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Olhão: Ria Formosa Boat Cruise

1. Olhão: Ria Formosa Boat Cruise

Set sail from the port of Olhão and travel through the Ria Formosa National Park. Discover beautiful scenery and rich biodiversity with your expert crew. Learn more about the national park and local culture with your expert captain. Cruise by marshes, barrier islands, islets, dunes, and sand bars which are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. Spot local birds, marine life, and beds of clams and oysters during low tide. Stop at Culatra Island where 1000 people live and no cars are allowed; experience this European sustainability project that will be completed by 2030. Then, visit Armona Island and enjoy the serenity of a tranquil location accessible only by boat. While there, enjoy some time to explore the island or for a swim and take amazing photos

Olhão: 3-Hour Ria Formosa Boat Tour

2. Olhão: 3-Hour Ria Formosa Boat Tour

Observe the nature reserve of the Ria Formosa while being navigated through its channels.  Stop on a desert island where you can swim, relax, and walk on its white sandy beach. You can also stop at one of the island communities Ilha do Farol or Ilha da Culatra. Explore the Ria Formosa area and listen to the detailed explanations that your skipper has to share throughout the tour. Learn about the fauna, flora, and fishing activities.  Discover this unique coastal lagoon that is constantly changing due to the continuous movement of winds, currents, and tides. It is also one of the most important areas for ornithology in Portugal, hosting more than 20,000 birds during the winter season.

From Olhão: Ria Formosa Sunset Tour

3. From Olhão: Ria Formosa Sunset Tour

After boarding your boat, head out into the sheltered waters of Ria Formosa. Depending on the season you will get to discover one of two islands. In May, stop on Armona Island and drink a coffee on the beach or take a swim and explore the island. From May to September your first stop will be at Praia Deserta, one of the most pristine beaches in the Algarve. From the beach, head to the village of Ilha da Armona and enjoy a refreshing drink while you contemplate the amazing views. The final stop on your tour is at a deserted beach on Culatra Island, a small community of 1000 people that is to be a sustainability project by 2030. Here you can relax and, in summer, enjoy some swimming. After about 40 minutes to enjoy the beach and the sunset, you'll board your boat for the return trip to Olhão.

From Faro: Dolphin Watching & 2 Islands Tour

4. From Faro: Dolphin Watching & 2 Islands Tour

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.

Faro: Kayak Hire in Ria Formosa Natural Park

5. Faro: Kayak Hire in Ria Formosa Natural Park

Paddle through the Algarve's famed blue waters in a kayak. The Rotomod sit-on-top kayaks are stable, safe, comfortable, and easy to use, making them the perfect way for you to explore the waters of the Algarve. You don’t need any experience to get the most out of your very own kayaking adventure. Various types of kayaks are available for rent. The first is the Rotomod Ocean Duo, a comfortable double kayak that can seat up to 2 adults. There is also the Rotomod Ocean Quattro, perfect for families. This kayak can seat up to 2 adults and 1 child. The Rotomod Tango is a heavy duty solo kayak, ideal for bigger paddlers or people travelling with a lot of heavy gear. If you don’t have that much gear, then the Toromod Mambo might be for you, with excellent maneuverability from this solo kayak. Just for your safety, your kayak hire will also include light paddles and comfortable safety vests.

Algarve: Go-Kart Experience at Karting Almancil Family Park

6. Algarve: Go-Kart Experience at Karting Almancil Family Park

Enjoy a day at Karting Almancil, a unique go-kart park in Algarve that is open all year round. Try out the 3 different go-kart tracks designed for all ages and levels of experience. Jump on the go-karts and drive on the 3 different tracks, including the 760-meter main track that is a replica of the former Formula 1 circuit of Jacarepaguá in Brazil With different types of circuits, Karting Almancil offers activities for children between 3 and 6 years (KARTING MINI F1), between 6 and 12 years (KARTING JUNIOR), for adults with the KARTING 200 CC (ideal for beginners) and the KARTING 390 CC, designed for more experienced riders. The park also offers a play area for children, a snack bar, and even a small petting zoo to offer entertainment throughout the day.

