Water activity

From Faro: Ria Formosa Lagoon Boat Tour

4.4 / 5

61 reviews

Activity provider: Formosamar

From Faro: Ria Formosa Lagoon Boat Tour

Activity provider: Formosamar

From US$ 21.82 per person

Set sail on a comfortable pontoon boat as you explore the Ria Formosa and the walls of the Old Town of Faro. Keep an eye out for the rich biodiversity that lives in these protected waters.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese, Spanish, French
Wheelchair accessible


  • Set sail on a comfortable pontoon boat
  • Discover the walls of the Old Town of Faro from a unique perspective
  • Experience the rich biodiversity of the Ria Formosa
Full description
You set sail on a pontoon boat, and the marina of Faro fades behind you. On this tour you'll feel like a native of the Algarve as we explore the lagoon and numerous birds and wildlife who live in this protected landscape. You will sail through marshes and channels, and enjoy a nice boat trip with beautiful views of the walls of the Old Town of Faro. For anyone passing by Faro without much time to explore, this is the perfect way to get an overview of this fascinating city. The Ria Formosa is one of Portugal's Seven Natural Wonders, and you'll soon discover why! Come out and spend a beautiful time on the water.
  • 1-hour boat trip
  • Life vests
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Small group tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • All other extras

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Meeting point

The meeting point for your tour or activity is at the office of the local partner at the shop Pure Nature Store - ground floor of the building of Ginásio Clube Naval de Faro (Nautical Club of Faro). Please check-in for your tour or activity with team members at least 10 minutes before the departure time.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • We recommend:
  • (1) Comfortable clothing and footwear
  • (2) Hat, sunscreen during spring and summer
  • (3) Waterproof clothing for tours during autumn and winter
  • (4) Water
  • Note: the schedules of departures and arrivals, the duration and itineraries of the activities are subject to change without previous notice due to security determined by the weather conditions, tides and/or other circumstances beyond our control
  • Food and drinks will not be provided
  • Tips(optional) and other expenses are not included in the price
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 61 reviews

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What a wonderful trip! It was a small, immaculate boat with a very knowledgeable and engaging skipper. We were impressed that everyone was given a life jacket and safety briefing. We didn't see many birds because of high tides but the skipper went out of his way to find them. He knew a lot about the wildlife of the region. We loved our trip.

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June 17, 2022

Magnificent excursion, recommended 100%

Very good activity Initially our excursion suffered a small delay. But they compensated us very well since they offered us a catamaran boat trip. Our boat and guide skipper was very nice and pleasant. Especially close and very good communicator, adapting the language to us. Carlos de Oporto, showed us a paradisiacal corner. Spectacular sunset.

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October 1, 2018

A fun fishing boat adventure in the Ria Formosa!

The trip with the fishing boat was very nice, with David our nice guide. On board were 2 Brazilians, a German-Spanish couple from Galicia with a daughter and my sister and I. It was a jumble of languages and David kept explaining in Spanish, Portuguese and a little English. Birds were unfortunately not that many to watch, but it was still very interesting and very pleasant in great weather.

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May 5, 2014

Product ID: 16318