Water activity

Olhão: Ria Formosa Boat Cruise

Water activity

Olhão: Ria Formosa Boat Cruise

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From US$ 33.39 per person

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Discover the Ria Formosa Natural Park, one of the natural wonders of Portugal on a boat cruise. Stop at two different islands, and take some time to explore the local villages.

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Duration 3 hours
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Spanish, English, French, Portuguese


  • Admire the spectacular natural beauty of the Ria Formosa Natural Park
  • Learn more about the culture and curiosities from your expert captain
  • Enjoy some time for swimming at Praia Deserta
  • Choose between a shared group or private boat cruise
Full description

Set sail from the port of Olhão and travel through the Ria Formosa National Park. Discover beautiful scenery and rich biodiversity with your expert crew. Learn more about the national park and local culture with your expert captain. Cruise by marshes, barrier islands, islets, dunes, and sand bars which are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. Spot local birds, marine life, and beds of clams and oysters during low tide. Stop at Culatra Island where 1000 people live and no cars are allowed; experience this European sustainability project that will be completed by 2030. Then, visit Armona Island and enjoy the serenity of a tranquil location accessible only by boat. While there, enjoy some time to explore the island or for a swim and take amazing photos

  • First aid kit
  • Bottled water
  • Umbrellas
  • Snorkelling
  • Binoculars
  • Blankets
  • Life jacket
  • Islands and Ria Formosa Information Dossier
  • Local orientation map
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

At the ODYSSEY stand.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 77 reviews

Review summary

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The communication was perfect. The night before I was contacted by WA and all details were sent through it. Meeting point, photo with it, everything necessary to have a stress free preparation. When we arrived, a bit late, the skipper was waiting for us. His name is William, a great character with a lot of experience sailing the region. Every minute it was safe and although we booked 4 hours we were in total 5 hours on the journey. 3 islands, great info/food! I recommend these guys! Really local and good value!

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January 7, 2023

The boat tour was really great! We had booked the tour for 2:30 p.m., but we were asked if we could do it earlier because you get to see more during low tide. The captain told some very interesting things about the Ria Formosa nature reserve. We ate fish in a small restaurant on the island of Culatra. It was really beautiful. Furthermore, we were able to see a beautiful sunset on Culatra. We are very happy to have done this tour. We also liked that it was quite a small group. We can absolutely recommend the tour!

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November 18, 2022

The trip through the Ria Formosa was entertaining and was accompanied by a very friendly guide. There were two island stops that could be spent individually. During the one-hour stays, there was enough time to swim or have lunch. What surprised me, however, was how vast the area is. There was nothing to be seen of bird life or mud flats. So this part was different than my expectations were. Ultimately, it was island hopping. The contact with the organizer was great, who kept us up to date with WhatsApp.

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May 29, 2022

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