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Ria Formosa Natural Park Tours and Activities

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Located at the southernmost tip of Portugal’s Algarve, Ria Formosa Natural Park (Parque Natural da Ria Formosa) is a scenic swirl of freshwater lagoons, sandy islands, and lush salt marshlands. The park hugs the coast between Manta Rota and Vale do Lobo, and is best known for its varied topography and diverse bird life.

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 4 Stops 4 Islands & Ria Formosa Natural Park - From Faro

4 Stops 4 Islands & Ria Formosa Natural Park - From Faro

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Visit The Ria Formosa Natural Parque in a confortable catamaran and discover the 4 beautiful islands with 4 Stops : Deserta Island, Farol Island, Culatra Island an Hangares Island. You can snorkeling, walking near the ocean , enjoy a typical lunch on Culatra Island and observe the culture of oysters. ( Free Masks ) ( lunch not Included - you can bring your Pick Nick)
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.12
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Gyrocopter Flight Experience in Algarve

Gyrocopter Flight Experience in Algarve

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Fly the Sky directly from a Birds Natural Reserve. This is a unique experience that gives you an amazing overview of the region, safe and comfortable in an amazing aircraft: the gyrocopter! Each gyrocopter will take one passenger in an exclusive flight. We can make consecutive flights to your group. We can customize your flight and also prepare extra activities so that you can enjoy your full time at our Eco Airfield in the Natural Reserve.
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  • 22 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$155.62
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Dolphin Watching + 4 Islands Tour - From Faro

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Dolphin Watching + 4 Islands Tour - From Faro

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We offer you a Full day of adventure ,where you can enjoy the beauty of Dolphins and discover the 4 islands of the Ria Formosa Natural Park . The observation of the Dolphins is made on our Oceanic coast and the discovery of the 4 Islands is in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa. We Stop at Farol Island, Culatra Island where you can have lunch at a typical fisherman's restaurante in the island community or take your Pic-Nick, nest we go to Hangares Island to observe Oyter Culture, and finally we stop at Deserta Island. We return to Faro with a different lanscape of the Natural Park , as there is a difference in the tide , changing the whole scenery of Nature in our Ria Formosa.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$64.65
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Ria Formosa: Boat Tour of the 3 Islands (Armona / Culatra / Farol / Deserta)

Ria Formosa: Boat Tour of the 3 Islands (Armona / Culatra / Farol / Deserta)

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The tour will be interpretive and explanatory during your trip, so during stops, everyone is free to engage in any type of activities on the respective islands, advised by the vessel's captain. Comments : - Navigation made only by Ria Formosa, avoiding seasickness; - Experienced and fluent captains in several languages; Stops: - 1st Stop - Ilha do Farol (1 hour), free visit. - 2nd Stop: Ilha da Armona (between 1H30 and 2H00), stop for lunch with reserved table, and time to visit after or before lunch. It is at the discretion of the customer! - 3rd Stop - Praia Deserta (1 hour), free visit. Lunch is not included at this time due to technical flaws, TripAdvisor is not letting us change the information or the itinerary described above, thanks for your understanding! On this trip we will know all the mysteries and secrets that the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park has to offer on the most complete tour!
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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2-hour Bird Watching Guided Boat Trip in Ria Formosa from Faro Algarve

2-hour Bird Watching Guided Boat Trip in Ria Formosa from Faro Algarve

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If you’re a nature lover in The Algarve, Ria Formosa National Park should be at the top of your itinerary. During this 2-hour tour from Faro, you’ll explore the natural landscape on a ‘saveiro’ (a traditional painted boat) while learning about the myriad of bird species that inhabit the area. With luck, you’ll spot birds such as white storks, little egrets, spoonbills, and grey plover. This small-group tour is limited to 10 people to guarantee an intimate atmosphere.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.19
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Short boat trip of the Algarve's Ria Formosa lagoon from Faro: 45 minutes

Short boat trip of the Algarve's Ria Formosa lagoon from Faro: 45 minutes

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This is boat trip to discover the lagoon of Ria Formosa This 45-minute boat trip is ideal for those who are passing by Faro and do not have much time, but still would like to know the Ria Formosa, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. We leave the marina of Faro on board a confortable catamaran. When exploring the lagoon area one can see numerous waders that feed on small organisms that live in the marshes. This boat trip goes through the numerous channels of this protected area and it ends with the beautiful view of the Walls of the Old Town of Faro. This small-group tour is limited to 11 people, offering a more intimate experience.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.10
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Ria Formosa Natural Park Birdwatching Segway Tour from Faro

