Water activity

Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

Activity provider: Islands 4 you
Water activity

Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

Activity provider: Islands 4 you

From US$ 37.40 per person

Visit the Ria Formosa Natural Park on a catamaran that will take you on a route among the most magical islands in the region. You’ll make stops at some of the islands and the experienced guide onboard.

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Duration 3 hours
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Spanish, English, French, Portuguese


  • Enjoy a pleasant and comfortable journey on a modern catamaran
  • Sail through the channels in Ria Formosa Natural Park
  • Stop to see the beautiful islands of Farol and Deserta
Full description

Sail to the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park by catamaran, with regular departures scheduled from Faro. The journey follows the Ria Formosa channels and includes stops at the magical islands of Farol and Deserta.

See the imposing Santa Maria Lighthouse in Farol and enjoy time to explore and try island cuisine. In Deserta, admire the rolling dunes and unique landscapes. Look out for unique flora and fauna, including the chameleon.

Enjoy plenty of swimming opportunities on both islands, with secluded beaches and pristine shores. On board, learn about the islands and the park with insightful commentary from your guide in various languages.

  • Boat tour
  • Local guide
  • Safety briefing
  • Life jackets
  • Pick-up service
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Islands 4 you, approximately 10-meters in front Eva Senses Hotel. The tour operator will be wearing a red T-shirt or jacket.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Face mask or protective covering

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • The roof of the boat might not be accessible during bad weather conditions
  • From April to October, the tour is 4 hours in the morning (with a break for lunch, at your own expense, on Farol Island); the afternoon tour is 3.5 hours. From November to March, the morning and afternoon tours are both 3 hours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1179 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money
  • Safety

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Miguel was a great guide. However, he can’t control the tides. On our tour, the tides were dead, they did not change so no mud flats were exposed . Ergo few birds. So despite Miguel’s interesting knowledge of the local wildlife, we did not encounter too many feathered friends. We did however spot a flock of pink flamingos (these were actually white due to local food) which is a rare happening. René &Linda

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February 2, 2023

Super nice and funny guide. I was lucky as only two other people booked the tour so we had a very private experience. The stops on the two islands were of good length to see the places without getting bored. We saw some species of birds and were provided with information about the animals, the islands and the lagoon. You can tell how much the guide is connected to Faro and the lagoon and how much he loves his homeland. On the way back, the three of us could take the wheel and drive the boat ourselves. Unfortunately, it was a bit too cloudy to see a really beautiful sunset, but that's not the provider's fault. Definitely pack a jacket in winter as it got quite cold. Absolute recommendation

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January 31, 2023

Miguel was knowledgeable, entertaining and ensured that all of us had a great time. The duration of the tour is perfect and we had a pretty awesome experience watching the sun sets towards the end of the boat tour which completes the icing on the cake. Would love to go on this tour again if I’m ever at Faro.

December 28, 2022

Product ID: 64208