Water activity

Olhão: 3-Hour Ria Formosa Boat Tour

4.8 / 5

28 reviews

Activity provider: Sabino Boat Tours
Water activity

Olhão: 3-Hour Ria Formosa Boat Tour

Activity provider: Sabino Boat Tours

From US$ 32.06 per person

Discover the unique landscape of the Ria Formosa and be amazed by the fragile and complex ecosystem considered to be one of Portugal's seven natural wonders.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible


  • Explore the Ria Formosa nature reserve, considered one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal
  • Walk on white sandy beaches and learn about this unique flora and fauna
  • Stop on a desert island to visit island communities, swim and relax
Full description
Observe the nature reserve of the Ria Formosa while being navigated through its channels.  Stop on a desert island where you can swim, relax, and walk on its white sandy beach. You can also stop at one of the island communities Ilha do Farol or Ilha da Culatra. Explore the Ria Formosa area and listen to the detailed explanations that your skipper has to share throughout the tour. Learn about the fauna, flora, and fishing activities.  Discover this unique coastal lagoon that is constantly changing due to the continuous movement of winds, currents, and tides. It is also one of the most important areas for ornithology in Portugal, hosting more than 20,000 birds during the winter season.
  • Boat tour with skipper

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    Meeting point

    • Meet at Jardim Patrão Joaquim Lopes, Av. 5 de Outubro, Cais T, 8700-302 Olhão • Arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts. • Meeting point at Sabino Boat Tours kiosk (Cais T side)

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    What to bring

    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 28 reviews

    Review summary

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    Great trip. Our captain was very knowledgable about the Ria Formosa. As well as information about why the lagoon is important for a number of species, he explained how the cockles & clams are harvested. We had ample time for a swim In the lagoon, and to have lunch. On the way back he recounted what the way of life is like for the fishermen of the lagoon, and told us what it was like growing up there. The.best trip I e been on, by far

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    July 20, 2022

    It's like paradise. The trip was a dream. Olhao a bit of authentic Portugal, the provider is great, our skipper João is totally dedicated, gave us a lot of surprising information about the region and you can tell that he loves his homeland. A tour - at least for now - away from mass tourism. Obrigada We will be back.

    May 29, 2022

    I recommend the 3-hour walk with explanations on biodiversity, the preservation of the reserve for fish, birds and humans. Very informative. 2 stops to be able to enjoy the islands for a few moments with a guide who speaks English and French

    October 6, 2022

    Product ID: 389508