Ria Formosa Natural Park Birdwatching Segway Tour from Faro

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Experience nature up close and personal on a Segway, during this 1.5-hour birdwatching tour in Ria Formosa Natural Park, departing from Faro. The beauty of the Algarve is in its iconic landscapes and untouched marshes. During this tour, explore Ria Formosa Natural Park and spot native and migratory birds feeding in freshwater lagoons, tidal flats and other ecosystems. Catch glimpses of flamingos, the rare purple swamphen, and other bird species as you learn about their natural habitat from your expert guide. This nature and wildlife tour also offers an optional pickup and drop-off from your Algarve hotel.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Algarve Dolphin Watching & Marine Life Eco Tour

Algarve Dolphin Watching & Marine Life Eco Tour

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Spotting dolphins in their natural habitat is an extraordinary experience and on this 2.5-hour excursion off the coast of the Algarve, you will get the chance to see common and bottlenose dolphins, as well as the other marine life that live and play around the barrier islands of Ria Formosa and Santa Maria Cape, Europe’s most southerly point. Departing Faro you will travel aboard a comfortable and safe RIB boat with a nature guide in tow, who will give you fascinating facts about the extraordinary sea life of this lovely location. The boat trip is approximately 2 hours long and cruises through the calm waters of the Ria Formosa towards the big blue ocean, reaching 10 or 12 miles offshore. You will sail along the coastline of the Algarve, pass by the barrier-islands of Ria Formosa and Santa Maria Cape looking out for several species of cetaceans. After the exciting water adventure tracking the intense marine life, you will return to Ria Formosa where the tour ends.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Salt Ponds Guided Tour With Bathing in the Portuguese

Salt Ponds Guided Tour With Bathing in the Portuguese "Dead Sea" from Faro

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Explore the Ria Formosa Natural Park’s most beautiful salt ponds by open-top Jeep on this small-group tour from Faro. Skip the hassles of traveling independently, and discover the ponds and their surrounding wildlife and wetlands. Learn the secrets of sea salt production, observe flora and fauna such as herons, flamingos, and spoonbills; and choose to take a floating bath in the salt-rich "Dead Sea" and shop for artisanal salt products.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Faro - Ria Formosa tour with visit to 2 islands (Deserta, Farol) 3.5 hours

Faro - Ria Formosa tour with visit to 2 islands (Deserta, Farol) 3.5 hours

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Your trip will start through the channels of the Ria Formosa Natural Park where you can observe species of sea birds and fishing activities. Arriving at Deserta island, you can walk and enjoy the Dunar flora or dive in transparent waters, then we go out to the open sea to see the Cape of Stª Maria and head to the island of Farol. , enjoy the original architecture of the island, the return to Faro will be made enjoying the surroundings of the Ria Formosa. When you reach the end of the tour, you will notice that time has passed too quickly, and that your wish would be to stay on the islands for much longer.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Relax Tour on Solar Boat Ria Formosa

Relax Tour on Solar Boat Ria Formosa

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We are a company focused on providing unique environmentally conscious tourist experiences. We focus daily on the development of good practices for a sustainable activity, using our vessels powered by solar energy. We believe in raising awareness of environmental and cultural education, contributing to a better future. We want to share with you the tranquility and balance of this place ...
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Stand Up Paddle tour, Ria Formosa

Stand Up Paddle tour, Ria Formosa

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This experience begins with the SUP class explaining the basics and the theoretical part of the lesson. The tour will be on the side of the river, where there are easy conditions for riding on the SUP board. The tour passes through the Ria Formosa National Park. We can stop at the oyster farm and watch a great variety of birds and plants. This experience includes transportation, teaching materials, instructor and insurance.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Ilha Deserta and Farol Island: a small group boat trip in Ria Formosa from Faro

Ilha Deserta and Farol Island: a small group boat trip in Ria Formosa from Faro

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Cruise the glittering waters of Ria Formosa Natural Park on a 3-hour sailing trip from Faro. After you climb aboard a luxurious catamaran, sail to natural landmarks like Deserta Island and Farol Island and scour the scenery for sightings of exotic birds. Observe the lives of locals as you listen to history and culture-rich commentary from your guide. Receive personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to 10 passengers.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Ria Formosa Natural Park Bike Tour

