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Itinerary
After choosing from a morning or afternoon excursion, start the tour by departing from the Faro Marina. Sail slowly through the channels of the Ria Formosa to fully enjoy the beautiful landscape. Along the way, look out for birds such as the Grey Heron, White Stork, and other exotic wildlife that frequent the area to feed.

Approaching the islands and beaches, catch a glimpse of the lighthouse of Culatra Island as the boat pulls in for a stop. Observe the hard work of the people in the oyster and clam farms, as well as the Olhao market, an important fishing town. Take in the stunning surrounding scenery and see one of the most important sea entrances of the Ria Formosa.

Upon leaving Culatra Island, make a stop at Deserta Island, also known as Barreta Island. Explore the fauna and flora of the island along an easy walk or simply enjoy the sunshine and bathe in the clear waters of the beach. On the trip back to Faro, enjoy the tranquility of one of the seven wonders of Portugal, the Ria Formosa.
Locations visited
Ria Formosa Natural Park
Mercado de Olhao
Ilha da Culatra
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Overview

Cruise the glittering waters of Ria Formosa Natural Park on a 3-hour sailing trip from Faro. After you climb aboard a luxurious catamaran, sail to natural landmarks like Deserta Island and Farol Island and scour the scenery for sightings of exotic birds. Observe the lives of locals as you listen to history and culture-rich commentary from your guide. Receive personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to 10 passengers.

Highlights
  • 2.5-hour sailing trip to Ria Formosa National Park from Faro
  • Visit natural landmarks like Deserta Island and Farol Island
  • Scour the scenery for exotic bird species
  • Observe locals in a quaint fishing village and learn about the region's rich culture
  • Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour
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Reviewed 29 July 2018
Wonderful and Friendly

The Ria Formosa Nature trip is fantastic and the service is excellent. The Katamaran is very comfortable.

Thank s0niar0cha
Reviewed 24 June 2018
FANTASTIC DAY

Another fabulous day spent in the Ria Formosa onboard the great catamarans from this company. Ideal to cruise around this beautiful wild area, swim on a deserted beach, have a relaxed lunch in one of the restaurants around and eat the freshest fish you will...More

1  Thank francisco s
Reviewed 16 June 2018
Lesson from Alfredo about how badly the tourists are destroying the community

We had signed up for this trip , we wanted to see this beautiful estuary and how the ecosystem can work as a natural area with some commercial activities. The guide was polite and he was funny, but as we went further into the trip,...More

6  Thank 28stephen
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile
3h Catamaran trip

We had really good time. Pedro was our tour guide with abundance of knowledge about the fauna that inhabites the area and easy to talk to on other topics. Very correct and friendly service. Thank you!

Thank Kalina D
Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile
Excellent informative tour of Ria Formosa

We found this tour through its 5 star review and were not disappointed. Our warm & informative guide Pedro had an excellent understanding of the ecology of this beautiful area & went to great trouble to identify local marine & birdlife. The motorised catamaran (keep...More

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Response from Lisa008 | Reviewed this property |
Hello Andras No there wasn't a restroom on the catamaran we went on and the stop was on a beach so none there either. The trip we did was fairly short though on the longer island trips you get plenty of time ashore in a... More
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