Multi-day trip

From Faro: Dolphin Watching & 2 Islands Tour

4.5 / 5

19 reviews

Activity provider: Estrela da Ria Formosa

From Faro: Dolphin Watching & 2 Islands Tour

Activity provider: Estrela da Ria Formosa

From US$ 56.81 per person

Explore the stunning coastline of the Ria Formosa Natural Park and watch dolphins in the Atlantic Ocean on this half-day tour. Discover 2 of Rio Formosa's islands: Farol Island and Deserta Island.

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Duration 4.5 days
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  • Enjoy panoramic views from the boarding deck out towards the Atlantic Ocean
  • Marvel at the beauty and friendliness of the dolphins
  • Discover the four islands of the Ria Formosa Natural Park
  • Visit Farol Island and observe the oyster culture of Hangares Island
  • Swim and relax at Deserta Island
Full description
Discover the beauty of Faro’s coastline on this epic sea adventure that navigates along the Ria Formosa waters, passing between Deserta Island and Farol Island and across the Cape de Santa Maria. Marvel at scenic views where the waters of the Ria Formosa meet the Atlantic Ocean and gaze out towards the vastness of the open blue sea. After a glide around Ria Formosa Natural Park, ride along the coast in search of a pod of dolphins swimming in their natural habitat. These magnificent creatures often spend their mornings feeding in the clear and crystalline waters off the coast of Faro. Although there is no guarantee that dolphins will be spotted on the trip, there is a 90% chance of finding the sea creatures. After dolphin watching, begin discovering the islands. Head to Farol Island and then Culatra Island for lunch at a restaurant or an optional picnic. Then, discover the oyster culture on Hangares Island, before finally visiting Deserta Island for snorkeling.
  • Professional skipper
  • Life jackets
  • Masks for snorkeling
  • Marine biologist
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Pier : Cais da Porta Nova - Near the old town of Faro The Company's representative will be dressed in a Green T-shirt.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Pets

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Tour is subject to weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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We struggled to find the dolphins but with a little patience and perseverance from the team, we were able to witness an aquatic ballet. Provide outfits that dry quickly and are not afraid of salt water because it is quite possible to finish the activity somewhat wet. We also appreciated the charm of the Island of Farol.

October 28, 2022

Very good excursion, the crew is patient and knows how to find the dolphins. They are very respectful of the animals, turn off the engine of the boat near the dolphins and let them evolve without pressure. After watching the dolphins, we discover the deserted and farol islands for a stroll before returning to the marina.

July 1, 2022

It was super. I definitly suggest to try it. The guidiance was excellent, rescpecting the nature while enjoying it. We encountered dolphins and they interacted with us, followed our boat for several minutes. The short visit to the Deserta and Farol island is nice extra on top of the doplhin watching. Lovely place with lovely people. And keep in mind, there is no 100% garantee to encounter dolphins.

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June 29, 2022

Product ID: 215766