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

From Olhão: Boat Tour, Kayaking & Snorkelling in Ria Formosa

Product ID: 153462
Discover the natural beauty of the Rio Formosa Islands. Enjoy a relaxing boat tour, stopping in Culatra and Farol. Snorkel on deserted beaches and kayak inside the lagoons.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
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  • Enjoy a boat trip around the Ria Formosa islands
  • Kayak inside the Ria Formosa lagoons
  • Visit the islands of Culatra, Farol and Deserta
  • Swim and snorkel in crystal-clear waters off deserted beaches
Full description
Enjoy a 5 hour trip that takes you to the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Travel in a traditional boat with a captain and kayak to between 2 islands and a beautiful beach.
An ideal trip for those who enjoy the contact with nature.

This tour starts with the boat from Olhão. From here, travel to the natural paradise of Ria Formosa. This natural reserve is full of pretty beaches, little islands and is home to a unique flora and fauna. Here you can swim on a deserted beach. Afterwards, jump on to a kayak to paddle from the Island Armona to Island Culatra. The journey is about 1 hour, and you will be able to enjoy the beautiful view and calm waters of Ria Formosa. You don’t need to have any previous experience for this kayaking. On Culatra, we’ll invite you for a delicious lunch at a typical fish restaurant (cost 15€ person) 

This boat and kayak tour in Ria Formosa is the perfect activity for the whole family or group of friends (minimum age 8 years). 
  • Guide and tour
  • Snorkeling equipment by request
  • Kayak equipment
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks (lunch is 15€ person)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women

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Meeting point

Ferry boat station, ticket office, Tours Ria Formosa, Av. 5 de Outubro 2, 8700-306 Olhão, Portugal.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.1 / 5
  • Organization
    3.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.4 / 5
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Mixed feelings ! The islands are beautiful! The skipper and guide are generally nice and helpful, but their constant bickering gets a little tiresome in the end... But we had a good tour (longer than predicted : 5 or 6 hours instead of 3 to 4)! The organisation is a bit unsatisfactory as they rarely give precise instructions (on the first island we weren't sure if it was free time or not, on the kayak, we got stuck on a sand lagoon because we weren't sure where to go). The optional kayak time lacks organisation as we didn't have time to eat (or even visit) the second island if we chose to take the kayaking option. But despite the little hiccups, we had a great day! Also they can be hard to find at the marina ! Look for the red shack in front of the ferry ticket office!

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September 23, 2019

Excelent experience ! OMG the views the small islands

Excelent experience ! OMG the views the small islands What a delightful afternoon , I was so lucky to book this trip with Ria Formosa Boat tour, been offer a upgrade of 2 hours more I spend 4h30m on the beautiful Portuguese Sea Thank you very very much to all that make this happen a especial thank you to the guy that help me park the Car to the blonde lady , and Rose that drove the boat ( what a lady ) a amazing experience, I highly recommended .

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August 29, 2018

wir hatten mehr erwartet

Da es am Steg so viele Anbieter mit Schiffsfahrten gibt, war es schwierig, den richtigen ausfindig zu machen. Voller Erwartung ging es dann auf das Boot, wo wir die Westen anlegen mussten. Die erste Stunde war super. Wir waren auf dem Wasser unterwegs, uns wurde viel gezeigt und auch erklärt und unser Skipper konnte alle Fragen beantworten. Dann ging es zur ersten Insel - reinste Touristenabfertigung.wir hatten 30 Min Zeit um uns die Insel anzusehen. nicht zu schaffen. Daher haben wir uns in ein Cafe gesetzt und Kaffee getrunken. Dann ging es weiter. Nach nur 10 Min fahrt wurde wieder angelegt. Dieses mal Mittagspause. Wir gingen zu einem von dem Skipper empfohlenen Mittagstisch (ein anderes Restaurant wäre wahrscheinlich besser gewesen). Nach 2 Stunden ging es weiter. Wir fuhren wieder nur 20 Min und schon waren wir für die nächste halbe Stunde auf der nächsten Insel - wieder die reinste Touristenablagerung. Wir waren sehr unzufrieden und wir empfehlen es nicht weiter.

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July 24, 2019

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Tours ria Formosa

Product ID: 153462