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Olhão Sailing trips & boat tours

Our most recommended Olhão Sailing trips & boat tours

Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

1. Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

When you’re in Portugal make sure to experience this exciting catamaran boat to Deserta and Farol islands that will take you through the spectacular nature of the Ria Formosa. Come see why this region was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. Depart from the Marina of Faro sailing slowly through the channels of the Ria Formosa to fully enjoy the beautiful landscape. Along the tour you will see birds like the Grey Heron, the White Stork and many other birds that use this area as a feeding habitat. As you approach the islands and beaches you see the lighthouse of Culatra Island where you make our first stop. Looking around, one can observe the hard work of the people in the oyster and clam farms. A closer look towards the coastline and you will notice the market of the city of Olhão - an important fishing town. And off toward the ocean you can glimpse one of the most important sea entrances of the Ria Formosa. The next stop is Farol Island. Here, you can enjoy a walk around the streets of this small but friendly community. When passing by the lighthouse, go on until the very end to admire an extensive beach of fine white sand washed by calm warm waters. Leave the Farol Island and make your second stop at Deserta Island. This island is also known as Barreta Island. Here lies the most southern point of Portugal - the Santa Maria Cape. In this second stop you can choose to explore the fauna and flora of the island by an easy walk or simply enjoy the sunshine and bathe in the clear waters of the beach.

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 Faro: Island Tour by Boat

3. 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

Olhão: Dolphin Observation

4. Olhão: Dolphin Observation

Spot dolphins in an ethical way, in their natural habitat. Once on the boat, keep your eyes peeled, as wild animals the dolphins move freely around to different locations for food. Enjoy this 2.5 hour cruise ride around a beautiful natural site. Whilst on the look out for marine life, take a moment to also marvel at the beauty of the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve.  Thought there is no guarantee of seeing dolphins, the skipper can take you to the most frequented spots. Giving you a 95 percent chance of seeing dolphins. You will be able to watch them play and socialize in their natural habitat. This tour departs from Olhao. 

Olhão: Private Boat Tour to Ria Formosa

5. Olhão: Private Boat Tour to Ria Formosa

Discover some of the most beautiful places at the Natural Park of Ria Formosa on this private tour with your family or friends. Embark on a private tour together with an experienced skipper that will take you to the best places of this beautiful area which is considered one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal. Go for a swim in crystal clear waters, explore the island´s picturesque villages, or take a stroll on one of the many beautiful sandy beaches. Listen to the information your skipper can share in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French. Benefit from a pleasant and comfortable way to explore this little paradise while enjoying cold drinks on board. The boat has capacity for 12 passengers.

Olhão: Sightseeing boat Tour to Ria Formosa

6. Olhão: Sightseeing boat Tour to Ria Formosa

Embark on an adventure and go on a sightseeing boat tour to Ria Formosa.  Swim in crystal clear waters, explore the picturesque villages of Armona and Culatra. Take a walk on one of the many beautiful sandy beaches and take in a unique atmosphere. Explore this beautiful area while enjoying cold drinks on board. Relax on this comfortable and private boat that has capacity for 12 passengers. Customize this private tour that you can plan with an experienced skipper. Discover some of the most beautiful places in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa on this private tour with your family or friends.

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What people are saying about Olhão

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 101 reviews

I recommend this outing with Juan! Discovery of the 3 islands, local and excellent meals! Warm and caring welcome. Thank you for this discovery outing Juan! Looking forward to coming back to Faro for another ride! Go there with your eyes closed!

Beautiful private boat tour through the waters of Ria Formosa. Nice guide who told a lot about the area. Mind you, with this boat you cannot go through the narrow waterways of the nature reserve, only accessible by kayak.

Very good guidance from Rui. Instructive and not afraid to explain about fauna and flora, the different birds. Pleasant to listen to his stories. A joke was also possible. Very satisfied Herman and Martine, the Belgians

The activity was really something else! Thumbs up to the guide Fernando! I’d definitely recommend it!

Relax boat trip. Guide does his best to show the animals.