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Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro

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Faro, Portugal
Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Ria Formosa Natural Park is one of the most impressive natural wonders along Portugal’s Algarve coast and the best way to explore is by boat. Hop aboard a catamaran on this small-group tour from Faro; cruise around the islands of Culatra, Farol, and Deserta; and spot wild flamingos and egrets swooping over the lagoon.
  • Travel by boat from Faro to Ria Formosa Natural Park
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Spot local wildlife like flamingos and egrets
  • Take in the sights of the Algarve coast
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Local guide
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Avenida da República Stand 8 Doca de Recreio de Faro, 8000-078 Faro, Portugal

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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 11 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Islands 4 You

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro?
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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
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What is the social distancing policy during Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro.
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What is the maximum group size during Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro.

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Traveler Tips


  • "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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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.
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A must do if you're in the area
Cat_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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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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4 Islands
qtblkgrl89
, Sep 2018
It was a good trip but just a very long day. With the sun beating down on you and the heat, you get tired rather quickly. The last island, the guide parked in a terrible location where we had to walk over sewage, poop, wires, and it was very dangerous. This is the only negative thing about the trip. We didn’t get our oysters and clams but that’s okay.
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Excellent trip and knowledge from...
Adrian M
, Apr 2018
Excellent trip and knowledge from the guide. It was not at all what we expected, in fact much better, with island visits and a nice smooth river cruise. Highly recommend this trip, it was sunny, windy and not the warmest day and still great, I would definitely do this again especially in the hotter weather as you can then dive off the boat and swim in the estuary, which is very clear. Great to see the locals who live on the island and their own way of life.
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This is a great tour. You get to...
Antony J
, Mar 2018
This is a great tour. You get to walk around on some of the islands. Ricardo our tour guide, was excellent.
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We were met at the quay by the...
tad
, Feb 2018
We were met at the quay by the red-shirted representative, Patricia, as promised. The parking nearest the boat required payment, although we could have gone a litrle further away for free parking. We chose to pay and left Patricia in charge of feeding the meter when necessary! Our guide on the boat, Jaime, was personable, interesting and helpful. First of all, he told us about the tides and their importance to everything that goes on in or near the ocean. He encouraged us to notice the water level as we left and remember to look again when we returned. We saw a variety of birds along the shore as we headed out to one of the many barrier islands created by the ever-shifting sand. Jaime noted that there is something different everyday due to the wind and the waves. We made stops at three of the islands to enjoy the soft warm sand and discover shells, plants and the low vegetation. On another island, with a small fishing village, we had lunch not included and had the opportunity to go to the top of the lighthouse. The boat was comfortable for the eleven people in our group. Jaimes commentary was fun and informative. Well worth the price.
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