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Olhão: Ria Formosa Boat Cruise

Olhão: Ria Formosa Boat Cruise

From US$ 32.67 per person

Discover the Ria Formosa Natural Park, one of the natural wonders of Portugal on a boat cruise. Stop at two different islands, and take some time to explore the local villages.

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Duration 2 - 3 hours
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Spanish, English, French, Portuguese


  • Admire the spectacular natural beauty of the Ria Formosa Natural Park
  • Learn more about the culture and curiosities from your expert captain
  • Enjoy some time for swimming at Praia Deserta
  • Choose between a shared group or private boat cruise
Full description

Set sail from the port of Olhão and travel through the Ria Formosa National Park. Discover beautiful scenery and rich biodiversity with your expert crew. Learn more about the national park and local culture with your expert captain. Cruise by marshes, barrier islands, islets, dunes, and sand bars which are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. Spot local birds, marine life, and beds of clams and oysters during low tide. Stop at Culatra Island where 1000 people live and no cars are allowed; experience this European sustainability project that will be completed by 2030. Then, visit Armona Island and enjoy the serenity of a tranquil location accessible only by boat. While there, enjoy some time to explore the island or for a swim and take amazing photos

  • First aid kit
  • Bottled water
  • Umbrellas
  • Snorkelling
  • Binoculars
  • Blankets
  • Life jacket
  • Islands and Ria Formosa Information Dossier
  • Local orientation map
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

At the ODYSSEY stand.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 66 reviews

Review summary

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The trip through the Ria Formosa was entertaining and was accompanied by a very friendly guide. There were two island stops that could be spent individually. During the one-hour stays, there was enough time to swim or have lunch. What surprised me, however, was how vast the area is. There was nothing to be seen of bird life or mud flats. So this part was different than my expectations were. Ultimately, it was island hopping. The contact with the organizer was great, who kept us up to date with WhatsApp.

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May 29, 2022

It was a very nice experience to take a boat tour in the lagoon vor Olhao. We did the sunset tour, highly recommended with a beautiful view of the city and the sea. William, the captain, spoke passionately about the area and the sea. With plenty of time between stories to quietly enjoy the views.

April 20, 2022

Really lovely day! Actually had a message from the guide in the morning offering us a 4 hour trip instead of 2 for only a few euros more! Our guide clearly loves his job and was really knowledgable about the area. We stopped for some amazing fish at a local restaurant. All in all just a fun, relaxed afternoon with a lovely bunch of people.

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February 1, 2022

Product ID: 397373