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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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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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$17.43
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$17.43

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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$40.67
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$40.67

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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$34.86
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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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$34.86
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Winter: Ria Formosa : Boat trip to the 3 Islands (Armona | Culatra | Lighthouse)

Winter: Ria Formosa : Boat trip to the 3 Islands (Armona | Culatra | Lighthouse)

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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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$41.71
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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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$34.86
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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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$100.55
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$100.55
Price varies by group size

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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$60.60
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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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$34.86
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.30
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Ria Formosa Natural Park Two Islands Boat Trip in Faro

Ria Formosa Natural Park Two Islands Boat Trip in Faro

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Cruise from Faro to Ria Formosa Natural Park on an outing by catamaran that explores the remote islands of Faro and Deserta. This cruise is the perfect way to experience the Ria Formosa estuary, where you’ll find a maze of wetlands split by canals and hidden islands. Watch for the coastal birds of the Algarve as you relax on the 12-person catamaran, then enjoy some beach time on each island before returning to Faro. Both morning and afternoon departures are available.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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3-Hour Boat Tour in Ria Formosa on Olhão Algarve

3-Hour Boat Tour in Ria Formosa on Olhão Algarve

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Discover the wonders of nature on the Ria Formosa and be amazed and dazzled by this fragile and complex ecosystem considered to be one of Portugal's seven wonders, a place to be visited and preserved. On this tour you will have the opportunity to observe the Natural Park of the Ria Formosa navigating through its channels. You will walk on white sands and sail through the calm waters of the Ria Formosa. We will have a lovely stop on a desert island where you can have a swim, relax and walk on the beach with wonderful white sand. Then we stop at one of the island communities. Can be Ilha do Farol or Ilha da Culatra. Throughout the tour the skipper will give a detailed explanation of the entire Ria Formosa, its fauna and flora and its fishing activities.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.86
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Gyrocopter Flight Experience in Algarve

Gyrocopter Flight Experience in Algarve

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Get a bird’s-eye view of Ria Formosa Natural Park during an express flight by gyrocopter. The unique-looking aircraft offers a safe and comfy flight for solo passengers who sit behind the pilot as they take to the skies. Once up in the air, the views include sights of the birdlife for which the park is famous, and colorful wetland landscapes.
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  • 22 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.88
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Ria Formosa Small-Group Catamaran Sunset Tour from Faro

Ria Formosa Small-Group Catamaran Sunset Tour from Faro

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Enjoy a sunset cruise on this small-group tour of Ria Formosa Natural Park. Led by a local guide, this tour of no more than 12 passengers promises gorgeous views and an intimate experience of the Algarve’s sprawling knot of marshes, canals and islands. Indulge your inner birder and watch for the park’s many winged creatures, including the rare purple swamphen, during this budget-friendly outing.   
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.24
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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. 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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$174.28
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Dolphin Watching + 4 Islands Tour - From Faro

Dolphin Watching + 4 Islands Tour - From Faro

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Spend a day out at sea searching for dolphins and visiting the islands of Ria Formosa Nature Reserve on this full-day excursion. Join a small group and board your vessel for your journey out into the Atlantic Ocean. Stop at each of the four islands to discover what they have to offer and perhaps purchase some lunch. You also have a chance to snorkel to search for more aquatic species.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.90
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Ria Formosa Half Day Sailing Tour

Ria Formosa Half Day Sailing Tour

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Sail through the calm waters of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve during your time in the Algarve on this sailing excursion. Join a small group and board your vessel to explore the four islands of the park. Stop at a couple of islands, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife like dolphins, and enjoy dips in the warm waters of the lagoon.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.09
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Ria Formosa: Private Boat Rental (from 2 to 8 hours)

Ria Formosa: Private Boat Rental (from 2 to 8 hours)

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Nothing better than a family outing !! Avoid the large crowds of beaches in the Algarve, on a private tour for the family at a special price and with special conditions and discounts at restaurants, or if you prefer, make your own Picnic! Personalize together with our company an ideal tour for your family to spend an incredible day in pure tranquility and tranquility! From deserted beaches to visiting all the islands, you will have several options to be decided by you and your family! Our boats can take up to a maximum of 10 people! You can choose a tour from 2h to 8h!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$185.90
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Nature Catamaran Tour from Faro

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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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.43
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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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Private Sightseeing Boat Tour in Ria Formosa at Olhão

Private Sightseeing Boat Tour in Ria Formosa at Olhão

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Discover the islands of Deserta, Farol, Culatra, and Armona. Explore the lagoon in a comfortable boat with a sunshade. Visit a fishing community on Culatra Island. Learn more about the Natural Park from your guide. Take a dive into the Cristal clear waters of the Armona beach.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$255.62
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4-Hour Private Boat Tour in Ria Formosa

4-Hour Private Boat Tour in Ria Formosa

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Discover the natural reserve of Ria Formosa and its four islands on a half-day boat tour from Olhao. Board your private vessel and sail through the lagoon, learning about the local environment from your captain. See the fishing village of Culatra and stop at Farol Island, the southernmost point in Portugal, to see its lighthouse.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$371.81
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All Day Route in Fuseta

All Day Route in Fuseta

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This experience is the most complete of all the trips we offer. Get to know Ria Formosa and its Islands, like Armona, Culatra, Hangares and Farol, as well as its fauna and flora. A unique experience, where you will leave richer than you started. Enjoy a bit more about the local culture.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.09
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Small-Group Adventure: Cycling in Ria Formosa Natural Park

Small-Group Adventure: Cycling in Ria Formosa Natural Park

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This is the perfect tour for cycling fans. Make the most of your time in Tavira, by going off the beaten track, and seeing things that can’t be reached by public transport. You won’t have to worry about getting lost, as a guide will accompany you. Highlights include Ria Formosa Natural Park, Cabanas de Tavira, Cacela Velha, Manta Rota, Altura, Monte Gordo, and Castle of Castro Marim.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.42
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Should I book Ria Formosa Natural Park tickets in advance?
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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.
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How much does it cost to visit Ria Formosa Natural Park 2022?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Ria Formosa Natural Park costs USD 17.43. Guided Ria Formosa Natural Park tours start around USD 17.43 per person.
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