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Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro provided by Islands 4 You

Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 25/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro
In order to provide a safe experience in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, we ensure the sanitization of our vessels before and after each tour. We also provide sanitizer gel to all of our passengers when entering and leaving the vessel. Passengers are required to wear a mask.
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Updated 25/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Explore Portugal's Ria Formosa Natural Park on a boat tour, a great way to explore parts of the park inaccessible by car. Aboard a 12-person catamaran, enjoy unobstructed views of the Algarve Coast and cruise around the islands of Deserta, Farol, and Culatra. Traveling with a guide maximizes your chances of spotting local wildlife such as egrets and flamingos, and promises to enhance your knowledge of local flora and fauna. A small group guarantees personalized attention from your guide. 
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Rua Comandante Francisco Manuel
    R. Cmte. Francisco Manuel, 8000 Faro, Portugal
    Next to the Old City, about 100 meters after the firestation.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Ilha Deserta
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Ilha da Culatra
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Rua Comandante Francisco Manuel
    R. Cmte. Francisco Manuel, 8000 Faro, Portugal
    Next to the Old City, about 100 meters after the firestation.
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Access all of Ria Formosa Natural Park on a boat tour
  • Maximize chances of seeing egrets and flamingos with a guide 
  • Small vessel holds 12 passengers, for an intimate atmosphere
  • Choose from a morning or afternoon departure time
What to Expect
Make your way to Faro port to board a modern catamaran. As your guide provides an overview of the area, watch the coastline of Faro recede on the way out to sea. Keep watch for coastal birds that use this area as a breeding ground, such as egrets, cranes, and flamingos. Cruise along the Algarve coast, through the lagoons of Ria Formosa Natural Park, and around the islands of Deserta, Farol, and Culatra. Stop at Deserta and Culatra, where the catamaran makes a stop for you to access the isolated beaches. Taking this boat tour allows you the best possible views and experience of the natural park and the islands. Return to the port in Faro for drop-off at the end of your tour. Morning and afternoon tours are available to suit your schedule.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Rua Comandante Francisco Manuel, R. Cmte. Francisco Manuel, 8000 Faro, Portugal
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operated by a multilingual guide
  • Parking available by Faro Marina
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Samyra Sadek wrote a review Oct 2020
Levallois-Perret, France2 contributions1 helpful vote
I didn't think it would be so good. It was the best and amazing activity I did on my vacation. The nature, lagoon channels, islands and birds !!! Thank you all. The guide Ricciardo was also fantastic.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from sandra4correia, Public Relations Manager at Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro
Responded 3 Oct 2020
Dear Samyra, We are very glad that you enjoyed so much our tour and our guide! Thank you so much for taking some time for writing such a nice review about us! Best regards Sandra Correia
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Marc T wrote a review Sep 2020
5 contributions2 helpful votes
The boat was very comfortable and covid spacing was no problem at all. Lots of covid measure The skipper knew really a lot about the nature . Tide was very high unfortunately but the skipper showed us other things that could only be assessed from high tide.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from 819pat25, Public Relations Manager at Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro
Responded 21 Sep 2020
Dear Marc, we appreciate very much your preference! It means a lot for our company that you took some time to give us such a nice review! We hope to see you again, with low tide so you can experience the differences. Best regards Sandra Correia
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Steve B wrote a review Sep 2020
Sitges, Spain542 contributions315 helpful votes
Many thanks to Ricardo for a great cruise. Sorry we got confused by the boarding point. Thanks for waiting and thanks to the other guests for their patience. A lovely way to finish our week in Algarve.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from 819pat25, Public Relations Manager at Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro
Responded 21 Sep 2020
Dear Steve, Many thanks for choosing our company! We are very glad ypu managed to arrive at our departure and you could see our beautiful Ria Formosa! Best regards Sandra Correia
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Allmynamesweretaken wrote a review Sep 2020
London, England27 contributions41 helpful votes
We had the most wonderful trip with Islands 4 U. The guide was hugely knowledgeable and pointed out storks, spoonbills, wimbrels, sandpipers, a godwit and many more. We also saw fiddler crabs. We stopped at the usual places - the deserted island for a wander and a swim but then,
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Response from 819pat25, Public Relations Manager at Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro
Responded 21 Sep 2020
Hello, Thank you so much for taking some time for giving such a nice review about us! We hope to see you again! Best regards Sandra Correia
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Londoner016 wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom829 contributions292 helpful votes
Ricardo was a great guide! Pointing out all the little details and names of the birds. We loved the trip. Ilha desertas has a breathtaking beach. Also had a lovely lunch on Farol island which was Brazilian in character. Highly recommend. Maria the representative at the front
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Response from 819pat25, Public Relations Manager at Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro
Responded 21 Sep 2020
Hello, We appreciate very much your preference! We are very glad that you enjoyed our tour so much! See you next time! Best regards Sandra Correia
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mariohU2034OB
mariohU2034OB
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Ria Formosa from faro
We spent a wonderful time with my wife visiting these islands (Ilha Farol and Deserta). Ricardo was an excellent gu
193jeremyf
193jeremyf
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Excellent! Unmissable
Fabulous sunset, very informative guide, Great variety of bird life Nice 45minute stay on the island Great value 4
pompalini
pompalini
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Have to go again
It was a great tour around the Ria Formosa islands, the first time I've been there altough I'm portuguese it never
HugoT673
HugoT673
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Trip to remember
Great trip and Miguel, the guide was very friendly and professional always giving us valuable information. Totally
902carinar
902carinar
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I would recommend the tour to Ria Formosa
We booked the boat tour to Ria Formosa with two stays on two islands. It was a really nice tour and the guide war r
tristand397
tristand397
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Gréât Island trip
Gréât service friendly staff lovely trip highly recomend it. Thank you for looking after me so well merci obrigado!
352mariekeg
352mariekeg
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Great experience
Because of COVID we had a private Tour on Ricardo s boat . It was really a great experience! Ricardo showed us some
gilbertkate
gilbertkate
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Great trip
We booked our boat trip with Sandra in the office near the Faro sign, lovely lady that gave good description of boa
398agnieszkat
398agnieszkat
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Best boat trip ever
This is the best boat trip I have ever been on. The boat was very luxurious and spacious. There was shadow for peo
310CarolineM
310CarolineM
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Sunset cruise
This is a not to be missed experience. Small groups, no more than 10. There were only 5 on our cruise, the tour g
markcC199GO
markcC199GO
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Great way to spend 3 hours
Brilliant tour. Great mix of information, fun and relaxation. Miguel was a great guide. Recommend this
RoryM1993
RoryM1993
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A great afternoon trip
Just back from an amazing afternoon on this boat tour. Miguel the guide was fantastic catering for both French and
Ella M
Ella M
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Great experience
We had a fantastic tour with Miguel. He was so knowledgeable of the region and had excellent English! A very pleasa
S841VJalanr
S841VJalanr
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Wonderful experience
Miguel out guide was outstanding! He was very informative, with a great knowledge of the islands and wildlife. Ther
AMFaz
AMFaz
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Island delight!
My husband and I took the 2.5 hour 2 island tour, Deserta and Farol. As it was February we were lucky enough to enj
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