Ria Formosa boat tour from Olhão discover stunning islands

Experience the adventurous 5-hour voyage of discovery through the Ria Formosa lagoon from Olhão and marvel at 4 large islands of this natural wonder from a speedboat or traditional ship.

  • Tour / activity duration: ~5 hours
  • Languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Transfer: yes, included in the price
90 out of 100 based on 2 Reviews
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  • English-speaking service
  • Hassle-free booking change or cancellation
  • Usually cheaper than at site

Wonderful island tour through Ria Formosa on the boat

The boat tour from Olhão takes you on an extensive round trip through the breathtaking Ria Formosa. Explore the beauty of the Atlantic lagoon in the Algarve in southern Portugal on your way between Culatra Island, Ilha de Faro, the uninhabited Ilha Deserta and the beach of Armona.

Price overview

  • Ria Formosa boat tour and islands - 5hrs - per Erwachsener (from 10 years)35.-€
  • Ria Formosa boat tour and islands - 5hrs - per child (4-9 years)25.-€
  • Ria Formosa boat tour and islands - 5hrs - per infant (0-3 years)0.-€
4 islands of Ria Formosa

Booking option: Ria Formosa boat trip with islands

The 5-hour boat tour between Faro and Olhão takes you to the various islands of the Ria Formosa. During your stay on Culatra Island you can visit the lighthouse and have dinner in the local restaurant. Afterwards you visit a mudflat island, the "Ilha de Faro", the uninhabited sandy beach island "Ilha Deserta" and finally the beach of Armona.


  • Duration: ~ 5 hours
  • Hours: 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Days: daily
  • Months: 1st of March - 1st of November
  • Languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Pick-up: from hotels in Olhão and surroundings (max. 30 km)


  • Transfer, skipper, professional guide, insurance, boat ride
  • Drinks: water
Important information

Please bring along:

Swimwear, towel, sunglasses, sun blocker, snacks, backpack, camera, small travel pharmacy (just in case), drinks

Detailed description

With a boat tour through Ria Formosa from Olhão discover dreamlike islands

Between the cosy and timeless coastal towns of Albufeira, Faro and Olhão and the mighty Atlantic Ocean lies one of Portugal's 7 natural wonders. Ria Formosa, created in its present form after an earthquake and seaquake in 1755, is one of the largest lagoon protected areas in Europe. With many small islands, large mud flats and some salt marshes between which crystal clear water flows in the canals, the Ria Formosa is a picturesque natural spectacle against the backdrop of the cliffs, hills and mountains of the Algarve in southern Portugal.

With this boat tour from Olhão through the Ria Formosa National Park you will get to know many of the most impressive and enchanting spots of this huge lagoon within 5 hours. Embark on an adventure full of discoveries in a speedboat or a traditional ship. While you take in the environment in relaxed peace and quiet and glide with the ship on this boat tour between Faro and Olhão over the waters of the Ria Formosa, you observe the species-rich flora and fauna in this protected area. Follow the numerous native and migratory birds with your eyes through the summer air, study the movements of the animals on land and dive in spirit with the many fish in the lagoon under your feet. The experienced skipper first stops at Culatra Island, where there is a restaurant serving local cuisine. Here you can, if you want, buy a snack or lunch. There is also a lighthouse on this inhabited island. Strengthened in this way we continue to the large mud flat island "Ilha de Faro", the uninhabited sand island "Ilha Deserta" and at the end to the beach of Armona. In each of these places there is a generous window of opportunity to linger, admire and learn more about the unique beauty of the Ria Formosa and the culture of the local people. The boat tour from Olhão ends there again.


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 Wonderful island tour through Ria Formosa on the boat

Birgit M wrote on Aug 9, 2019
Overall rating
100 von 100

Good price-performance ratio

A nice, varied tour. We particularly liked the stop at lunchtime.

Gutes Preis-Leistungsverhältnis

Eine schöne, abwechslungsreiche Tour. Besonders der Stopp zur Mittagszeit hat uns sehr gut gefallen.
P-G wrote on Jun 12, 2019
Overall rating
80 von 100


A nice day trip. Unfortunately we didn´t see very many birds.


Ein schöner Tagesausflug. Leider haben wir nicht sehr viele Vögel gesehen.

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