Water activity

From Faro: Dolphin Watching & 2 Islands Tour

4.2 / 5

6 reviews

Activity provider: Estrela da Ria Formosa

From Faro: Dolphin Watching & 2 Islands Tour

Activity provider: Estrela da Ria Formosa
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From US$ 59.01 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 Rio Formosa's islands: Farol Island and Deserta Island.

About this activity

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Duration 4.5 hours
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English, French, Portuguese, Spanish


  • 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
  • Marine biologist
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Pier : Cais da Porta Nova - Near the old town of Faro The Company's representative will be 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

4.2 /5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

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Very well organized service. Our skipper, Pudin, was very pleasant, sometimes sharing local anecdotes with us. However, we expected to visit 4 islands which was not the case. The excursion includes the dolphins, 3 islands, and an alleged explanation on the oysters which must last 15min, but which was not up to our expectations. Apart from this small disappointment of not doing 4 islands, and therefore a day shortened by 1h30, the excursion was superb!

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August 20, 2021

First we looked at dolphins and found a group right away. To protect the animals you can only stay with a group for 30 minutes, which is good! We were then lucky enough to find another one to watch. It was amazing how close you could see the dolphins, they even swam under the boat. Then it went on to the islands and the Autsernfarm. Here we got interesting information and were allowed to explore the islands ourselves. Our guide Putim was super friendly and accommodating and shared his knowledge with us. Great experience, gladly again!

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June 18, 2021

Friendly welcome, but at 90 € for my daughter and my 10 year old daughter, I would have appreciated that the weather was respected .. (we got on the boat 1/4 hour later and arrived 30 minutes before. .). Especially since we only saw a group of 4.5 dolphins on the return far away.

August 26, 2019

Product ID: 215766