2-hour Bird Watching Guided Boat Trip In Ria Formosa From Faro Algarve

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    1:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Formosamar - Boat Tours Passeios na Ria Formosa, Boat Tours - Formosamar Edifício Ginásio Clube Naval Doca de Recreio de Faro, 8000-541 Faro, Portugal
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Start from Faro in the company of a nature tour guide. This boat trip will help you discover why Ria Formosa was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. Since birds are one of the highlights of this park they are given special attention and this 2-hour cruise will get you up close to view them in their natural habitat.

This small-group tour is limited to 11 people, offering a more intimate experience.


Excellent value for money

Family friendly

Ideal choice for families

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Your tour begins at Formosamar, located on Doca de Recreio de Faro, at 12:30pm. Here, you'll climb onto your colorful boat and begin a tour of the wetlands.

Throughout the journey, your guide points out native birds and explains the history of the area. Considered one of the most important wetlands for aquatic birds in Portugal,Ria Formosa National Park is home to birds such as 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 very interesting species such as the black-tailed Godwit, the oystercatcher, and many others.

Towards the point where the lagoon meets the sea, stop and enjoy this small paradise. This is an important reproduction area for the little tern and the kentish plover. During wintertime you can often observe the sandwich sern and the greater flamingo.

During your trip back, you'll have many opportunities to observe other species while your boat sails calmly through the channels of the national park in direction to the city of Faro.


2-hour guided boat trip with a stop on a deserted beach (15 up to 20 minutes)

Use of binoculars and bird identification guide

Life vests

Local guide

Live commentary on board


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Food and drink

Tips (Optional)

All other extras

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

A maximum of 11 people per booking

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

Children must be accompanied by an adult

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Traveler Reviews

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  • 29-Oct-2022

    An exceptional trip with a knowledgeable guide /skipper who took great care to show us the many different birds to be seen in the lagoon. We saw storks, egret, flamingoes, spoonbills and many others Brilliant and we were even lucky enough to see an osprey. We learned about their habits and migration patterns and questions were patiently answered. Great value and a memorable experience, would thoroughly recommend it.

  • 25-Oct-2022

    Our bird watching was top notch. Paulo was a skilled and very knowledgeable guide. We went to find Flamingos and Paulo found those and Little Egrets, Osprey, Whimbrels, Spoonbills, Grey Heron, Sandwich Term, Cormorants and others. Loved all of the things we learned about high and low tides, lagoons, salt pans and pontoon boats. Thank you Paulo for making our outing so successful. Leslee and Bryan

  • 18-Oct-2022

    Captain Paolo was a great entertainer and knew the birds in different languages. He knew his way in Ria Formosa 👍👍

  • 15-Oct-2022

    A brilliant experience. Paulo our guide provided a great introduction to the Ria Formosa natural park, it’s history and how it provides a home for oyster beds as well as birds. We saw a great range of birds including a wonderful view of an Osprey as well as flamingos, white storks, sandwich terns, whimbrils,, spoonbills, grey heron, little egrets, greater black gulls, marsh harriers…….an unforgettable and relaxing experience.

  • 25-Jul-2022

    Très agréable de se promener au fils de l eau et d ‘observer son environnement Un bateau électrique un guide agréable et voilà

  • 27-May-2022

    The tour was scheduled during high tide, when there were almost no birds. If the company really cared, they would only schedule the birdwatching tours during prime bird hours. The guide spent most of the time talking about everything except birds, and rarely spotted birds. The guests seemed to know more about the birds, and be better at spotting birds than the guide. The tour might be enjoyable for those who have never gone birdwatching before, but would be a complete disappointment for any level of birder. It was obvious that the tour was called a birdwatching tour to draw tourists, more of a money making mission than anything else. The tour ended up being a crappier boat tour of Ria Formosa with a couple birds if you're lucky.

  • 14-Apr-2022

    Fuimos en un barco solar con Chico. El tiempo nos acompañó pero lo mejor del viaje fue lo cómodo e interesante que nos lo hizo. Es biólogo y con solo ver aletear un ave en la laguna ya sabe cuál es. Nos enseño mucho sobre biodiversidad y cómo mantienen el equilibrio. Sin duda un acierto!

  • 16-Nov-2021

    Je recommande vivement : notre guide était passionné et parlait très bien français, et nous avons pu observer pas mal d’oiseaux (spatules, aigrettes, cigognes, flamands roses, chevaliers gambette...)

  • 19-Sep-2021

    Nice tour, nice guide (Paulo) who knew a lot about birds, animals and nature and the Ria Formosa. Really nice

  • 05-Jul-2021

    Belle excursion avec un guide sympathique et compétent qui nous a permis d'observer les oiseaux de la lagune en famille avec les jumelles. Même notre petit garçon de 4,5ans est resté captivé pendant les 2h d'excursion. Malheureusement peu d'oiseaux pour notre part en raison de la météo. A noter l'effort de Paolo (le guide) de traduire simultanément en français, langue qu'il ne maîtrise pas bien (selon ses dires... ;-) ) A faire pour découvrir la lagune!

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