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From Olhão: Ria Formosa 3-Island Full-Day Tour

From Olhão: Ria Formosa 3-Island Full-Day Tour

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Explore three islands by boat on this cruise from Olhão to Farol, Culatra, and Armona or Deserta Islands. Experience the beautiful and deserted beaches on the islands and discover Culatra village.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese
Private or small groups available


  • Swim at pristine beaches on Culatra Island or enjoy a picnic
  • Learn about the local region from your tour guides
  • See clams, oysters and other biodiversity in a low tide
  • Walk around quiet Lighthouse Island and see local houses
  • Visit the mini markets and quaint bars on Armona Island
Full description

Begin your island-hopping trip with your captain who will act as your tour guide. First, stop at Lighthouse Island, where you can visit its village, get a drink, go to the beach, and explore the neighborhoods of beautiful houses.

Continue on to Culatra Island for a few hours for a picnic lunch or visit one of the local restaurants. Culatra Island has beautiful swimming areas, if you prefer to play in the water instead of eating here. Stop on the island for 2 hours to enjoy lunch and to explore the village.

Next, make your way to Armona Island or Deserta Island, depending on the season. In the summertime, Deserta Island hosts a beautiful, wild beach with no buildings. Explore either the Ria Formosa for a swim, or take in the Atlantic Ocean side of the island. The beautiful Armona Island is inhabited all year-long with locals and vacationers. Discover its deserted beach and take in the tranquil surroundings.

  • First aid kit
  • Water
  • Umbrellas
  • Games
  • Life jacket
  • Local orientation map
  • Map of the birds of Ria Formosa
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet at the Odyssey stand at Av. 5 de Outubro, 8700-302 Olhão

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Important information

What to bring

  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • The tour requires reasonable weather for the trip to take place
  • During the stipulated stopped, all people are free to carry out any activities desired
  • Choose from either a shared or private guided experience
  • You can pack your own lunch, or dine at a local restaurant
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 104 reviews

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Very nice captain, who gave a lot of information about fishing, port construction, but also ecological problems caused by overfishing. However, the restaurant we went to for lunch as a group was not recommended as the wait times were long and the prices were on the high side. You may want to take something with you for a picnic, or look for a restaurant yourself - although it may not always be the same restaurant on the tour. Everything went very stress-free and relaxed. So great!

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August 19, 2022

A wonderful day. 1- FAROL, where you have time to see the lighthouse, go see the beach, stroll through the alleys and have a drink. 2- CULATRA, fishing village. On site, either you can have lunch or enjoy the sea and its superb beach with deckchairs and parasol. Culatra is part of the Ria Formosa Natural Park… wild… very pretty. 3- THE DESERT ISLAND, as its name suggests, wild… with in its center, bushes where birds nest. Beautiful. In short, 5h30 of pure happiness.

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June 12, 2022

One of my favourite trips during our stay in the Algarve - not only did we get to discover three islands (and I could happily have spent all day on Farol alone), we learned more about the area's nature, spotted a sea eagle and saw a quieter corner most tourists don't visit. Our guide Jose switched seamlessly between Spain, French and English as he piloted us around the lagoon and islands, and was great with my daughter too. Highly recommend.

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April 10, 2022

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