Ilha Deserta And Farol Island: A Small Group Boat Trip In Ria Formosa From Faro

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 am 11:30am 3pm
  • Departure Details :
    Formosamar Lda, Pure Nature Store, Doca de Recreio de, Passeio Abu Sào Ibn Harune, 8000-541 Faro, Portugal
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Discover Portugals exotic natural wonders during this 3-hour catamaran trip to Ria Formosa from Faro. Board a comfortable catamaran with a small-group and discover the Ria formosa Natural Park. Visit the Deserta Island and Farol Island, looking out for exotic birds and observing the daily lives of citizens in a local fishing village. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people or less, offering a more intimate experience.


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

Know More about this tour

After choosing from a morning or afternoon excursion, start the tour by departing from the Faro Marina. Sail slowly through the channels of the Ria Formosa to fully enjoy the beautiful landscape. Along the way, look out for birds such as the Grey Heron, White Stork, and other exotic wildlife that frequent the area to feed.

Approaching the islands and beaches, catch a glimpse of the lighthouse of Culatra Island as the boat pulls in for a stop. Observe the hard work of the people in the oyster and clam farms, as well as the Olhao market, an important fishing town. Take in the stunning surrounding scenery and see one of the most important sea entrances of the Ria Formosa.

Upon leaving Culatra Island, make a stop at Deserta Island, also known as Barreta Island. Explore the fauna and flora of the island along an easy walk or simply enjoy the sunshine and bathe in the clear waters of the beach. On the trip back to Faro, enjoy the tranquility of one of the seven wonders of Portugal, the Ria Formosa.


3-hour catamaran boat trip (includes a stop of 1 hour in Farol and 20 up to 30 minutes in Deserta)

Life vests

Local guide

Live commentary on board


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transportation to/from attractions

Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required

A maximum of 12 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

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

Traveler Reviews

  • 11-Apr-2018

    This tour was very relaxing, with amazing views. We met the tour guide at the harbor and boarded a small boat. We then drove towards the islands, and our guide was telling us interesting facts about Faro and the surrounding area. We visited two islands on our tour, which was a neat experience with some breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean. One of the islands has a beautiful beach, with a small restaurant on it. Even though it was not warm enough to go in the water, we enjoyed strolling on the beach and the views.

  • 17-Nov-2017

    Faro is an excellent location to use for travel to the rest of the Algarve. Trains and buses connect to all points of the
    South Portugal and beyond.Flights are convenient.The culinary adventures can be blended with comfort food and
    delicious desserts.Most of all,local service people and the citizens are caring and attentive to your questions.
    This was a brilliant trip to enjoy and relax oneself.

  • 06-Aug-2017

    This was a great day out. The guide was very informative and entertaining. Very glad we chose this trip. Would definitely recommend.

  • 17-Jul-2017

    great time did not have the chance to see much bird and only visited 2 islands whereas it was say that we will see 4 of them but it was still a great time, peacefull and very pretty!!

  • 28-Apr-2017

    Boat ride spoilt by the weather - raining for much of the trip. Catamaran itself was good as was the skipper Fernando. I'd have liked a bit more time spent on the bird life/watching than on the two stops but I guess the weather did not help. Nice trip though.

  • 07-Feb-2017

    Seemless and hassle free from start to finish. Boat has luxury seating so a very comfortable ride. Great timings and you get to spend plenty of time looking around the islands. Highly recommended....
    Tip: Take a hat as the journey back in can be a bit blowy. :-)

  • 15-Dec-2016

    it was a great outdoor tour... we really enjoyed!!!! Fernando the tour guide was excellent!!!!

  • 28-Oct-2016

    Francisco was excellent, very knowledgeable about the wildlife and history of the area, plus has a great sense of humor. The boat was very clean and my kids had a great time. It was a highlight of our 6 days in the Algarve.

  • 30-Jun-2016

    Great tour. Highly recommended

  • 19-Jun-2016

    One of the best boat trips we have done. Plenty of interest and a superb boatman Pedro who had good knowledge and a good sense of humour.