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The Algarve's Ria Formosa Islands: a Small Group Boat Trip from Faro

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    Stop At: Natura Algarve, Stand 2 Avenida da Republica, Faro 8000-078 Portugal

    You'll find us at the kiosk of Natura Algarve in the Marina of Faro.
    Please contact us one of our team members to know directions to the point of departure which is at a 3 minute walking distance from this point.

    Duration: 2 minutes

    Stop At: Ginásio Clube Naval, Estr. do Passeio Ribeirinho 58, 8001-901 Faro, Portugal

    You'll find at our offices the shop Pure Nature Store - ground floor of the building of Ginásio Clube Naval de Faro (Nautical Club of Faro). Please check in for your boat trip with our team members at least 10 minutes before the departure time of your boat trip.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Doca de Faro, Praca Dom Francisco Gomes 15, Faro 8000-168 Portugal

    Starting point of your boat trip.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Ria Formosa Natural Park, Olhao Portugal

    Discover the Ria Formosa Nature Park, one of the 3 protected areas in the Algarve recently elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. On this lovely 5-hour boat tour you do 4 stops to the islands and discover the history and culture of this protected area in the Algarve.

    This boat trip is in total 5 hours long and it makes 4 stops at 4 different places.

    The stops are planned according to the tides and conditions of the day.

    Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

    Stop At: Ilha da Culatra, Olhao Portugal

    We make a stop in the easternmost part of Culatra Island. Only accessible by boat here can you for a walk to explore the fauna and flora of this amazing place or just relax along the white sandy beaches and swim in the crystal clear waters of this beautiful place.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Ilha da Culatra, Olhao Portugal

    The boat trip continues to the next stop: Culatra Island. Here you can visit one of the most important fishing communities in the Eastern Algarve or/and enjoy a lovely meal in one of the local restaurants (lunch is not included in the price of the tour).

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Ilha Do Farol, Ilha Do Farol, Faro District, Algarve

    Continuing aboard a comfortable boat with sun shade, you’ll pass along Hangares in Culatra Island and learn about its historical importance in the anti-submarine defense during World War I.

    We stop on Farol and here you will have time to walk to the lighthouse of Farol or take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters of the southernmost beach in Portugal.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Ilha Deserta, Santa Cruz, Faro 8005-554 Portugal

    This island is also known as Barreta Island. In this stop you can choose to explore the fauna and flora of the island along an easy walk or simply enjoy the sunshine and bath in the clear waters of the beach.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Ria Formosa Natural Park, Olhao Portugal

    After the 4 stops, on the trip back to Faro enjoy the view of one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal – the Ria Formosa.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Pass By: Muralhas de Faro, Largo de Sao Francisco, Faro 8000-142 Portugal

    The tours ends with stunning views of the old town of Faro.

    Pass By: Portas do Mar, Rua Comandante Francisco Manuel 41, Faro 8000-250 Portugal

    You can choose to disembark here. So if you wish so, please be so kind to ask your skipper in advance.

    Pass By: Marina de Faro, Praca Dom Francisco Gomes 15, Faro 8000-168 Portugal

    Ending point of your boat trip.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1: Natura Algarve, Avenida da República - Stand 2, Doca de Recreio de Faro, 8000-078 Faro, Portugal
    2: Ginásio Clube Naval, Estr. do Passeio Ribeirinho 58, 8001-901 Faro, Portugal
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 5-hour boat trip in Ria Formosa with 4 different stops (deserted beach, Culatra Island, Farol and llha Deserta)
    • Life vests
    • Local guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Entry/Admission - Doca de Faro
    • Entry/Admission - Ria Formosa Natural Park
    • Entry/Admission - Ilha da Culatra
    • Entry/Admission - Ilha Deserta
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transportation to/from attractions
    • Food and drinks
    • Lunch
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
    • A maximum of 12 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
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We spent a really sunny afternoon with 6 other passengers and a guide bobbing from island to island. Some had a cafe or restaurant but most had very little apart from a beach. A lovely afternoon to end our trip.
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    We had en excellent boat trip with Carlos, departing from the harbour of Olhão. He explained about the nature, the influence of the tide, and interesting historical buildings, societies, and vessels that we passed by. Carlos kept up the good mood even though he had received some
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    I went to Faro from Quarteira on the bus just to do this trip. I had my binoculars and was very excited about it. I booked it at 10.30 to depart at 12.30. I paid cash -€25 at the main office. I arrived at the departure point at 12.00, early, ready to go! However I was told
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    Really great boat tour from 3 hrs with guide Pedro. He knows a lot of interesting things and stories about the nature, also for those less interested in birds alone;) Enjoyed it and would recommend it!
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    We booked this boat trip with five other friends who had been recommended. We chose the beach and the villages tour. captain Carlos was excellent and happy to answer any questions but also very knowledgeable of the area. we stopped on two deserted beaches and two village
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