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  4. Ria Formosa

Olhão: 4-Hour Ria Formosa Islands Tour

Product ID: 97776
Get back to nature in the diverse barrier islands of Ria Formosa Natural Park. Visit local villages and beaches, get stunning views of Olhão, and enjoy the fresh local fish at lunch.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Portuguese
English, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • See a larger area of Ria Formosa than most other tours
  • Visit the fishing village of Culatra and see the Santa Maria Lighthouse on Farol Island
  • Pass by the biggest fishing port in the Algarve
Full description
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.
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  • Experienced guide

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Meeting point

At stand 5 in front of the Hotel Real Marina, Avenida 5 de Outubro, Olhão. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the activity.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 53 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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The boat catered well for the 15-20 people on board as it was spacious and the guide was excellent with explanations in very good English and French. There was time on shore for lunch (not included in the price) on one of the islands, as well as a walk around on another. The nature of the Formosa is spectacular with the sandy beaches, fauna and flora.

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February 8, 2020

Very incessant excursion to recommend

Good reception, but with a downside. We registered directly on the application, specifying that our language is French (as provided on the site). During the reception at the port and during the excursion, nobody spoke French. Fortunately that we master a little the language of Shakespeare ... we were able to find the right boat and follow some explanations. In addition, the electronic ticket is not always recognized, we have to go back to the registrar to be able to board ... and all this in English.

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August 29, 2019

What a great day!

On a beautiful afternoon on April 2, 2019 we spent a fun time on a 4 hour cruise on the Passeios aria Formosa. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the water was sparkling in the sun. Our tour guide, Joao, spoke excellent English and we received lots of information about the area on the fishing industry, the coast and the tides and the local culture. Our captain did a fine job manning the boat. We made two stops; one on Cultura for 90 minutes where we could have lunch, if so desired and the second stop was at a smaller island where we had 30 minutes to walk around and view the town and the pier. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and highly recommend this

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April 3, 2019

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Passeios Ria Formosa

Product ID: 97776