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

Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

Product ID: 16237
This boat trip takes place on a comfortable catamaran weaving its way through the channels of the Ria Formosa. On your glide, you'll visit the Deserta Island and Farol Island, two of the most beautiful islands of this protected area.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the Ria Formosa - one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal.
  • Cruise gently on a comfortable catamaran
  • Visit the Deserta Island
  • Explore the Farol Island
Full description
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.
Includes
  • 3-hour catamaran boat trip (includes a stop of 1 hour in Farol and up to 30 minutes in Deserta)
  • Life vests
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Tips (optional)
  • Any extra expenses

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The meeting point for your tour or activity is at the office of the local partner at the shop Pure Nature Store - ground floor of the building of Ginásio Clube Naval de Faro (Nautical Club of Faro). Please check-in for your tour or activity with team members at least 10 minutes before the departure time.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable clothes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• The duration of this tour includes a stop of 1 hour in Farol and 20 to 30 minutes in Deserta
• It is recommended to bring:
(1) Comfortable clothing and footwear
(2) Hat, sunscreen during spring and summer
(3) Waterproof clothing for tours during autumn and winter
(4) Bathing suit, towel for tours during spring and summer
(5) Water
• Note: the schedules of departures and arrivals, the duration and itineraries of the activities are subject to change without previous notice due to security determined by the weather conditions, tides and/or other circumstances beyond our control
• The tour with a 06:00 PM departure will end at sunset
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 305 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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The skipper was kind and explained a bit about the typical birds of the area. The tour was relaxing and chilling, we would have definitely spent more time on both the isles. On Farol Isle (1h break) we didn’t have enough time to take a deeper look around and go up on the lighthouse, which is typical of the isle. On Barreta Isle (desert isle) we would have definitely loved to have the time to chill or to reach the solitary house of the fisherman who lives on the isle, who is actually the only one person living on it. At least we enjoyed!

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August 22, 2019

Great trip around Ria Formosa with a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Shame we didn’t know that many birds only start arriving with the Autumn migration but we did see some birds I have never seen before. The island visits were a real highlight, next time we would definitely do a longer trip but this was a good taster!

August 20, 2019

Very nice and funny guide who was willing to answer all the questions, coming from guests. Great landscape but for us it was a little bit too short - we would book the longer trip, actually. Deserta is very nice but there is not that much to do plus you only stay there for 20-30 minutes, so you actually don't have the time to do much there. The stay in Farol was about an hour and you can do loads of things there in summer: swimming, having a drink in of the dozens of bars, etc. Great recommendations!

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August 2, 2019

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Product ID: 16237