From Faro : Private 3h00 tour of the Ria Formosa – Farol and Deserta islands

5 (6 Reviews)
Av. da República, 8000-078 Faro
From: €399,00
(6 reviews)

4 Hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people


English, Français, Portuguese, Spanish

About this tour

Deserta island / Farol island tour

A relaxing guided boat tour through the canals of the Ria Formosa with a visit to 2 different islands: Deserta island and Farol Island. You will be able to observe the nature of the park, feel the comfort onboard, and enjoy the unique landscapes, which make the Ria Formosa Natural Park one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal.

A unique experience along the 15 miles route. The first stop and visit will be to Deserta Island, where we will disembark in a wild and inhabited place. The richness of the fauna and flora on this island, the dunes and its crystalline waters, invites you to visit. It has a very long and wide beach, both on the side of the estuary and the ocean. This is where Cabo de Santa Maria is located, which is the southernmost point of mainland Portugal.

In the second, Farol island, a small tourist village where the historic lighthouse of Santa Maria, built in 1851, is located. It is a place where we experience unique sensations, with its narrow sandy streets, typical bars, and small houses. Colorful and rustic. It has a very beautiful and extensive sandy beach. However, it is short at high tide!

On each island, the visit will be free, where you will have approx. 45 minutes to 1 hour in each of them, to enjoy, visit, swim, drink a cocktail on the beach, take photos, and do anything else you want to do at your leisure. Enjoy!

Oh! And all through, you are accompanied by a local, multilingual, passionate, and attentive guide! Here we go?

  • Departure and Arrival: Faro
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Limit of Persons: up to 11 per boat

Additional Information: Arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled time for the tour. We always conclude at the previously scheduled end time so that we can meet our schedule. Subject to cancellation if weather conditions do not allow safe navigation or any other factor that affects navigability.

What to take :
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimsuit

Don’t forget to always check the weather for that day , before booking your tour. See all our other tours here.


  • Have fun with a pleasant and comfortable ride aboard a modern catamaran
  • Navigate the canals of the Ria Formosa Natural Park
  • Enjoy stops to visit the beautiful islands of Farol and Deserta


  • Private Boat ride
  • Local guide
  • Security instructions
  • Life jacket
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch


3 - 4 Hours



Frequently asked questions

We do not refund customer cancellations less than 24 hours prior to departure. For cancellations of customers with more than 24 hours before departure, we refund the amount in full.


This activity can be conditioned by the weather and conditions of the sea. We can, in case of bad weather or uncomfortable sea conditions, cancel the trip by fully refunding the amount paid or rebooking the trip to another time.

Our tours are subject to weather and sea conditions. In the event of unfavorable weather conditions, we will contact you to reschedule or provide a refund. Additionally, the company reserves the right to cancel a trip if it does not reach the minimum number of passengers. Customers will receive a full refund in such cases.

Tour's Location

Av. da República, 8000-078 Faro


(6 Reviews)
Very Good
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Boat tour

Trustworthy & great experience!!

I did the Ria Formosa boat trip and was pleasantly surprised: the staff was very kind and communicated well with us before the tour, during and after. Special thanks to Miguel Jesus, Antonio and Sandra, for your excellent service. Our local tour guide spoke fluent English, Spanish and French and took us in a very comfortable boat to two Islands that are not accessible by land. Both looked like a piece of paradise, with clear waters, golden sand beaches and still in an almost virgin state. I strongly recommend the trip, it was fun and interesting and we laughed so much!
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Fab Boat Trip

Fabulous day out on the boat. Our guide, Miguel was so knowledgeable and explained about all the nature. The boat was comfortable and out on the water so peaceful. The stop at the two islands were fab too. I highly recommend this trip. One of the best things we did in Portugal.
Boat tour
Jez R

Brilliant Half Day Boat Tour

Took the Half Day Islands Tour to Farol and Deserta. Our guide Miguel (aka Tom Cruise/Maverick for his navigation skills) was very informative and entertaining throughout. The tour lasted four hours, including a 1.5hr stop at the second island, which was plenty for food and drinks. Having checked out each of the rival boat tours we selected islands4you as offering the best deal, and would definitely recommend them based on this tour, and especially to anyone who enjoys birdwatching. Their ticket office is a portacabin at the Marina, in front of the hotel Eva Senses.
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