Water activity

From Faro: Dolphin Watching & 2 Islands Tour

4.5 / 5

19 reviews

Activity provider: Estrela da Ria Formosa
Water activity

From Faro: Dolphin Watching & 2 Islands Tour

Activity provider: Estrela da Ria Formosa

From US$ 59.98 per person

Explore the stunning coastline of the Ria Formosa Natural Park and watch dolphins in the Atlantic Ocean on this half-day tour. Discover 2 of Ria Formosa's islands: Farol Island and Deserta Island.

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Duration 4.5 hours
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  • Enjoy panoramic views from the boarding deck out towards the Atlantic Ocean
  • Marvel at the beauty and friendliness of the dolphins
  • Discover the four islands of the Ria Formosa Natural Park
  • Visit Farol Island and observe the oyster culture of Hangares Island
  • Swim and relax at Deserta Island
Full description
Discover the beauty of Faro’s coastline on this epic sea adventure that navigates along the Ria Formosa waters, passing between Deserta Island and Farol Island and across the Cape de Santa Maria. Marvel at scenic views where the waters of the Ria Formosa meet the Atlantic Ocean and gaze out towards the vastness of the open blue sea. After a glide around Ria Formosa Natural Park, ride along the coast in search of a pod of dolphins swimming in their natural habitat. These magnificent creatures often spend their mornings feeding in the clear and crystalline waters off the coast of Faro. Although there is no guarantee that dolphins will be spotted on the trip, there is a 90% chance of finding the sea creatures. After dolphin watching, begin discovering the islands. Head to Farol Island and then Culatra Island for lunch at a restaurant or an optional picnic. Then, discover the oyster culture on Hangares Island, before finally visiting Deserta Island for snorkeling.
  • Professional skipper
  • Life jackets
  • Masks for snorkeling
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Head to the pier Cais da Porta Nova, near the old town of Faro. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the activity starts. Look for the local activity provider dressed in a green T-shirt.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Pets

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Tour is subject to weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 19 reviews

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It was super. I definitly suggest to try it. The guidiance was excellent, rescpecting the nature while enjoying it. We encountered dolphins and they interacted with us, followed our boat for several minutes. The short visit to the Deserta and Farol island is nice extra on top of the doplhin watching. Lovely place with lovely people. And keep in mind, there is no 100% garantee to encounter dolphins.

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March 31, 2023

Nous avons eu du mal à trouver les dauphins mais avec un peu de patience et de persévérance de la part de l’équipe, nous avons pu assister à un ballet aquatique. Prévoir des tenues qui sèchent vite et ne craignent pas l’eau salée car il est fort possible de terminer l’activité quelque peu mouillé. Nous avons aussi apprécié le charme de l’Ile de Farol.

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March 31, 2023

Super leuk om dolfijnen in het wild te zien. Ze gaven een extra showtje weg. Gids (volgens mij vader en zoon) bleven ook echt zoeken tot we ze zagen. Eilanden bezoeken is ook zeker de moeite waard en de tijd die je ervoor krijgt is ook lang genoeg. Echt een aanrader!

March 31, 2023

Product ID: 215766