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Ria Formosa Islands Tour
Activities in Faro

Ria Formosa Islands Tour

9.40 / 10
Wonderful excursion through the channels and islands of the Ria Formosa. Ricardo added the visit to the salt flats and helped us to identify different species of flora and fauna (gray heron, sandpiper, flamingos and other birds). The boat is comfortable and spacious, it is not covered but we did not get wet at any time. In Isla Desserta and Isla do Farol we spent 1 hour, respectively, which gave us the opportunity to bathe in one and have a beer on the beach in the other. We would repeat without a doubt.
10 Jose Manuel
  • The activity takes place with a guide that simultaneously speaks in English and other languages. English
  • 3 hours

Visit two islands in the Ria Formosa on this incredible catamaran tour of the natural park: discover the region's fascinating culture and the wealth of biodiversity in the wetlands.

Ria Formosa Islands Catamaran Tour

After meeting up at the pier in Faro, we'll climb aboard a comfortable catamaran ready to set sail through the marshes of the Ria Formosa lagoon, a unique ecosystem protected by the barrier islands we will visit on our tour.

Our first stop will be at Ilha Deserta, or Desert Island, where we'll disembark to walk along the sand dunes and admire its beautifully calm beaches and their sparkling waters. This is the southernmost point in Portugal and a natural sanctuary of great ecological value, making it especially attractive for spotting migratory bird species.

We'll then sail over to Farol Island, where we'll visit the small fishing village that gives the island its name. The lighthouse here is over 100 years old and is still in operation to this day! We'll stroll through the picturesque streets, learning all about the history of the island and the people who live here.

The excursion ends back at Faro pier.

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:

  • A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
  • The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
  • Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
  • All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
  • Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
  • The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
  • Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
  • Alcoholic drinks are not available.
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Adults Children under 8 years old
US$ 35.80
US$ 29.90
  • Adults

    US$ 35.80
  • Children under 8 years old

    US$ 29.90

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3 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that simultaneously speaks in English and other languages.

The activity takes place with a guide that simultaneously speaks in English and other languages.


Local guide with expert knowledge of history.

Catamaran cruise.

Visita to two islands in Ria Formosa.

Not included


When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

Bookings are permitted up until 2.5 hours before the activity as long as there are still places.

Digital voucher

We will send you a voucher that you can show on your phone to take part in the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

    Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 35.80
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Avenida da República - Stand 8 Doca de Recreio, Faro.