From Olhão : Full-Day Tour to the 3 Islands of the Ria Formosa

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ODYSSEY Boat Tours , Cais T, Av. 5 de Outubro s/n, 8700-302 Olhão
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Duration

5 Hour

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Français, Portuguese, Spanish

About this tour

Explore three islands by boat on this cruise from Olhão to Farol, Culatra and Armona Islands or the deserted beach. Experience the beautiful, deserted beaches of the islands and discover the Culatra island. Travel in small groups of 11 people. Your guide will explain the Ria Formosa and the islands to you throughout the tour and help with anything you need.

Set off with your captain and tour guide on an incredible three-island tour. First, make a stop at Ilha do Farol of 45 minutes until 1 hour , where you can visit the village, have a refreshing drink, go to the beach and stroll through the neighborhoods of beautiful houses. In Farol, there are several establishments open during the summer, but we always recommend taking cash as there are no ATMs on the island.

Continue with a visit to Culatra Island for a few hours and enjoy a picnic or visit one of the local restaurants. Culatra Island also has a beautiful beach , if you prefer to enjoy the sea instead of eating on site. Stop on the island for 2 hours to have lunch and explore the village. Around 1000 people live on this fishing island throughout the year, where fishing has been the predominant business on the island for many generations. There are 2 schools, 1 church, 1 football team, several restaurants, cafes and souvenir and craft shops. There is a bakery with its own production that makes delicious cakes that leave our customers surprised by the authentic taste of the cakes. If you go to the beach, it’s about a 20 to 25 minute walk to the coast, in this case we recommend taking a picnic or you can have a delicious meal on Culatra Island (in summer it’s best to make a reservation)

Then head to Ilha da Armona or the deserted beach, depending on the season. In summer, you can enjoy the deserted beach , with its beautiful natural landscape, free from buildings , where we will stay for 1 hour .  This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve, where you can choose between swimming on the Ria Formosa or Atlantic Ocean side. It is a beach only accessible by boat, so it is always more deserted than the beaches on the islands. In this paradisiacal place, the white sand and crystal clear water make this beach one of the most desired in the entire Algarve and the best stop on this tour. Discover the deserted beach and enjoy the tranquility of the environment.

If it’s too windy, cold or it’s winter, we swap the deserted beach for the magnificent Armona Island! The beautiful Armona Island is inhabited year-round by locals and tourists. and it is spectacular for a beautiful walk to the coast admiring the flowers and gardens of the houses on the islands, where many of them are available for rent during the holidays. There is a beautiful beach facing the Ria Formosa around the entire island, and if you walk for around 20 to 25 minutes you will reach the coast. If we don’t stop at the deserted beach, we will stop at Armona Island for 1h00

A combination of several experiences, you will discover magnificent beaches with white sand and crystal clear water, islands and communities, admire the nature of the Ria Formosa and its fauna and flora, the gastronomy and special dishes of the Island and the region. You will learn more about fishing techniques, customs and traditions, a super complete tour to learn a lot about the region and enjoy a wonderful boat trip.

What to take
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
Good to know beforehand
  • The 5-hour tour will have 3 stops on the Ria Formosa barrier islands
  • A stop at a deserted beach or Armona Island to swim and relax , The second stop is on the fishing island of Culatra , the third stop is on Farol Island
  • Along the way on the Ria Formosa canals, the captain will tell you all about Ria Formosa activities, shellfish farms, fauna and flora
  • The tour depends on favorable weather conditions
  • During planned stops, participants can carry out any activities they wish
  • Choose between shared or private tour
  • You can bring your own lunch or dine at a local restaurant

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

Highlights

  • Discover the rich biodiversity of the Ria Formosa Natural Park
  • Learn about the history of the park and its islands from your experienced captain
  • Stop at a deserted island to visit island communities, swim and relax
  • Choose between a shared group or private cruise
  • Walk the white sand beaches and learn about this unique flora and fauna
  • Experience the beautiful, deserted beaches of the islands and discover the Culatra island
  • Travel in small groups of 11 people
  • Your guide will explain the Ria Formosa and the islands and help with anything you need
  • discover magnificent beaches with white sand and crystal clear water, islands and communities
  • Admire the nature of the Ria Formosa and its fauna and flora
  • The gastronomy and special dishes of the Island and the region
  • You will learn more about fishing techniques, customs and traditions
  • A super complete tour to learn a lot about the region and enjoy a wonderful boat trip

Included/Excluded

  • Local guide fluent in 4 languages
  • Life jackets
  • Explanation about the islands and the Ria Formosa
  • Stop at 3 islands
  • 5h Boat Tour with Experienced captain
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and Drinks

Durations

5 Hours

Languages

English
Français
Portuguese
Spanish

Frequently asked questions

We recommend always speaking to us before booking the tour, so we can organize the best possible route and see what you would really like to do.

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.

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.

 
  • Starting location:

    Cais T , Avenida 5 de Outubro , Olhão

     

  • Ria Formosa

    Guided tour

     

  • Boat ride by the Ria Formosa channels

    Guided tour (15-20 minutes)

     

  • Stop 45 min to 1 Hour in Farol Island

           Photo stop, Visit, Beer, Coffee, Wine, Free time, Hiking, Swimming stop, Typical snack, Regional food (45 minutes)

 

  • Boat ride by the Ria Formosa channels

Guided tour (15-20 minutes)

 

  • Stop 1 h 45 minutes to 2 hours in Culatra Island

    Photo stop, Visit, Beer, Coffee, Wine, Free time, Hiking, Swimming stop, Typical snack, Regional food (45 minutes)

     

  • Boat ride by the Ria Formosa channels

    (15-20 minutes)

     

  • Stop 45 min to 1 hour in Armona Island Or Deserted Beach ( in the summer ) 

    Break, Visit, Free time, Sightseeing, Walk, Typical snack, Regional food (45 minutes)

     

  • Boat ride back to Olhão

    (15-20 minutes)

     

  • Return to Olhão

Tour's Location

ODYSSEY Boat Tours , Cais T, Av. 5 de Outubro s/n, 8700-302 Olhão

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Farol Isalnd
Anaïs
07/16/2024

Excellent

Excellente virée en mer avec de très beaux paysages! Nous avons passé une très belle journée avec le guide Ivan, qui avait de superbes explications sur la région. Je n’hésiterais pas à repasser par la même compagnie à mon retour sur la région. Merci encore!
Farol Isalnd
Patrick
07/16/2024

a la découverte du Ria Formosa

magnifique visite des îles du Ria Formosa qui nous ont enchantés. Je recommande notre capitaine Guillaume qui nous a fait découvrir chaque île ainsi que son histoire. Le temps passé sur chaque site à permis d'en découvrir tous ses aspects. La dégustation de palourdes et d'huîtres locales sur l'île de Culatra est un incontournable. Nous avons choisi un départ à 15h45 ce qui nous a permis d'admirer un splendide coucher de soleil depuis l'île d'Armona. Je recommande vivement cette excursion.
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Farol Isalnd
Geraldine G
05/27/2024

Fantastic Afternoon

Ricardo was our guide on this 3 island tour and he was a brilliant guide - very friendly, full of good information and had a great sense of humour. We loved our afternoon visiting the islands and chatting with Ricardo. Lunch on Armona was delicious also. We would highly recommend this tour. Thanks again Ricardo

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