Faro Sailing trips & boat tours

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Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

1. Faro: Deserta Island and Farol Island Catamaran Boat Trip

When you’re in Portugal make sure to experience this exciting catamaran boat to Deserta and Farol islands that will take you through the spectacular nature of the Ria Formosa. Come see why this region was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. Depart from the Marina of Faro sailing slowly through the channels of the Ria Formosa to fully enjoy the beautiful landscape. Along the tour you will see birds like the Grey Heron, the White Stork and many other birds that use this area as a feeding habitat. As you approach the islands and beaches you see the lighthouse of Culatra Island where you make our first stop. Looking around, one can observe the hard work of the people in the oyster and clam farms. A closer look towards the coastline and you will notice the market of the city of Olhão - an important fishing town. And off toward the ocean you can glimpse one of the most important sea entrances of the Ria Formosa. The next stop is Farol Island. Here, you can enjoy a walk around the streets of this small but friendly community. When passing by the lighthouse, go on until the very end to admire an extensive beach of fine white sand washed by calm warm waters. Leave the Farol Island and make your second stop at Deserta Island. This island is also known as Barreta Island. Here lies the most southern point of Portugal - the Santa Maria Cape. In this second stop you can choose to explore the fauna and flora of the island by an easy walk or simply enjoy the sunshine and bathe in the clear waters of the beach.

Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

2. Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

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.

From Faro: 4 Stops |3 Islands in Ria Formosa -Catamaran Tour

3. From Faro: 4 Stops |3 Islands in Ria Formosa -Catamaran Tour

Enjoy a tour on a comfortable Catamaran, taking in the fauna and flora of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa. Cross the channels of the park and stop for 45 minutes at Deserta Island, where you will the opportunity to take a swim. Then, proceed to Farol Island where you will have another 45 minutes to discover its lighthouse and take photos. Sail to Hangares and see the culture of oysters and the military reserve. Lastly, arrive at Culatra Island where you will have 1.5 hours of free time to explore the traditional fishing village. You will also have the option to have lunch in a typical restaurant on Breech Island where the main course varies between fresh fish or seafood.

Olhão: 3-Hour Ria Formosa Boat Tour

4. Olhão: 3-Hour Ria Formosa Boat Tour

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.

Pirate Ship Cruise along the Algarve Coast

5. Pirate Ship Cruise along the Algarve Coast

We hoist our pirate flag, lift the anchor, and away we go! On the beautiful Pirate Ship Leãozinho ("little lion"), we will explore the most treasured spots along the Algarve Coastline and discover why these hidden gems became the favored home of generations of daring pirates. As we set sail, we'll see enchanting rock formations on our historical ship. If you feel like a sip from the ol' barrel of rum to lift your spirits for our cruise, we've got an onboard Pirate Bar that's perfect for quenching your thirst. The wind whips through the sails, and your comfortable seating lets you look out on all of the most beautiful beaches and breathtaking formations along this coastline. We will even have the chance to head out onto the Atlantic, passing the soft, sandy beaches of San Rafael, Castelo, and Praia da Gale. Of course, no pirate adventure is complete without having to "walk the plank", and you'll be happy to do so as you end up in the refreshing and beautiful waters below! Your swim in the clear waters is the perfect rejuvenating dip before we set sail and return to the Marina of Albufeira.

From Faro: Island Tour by Boat

6. From Faro: Island Tour by Boat

Tour to Deserta, Farol and Culatra islands. Stop at Culatra Island for lunch. About Tour in the natural park of Ria formosa through the breeding and harvesting ponds of shellfish and oysters, visit the islands and stop at an island for lunch. On this tour visit the following islands: - Desert Island - Lighthouse Island - Culatra - Armona

From Faro: 2-Hour Guided Bird Watching Boat Trip

7. From Faro: 2-Hour Guided Bird Watching Boat Trip

When you’re in Portugal make sure to be a part of this ecotourism experience that will take you through the spectacular nature of the Ria Formosa by boat. Come see why this region was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. Considered one of the most important wetlands for aquatic birds in Portugal, during the tour we observe birds like the White Stork, Little Egret and the Spoonbill. Waders are most abundant during winter, although birds like the Whimbrel, the Turnstone and the Grey Plover 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, the oystercatcher and many others. During wintertime we often observe the sandwich tern and the greater flamingo. Towards the point where the lagoon meets the sea, we make a stop so you may enjoy this small paradise. 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.

Vilamoura: Algarve Private Luxury Yacht Charter

8. Vilamoura: Algarve Private Luxury Yacht Charter

Climb aboard a luxury yacht, the São Lourenço II, and receive a glass of Champagne as you are welcomed aboard. The yacht is the perfect size for comfort and exploring, making it the best choice for chartering.  Begin a panoramic cruise along the Algarve coastline and admire the breathtaking views. The stunning yacht will take up to 10 passengers and has ample sunbathing areas. Get your adrenaline pumping by trying your hand at wakeboarding, waterskiing, or the wild ringo ride.  Tailor this champagne cruise to your needs. Choose your group size and preferred duration, whether 3 hours or a full day. The trip includes all drinks champagne, wine, beer, and soft drinks.

From Faro: Ria Formosa Islands Sunset Catamaran Cruise

9. From Faro: Ria Formosa Islands Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Sail to the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park by catamaran, and benefit from regular departures from Faro. Follow the channels of the Ria Formosa and explore the barrier islands that form the natural reserve. Experience a majestic sunset in a paradise location, and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Take your seats aboard a vessel with space limited to a maximum of 11 people, and enjoy a small group experience to last a lifetime. Gaze across the tranquil lagoon as the sun dips across the horizon in radiant colors. Then, return to your original point of departure for the end of the tour services.

Algarve: Private Yachts Rental

10. Algarve: Private Yachts Rental

Live a luxurious life and take a private charter along the Algarve coast. Admire the beautiful rock formations and learn of the secrets behind each place. Swim, snorkel, or just relax in the lounge or solarium. Have a drink and experience nature. Climb aboard the unique Sunseeker Predator 55 yacht, and make memories you can't forget. Customize your tour and discover the most famous secret in Europe, on your own terms. Witness vivid colors, smells, and vibrant scenery, unrivaled by anywhere in Europe. Gain the perfect mix between luxury and exploration. Party with your friends, snorkel with the fish, and even enjoy some authentic Portuguese cheese and charcuterie.

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4.5 / 5

based on 1,203 reviews

The only thing that bothered me was the finding the meeting point. On the other hand, the tour guide was great. Knowing so much to talk about nature. The whole tour went in calm rhythm without rushing, there was plenty of free time to enjoy the great weather and the powerful ocean. Worth to visit.

Really fun experience, not too short and not too long. The guides were friendly and funny, the boat was comfortable, and the scenery was gorgeous. Not to mention a dip in the Atlantic was delightful with unexpectedly warm waters!

Beautiful Oct day, we took the 4 PM cruise and it was a really nice laid back cruise up the coast. Not enough wind to sail, but was still worth it. Great friendly and knowledgeable captain and first mate.

As I was traveling alone from America it was nice to meet others from different countries. This was worth the money and allowed me to sit back and soak up the beauty of Albufeira.

Unser Reiseführer, Louie, war super. Eine rundum unterhaltsame Tour mit tollen Badestopps. Auf dem Boot waren ca. 12 Personen, also sehr überschaubar.