Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Trip - Faro

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Take a 3.5-hour sightseeing cruise through Ria Formosa Natural Park. The journey is made by the Ria Formosa channels with stops at the islands of Armona, Culatra, Farol and Deserta. The tour is operated by a guide who can speak Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Excellent value for money
  • Family friendly

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Choose a morning or afternoon departure time and make your own way to the port to board a modern, 12-person catamaran. Sit back and relax as you sail through the lagoons of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Look outfor coastal birds like flamingos, cranes, and egrets, as this portion of the Algarve is an important breeding ground.

Explore the remote islands of Armona, Culatra, Farol and Deserta, as the catamaran stops at each one. Enjoy time on the secluded beaches of each island, before hopping back on the catamaran to sail back to the dock where the cruise ends.

Inclusions for Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Trip

  • Sightseeing cruise
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board

Exclusions for Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Trip

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Operated by a multilingual guide

Free parking available at Largo So Francisco

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • We were met at the quay by the red-shirted representative, Patricia, as promised. The parking nearest the boat required payment, although we could have gone a litrle further away for free parking. We chose to pay and left Patricia in charge of feeding the meter when necessary! Our guide on the boat, Jaime, was personable, interesting and helpful. First of all, he told us about the tides and their importance to everything that goes on in or near the ocean. He encouraged us to notice the water level as we left and remember to look again when we returned.
    We saw a variety of birds along the shore as we headed out to one of the many barrier islands created by the ever-shifting sand. Jaime noted that there is something different everyday due to the wind and the waves. We made stops at three of the islands to enjoy the soft warm sand and discover shells, plants and the low vegetation. On another island, with a small fishing village, we had lunch not included and had the opportunity to go to the top of the lighthouse.
    The boat was comfortable for the eleven people in our group. Jaimes commentary was fun and informative. Well worth the price.

  • This tour was fantastic, Jaime the tour guide made it really special, he is very knowledgable. The islands are gorgeous, it was so relaxing walking around the various islands looking for shells. This tour was really something special, I learned a lot about the area. 10/10.

  • Fantastic trip. Our Captain, Claudio, was excellent very informative and he went out of his way to ensure that we enjoyed our trip. The boat was comfortable too. A max of 12 per boat so everything felt more personal. Try and book a day when the sun is shining to ensure the fantastic sea colours not usually a problem in Faro!. I would definitely recommend this trip.

  • Was not as good as other trips I have taken. Guide showed us 4 birds from afar. Left us on island to go to boardwalk would have been nice to have him go and explain more Then the next island we had a bit to eat. The next he parked right beside dome nude beachers. I felt embarrassed to intrude on them. He left us there for 30 min on this island with nothing to do in the hot sun. I did go in the water was feeling unsafe as no one else was there. This snorkel gear was awful not clean and binoculars were like kids binoculars. Pretty easy job for this tour guide. Wish more info. Asked about flamingos. Told they aren't in this area you need to go by the airport to see them on your own. Like why are they shown on the brochure?? Just disappointed.

  • Brill trip out lovely weather lovely group on board Pedro was very informative and humorous would definitely recommend

  • Our skipper/guide was Claudio and he couldn't have been more helpful or knowledgeable. We were landed at 4 very different sites and Claudio suggested various options for the best views, beaches, restaurants and points of interest so we could fully enjoy each stop.
    This trip was excellent for money and was a highlight of our holiday.

  • I would highly recommend this trip for anyone staying in the Faro area. I bought it as a present for my partner and it was great. Our tour guide Pedro was knowledgeable and humorous, we saw loads of sights with each island being very different. The trip overall is superb value for money. I would advise others to take water with you for the 4.5 trip although shops/bars are available on most islands and also take/wear swimming kit as there was a chance for a dip in the sea too which was great to cool down in the Portugese sun. Overall highly recommended!

  • This is a wonderful way to learn about the Ria Formosa whilst enjoying cool sea breezes relaxing in a comfortable boat. Pedro, our guide, was both hospitable and very well-informed. We stopped at each island for about 30-40 minutes which was ideal to take a swim or grab a quick coffee. I highly recommend this boat trip.

  • What a fabulous 4.5 hours! Piedro our guide and very competent captain was superb. He immediately engaged with everybody on board from 2 years to 70 years and his language skills were outstanding. can't recommend this tour enough. Best to pre-book online before you go as it's very popular.

  • Great tour, really informative. We did the 4 island tour and particularly enjoyed the fishermans island!

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