Ria Formosa Natural Park Bike Tour

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Journey to Ria Formosa Natural Park on this 2.5-hour small-group tour led by a professional guide. Covering more than 60 kilometers of beautiful, rugged coastline, the Ria Formosa Natural Park is not a place to miss. Admire a stunning array of birds as well as unique flora and fauna, all while learning about the park’s history and its significance from your guide. This is a great alternative to a low-key beach holiday, for people who want to immerse themselves in Portugal’s natural beauty.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Ria Formosa Natural Park Bike Tour

Ria Formosa Natural Park Bike Tour

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Make the most of your time in Ria Formosa Natural Park by going on a bike tour. You’ll cover more ground than if you were traveling on foot, and you'll spend a whole day in the fresh air. Cut the stress out of navigating and potentially getting lost by having a guide to lead the way. Your guide will enhance your experience by providing commentary, pointing out flora and fauna, and taking you to the most picturesque spots. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Romantic Sunset Tour in the Ria Formosa: From Faro

Romantic Sunset Tour in the Ria Formosa: From Faro

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Enjoy a romantic sunset cruise for two around the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Take a small, private catamaran and watch the sun dip below the horizon as you enjoy some champagne and strawberries. Admire the beautiful coastal scenery during golden hour and let the day melt away as you sail in the lagoon.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Half-Day Boat Tour in Ria Formosa from Faro

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Private Half-Day Boat Tour in Ria Formosa from Faro

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Cross the channels of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa and enjoy a relaxing Private BoatTour. Bring some drinks and have fun on board in 4 hours Trip. Find out the beautiful waters of the Algarve, where 2 main island are located : Deserta Island and Farol Island.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Your first experience Sailing - Private Trip in Ria Formosa

Your first experience Sailing - Private Trip in Ria Formosa

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Join a sailing boat trip in the Ria Formosa with a skipper for 4 hours. Enjoy the trip or be an active part of it, as the skipper will teach and help you perform some of the sailing tasks.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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2 Stop | 2 Islands & Ria Formosa Natural Park - From Faro

2 Stop | 2 Islands & Ria Formosa Natural Park - From Faro

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Enjoy this relaxing tour in the Ria formosa Natural Parque whit a confortable Catamaran and discover the 2 beautiful and principal Islands with 2 Stop : Deserta Island and Farol Island. You can snorkeling , walking near the oceano , observe Cape os Santa Mariade and enjoy the local wildlife.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Birdwatching on Solar Boat Ria Formosa

Birdwatching on Solar Boat Ria Formosa

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The birds are a passion and during winter we can see in greater quantity and diversity especially the waders who delight in the local food. velvos in their characteristic dances and sounds and a delight for any bird lover We have over 20 years of experience in the area and guarantee customer satisfaction. come and see the local birds and have a bird guide with 432 free species in 4 languages on offer
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Islands Salt Pond and Dead Sea Tour from Faro

Full-Day Islands Salt Pond and Dead Sea Tour from Faro

This Full day is divided in 2 Acticities : Firts we 'll travel in a Open Jeep with a maximum of 7 people to the Salt Ponds , where you colu discover the production of Sea Salt, observe the wild live and Floting in the "Dead Sea ". In the second acitivity, on a Confortable Catamaran we cross the channels of the Ria Formosa Natural Park and we Stopped to visit its 2 islands : Deserta and Farol.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Bird Watching & Historical Tour

Bird Watching & Historical Tour

• The natural beauty and wildlife in the Ria Formosa • Excellent both for keen birdwatchers and simple nature lovers • Private boat tour with local driver • Perspective on the ecological and sustainable activities of the local people • Excellent opportunities for nature and holiday photos
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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East Algarve Coastal Tour - Private Half-Day Tour

East Algarve Coastal Tour - Private Half-Day Tour

Experience the history and culture of East Algarve on this private half-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, learn about the region from an informative guide while exploring Cacela Vehla, an old clifftop village, and Castro Marim, one of the region’s oldest towns. Discover the Algarve’s off the beaten path spots, check out landmarks like Fort São Sebastião, and marvel at one of the best spots in the region to catch a sunset.
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  • 4 hours
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Barrinha beach and Nature Catamaran Tour from Faro

Barrinha beach and Nature Catamaran Tour from Faro

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Spend the day away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a calming nature tour from Faro. Sail through the channels of Ria Formosa Natural Park and discover the native birds and animals of the marshlands. Take in the beautiful scenery and learn about the diverse ecosystem that inhabits the area.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Ria Formosa Natural Park can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 37 Ria Formosa Natural Park tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Ria Formosa Natural Park costs USD 18.10. Guided Ria Formosa Natural Park tours start around USD 18.10 per person. See all 37 Ria Formosa Natural Park tickets and tours on Viator.
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