Eco Tour Ria Formosa - Guided Nature Tour From Faro To Ilha Deserta

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 1 Hr 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    11:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Cais das Portas do Mar, R. da Porta Nova, 8000-250 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.


The Eco Tour is a guided nature tour, from Faro to Ilha Deserta, through Ria Formosa Natural Parks channels. Our professional guide will share with you information about local biodiversity, traditional activities, the history of Faro, the barrier islands of the natural park, and birdwatching. More than 300 bird species have beenfound here, some of them very rare and others recognised internationally as endangered.
Theboat leads you toIlha Deserta(a deserted island, also known as Barreta island), alaidback destination on a stunning stretch of white sand dunes. You can enjoy all afternoon at the island: walk along the beach, take the hiking trail to the southerly most point of Portugal and taste the genuine algarvian gastronomy at Estamin restaurant.
The return is included by Ferry,and we can adjustthe time (depending on availability). You can enjoy this service every day, all year round.


  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Stop At: Ilha Deserta, Faro, Faro District, Algarve

A Desert Island - The Perfect Getaway
Ilha Deserta, also known as Barreta, is the only uninhabited island of Ria Formosa.
Animaris offers a portfolio of memorable experiences, with Ria Formosa Natural Park as its stage, and destination to Algarves hidden gem - Ilha Deserta.
Visit us and discover a unique Paradise!

Duration: 4 hours



Return on ferry

All taxes, fees, and handling charges


Food and drinks



Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

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  • 03-May-2022

    The tour is great. The boat took me to the island and I got to enjoy 2-3 hours on the most beautiful island the only restaurant on the island is amazing. Everything is so nice and peaceful. Came back to the city on a different boat but it was perfect.

  • 02-May-2022

    Our guide, Thomas, was knowledgeable and entertaining throughout the beautiful tour of the marshes and wetlands. We gained a new appreciation for the ecosystem and enjoyed gorgeous surroundings while spotting different birds and animals. Arriving at Ilha Deserta was then another fabulous treat after the boat tour. It's a gorgeous and serene area to explore, allowing one to experience the contrasts of oceanside and lagoonside. The restaurant on the island was also wonderful! We were so happy that we booked this excursion; it was a special day during our trip to Faro!

  • 09-Sep-2021

    Très bonne excursion pour commencer découvrir la Ria Formosa et sa faune et sa flore avec Tomas notre guide passionné et passionnant et parfaitement francophone. De plus hors saison il n'y avait que tres peu de personnes sur le bateau autant dire que c'était presque un tour privé. Et on finit l'apres midi sur l'ilha dserta pour une bonne rando et une bonne baignade.

  • 01-Jul-2021

    Es un paseo interesantísimo. Por poca afluencia de turismo, lo hice sola con el guía Thomas y tuve la oportunidad de hacer todas las preguntas y de parar a observar las aves. No es la típica actividad turística, pero da una buena mirada al ecosistema sobre el que se está en Faro. Lo recomiendo siempre!

  • 11-Nov-2020

    This was an incredible tour. Our tour guide Tom (Tom Cruise) was incredibly knowledgeable and interesting and clearly passionate about his work and the life of the Ria Formosa, which there is lots of! We saw a large range of incredible birds including birds of prey and some birds we had never heard of. Tom answered all of our questions and gave us great tips on where to book to see dolphins which we did the next day. You can see that Tom really cares about the wildlife and the natural park and it was a joy to be taught so much by him. Definitely recommend!

  • 02-Nov-2020

    L'organisation de cette découverte Ria Formosa en bateau avec Thomas est parfaite. Thomas est totalement conforme aux très nombreuses critiques positives et nous a permis de passer d'excellents moments en petit comité (très peu de touristes fin octobre). Puis grande marche dans le sable et baignade. Un grand merci.

  • 09-Sep-2020

    We hadn’t planned to visit Ilha Deserta but we notice it at their hut outside the castle. It was only €10 return for a 45 minute journey to Ilha Deserta. It was great value for money.

  • 25-Jul-2020

    Très agréable excursion dans ce parc naturel en compagnie de notre guide Thomas qui nous très bien prèsenté l'écosystème environnant en anglais et en français et bien sur en portugais ! Pour les amateurs de nature, foncez ! Merci Thomas 😊

  • 26-Nov-2019

    Quelle chance, nous avons eu bateau et guide pour nous deux, et du soleil en plus (au mois de novembre). Thomas, notre guide et capitaine, est un francophone total et un écologue pointu. Très gentil et pédagogue en plus. Des tas de sortes d'oiseaux, rares pour nous, le calme de la lagune, des réponses à toutes nos questions. Un grand moment de plaisir et de découverte. A ne pas manquer.

  • 26-Oct-2019

    We had such a good time on this boat. Honestly I'm not a trip advisor person but I wanted to write this comment only because we had the best tour guide ever. Thanks Thomas for all the informations about the birds, the area, the jokes, and the good algarve traveling tips!

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