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  • Lagoa: Slide & Splash Water Park Entrance Ticket

    1. Lagoa: Slide & Splash Water Park Entrance Ticket

    Spend a day at Slide & Splash in Lagoa, filled with slides, pools, and aquatic attractions. Younger kids will love the fantasy water world of Tropical Paradise, while thrill-seekers can ride the gravity-defying Big Wave. Take a break from the slides and relax in the Jacuzzi or the giant Laguna pool.   Be amazed by the colorful lights and music as you slide down Disco River, a real sliding discotheque. Aside from the aquatic amusements, the park’s 10 hectares are filled with different leisure areas, grassy lawns, restaurants, shows with animals, massages, and a fish spa. Enjoy a fun day out for the whole family.

    In advance make sure you download the app before entrance gate. Get there at least half hour before opening and be prepared to race for a good spot to put up your umbrella and lay out your towels. Get on the best rides ASAP before everyone else. Be warned you cannot wear wrist watch/bracelets.

  • From Olhão: Ria Formosa Full-Day 3-Island Tour

    2. From Olhão: Ria Formosa Full-Day 3-Island Tour

    Explore the islands of Ria Formosa in Olhão and Faro for an unforgettable and rich experience. Start in Culatra, an island located in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa with about 750 inhabitants, most of them fishermen. Learn about the local history and visit all the small streets and typical houses of the region. Discover the lighthouse and continue to the most peaceful beach in the Algarve on Culatra, which separates the dark blue of the Atlantic Ocean and the light blue of the Ria Formosa. Dive, swim, relax and enjoy the sun. Don’t stress about bringing anything for your beach relaxation, as everything you could need will be provided.

    This trip is worth of money with spectacular view, communicative and insightful tour guide.

  • Olhão: 4-Hour Ria Formosa Islands Tour

    3. Olhão: 4-Hour Ria Formosa Islands Tour

    Navigate the waterways between the barrier islands of Ria Formosa off the coast of Olhão and discover a paradise of nature. Enjoy great views of the Farol Bar and Santa Maria Lighthouse on Farol Island. Stop for lunch in the fishing village of Culatra, home to about 1,000 residents with shops, a school, church, medical office, and even its own football pitch. Savor the local fresh fish at a typical restaurant or go for a nice picnic on the beach. Continue to Armona Bay and island, where you will stop for another 30 minutes to appreciate the nature. Return to Olhão, passing close to several tuna factories and the fishing harbor. See a larger area of Ria Formosa than most other tours, and benefit from the expert knowledge of your skipper to learn about the flora and fauna.

    Great way to explore a bit of the islands and to know some facts and history of Olhão.

  • Algarve Zoomarine Amusement Park Entrance Ticket

    4. Algarve Zoomarine Amusement Park Entrance Ticket

    Get your adrenaline thrills with a full-day entrance ticket to the Algarve Zoomarine Amusement Park, located near Albufeira. See a spectacular dolphin presentations that is both educational and entertaining – get close to sea lions and seals, and walk among birds of prey and tropical birds in an enchanted forest. Learn about the oceans in the aquarium, an educational tour to the amazing underwater world. The pedagogical area has more than 20 ecosystems, distributed according to the central theme. Finish off by riding the Rapid River rafts, a fun and exciting ride. Relax at the Zoomarine Beach, a new aquatic fun area, where you will find a wave pool surrounded by white sand, water slides, swimming pools and an aquatic playground.

    Very nice park. Clean and well adapted to handling people during covid-19 times. Friendly staff.

  • From Olhão: Ria Formosa Sunset Tour

    5. From Olhão: Ria Formosa Sunset Tour

    After boarding your boat, head out into the sheltered waters of Ria Formosa. Your first stop will be at on Praia Deserta at 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 where you can relax and, in summer, enjoy some swimming or snorkelling. From the beach, you can also enjoy beautiful views of the sunset over the ocean at the end of the day when your group will almost certainly have the beach to yourselves. After about 30 minutes to enjoy the beach and the sunset, you'll board your boat for the return trip Olhão.

