Stand 8 Doca de Recreio de Faro, 8000-078 Faro, PortugalNext to Hotel Eva Senses
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Highlights
  • Access all of Ria Formosa Natural Park on a boat tour
  • Maximize chances of seeing egrets and flamingos with a guide 
  • Small vessel holds 12 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, and Culatra. 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Islands 4 you, Avenida da República - Stand 8 Doca de Recreio de Faro, 8000-078 Faro, Portugal
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entry/Admission - Ilha da Culatra
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operated by a multilingual guide
  • Parking available by Faro Marina
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Marc T wrote a review 20 Sep
5 contributions2 helpful votes
The boat was very comfortable and covid spacing was no problem at all. Lots of covid measure The skipper knew really a lot about the nature . Tide was very high unfortunately but the skipper showed us other things that could only be assessed from high tide.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from 819pat25, Public Relations Manager at Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro
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Dear Marc, we appreciate very much your preference! It means a lot for our company that you took some time to give us such a nice review! We hope to see you again, with low tide so you can experience the differences. Best regards Sandra Correia
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Steve B wrote a review 13 Sep
Sitges, Spain550 contributions279 helpful votes
Many thanks to Ricardo for a great cruise. Sorry we got confused by the boarding point. Thanks for waiting and thanks to the other guests for their patience. A lovely way to finish our week in Algarve.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from 819pat25, Public Relations Manager at Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro
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Dear Steve, Many thanks for choosing our company! We are very glad ypu managed to arrive at our departure and you could see our beautiful Ria Formosa! Best regards Sandra Correia
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Allmynamesweretaken wrote a review 9 Sep
London, England28 contributions40 helpful votes
We had the most wonderful trip with Islands 4 U. The guide was hugely knowledgeable and pointed out storks, spoonbills, wimbrels, sandpipers, a godwit and many more. We also saw fiddler crabs. We stopped at the usual places - the deserted island for a wander and a swim but then,
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Response from 819pat25, Public Relations Manager at Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro
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Hello, Thank you so much for taking some time for giving such a nice review about us! We hope to see you again! Best regards Sandra Correia
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Londoner016 wrote a review 8 Sep
London, United Kingdom831 contributions269 helpful votes
Ricardo was a great guide! Pointing out all the little details and names of the birds. We loved the trip. Ilha desertas has a breathtaking beach. Also had a lovely lunch on Farol island which was Brazilian in character. Highly recommend. Maria the representative at the front
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Response from 819pat25, Public Relations Manager at Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro
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Hello, We appreciate very much your preference! We are very glad that you enjoyed our tour so much! See you next time! Best regards Sandra Correia
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Emma G wrote a review 6 Sep
5 contributions7 helpful votes
Ricardo was an amazing guide, very kind and available to answer any question. He drove us around Ria formosa and to different beautiful islands. Having free time and swimming in Ilha Deserta was wonderful. Unforgettable experience !
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from 819pat25, Public Relations Manager at Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro
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Thank you so much Emma, for taking some of your time to write such a nice review about us! Best regards Sandra Correia
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tristand397
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Gréât Island trip
Gréât service friendly staff lovely trip highly recomend it. Thank you for looking after me so well merci obrigado!
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352mariekeg
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Great experience
Because of COVID we had a private Tour on Ricardo s boat . It was really a great experience! Ricardo showed us some
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gilbertkate
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Great trip
We booked our boat trip with Sandra in the office near the Faro sign, lovely lady that gave good description of boa
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398agnieszkat
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Best boat trip ever
This is the best boat trip I have ever been on. The boat was very luxurious and spacious. There was shadow for peo
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310CarolineM
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Sunset cruise
This is a not to be missed experience. Small groups, no more than 10. There were only 5 on our cruise, the tour g
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markcC199GO
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Great way to spend 3 hours
Brilliant tour. Great mix of information, fun and relaxation. Miguel was a great guide. Recommend this
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RoryM1993
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A great afternoon trip
Just back from an amazing afternoon on this boat tour. Miguel the guide was fantastic catering for both French and
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Ella M
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Great experience
We had a fantastic tour with Miguel. He was so knowledgeable of the region and had excellent English! A very pleasa
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S841VJalanr
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Wonderful experience
Miguel out guide was outstanding! He was very informative, with a great knowledge of the islands and wildlife. Ther
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AMFaz
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Island delight!
My husband and I took the 2.5 hour 2 island tour, Deserta and Farol. As it was February we were lucky enough to enj
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DerrollPedder
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afternoon trip including sunset
As we went in February half term not everything is open, this company was running and boat looked nice and well kep
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MRey1972
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Beautiful day!
We took the Desert Island and Lighthouse Island (Farol) with Islands 4 You a few days ago with the very knowledgeab
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davistep007
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Very informative, entertaining and affordable tour!
With Miguel as our captain we enjoyed a lovely 1.5 hour tour of the mud flats and Faro island. We were able to see
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misstravel90
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Lovely day trip!
We did the 2.5 hour tour with Miguel who was the perfect guide and spoke in both English and a French for all on th
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Marloesdk
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A perfect getaway
This tour was exactly what we needed. 3 hours of relaxing, enjoying the sun, and watching birds. On top of that, ev
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