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

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

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Discover parts of Ria Formosa National Park that are only accessible by boat on a sightseeing cruise that gives you the chance to disembark at some of the islands. As well as increasing your chances of spotting some of the exotic birds that the park is famous for, this tour promises personalized attention by limiting group sizes to 12.
You’ll have 2 starting options
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  • 1
    Natura Algarve
    Stop: 2 minutes -
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  • 2
    Ginásio Clube Naval
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 3
    Doca de Faro
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    Ria Formosa Natural Park
    Stop: 70 minutes - Admission included
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  • 5
    Ilha da Culatra
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 6
    Ilha da Culatra
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • 7
    Ilha Do Farol
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 8
    Ilha Deserta
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 9
    Ria Formosa Natural Park
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by Muralhas de Faro
    Pass by Portas do Mar
    Pass by Marina de Faro
You'll end at
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  • Escape the crowds on land during a boat tour of Ria Formosa National Park
  • An obvious choice for lovers of nature
  • Access parts of the national park that are usually inaccessible
  • Receive personalized attention in a small group limited to 12 people
Important Information
Departure Point
Natura Algarve, Avenida da República - Stand 2, Doca de Recreio de Faro, 8000-078 Faro, Portugal Ginásio Clube Naval, Estr. do Passeio Ribeirinho 58, 8001-901 Faro, Portugal
Return Details
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  • 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 10 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 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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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MrsG wrote a review Oct. 2019
Edinburgh, United Kingdom6 contributions3 helpful votes
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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Date of experience: September 2019
Morten L wrote a review Aug. 2018
5 contributions
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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Date of experience: July 2018
Response from Mariana M, Gerente de relações públicas at The Algarve's Ria Formosa Islands: a Small Group Boat Trip from Faro
Responded 15 Aug. 2018
Dear Mr Morten, Many thanks for taking your time and reviewing us on Trip Advisor. We are very happy to know you joined one of our boat trips in Ria Formosa and that you had a beautiful day. That is an excellent feedback that we truly appreciate. We want to thank you also for your comments on Carlos which makes us very proud of our team and our work. On behalf of all our team @ Natura Algarve we thank you again for your preference and send our warmest regards, Mariana
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LeicsHelen wrote a review Jun. 2018
Leics116 contributions111 helpful votes
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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Date of experience: June 2018
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Steven d wrote a review Jun. 2018
Groningen, The Netherlands16 contributions3 helpful votes
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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ccredBuckinghamshire wrote a review Oct. 2017
Buckinghamshire118 contributions68 helpful votes
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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Date of experience: October 2017
1 Helpful vote
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By: Natura Algarve
Great tour for nature lovers
My wife and I did the 2-hours birdswatching tour. Our guide Francisco gave us a lot of information about local bird
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Great time
My mum and I, did the 5 hours tour, and we spent a really great afternoon, the boat drover/guide Carlos was very ni
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Ausra L
Beautiful places .
Amazing trip , very beautiful places . delicious food. We’re so happy 😀 thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️Carlos Santos bes
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Giuliano P
Boat trip Natura algarve
Great experience, it’s the best way to visit beautiful places around Ria Formosa natural park, especially Culhatra
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Silvia V
Natura Algarve, Faro boat tour
Excellent tour trip. Very good customer care and service. Carlos Santos had been very friendly and fun throughout t
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Stella W
Boat trip
A good choice of this trip to various islands in Algarve, we enjoyed it. The kipper Santos was a nice guy and helpf
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  • Duration: 5h
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