Faro Bike Tour through the Beautiful Ria Formosa

7. Faro Bike Tour through the Beautiful Ria Formosa

The biodiversity of the Ria Formosa is truly marvelous. Noted as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal, you will discover this rich landscape by bike! Under the watchful eye of your expert guide, we will explore the surroundings from saltpans to beaches on a fun and comfortable ride! As we set off, you will be treated to sights of birdlife and the incredible range of wildlife these protected lands have to offer. Your guide will help explain this unique environment as you visit the Saltpans -- a truly marvelous place to stop and enjoy some birdwatching. With binoculars in hand, you'll be invited into a world of Flamingos. Next up, we'll pedal our way to the marshlands of the Ria Formosa, where you will get a great sense of how these channels and small islets make up this rich landscape. After continuing along, you will arrive at the Praia de Faro (Faro Beach). All of your efforts pay off here as we have some of time to relax on the beach and enjoy a refreshing drink. The azure blue waters invite you to take a swim before continuing your journey back to Faro.

From Faro: 2-Island, 2-Stop Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

8. From Faro: 2-Island, 2-Stop Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour

On this 3-hour tour in a comfortable catamaran through the most beautiful waters of the Algarve, always with professional guide telling you about the fauna and flora of Ria Formosa Natural Park.  Discover the two main islands of Deserta Island, 11 kilometers of beach at the southern most point of Portugal and Farol Island, a holiday island with a lighthouse. Cross the channels of Ria Formosa Natural Park until Deserta Island, where you will make a 45 minute stop, then travel to Farol Island with another 45 minute stop to see the lighthouse and its community. During the tour, observe the resident birds and when the tide lowers, the shellfish.

From Faro: Island Tour by Boat

9. From Faro: Island Tour by Boat

Tour to Deserta, Farol and Culatra islands. Stop at Culatra Island for lunch. About Tour in the natural park of Ria formosa through the breeding and harvesting ponds of shellfish and oysters, visit the islands and stop at an island for lunch. On this tour visit the following islands: - Desert Island - Lighthouse Island - Culatra - Armona

Algarve: 2-Hour Ria Formosa Kayak Tour from Faro

10. Algarve: 2-Hour Ria Formosa Kayak Tour from Faro

This 2-hour kayak tour in the Ria Formosa Nature Park will take you on an adventure of exploration along the channels and marshes of this spectacular wetlands area. With your guide you'll discover the enormous abundance of wildlife and learn about the history and local economic activities of one of the most important protected areas in the Algarve. You'll head out on a leisurely paddle through the peaceful waters of the Ria Formosa Park and stop at one of its islets for a break and a chance to take in the beauty of the unique habitats. After your rest stop you’ll paddle back as you enjoy stunning views of the old town of Faro along the way. All tours are accompanied by experienced instructors. The kayaks are double, sit-on-top models, and are safe, comfortable, and glide along easily. No previous paddling experience is required to enjoy this nature activity.

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The communication was perfect. The night before I was contacted by WA and all details were sent through it. Meeting point, photo with it, everything necessary to have a stress free preparation. When we arrived, a bit late, the skipper was waiting for us. His name is William, a great character with a lot of experience sailing the region. Every minute it was safe and although we booked 4 hours we were in total 5 hours on the journey. 3 islands, great info/food! I recommend these guys! Really local and good value!

I'm very glad we booked this tour. It was a very relaxed paced cycle with plenty of stops for photos and a quick look at the beach before we returned. It was the first time we had seen flamingoes in the wild and the salt pans were beautiful. Philippe gave an excellent commentary. It was good to learn about the seahorse programme.

We struggled to find the dolphins but with a little patience and perseverance from the team, we were able to witness an aquatic ballet. Provide outfits that dry quickly and are not afraid of salt water because it is quite possible to finish the activity somewhat wet. We also appreciated the charm of the Island of Farol.

This is an excellent tour. It was lovely to get out on the water. The pace was very relaxed and our guide, Andre, was very engaging and informative.

Although the weather didn't fully worked out, the trip was quite nice and interesting. Carlos is also a great guide. Highly recommended.