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Barreta Island (Ilha Deserta)
Barreta Island (Ilha Deserta)

Barreta Island (Ilha Deserta) Tours and Tickets

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A sandy, uninhabited island off Portugal’s Algarve coast, Barreta Island (Ilha Deserta) is a popular beach destination and wildlife refuge inside Ria Formosa National Park. With freshwater lagoons, salt flats, sand dunes, and more, the park has a diverse range of habitats—each with its own resident population of birds and other species, including chameleons.

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Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry

Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry

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Explore the rugged ‘Deserted Island’ located just off the Algarve coast. Take the ferry to the island and observe the various bird species that inhabit the area such as herons, plovers, and black-winged stilts. Soak up the sun on the white sandy beaches or go for a walk and admire the beautiful scenery before taking the ferry back to Faro.
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  • 1 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$11.07
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$11.07

Ria Formosa - Boat trip to the 3 Islands: Deserta | Culatra Island | Lighthouse

Ria Formosa - Boat trip to the 3 Islands: Deserta | Culatra Island | Lighthouse

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This boat tour will show you the magnificent natural park of Ria Formosa. Travel safely in a small group, with experienced crew members to steer the boat and keep you entertained with commentary along the way. During the tour, learn about the local landscapes and wildlife, take a break for lunch and discover picturesque islands such as Armona and Culatra.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.40
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$42.40

2 Stop | 2 Islands & Ria Formosa Natural Park - From Faro

2 Stop | 2 Islands & Ria Formosa Natural Park - From Faro

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Enjoy this relaxing tour in the Ria formosa Natural Parque whit a confortable Catamaran and discover the 2 beautiful and principal Islands with 2 Stop : Deserta Island and Farol Island. You can snorkeling , walking near the oceano , observe Cape os Santa Mariade and enjoy the local wildlife.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.80
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$31.80

Dolphin Watching + 2 Islands Tour - From Faro

Dolphin Watching + 2 Islands Tour - From Faro

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Spend a day out at sea searching for dolphins and visiting the islands of Ria Formosa Nature Reserve on this full-day excursion. Join a small group and board your vessel for your journey out into the Atlantic Ocean. Stop at each of the four islands to discover what they have to offer and perhaps purchase some lunch. You also have a chance to snorkel to search for more aquatic species.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.30
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$58.30

Eco Tour Ria Formosa - Guided Nature Tour from Faro to Ilha Deserta

Eco Tour Ria Formosa - Guided Nature Tour from Faro to Ilha Deserta

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Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Ria Formosa Natural Park on a 90-minute catamaran cruise to Deserta Island from Faro. While you listen to informative commentary from your guide, you’ll see fascinating flora and fauna and disembark at Deserta Island to stroll along the beautiful beach. Enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own departure time and opt to explore hiking trails and nature walks before you return to Faro by catamaran.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.18
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$33.18

Small-Group Tour in Faro Islands

Small-Group Tour in Faro Islands

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A great chance to learn more about Ria Formosa and see the barrier islands that surround it. In this tour, a biologist will provide information about the natural park, its fauna and traditions! We head to the islands, where you will be able to see and visit Culatra Island and Deserta Island, as well as the Southernmost point of Portugal mainland - Cabo de Santa Maria. The tour includes 2 stops: one in Deserta Island (perfect for a swim) and the second one in Culatra island!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.98
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$33.98

Hop On Hop Off Islands

Hop On Hop Off Islands

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Feel free to explore the Ria Formosa’s barrier islands at your own pace. Departing from Faro, you can take the boat circuit to the islands of the Natural Park, and you have freedom to travel between them, on the available schedules. The ticket is valid for 24 hours on all trips until you return to Faro. How does the Hop On Hop Off Islands work? We have multiple scheduled pickup times in the three islands (hourly), giving you the flexibility to visit them all, choosing the time you want to spend on each one. Our boat skippers will be there to guide you and provide all the information you need during your journey. You can depart from Faro, spend the day exploring and traveling between the islands, and choose your return time.
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  • 2 hours to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.62
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$32.62

Algarve Dolphin Watching & Marine Life Eco Tour
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Algarve Dolphin Watching & Marine Life Eco Tour

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Spotting dolphins in their natural habitat is an extraordinary experience and on this 2.5-hour excursion off the coast of the Algarve, you will get the chance to see common and bottlenose dolphins, as well as the other marine life that live and play around the barrier islands of Ria Formosa and Santa Maria Cape, Europe’s most southerly point. Departing Faro you will travel aboard a comfortable and safe RIB boat with a nature guide in tow, who will give you fascinating facts about the extraordinary sea life of this lovely location. The boat trip is approximately 2 hours long and cruises through the calm waters of the Ria Formosa towards the big blue ocean, reaching 10 or 12 miles offshore. You will sail along the coastline of the Algarve, pass by the barrier-islands of Ria Formosa and Santa Maria Cape looking out for several species of cetaceans. After the exciting water adventure tracking the intense marine life, you will return to Ria Formosa where the tour ends.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.70
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$47.70

