From Faro: 2 Islands, Salt Ponds, & Bathing in the Dead Sea

4.7 / 5

6 reviews

From Faro: 2 Islands, Salt Ponds, & Bathing in the Dead Sea

From $65.25 per person

Embark on a full-day, two-activity tour. Travel in an open-top jeep with a maximum of 7 people to the Salt Ponds. Learn about salt production, observe wildlife, and float in the Dead Sea. Then, cross the Ria Formosa Natural Park to visit two islands.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Observe the wildlife around the Salt Ponds
  • Bathe in Portugal's Dead Sea
  • Cross the channels of the Ria Formosa Natural Park in a comfortable catamaran
  • Stop on two islands, a desert island with 11 kilometers of beach, and Farol Island, home to an iconic lighthouse
  • Take advantage of an included mask for snorkeling off Deserta Island
Full description
Depart Faro and journey through the stunning landscapes of the Algarve by all-terrain, 8-seater jeep. Make your way to the wetlands of Ria Formosa Natural Park, known for its a maze of canals and barrier islands that stretch for 60 kilometers along the coast between the beaches of Manta Rota and Garrão. Look for wildlife in its natural habitat, including pink flamingos and other amazing birdlife. Journey around the islands by comfortable catamaran and experience the flora and fauna from a different perspective. Learn more about the culture and heritage of the area, where traditional activities include fishing, salt extraction and the harvesting of shellfish.
  • Transportation by jeep & boat
  • Walking tour
  • Life jackets
  • Professional skipper
  • Diving masks
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Meet at Cais das Portas do Mar, Rua Comandante Francisco Manuel, 8000-098 Faro.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • The transportation to the Salt Ponds is in an open Jeep
  • Children (minimum age 7 years old) must be accompanied by an adult
  • Make sure to take your bathing suit, a towel, and bathing shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

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Excellent boat tour of the more limited park

First of all, I would like to point out that the tour operator is extremely friendly and commercial. The day of the reservation we went to the park by jeep, arrived there it started to rain and get cold. We were immediately offered to postpone the visit the next day and in addition we visited three islands instead of 2. Sublime tours on typical islands with a great NICO guide who was both interesting and made us laugh a lot. Speaks French perfectly. The catamaran is small and very user-friendly. VISIT TO MAKE ABSOLUTELY. The interest of the park is more limited. The birds were totally absent. It is more of a small healthy walk to admire the landscapes and the thousands of crabs, as well as the mill. In my opinion, the visit is a bit long for what there is to see The day was however excellent and we recommend this tour operator very seriously

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June 24, 2018

Very friendly people (Christella&Dionyssos), wearing a nice sailing cap, welcomed us. First we drove by jeep (why?, because by normal roads) to the salt mines. We saw some flamingos. A nice guide explained about the salt production. we could bath in a lake they created specifically for this tourist attraction, but it was a nice experience to float in the warm water. Of course, there is a shop to buy salt and scrub mud/clay/salt. Between 1 and 2 pm we were free for lunch at Faro. Between 2 and 5 pm we went to Ihla Deserta en Ihla Farol were we could stay for 1 hour each. It was a very luxourious boat with confortable seats. You can ask the captain for a snorkling mask (no tube). They respect using masks and desinfection for COVID-19. We felt very safe&confortable. The captain only gave basic explanation about the 2 islands, not a lot of guiding information.

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July 9, 2020


Avis sur la partie bateau excellent

Nous ne pouvons pas évaluer le tour au complet, nous avons du annuler l'après-midi vraiment excessivement chaude mais surtout après les coups de soleil de la promenade en mer du matin, le capitaine vraiment très bien. Angelina notre guide jeep était désolée pour l'annulation mais comprenait la situation et nous a proposé de nous aider pour des soins, très serviable. Nous préférerions faire la jeep le matin et le bateau ensuite si c'était possible.

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September 25, 2018

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