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Ria Formosa: Desert Beach & Culatra Island Sunset Cruise

Ria Formosa: Desert Beach & Culatra Island Sunset Cruise

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From US$ 40.85 US$ 36.77 per person

Discover the beauty of the Ria Formosa Natural Park and visit the island of Culatra. Admire a region of rich biodiversity and natural beauty as your captain explains the history of the region.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 - 4 hours
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Spanish, English, French, Portuguese

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the rich biodiversity of the Ria Formosa Natural Park
  • Learn about the history of the park and its islands from your experienced captain
  • Enjoy some time on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Algarve
  • Choose between a shared group or private cruise
Full description

In this wonderful boat trip you will get a vast knowledge of the Ria Formosa and the Islands. Learn about the history and rich biodiversity of the region from the captain as you sail through its natural waterways. Leaving Olhão, sail through the channels to observe the nature of the Ria Formosa and stop at the Desert Beach for 1 hour. Next, visit Culatra Island and take 1.5 hours to explore the fisherman's island, home to only 1,000 people all year. Sample delicious local cuisine in one of the cafés or restaurants, your captain will be happy to recommend the best spots. Then, sail through another channel towards the city of Olhão and observe more of the Ria Formosa natural park.

Includes
  • Bottled water
  • First aid kit
  • Experienced captain
  • Comfortable life jacket
  • Free time in Culatra
  • Local orientation map
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

The ODYSSEY stand at the port.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • The tour may be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 24 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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Very friendly, flexible and helpful team! As weather was expected to be bad for the day we booked, they suggested to take next day´s trip just by mutual agreement. We were accompanied by our daughter who had a terminated meeting in the afternoon making it necessary to be back in time. As trip was performed even longer than expected it turned out she might become a time problem. So the skipper gave her an extra boat transfer from Culatra island to Olhao while the group had lunch in the restaurant. Perfect and many thanks.

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April 9, 2022

Wonderful tour of the Ria Formosa just before Olhão. Both parts of Ilha da Culatra, the timetable and Culatra itself are worth a visit, the beaches are beautiful. Our captain was passionate about telling interesting facts. The tour was postponed due to the weather so that we get the best possible experience, our wishes were perfectly taken into account. We would definitely go with Odyssey again.

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June 24, 2021

A very nice discovery! cool vibe

May 8, 2022

Product ID: 397187