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Nature Boat Tour of Ria Formosa

Hop aboard a 2-hour, traditional boat tour and discover the beautiful nature of Ria Formosa, a birds oasis and elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. Enjoy the gorgeous landscapes and learn about this unique ecosystem from your naturalist tour guide.

Highlights · Nature Boat Tour of Ria Formosa

Nature Boat Tour of Ria Formosa
  • Discover the stunning nature of the Ria Formosa, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal.
  • Observe a multitude of different wild species and learn about them.
  • Learn about the fishing traditions & culture of this area.

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Nature Boat Tour of Ria Formosa

What to expect?

Nature Boat Tour of Ria Formosa

During this 2-hour guided boat tour in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, considered one of the most important wetlands for aquatic birds in Portugal, we observe birds like the White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) and the Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia).

Waders are most abundant especially during winter, although birds like the Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus), the Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) and the Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) are a constant presence. The trip continues towards the islands of the Natural Park through oyster and clams farms.

Here you will have the opportunity to see one of the most important economical activities in the Algarve and also very interesting species such as the Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa), the Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) and many others.

Towards the point where the lagoon meets the sea, we make a stop so you may enjoy this small paradise. This is an important reproduction area for the Little Tern (Sterna albifrons) and the Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus). During wintertime we often observe the Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis) and the Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus).

During our trip back we will have many opportunities to observe other species while our boat sails calmly through the channels of this Natural Park in direction to the city of Faro.

Price and optionals

Nature Boat Tour of Ria Formosa
  •   From: € 30.00 per person

Important info

Nature Boat Tour of Ria Formosa
  •   Duration: 2 hours
  •   Effort: Active
  •   Skills required: Beginner
  •   Difficulty level: Very easy
  •   Languages spoken: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  •   Minimum booking (n_ of participants): 2
  •   Maximum booking (n_ of participants): 11

We recommend:

  • Comfortable clothing and footwear.
  • Hat, sunscreen during spring and summer.
  • Waterproof clothing for tours during autumn and winter.
  • Water

Notes:

  • The schedules of departures and arrivals, the duration and itineraries of the activities are subject to change without previous notice due to security determined by the weather conditions, tides and/or other circumstances beyond our control.
  • The species listed in the description may change according to the period of the year.

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Nature Boat Tour of Ria Formosa

Reviews

Total Reviews: 2 Votes (10/10)
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Unregistered user (06/03/2019)

The boat was very comfortable and the guide was helpful and very knowledgeable, it was relaxing and enjoyable and well worth the trip. The tour gives you a good idea geography of the area and shows how well Faro is protected from storms at sea by the mass of small islands and shallows.

Unregistered user (06/03/2019)

We took the two hour bird watching trip. Our guide Fernando provided much more than the names of birds. He acquainted us with points of interest on the shore as well as history of the area and how important the sea is to the local economy. Relaxed two hours trip. Our entire family enjoyed it.

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Local Operator

Member of WILDSEA Europe since 15/01/2019
Formosamar
Formosamar is an ecotourism company offering boat tours and other activities in the Algarve, departing from Faro.
Formosamar
Avenida da República - Stand 1, Doca de Recreio de Faro, Faro Doca de Recreio de Faro 8000-078
Faro Algarve Faro (Portugal)

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Travellers reviews2 review(s)

Unregistered user (06/03/2019)

We took the two hour bird watching trip. Our guide Fernando provided much more than the names of birds. He acquainted us with points of interest on the shore as well as history of the area and how important the sea is to the local economy. Relaxed two hours trip. Our entire family enjoyed it.

Unregistered
Unregistered user (06/03/2019)

The boat was very comfortable and the guide was helpful and very knowledgeable, it was relaxing and enjoyable and well worth the trip. The tour gives you a good idea geography of the area and shows how well Faro is protected from storms at sea by the mass of small islands and shallows.

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