    Great day out and lovely experience. Capitán Luís was a fantastic guide and even encouraged/helped us to clean up some ocean trash.

  • Olhão: Ria Formosa Boat Cruise

    6. 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, sand bars, and saltpans which are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. Spot local birds, marine life, and beds of clams and oysters. Make a short stop at Praia Deserta and enjoy the serenity of a tranquil location accessible only by boat. While there, enjoy some time for a swim and to take photos, before returning to Olhão.

    Great experience, the whole day was pure magic, the guide (Louis) in particular was great and gave us even more time than we paid for.

  • From Faro: Ria Formosa Hop-On Hop-Off Island Tour

    7. From Faro: Ria Formosa Hop-On Hop-Off Island Tour

    Discover 3 of Ria Formosa's barrier islands and admire the wonderful world of the fauna and flora of this part of the Algarve coast. Travel by hop-on hop-off boat and enjoy the flexibility to choose the time you want to spend at each of the islands. A professional team of boat skippers will be here to guide you and provide all the necessary information ensuring you'll have a pleasant and enjoyable stay. With regular departures scheduled from the pier in Faro, aboard a speedboat or ferry boat heading in direction of Desert Island which will be your first stop. Spend the day exploring the only uninhabited island and enjoy the tranquility of this peaceful place. Relax on the beach, observe the wildlife or take a walking tour to Cape Saint Mary. Swim in the ocean’s clear waters, sunbathe or enjoy a memorable meal at Estaminé during your visit to Desert Island. Next, visit Farol Island and ...

  • From Olhão: Ria Formosa & Culatra Island Half-Day Cruise

    8. From Olhão: Ria Formosa & Culatra Island Half-Day Cruise

    Depart from the port in Olhão and sail through the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Learn about the history and rich biodiversity of the region from the captain as you sail through its natural waterways. Spot local fauna and flora with the binoculars provided. Visit the barrier island of Culatra located in Ria Formosa, which is home to about 750 inhabitants. Take 45 minutes to wander around the streets of the village and learn about its traditions and customs. Sample delicious local cuisine in one of the cafés or restaurants, your captain will be happy to recommend the best spots. After exploring the village, continue to one a desert beach in the Algarve region on the island. Enjoy some time swimming and taking photos in a tranquil location before returning to Olhão.

  • Algarve Zoomarine Ticket and Dolphin Emotions Experience

    9. Algarve Zoomarine Ticket and Dolphin Emotions Experience

    Dive into a vast lagoon, surrounded by a mantle of fine sand and dotted with vegetation. Come visit this slice of paradise with the potential to provide a unique experience that will be certain to change your life!  Choose between three types of experiences, which all start with an educational talk in which a professional shares fascinating facts about the bottlenose dolphin, its biology and ecology. • The Dolphin Emotions Premium experience lets you spend 30 minutes in the water under the supervision of a trainer. You’ll be invited to meet the dolphins, experience moments of tenderness and affection, and perform an aquatic behavior sequence with these extraordinary ambassadors of the ocean. • The Dolphin Emotions Encounter gives you the same experience as Premium but for a shorter, 15-minute experience. • The Dolphin Emotions Exclusive

    Esperienza bellissima, ho passato 15 fantastici minuti in compagnia di Ulisse e Ugo. Animali intelligenti e dolcissimi. La nostra istruttrice ci ha spiegato molte cose sulla loro vita e le loro abitudini . Ho avuto la possibilità di stare a stretto contatto con loro , accarezzarli e vedere da vicini le loro acrobazie. Consiglio vivamente, soprattutto se avete bambini! Grazie zoomarine❤

  • Olhão: 3-Hour Ria Formosa Boat Tour

    10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 725 reviews

The boats can go really fast and it's a lot of fun. Also not so many people on one boat. The islands are really nice and you're pretty flexible with the hop-on-hop-off ticket

Great day out and lovely experience. Capitán Luís was a fantastic guide and even encouraged/helped us to clean up some ocean trash.

It was a lot of fun going on if a very nice day was great weather. The service is great, everything was good.

Amazing. The bathrooms are always clean, as are the restaurants. A very fun day!!!

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