Private Half-Day Boat Tour in Ria Formosa from Faro

Private Half-Day Boat Tour in Ria Formosa from Faro

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Cross the channels of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa and enjoy a relaxing Private BoatTour. Bring some drinks and have fun on board in 4 hours Trip. Find out the beautiful waters of the Algarve, where 2 main island are located : Deserta Island and Farol Island.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$424.01
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$424.01
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Ria Formosa: Private Boat Rental (from 2 to 8 hours)

Ria Formosa: Private Boat Rental (from 2 to 8 hours)

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Nothing better than a family outing !! Avoid the large crowds of beaches in the Algarve, on a private tour for the family at a special price and with special conditions and discounts at restaurants, or if you prefer, make your own Picnic! Personalize together with our company an ideal tour for your family to spend an incredible day in pure tranquility and tranquility! From deserted beaches to visiting all the islands, you will have several options to be decided by you and your family! Our boats can take up to a maximum of 10 people! You can choose a tour from 2h to 8h!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$212.00
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Ria Formosa & Ilhas: Private Tour for Two or in Group

Ria Formosa & Ilhas: Private Tour for Two or in Group

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Organize together with our company an ideal tour for you and spend an incredible day in pure tranquility and peace, where you can customize your own routes, as well as the stops and your stop time! Have the boat just for you and your group and create a day to stay forever in your memory and that of your friends! Surprise and make a special surprise to the one you love or your group of friends. You will have the opportunity to taste the gastronomy of the region on the island of Culatra, where bivalves are very much appreciated! ( Clams , Cockles , Oysters ) This is the ideal tour if you prefer to be accompanied only with the people you want and design the entire tour from the beginning to the end! On this trip , we will also observe nature , biodiversity and all the wonderful landscapes hidden in this treasure of ours !
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$222.60
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Romantic Moment: Sunset Boat Trip (With Drink and Tapas)

Romantic Moment: Sunset Boat Trip (With Drink and Tapas)

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Make your partner an incredible surprise! A sensational tour, done at sunset, with a picnic of seafood or tapas on the beach and champagne, liquor or wine! Everything prepared by the Odyssey team and with the goal of service excellence from start to finish! It can be accompanied by music of your choice! We are always interested in collaborating and thinking about special requests or dedications! Example: Glass bottle with poem launched by our skipper. A personalized service that can be designed with our team, which will be designed to please your partner, and create a unique and unforgettable moment that will always be remembered and will have a very special flavor! Our skippers with a lot of experience and knowledge of the estuary, will be very professional and help to make everything go 5 *! Get in touch directly with our team to organize the tour and suggest different routes and activities to be done along the Ria Formosa.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$251.12
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Ria Formosa Natural Park and Islands Boat Cruise from Faro

Ria Formosa Natural Park and Islands Boat Cruise from Faro

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Sail through the Ria Formosa Natural Park and visit islands. Join us in a sightseeing cruise from Faro, up to 12 people. Journey through the Ria Formosa channels on a comfortable catamaran and make stops at the islands of Farol and Deserta. The tour is operated by a multilingual guide. From April to October, the morning tour lasts for 4 hours and includes break for lunch on a restaurant on Farol island. The price of the lunch is not included. The afternoon tour is 3,5 hours. There are breaks for swimming. From November to March, the tour lasts for 3 hours.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.10
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Ilha Deserta and Farol Island: a small group boat trip in Ria Formosa from Faro

Ilha Deserta and Farol Island: a small group boat trip in Ria Formosa from Faro

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.80
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Ria Formosa Natural Park Two Islands Boat Trip in Faro

Ria Formosa Natural Park Two Islands Boat Trip in Faro

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Sail through the Ria Formosa Natural Park on this 4 hour sightseeing cruise from Faro. Journey through the Ria Formosa channels on a 12 person boat and make stops at the islands of Farol and Deserta. The tour is operated by a multilingual guide. From April to October, the morning tour lasts for 4 hours and includes break for lunch on a restaurant on Farol island. The price of the lunch is not included. The afternoon tour is 3,5 hours. There are breaks for swimming. From November to March, the tour lasts for 3 hours.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.80
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Faro - Ria Formosa tour with visit to 2 islands (Deserta, Farol) 3.5 hours

Faro - Ria Formosa tour with visit to 2 islands (Deserta, Farol) 3.5 hours

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Your trip will start through the channels of the Ria Formosa Natural Park where you can observe species of sea birds and fishing activities. Arriving at Deserta island, you can walk and enjoy the Dunar flora or dive in transparent waters, then we go out to the open sea to see the Cape of Stª Maria and head to the island of Farol. , enjoy the original architecture of the island, the return to Faro will be made enjoying the surroundings of the Ria Formosa. When you reach the end of the tour, you will notice that time has passed too quickly, and that your wish would be to stay on the islands for much longer.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.62
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