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

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

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icon4 to 5 hours  (approx.)
Pickup offered
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore the Algarve's Ria Formosa Natural Park during your time in Faro on this half-day excursion. Join a small group and visit four of the islands in the park—Deserta, Farol, Culatra, and Hangares—via a catamaran. Spend your day swimming in the warm waters, observing local marine life with your snorkel, and learning about local village life.
  • Learn about oyster cultivation in the region
  • Upgrade to include a typical Algarve lunch in Culatra
  • Observe wildlife like herons, storks, and spoonbills
  • A small group means more attention from your guide
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Professional Skipper
Masks to snorkeling
Life Jackets
Morning Tour : 5 hours (10h00) | Afternoon Tour : 4hours (14h00 & 1600)
Drinks and Food
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Cais de embarque de Faro , R. da Porta Nova, 8000-250 Faro, Portugal

The Boarding Place is located at Rua da Porta Nova, 8000-250 Faro The company's representative will be dressed in a Green T-Shirt. Stand Name : Estrela da Ria Formosa

Cais de embarque de Faro , R. da Porta Nova, 8000-250 Faro, Portugal
This activity will end right where it started.The Boarding Place is located at : Rua da Porta Nova , 8000-250 Faro The company's representative will be dressed in a Green T-Shirt. Arrive 15 minutes before the activty Start.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • As crianças devem ser acompanhadas por um adulto
  • Os passeios podem ser alterados dependendo das condições do mar
  • Um máximo de 12 pessoas por reserva
  • É necessário um mínimo de 2 pessoas por reserva
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Desaconselhável para pessoas com dificuldade motora
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Estrela da Ria Formosa de Cristela Martins
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 4 Stops 4 Islands & Ria Formosa Natural Park - From Faro?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by 4 Stops 4 Islands & Ria Formosa Natural Park - From Faro.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 4 Stops 4 Islands & Ria Formosa Natural Park - From Faro?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by 4 Stops 4 Islands & Ria Formosa Natural Park - From Faro.
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What is the social distancing policy during 4 Stops 4 Islands & Ria Formosa Natural Park - From Faro?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 4 Stops 4 Islands & Ria Formosa Natural Park - From Faro.

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  • "I strongly recommend going to the beach ( quite a long walk) on the island where there is a lunch break." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Enjoyable trip
Hao_D
, May 2022
Very nice tour. Alex is friendly, and did a great job to make tour enjoyable. We spot the dolphins as well. Lunch was good, fresh grill fish.
star-5
RELAXING
Julia_F
, Mar 2022
Loui was our guide who looked after us very well. We had a very relaxing boat trip and enjoyed every Island that we visited. Every Island was unique and so glad that we did this tour as it gave you an insight into nature and the way of life on these Island's. Enough time was given on each Island to enjoy. Thank you for a great day and if you are in Faro would highly recommend this tour. Alan and Julie
star-3
3 islands in the winter
Karen_N
, Mar 2022
It really is three island stops. One of the islands is a double. It was like having a private boat tour with a grumpy captain. I thought it would. E a tour , a guide to some bird watching and ecology of the rio Formosa but basically it was a taxi to the islands. The islands were interesting we especially enjoyed isle deserta. If I were to do it again I would take the water taxi for 3.50 round trip and skip the other two at least in the winter.
star-5
Highly recommended!!
Eniko_R
, Dec 2021
Although the weather was not the best, we had a lovely trip under the care of Mr. Pudim who was avoiding the big waves with best skills possible. Highly recommended!!
star-5
Brilliant boat tour
Laura_B
, Nov 2021
Brilliant boat tour of the islands off of Faro. The guide was very friendly, knowledgable and helpful. Thank you for a great experience!
star-4
Visit the Islands, good value for money
Guillermo_T
, Sep 2021
The tour is great to visit the places along Ria Formosa. We had great time in Desert Island and Farol Island as the beaches were very nice and beautiful. We only spent Culatra Island around town as the beach is a bit far away from the port and we didn't have enough time to visit it. The only downside is that each visit in the afternoon tour was 45 minutes and it was a too short for some places to enjoy them properly. The tour is good value for money and it is good to visit those places. Recommended
star-5
Must do in Faro - relaxing trip and have a delicious lunch at Culatra.
Aminah_K
, Jun 2021
Our guide and skipper, Pudding was really knowledgeable of the area. The company offers an option to book for lunch (2 hr stop) at Cafe Janoca at Culatra Island but you can choose freely at other restaurants there. We would like to recommend this restaurant too - the wine was served in FULL glass (amazing) and the freshest seafood like oysters €12 for 9pieces you can get since the farm is just by the shore. Overall, a very comfortable boat with a well-planned itinerary that was not rushed and we were able to enjoy our time during all the stops.
star-5
Lovely experience
Nina_D
, Oct 2020
A warm welcome right from start to end. Great experience, the islands are lovely, would definitely recommend.
star-5
Great experience
Magdalena_K
, Sep 2020
Very friendly staff, also with good sense of humour. I strongly recommend going to the beach ( quite a long walk) on the island where there is a lunch break. Waves are totally worth it 🙂.
star-2
Prebook your shade on board
Georgia_L
, Aug 2020
The places we visited were nice, but the boat trip was not! Make sure to "pre-book" some shade on the boat, otherwise, happy sun-burning! There is not enough shade for everyone on board and when we reached the boat, I was surprised to find out I was not allowed to sit in the shade because 2 couples already requested it before me. But the owner did not even bother to ask me when she gave me my ticket and I was the FIRST one to arrive at the boat. I had to cover myself with my towel the whole time and it was VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. Even after applying sun screen I still burned my skin because on a boat you burn easily because of the wind and constant sun! This ruined the trip for me. They should make more shade on the boat, there are many people with sensitive skin! But the manager was rude to me and it's unacceptable that she never considered my needs. I was neglected because I am a solo traveler, she only cared about the couples!!

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