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Address: Avenida Republica - Stand 1 | Marina de Faro, Faro 8000-078, Portugal
Phone Number:
+351 918 720 002
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09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Formosamar is an ecotourism company organizing boat trips and activities in...

Formosamar is an ecotourism company organizing boat trips and activities in the Ria Formosa: boat Trips, dolphinwatching boat tours, kayak tours & kayak hire, birdwatching, guided walks, bicycle tours & rent a bike. Boat Hire & Rental Service. Departures from Faro » several daily departures all year round.

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US$27.02*
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Ria Formosa Catamaran Trip from Faro
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Bird Watching Guided Boat Trip in Ria Formosa from Faro Algarve

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We arrived to find that our little 2 hour boat trip around the islands was morphed into a 3 hour strip with nine others stopping at two 'beaches'. The guide Francisco seemed nice... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
BT3rd
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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448 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived to find that our little 2 hour boat trip around the islands was morphed into a 3 hour strip with nine others stopping at two 'beaches'. The guide Francisco seemed nice so we agreed to go with the flow. Francisco was great, chatty and jovial and full of information, making it an enjoyable trip. Not too many birds... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The guide is exceptionally well informed about the wildlife and the ecosystems. Binoculars and blankets are provided and as the boat approaches the large flocks of birds, specific species are identified by the guide. Two stops are made to explore the distant islands and it is a shame that they are littered with debris from picnics, BBQ's and general litter... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We felt very welcome and treated as guests, not as simple customers from the office staff to the catamaran guide & pilot who knows everything about the places, local fauna and history and likes to share his knowledge.

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PauloNugas, Manager at Formosamar - Ecotourism & Boat Tours, responded to this review

Dear Mihai, Many thanks for reviewing us on TripAdvisor. We're very happy to know you felt so welcome with us. Guests feedback is very important so it's great to know you highly recommend our Ria Formosa catamaran boat tour. We want to thank you also for your very nice comments about our guide that makes us very proud of our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

I simply loved the experience! Very comfortable boat (it was the Sun Chaser) and the guide was the best! Very attentive, gentle and funny! Forsure I'm coming back!

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Thank Márcia S
PauloNugas, Manager at Formosamar - Ecotourism & Boat Tours, responded to this review

Dear Márcia, Many thanks for taking your time to review us on TripAdvisor. Guests feedback is very important for us and it's great to know you loved the experience. We want to thank you also for your lovely comments about our guide which makes us very proud of our team. It was a pleasure having you here and we will... More 

Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

i have to say that this tour is one of the best tours i have tried while travelling abroad. It was coincidental that a guy approached me and asked whether or not I would like to participate the tour around the formosa river and some islands in the surrounding area. And it turns out to be the one of the... More 

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PauloNugas, Manager at Formosamar - Ecotourism & Boat Tours, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Many thanks for taking your time and review us on TripAdvisor. We're very happy to know your boat tour with us was such a wonderful escape. Guests feedback is very important for us so it's great to know it turned out to be the one of the best parts in your trip that you highly recommend. We want... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Taken too many bird pics on his trip and enjoyed it thoroughly. Had such a nice guide on board, knowing all the species in any language. Def. worth when visiting Faro and when you enjoy nature!

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PauloNugas, Manager at Formosamar - Ecotourism & Boat Tours, responded to this review

Dear Mieke, Many thanks for taking your time to review us on TripAdvisor. We're very happy to know you thoroughly enjoyed our boat trip in Ria Formosa. Guests feedback is very important for us so it's great to know you think is a must do when visiting Faro. It was a pleasure having you on board and once again thanks... More 

London, United Kingdom
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159 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We had a friendly guide and she had most of the spiel down but clearly we missed getting a qualified guide with real knowledge and expertise, frequently mentioned in previous reviews. Our guide didn't know much about birds other than making identifications of spoonbills and egrets. She spoke in very basic terms about the ecosystem and aquaculture. We did get... More 

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Nova Gorica, Slovenia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

A very nice boat trip with a funny guide. We've seen a lot of birds. Stopped on Ilha deserta - nice one. A longer stop on Farol island to take a bath in clear blue water.

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PauloNugas, General Manager at Formosamar - Ecotourism & Boat Tours, responded to this review

Dear Barbara, Many thanks for taking your time to review us on TripAdvisor. Guests feedback is very important for us and it's great to know you had such a relaxing boat trip in Ria Formosa with us. It was a pleasure having you on board and on behalf of everyone @ Formosamar we send our warmest regards, Paulo More 

San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The guide was very helpful and did his best for us all to see the dolphins. The ocean was rough, so the tour was quite bouncing, so it was an interesting and worthy adventure. Unforgettable emotions, especially when the dolphins came closer playing around the boat!

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Thank Ana P
PauloNugas, Manager at Formosamar - Ecotourism & Boat Tours, responded to this review

Dear Ana, Many thanks for your nice comments on Trip Advisor. It's great to know your dolphin watching tour was such an interesting and worthy adventure. Guests feedback is really important for us and it's great to know you kept unforgettable emotions. Many thanks also for your nice comments about our guide, knowing he was so helpful and did his... More 

Mississauga, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We took the two hour bird watching trip. Our guide Fernando provided much more than the names of birds. He acquainted us with points of interest on the shore as well as history of the area and how important the sea is to the local economy. Relaxed two hours trip. Our entire family enjoyed it.

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PauloNugas, Manager at Formosamar - Ecotourism & Boat Tours, responded to this review

Dear Mark, Many thanks for reviewing us on TripAdvisor. We're very happy to know you had a great birdwatching tour in Ria Formosa with us. Guests feedback is very important for us so it's great to your entire family enjoyed it. We want to thank you also for your very nice comments about our guide Fernando. Knowing he acquainted you... More 

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