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Ria Formosa Natural Park and Islands Boat Cruise from Faro

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Faro, Portugal
Ria Formosa Natural Park and Islands Boat Cruise from Faro

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

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Local guide
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Islands 4 you , Avenida da República Stand 8 Doca de Recreio de Faro, 8000-078 Faro, Portugal

The red desk Islands 4 you is about 10 meters in front of Eva Senses Hotel.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operated by a multilingual guide
  • Parking available by Faro Marina
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Islands 4 You
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ria Formosa Natural Park and Islands Boat Cruise from Faro?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Ria Formosa Natural Park and Islands Boat Cruise from Faro.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ria Formosa Natural Park and Islands Boat Cruise from Faro?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Ria Formosa Natural Park and Islands Boat Cruise from Faro.

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  • "Do try the oysters when you there, they do not come any fresher." See review
  • "We didn’t get our oysters and clams but that’s okay." See review

Reviews

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585 Reviews

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star-5
Remote islands and environmental trip
Debra_A
, May 2022
Miguel was an excellent guide with humor and environmental knowledge. He left plenty of time for self discovery.
star-5
Good trip, good guide.
Randy_L
, May 2022
Ricardo was a great guide with plenty of knowledge about the region! The 2 beaches we visited were nearly empty of people. All to ourselves!
star-5
A lovely way to spend half a day!
Ira_L
, May 2022
My daughter and I enjoyed this 4 hour long experience very much indeed. What a nice way to spend time on a beach and enjoy a boat ride!
star-5
Boat trip with islands visit - great experience
Hazel_S
, Apr 2022
Great organisation by tour company with friendly team especially our guide Miguel. Extremely knowledgeable & great host. Islands were fantastic to visit.
star-5
Gorgeous day
Courtney_S
, Apr 2022
Beautiful islands and coastline. Easy booking, very responsive. Miguel was a great captain with priceless local knowledge.
star-4
We enjoyed it all....
Renata_P
, Apr 2022
We enjoyed it all. Comfortable boat and good guide. Lovely views , will recommended it . We took some lovely photos of pelicans
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful Relaxing Tour
Kellyn_P
, Mar 2022
Very nice excursion, even it being in the off season. Miguel was so helpful in helping us get parked close by and where to have a good breakfast, then turned us over to Nico our Captain and guide. Nico is great and we really appreciated how fluent he is in various languages, as none of us were left out. The boat ride is very smooth and Nico could bring us close to various birds and identify them, my favorites were the wild flamingos. The islands in the off season were interesting to explore and the beaches deserted which made for beautiful walks.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Nearly saw the sunset too!
Tamara_S
, Mar 2022
Great tour with an informative guide. The islands are very interesting to visit, one abandoned and the other only occupied during summer. 5 stars
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful Experience
Roger_C
, Mar 2022
Wonderful experience! Ricardo was an excellent guide. He was knowledgeable, friendly and had a great sense of humor.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Relaxing trip - great holiday feeling
PieterHein_D
, Mar 2022
Friendly people, easy to find the location. Very relaxing if the weather is good. Take some water with you to drink
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Happy customer!
Priya_P
, Mar 2022
Very good communication before and after, asking if I enjoyed the tour. Happy I booked this boat cruise!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fabulous in all aspects
Anindita_G
, Feb 2022
The visits to the islands were fabulous and very well enjoyed. Coming back in sunset was lovely and the right thing to do to have a calm evening from the tourist stuff. The skipper Ricardo was fab and very knowledgable about the birds the geography and the spots and locations and the history. He could speak a lot of languages !!! This trip was definitely a highlight. Communication from the team is excellent !!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience, amazing...
Alicja_P
, Feb 2022
Great experience, amazing commentary. Highly recommended for everyone to try.love the trip. We enjoyed the journey.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Only at low tide
Peter_W
, Sep 2021
Make sure you do this trip with low tide. Otherwise you see a lot of water (instead of birds and other wildlife)
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Good price value proposition
Martin
, Jun 2021
The departure point was easy to find and they took already care of me before the trip even started by providing all necessary informations via Whatsapp! Furthermore the staff was great and the boat trip was fun.
star-5
A must do if you're in the area
Catarina_S
, Jun 2021
Very good communication from booking to the activity date. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of information about the Ria Formosa Natural Park and the islands we visited. We visited and explored ilha Deserta (smaller, very quiet/peaceful and great for a walk) and ilha do Farol (lovely beach and nice cafes). The boat was comfortable and very well kept. With social distancing and mandatory mask wearing in place, it was a safe experience. We definitely recommend this boat tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic tour
Alicja_M
, Sep 2020
Excellent tour with all the Covid measures in place. Beautiful islands and natural park are definitely worth visiting. Guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Desert island was out favourite part.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Dear Alicja, It's very kind of you to take time to write such nice review! We hope to see you again! Best regards Sandra Correia
star-5
Great boat trip
Weroni
, Jul 2019
We really enjoyed this boat trip! The boat itself was great with really comfy leather seats and just a small group of people so you can really enjoy the ride and scenery. We did 3 stops, 2 to explore the islands and one for lunch which was amazing fresh local fish at a very reasonable price. Our guide Miguel was really friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this for a day out in Faro.
star-2
We went in Sep 2018 and were...
Kelvin C
, Oct 2018
We went in Sep 2018 and were disappointed given we had read all the positive reviews. This is essentially a visit to 4 different islands, transportation only. Each island you get dropped off to roam for 30 or so minutes. You get to see unique islands and beaches and sub-cultures on each island but know that that is it. Our guide spoke very little he gave one mention about any details about the Ria Formosa Natural Park, so little in terms of educating you on more, just that the tide rises and falls and showed us a crab. Each description of each island as we approached was spoke mostly in French and then Portuguese and hard to hear as he sped across the water - there were only 3 of us that were English-speaking out of 10-12 there. So basically don't expect an enlightening tour. It's basically a quick visit of 4 islands. I learned more reading the page in our Lonely Planet book, which after going on this tour over-played the must-see nature of the Ria Formosa park.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Its a fantastic way of spending half a...
Eike K
, Sep 2018
Its a fantastic way of spending half a day in Ria Formosa Natural Park and getting to places that are otherwise covered by water or too difficult to get to. Our guide Alex, who was born on one of the islands we visited, had wonderful knowledge of the park and its history. Do try the oysters when you there, they do not come any fresher.

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