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  1. Portugal
  2. Algarve
  3. Faro
  4. Ria Formosa

Guided Nature Eco Tour from Faro to Ilha Deserta

Product ID: 29826
Head out from Faro on a comfortable catamaran for a sail through the amazing Ria Formosa channels. Visit Desert Island with a nature guide and learn about the native bird and plant life. Enjoy the beach and a tasty lunch at the island’s eco-restaurant.
About this activity
Duration: 1 day
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, French, Portuguese
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit Ilha Deserta, a paradise island in the Algarve
  • Get to know the Ria Formosa Natural Park
  • Learn about native bird and plant life from your nature guide
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch at an eco-friendly restaurant on the island
Full description
Your journey to Portugal’s unique Desert Island begins on board a comfortable catamaran that will take you to Ria Formosa Natural Park, for a full and relaxing day exploring the paradise of the Algarve. A professional nature guide will help you identify birds and plants and tell you all about this special place.

On the boat trip your nature guide will tell you about the hundreds of species of birds and plants that are native to the area.

After about an hour’s ride, the boat will dock at Ilha Deserta (Desert Island), a place only accessible by boat and so unspoiled it’s hard to believe such a natural jewel still exists.

You’ll find a unique beach situated at the southernmost point in Portugal, and an eco-friendly restaurant, where you can taste the traditional flavors of Algarvean cuisine.

Choose to stay on the island for a few hours or the entire day, returning to Faro whenever you want. A number of return times are available.
  • Round-trip boat tickets
  • Nature tour with professional guide
  • Visit to Desert Island with free time to explore and relax
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Beach deck chair and awning

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Meeting point

The meeting point is Cais da Porta Nova. The boat is at the Porta Nova pier on Comandante Francisco Manuel Street. To get there you'll follow the waterfront around the corner from the Faro marina (close to the Eva and Faro hotels). The pier is less than 5 minutes by foot from the marina.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• Please be aware that the trip duration varies depending on the starting time, the length of time you spend on the island, and the departure time of your trip back
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Tomas did a brilliant job on this tour!!! He has a huuuuge knowledge about all the birds and (micro)systems that exist here in ria farmosa!!! It was beautiful and amazing! Thanks so much!!!!

April 3, 2019

A perfect day’s bird-watching followed by a perfect lunch!

March 1, 2019

Nice to see the fish at Desert Island. Very cold water!

Only worth it if the weather is nice. The boat tour was not so interesting. If you just want to go to the Island it's better to get a ticket straight to the Island.

April 9, 2016

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