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

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  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 am 11:30am 3pm
  • 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
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    This activity is non-refundable 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

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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

Entry/Admission - Ilha do Farol


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transportation to/from attractions

Food and drinks

Tips (Optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

A minimum of 2 adults 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

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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  • 06-Nov-2022

    Great tour. Knowledgable guide who, even with leisurely time to explore each of the islands, kept us on schedule to end the tour with perfect sunset views.

  • 07-Oct-2022

    We booked this boat tour after seeing brilliant advertisement of it by the Faro marina. It was our last day in Faro, and after speaking to the enthusiastic lady who sold us our tickets for the tour, we were excited to see what the journey would bring. We arrived at the departure location and met the rest of our group, as well as our guide, Paolo. Swift instructions led us to climb onto the boat and put on lifejackets quickly and easily. Paolo was an absolutely brilliant tour guide during out 3 hour boat tour in Faro. He was entertaining and funny, while being incredibly knowledgeable about the islands, the marina and also the local birds. We enjoyed how he stopped the boat every so often to point things out and get to know our group by speaking in different languages. At each island, we were given a length of time to freely roam and explore - around 30 mins on the Ilha Deserta, and 50 mins on Farol. This was more than enough time to explore what these islands offered and take in the breathtaking views and atmosphere. We went on the afternoon-evening time slot, and so by the time we were sailing back we caught views of the sunset across the water. Paolo even provided small blankets on the boat as we sailed back and caught the breeze of the marina air. A great experience all around.

  • 30-Sep-2022

    Passeio muito divertido e educativo! O guia Rui é excelente! Vale a pena fazer o passeio e conhecer as ilhas!

  • 18-Sep-2022

    Went on the three hour trip to the two islands. Only 11 of us on the boat plus Fernando, who was really great. Very informative, good sense of humour, accomodated French and English speakers, stopped off at various points to show us particular birds and fidler crabs, which made the trip feel very personal. Half hour stop at deserted island and then an hour at the next island - hint, grab a quick snack at the first couple of cafes you come to, the beach bar further over is great but too busy on a Saturday lunchtime to get food in a comfortabletime period (though what we had was lovely). Overall, a great trip which we thoroughly enjoyed.

  • 14-Sep-2022

    The boats captain Richard was superb. He gave us plenty of insights about the Ria Formosa and nature surrounding the area. He was extremely helpful to everyone on board and I would highly recommend a trip when he is in charge.

  • 05-Sep-2022

    Be aware that the tour is not on a comfortable catamaran as advertised on the website. It's on a rather uncomfortable small boat, where you will get a lot of wind all the way through the tour. That said, the biggest disappointment for me was that this was not a tour of the Ria Formosa Natural Park at all. You just cross it to reach 2 islands outside Faro. Spending 30 minutes on Ilha Deserta can be interesting, alright, even though we couldn't really see any bird there. But then you're left for 1 hour on the super crowded Farol Island, not sure what for, as the island is colonized by bungalows and people spending their holidays. With 1.5 hours wasted this way, and the rest of the trip running back and forth with the boat, you are only really left with about 5-10 minutes of bird watching, which is obviously left to chance. Our guide, a nice guy of Canadian origins, spoke perfectly multiple languages and did everything to make the trip more interesting. But it wasn't his fault if the tour was just a bad idea in the first place. Unfortunately the worst experience of our holiday. Before to start tour, I could see the owner of the business explaining to a group of tourists that the tour was indeed a tour of the Ria Formosa park, full of nature and birds to watch, and this group indeed made a reservation for the following day. It is sad to see bare interest in money, and zero interest in actually selling what advertised. My feedback for the business (if it can help): - Remove "Ria Formosa" and any nature aspect of the tour from the description - Be honest and tell the tourists they are going to have a Swim on two islands with very nice beaches. Because that's really all - Don't lie, or raise expectations. At least you will attract the right crowd To everybody else, this is an expensive 3 hours to get wind, cold, and water splashes running back and forth, almost never stopping on the park, and only to watch a Tern or two flying around.

  • 26-Aug-2022

    We had a wonderful time. The company is very serious. We had a tour on a boat with a small group (we were less than 10 on the boat), we prefered it than a big group of 50 people. The area was beautiful, Rui was very nice and gave us a lot of details. He explained everything in French (we are French), and we really appreciated that. Thanks a lot for this tour ! If you are looking for a company to make a tour on Ria Formosa we advice you to go with Formosamar, you’ll enjoy it !

  • 17-Aug-2022

    30 euro buttati. Ilha deserta non é niente di speciale, l'altra isola é un carraio pieno di gente, l'isola é coperta da piccole modestissime abitazioni per le vacanze. Se proprio ci tenete a vedere le isole trovate un taxi d'acqua che é meglio

  • 17-Aug-2022

    Esperienza fantastica! La nostra guida, un ragazzo super simpatico e alla mano, ci ha spiegato con competenza la storia delle isole raccontandoci aneddoti e curiosità. Ottima organizzazione. Unica pecca, il poco tempo a terra per visitare le isole: sono talmente belle che ci saremmo rimasti molto di più!

  • 11-Aug-2022

    Boa experiência, passeio super agradável e excelentes memórias. A Ria Formosa e as ilhas são de facto magníficas e o clima é bastante agradável.

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