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Ria Formosa Islands Tour
Activities in Faro

Ria Formosa Islands Tour

  • English English
  • 4 hours 30 minutes

Visit three 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 boat trip will continue onwards to the nearby Culatra Island, home to spectacular beaches. You'll have free time to explore the village, whose unpaved streets make it feel like it's been stopped in time, and to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (not included). Don't miss trying the fresh fish and seafood!

The excursion ends back at Faro pier.


Adults Children under 8 years old
US$ 43.30
US$ 37.90
  • Adults

    US$ 43.30
  • Children under 8 years old

    US$ 37.90

* The price varies based on the chosen date

More Information


4 hours 30 minutes.

Language English

The tour is carried out in several languages at the same time, including in English.


Local guide with expert knowledge of history.

Catamaran cruise.

Visita to three islands in Ria Formosa.

Not included


When to book?

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

You can book up until the same day (9:00 AM local time) if there are still places available.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of 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.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 43.30
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts

Meeting point

Porta Nova Pier.


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.