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Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 1,231 reviews

Amazing place, great staff, all in one a MUST SEE once you are in Faro

The reservation was fast,once on the spot I just show the confirmation number and they printed the ticket for me. Ilha Deserta itself it's amazing...in September it was really like a dessert, which means almost nobody there. If you are looking for a relaxing day on the beach with cristal clear water and white sand, this is your spot! The ride on the catamaran was also an atraction and the staff was very nice, even waited for my friend few minutes as she couldn't find the starting point. Ps: the docking place it's behind the actual port, in front of old city walls. Ps2: Note- there is no shops on the island so take water and all you need. There is a restaurant there ( the only building in the island) but it's a bit pricy, which is understandable considering the location, behind the restaurant there is a snack bar which has more economical version.

Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry Reviewed by

Superb day out, knowledgeable guide, beautiful scenery, superb lunch

This is without doubt one of the best excursions we have ever done, the Ria Formosa National Park is amazing and on a sunny November day the colours were amazing (the guide said the colours are actually better at this time of the year). Each of the islands we visited were quite different. So I say definitely do this trip but obviously try to plan the trip on the best day weather-wise. The only slight thing to be aware of is if you booked your tickets online the address given is not exactly right. If you go to the meeting point given from the marina area (Hotel Faro) you need to go another 200 metres approx to where there is a jetty which cannot be seen from the given meeting point.

Fun if you’re looking for a taste of real Portugal

We are part time Portuguese residents so this was an unusual thing for us to do. Not an exciting day out ... no history lesson or interesting narrative, just a look at the sparsely inhabited Portugal and the hard work that goes into putting the very expensive grilled fish onto your plate at the swish restaurants. The last stop a very charming one with a great restaurant. If I only had a few days in the Algarve this would not have been the way to spend a day especially if you are in a beautiful resort already but a good day out with interesting photo ops.

Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour from Faro Reviewed by

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 .

Fun, informative and both stimulating and relaxing!

This was a great trip. Good value for money. Philip was a wonderful guide with lots of local knowledge. As well as the information on the islands we visited, he stopped to show us birds, crabs, a sea cucumber and he even let us drive the boat on the way home. He was very handsome too, which always helps. The Ilha Deserta was my favourite, as you get dropped in a spot away from the main tourist point and it truly is a glimpse of heaven.

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