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Cape of St. Mary

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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.

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What people are saying about Cape of St. Mary

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 393 reviews

It was a wonderful ride. Flavio the skipper was very pleasant, benevolent and his explanation of the Ria formosa was very enriching. The two islands are very different which makes the richness of diversity of the Ria. The deserted island is more for lounging on the sand and enjoying the view and the sun. And Farol is an island with pretty typical houses. The time of the 3h excursion is really perfect and the price is very correct. I recommend it to you.

It is nice to get a look at the city from the sea. Staying in the lagoon makes for a smooth boat ride, to enjoy the sun and the natural park.

Was a beautiful trip and Richard was an excellent host. Thank you for an amazing experience

Excellent experience visiting the islands. Great boat and excellent guide!

good trip There is much to see. Both islands are great. Great Guide!