Take a kayak tour or hire a kayak in the Algarve

Get closer to the natural beauty that Portugal is only too happy to share in the Algarve. Guided 2-hour kayak tours go through the stunning natural park of Ria Formosa. If you are more confident kayaking, then hire a kayak on your holiday and get to grips with Mother Nature at your own pace. Either way, explore the Algarve by kayak and get to know Portugal by getting as close as you can to its water without getting wet (or maybe a little bit).

  • Tour / activity duration: depending on selection
  • Languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Transfer: no, not included
100 out of 100 based on 4 Reviews
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  • English-speaking service
  • Hassle-free booking change or cancellation
  • Usually cheaper than at site

Kayak tour from Faro INFO

  • Kayak Tour - 2h - per adult (11+)50.-€
  • Kayak Tour - 2h - per child (6-10 years)30.-€

Kayak rental from Faro INFO

  • Kayak Hire - 2.5h - per kayak (single or double kayak)35.-€
  • Kayak Hire - 4h - per kayak (single or double kayak)40.-€
  • Kayak Hire - 8h - per kayak (single or double kayak)50.-€
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Overview / General Information

Do a kayak tour or rent a kayak in the Algarve and head through Ria Formosa

If you're new to kayaking, a 2-hour guided kayak tour will definitely be your best bet. On the other hand, if you're more experienced why not go it alone and hire a kayak. 


  • Days: daily
  • Months: possible all-year
  • Languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Pick-up not included
  • Starting points: Faro


  • Kayak
  • Paddles, safety equipment

Option 1: Kayak Tour from Faro in the Algarve

Uncover the natural beauty at the Ria Formosa Nature Park. Paddle down the winding canals and mysterious marshland at one of Portugal's most important wetland areas. Discover the diversity of the fantastic flora and fauna on a family-friendly activity that invites you to enjoy the tranquil waters at the Ria Formosa. 


  • Minimum participants: 2 persons
  • Duration: ~ 2 hours
  • Departure time: 10 am in winter / 9 am in summer
  • Days: daily from Monday - Saturday
  • Minimum age: 6 years
  • Days: Monday to Friday (June to October daily)


  • Professional guide

Option 2: Hire a kayak from Faro in the Algarve

Rent out your own kayak and row through the blue waters on the Algarve. Kayak from Faro on one of four different kinds of kayak. You can rent a kayak for 2.5 hours, 4 hours or even 8 hours. Take part in an activity that gets your heart racing and builds on a new skill whilst you bond with your family and friends. Row along the canals in the Ria Formosa Nature park and make your way to the islands and beaches. If it's your first time, the Rotomod Sit-on-top kayak could be a good pick as they're the easiest to steer. Set out on an adventure that shows you a less built-up Portugal! 


  • Hours: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Duration tours: 2,5 h; 4 h; 8 h
  • Not included: backrest and waterproof bags available at extra cost
Covid-19 related notes

Until further notice the number of participants is limited to 9 persons per tour (+ guide).

Important information


  • Ability to swim

Please bring along:

Swimwear, towel, sunglasses, sun blocker, snacks, suitable clothing, hat, backpack, camera, drinks, water shoes / footlets, Kayak hire: I.D (passport, identity card or driving licence) to be left at the office as a guarantee.

Detailed description

Experience active water fun - in a kayak through the Ria Formosa Nature Park

Sit on top of your kayak and row in Ria Formosa. The Algarve is a protected lagoon and as one of the biggest in Europe it is certainly worth a visit. Get close to Portugal’s nature on a kayak tour in the Algarve. Set your eyes on plenty of birds that have migrated. This stunning area was declared a nature reserve in 1987. The trip by kayak sets off from Faro and heads to the Ria Formosa lagoon. Get a sneak peek at Faro’s old town which showcases Portuguese history and Algarve culture. Stop off at a small island and revel in the peace and quiet that only nature can provide. This is the highlight of the 2-hour guided kayak tour in the Algarve.

Be enchanted by the Ria Formosa Nature Park and suss out what’s on offer on your own. Pick the places you want to see when you hire a kayak in the Algarve. You don’t need to have been before because you’ll get a decent briefing. Pick from 4 different kayak types. Go for between 2 and 8 hours on a kayaking adventure and paddle along in Ria Formosa Nature Park.


Valid on the reserved day or for 12 months after date of purchase if no date has been selected. You will receive the tour operator's details with the purchased ticket. Attention: reservation is required! The reservation can be made through sunbonoo as part of the booking process or later by contacting the tour operator directly via phone or email.

Customer Reviews Do a kayak tour or rent a kayak in the Algarve and head through Ria Formosa

Gerold aus dem sächsischen Blankenburg wrote on Sep 14, 2020
Overall rating
100 von 100

My booking: Option 2: Kayak rental from Faro in the Algarve

Dear Sir or Madam, I would be happy to give you an assessment of your offer "Option 2: Kayak rental from Faro in the Algarve". The description of the offer on this website is accurate. In particular, it should be emphasized that the rented boats are very suitable for kayaking amateurs. The route offers diverse insights into flora and fauna. In conclusion, I can write that I was completely convinced by your offer and the realization of it. That's why I am happy to give full points. Kind regards, Gerold T.

Meine Buchung: Option 2: Kajakverleih ab Faro an der Algarve

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

gerne gebe ich eine Beurteilung Ihres Angebotes „Option 2: Kajakverleih ab Faro an der Algarve“ ab.

Die Beschreibung des Angebotes auf dieser Website trifft genau zu. Insbesondere ist hervorzuheben, dass die verliehenen Boote sehr gut für Kajak-Amateure geeignet sind. Die Route bietet vielfältige Einblicke in Flora und Fauna.

Abschließend kann ich schreiben, dass mich Ihr Angebot und die Realisation desselben voll und ganz überzeugt hat. Deshalb vergebe ich gerne die volle Punktzahl.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Gerold T.
Carolina, Unterfranken wrote on Aug 17, 2020
Overall rating
100 von 100

Kayak tour in the Algarve - simply fantastic

The Ria Formosa Nature Park is the most beautiful spot for paddling on the Algarve coast. The rented boats were in excellent condition. The prices called up moderate and fair. 5 unconditional stars from me.

Kajak Tour an der Algarve – einfach traumhaft

Der Ria Formosa Naturpark ist der schönste Spot fürs Paddeln an der Algarveküste. Die geliehenen Boote waren in 1a-Zustand. Die aufgerufenen Preise moderat und fair. 5 uneingeschränkte Sterne von mir.
M-L wrote on Aug 6, 2019
Overall rating
100 von 100

Great outing with kids

The water is super calm and there is a lot to discover. We all had a lot of fun.

Toller Ausflug mit Kindern

Das Wasser ist super ruhig und es gibt viel zu entdecken. Uns allen hat es einen riesen Spaß gemacht.
Berrit H wrote on Jul 26, 2019
Overall rating
100 von 100

Super environment

We rented a double kayak for a day and it was worth it. The nature park is fantastically beautiful and very quickly you are far away from all other tourists.

Super Umgebung

Wir haben ein Doppelkajak für einen Tag gemietet und das hat sich gelohnt. Der Naturpark ist traumhaft schön und ganz schnell ist man weit weg von allen anderen Touristen.

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