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About Animaris Ilha Deserta
At Animaris we have created several products in the field of Nature Tourism. Since we started in 1986, our focus has been respect and conservation of the environment, especially the Deserta Island, also known as Barreta. Today is still the only uninhabited barrier island of Ria Formosa. The Estamine Restaurant, recognized and awarded for its gastronomic quality and energy efficiency, is the only structure on the Island. Open every day of the year, with panoramic views of the Natural Park and the Atlantic Ocean, we specialise in the fresh products of the ocean and the Ria, such as fish and seafood. We also manage the beach concession on the Island, with support services such as sun shades and sunbeds, and a team of lifeguards during bathing season (June to September). Our fleet, for transportation and tours, is composed of boats of different types (semi-rigid, speedboats and catamarans), with capacities between 10 to 200 passengers.
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Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro

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. 
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3 hours 30 minutes
from USD 35.40

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2 to 24 hours
from USD 36.31
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rikky149 wrote a review Jun 2021
Bilbao, Spain19 contributions7 helpful votes
We had a perfect organised Day with An ecotour, guided nu Thomas, a wonderfull Day at the beach including a delicious perfect picnic lunch made especially for us! Thank you Andrea!
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Date of experience: June 2021
maria b wrote a review Oct 2020
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom92 contributions4 helpful votes
Nice day trip if you're in the area but wouldn't travel for hours for it , took ferry from tavira for 2.20€ return , mosquitos were terrible got bitten bad as did many others, tavira is a cute little town , ten minutes walk from tavira Station, seen it once not eventful enough for me to go back
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Date of experience: October 2020
1 Helpful vote
DandR-Exeter wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom162 contributions105 helpful votes
Our second trip by ferry. Lovely walk round the island ending up on the beach. Didn’t have a meal this time, just a beer, but were welcomed.
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Date of experience: September 2020
2 Helpful votes
Honest Reviewer wrote a review Sep 2020
Penkridge, United Kingdom121 contributions198 helpful votes
Ilha Deserta is a must see in my opinion when in Faro. We took the €5 ferry (€10 return). As you exit the ferry to your left is the path to the beach which faces the Atlantic Ocean. On your right is another path that takes you to another smaller beach with calmer water which faces onto the Ria Formosa. It was not busy and we wish we had more time there. There is only one seafood restaurant there which is quite expensive so I’d recommend taking lunch and lots to drink with you.
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Date of experience: September 2020
4 Helpful votes
Juliana A wrote a review Sep 2020
Porto, Portugal4 contributions3 helpful votes
The island is beautiful but people are killing it. If the "owner of the island", the boats, the restaurant does not urgently start an education from the moment people buy the ticket, the island will soon stop being an attraction. I saw many people taking bags full of shells home, leaving their waste, in short, if there is no education, paradise will not last.
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Date of experience: August 2020
1 Helpful vote