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Eco Tour Ria Formosa - Guided Nature Tour from Faro to Ilha Deserta provided by Animaris Ilha Deserta Boat Tours

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Eco Tour Ria Formosa - Guided Nature Tour from Faro to Ilha Deserta

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 20-07-02 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-07-02 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Discover parts of the Ria Formosa National Park that are inaccessible by land on a catamaran cruise that takes you to Deserta Island, home to some of the region’s most diverse flora and fauna. Plus, exploring with a guide on an eco-friendly vessel increases your chances of spotting wildlife.
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You'll start at
Cais das Portas do Mar
R. Cmte. Francisco Manuel 41, 8000-138 Faro, PortugalAlso known as Cais da Porta Nova. Find our team dressed in yellow shirts :)
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    Ilha Deserta
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    A Desert Island - The Perfect Getaway Ilha Deserta, also known as Barreta, is the only uninhabited island of Ria Formosa. Animaris offers a portfolio of memorable experiences, with Ria Formosa Natural Park as its stage, and destination to Algarve’s hidden gem - Ilha Deserta. Visit us and discover a unique Paradise!
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You'll end at
Cais das Portas do Mar
R. Cmte. Francisco Manuel 41, 8000-138 Faro, PortugalAlso known as Cais da Porta Nova. Find our team dressed in yellow shirts :)
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Highlights
  • Spot more wildlife than you would on land during a cruise in Ria Formosa
  • Escape the crowds on land during a catamaran cruise
  • Enjoy free time to explore Deserta Island
  • Choose from several departure times to suit your schedule
Important Information
Departure Point
Cais das Portas do Mar, R. Cmte. Francisco Manuel 41, 8000-138 Faro, Portugal
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Guide
  • Return on ferry
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passengers must provide their own carer
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Honest Reviewer wrote a review Sep. 9
Penkridge, United Kingdom99 contributions69 helpful votes
We hadn’t planned to visit Ilha Deserta but we notice it at their hut outside the castle. It was only €10 return for a 45 minute journey to Ilha Deserta. It was great value for money.
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Hvannary wrote a review Oct. 2019
Paris, France2 contributions
We had such a good time on this boat. Honestly I'm not a trip advisor person but I wanted to write this comment only because we had the best tour guide ever. Thanks Thomas for all the informations about the birds, the area, the jokes, and the good algarve traveling tips!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from rominagcmanuel, Guest Relations Manager at Eco Tour Ria Formosa - Guided Nature Tour from Faro to Ilha Deserta
Responded Jan. 14, 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to recommend Animaris and our Eco Tour guide Thomas, your review is very kind. Looking forward to your return :)
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Sally M wrote a review Oct. 2019
18 contributions3 helpful votes
Excellent trip. Guide, Tom, extremely knowledgeable and took us to see spoonbills, whimbrels, white storks amongst many other birds in the estuary. He explained the eco system of the estuary and how everything fitted together.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from rominagcmanuel, Guest Relations Manager at Eco Tour Ria Formosa - Guided Nature Tour from Faro to Ilha Deserta
Responded Jan. 14, 2020
Dear, Sally M Thank you so much for taking the time to recommend Animaris and our Eco Tour guide Thomas! Looking forward to your return :)
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Piotr wrote a review Sep. 2019
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We had some really good time on a boat and on an island later on. Our guide, Gonzalo, was great - very knowledgeable about the Ria Formosa park, birdlife and aquatic life. The island was a great place also - we were able to find a place on the beach with hardly anyone around.
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Response from rominagcmanuel, Guest Relations Manager at Eco Tour Ria Formosa - Guided Nature Tour from Faro to Ilha Deserta
Responded Jan. 14, 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to recommend our Eco Tour and Ilha Deserta! Our team, and Gonçalo especially, appreciate your lovely review, looking forward to your return :)
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marialindus wrote a review Sep. 2019
Vilamoura, Portugal4 contributions
Very informative. Tom,our guide, was knowledgeable, engaging and fun and clearly really cares about his subject. Thoroughly recommended.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from rominagcmanuel, Guest Relations Manager at Eco Tour Ria Formosa - Guided Nature Tour from Faro to Ilha Deserta
Responded Jan. 14, 2020
We are happy to know that you enjoyed the Eco Tour with our guide Thomas. We look forward to your next visit :)
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About the operator

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simonsmart
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Ferry to Ilha Deserta
We booked lunch on Ilha Deserta so opted for the ferry. It was on time, safe, the crew were very helpful and it was
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C1140PHsarahc
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Combo Eco Tour and Hop-on/Hop-off
Truly excellent guided tour by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. Our family enjoyed it immensely.
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LiliBrik
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This boat trip recommended
I took this boat trip with Thomas by luck: I had wanted to just go to Ilha déserta but also to do some serious bird
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FranceandKen
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Nice boat ride
It was nice to see the beautiful beach on the island. The weather was cool, so there was not much to do there.
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Hillheadtravel
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Fabulous
Thomas was our lovely guide and we were the only people on the RIB on the way out. He was incredibly knowledgeable
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joannacC6010OI
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Amazing
Our guide Thomas was incredibly knowledgeable (he's studied marine biology locally), friendly, his English was exce
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satyajitn731
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Ilha Deserta Faro
It was a nice day trip. Super natural beauty and views in the island. The ferry ride was awesome and on time. We en
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O374BNkevinp
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Very Nice
It was a very nice trip with the dude with the long hairs (sorry my friend forgot your name). We explained everythi
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Marie A
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Lovely
A lovely trip on a well maintained ferry boat to the island and back. The crew were friendly, we got to choose how
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VibhorSahay
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Smooth and helpful
Good service to take you to the Ilha Deserta and back. They have a fixed schedule which helps plan things. They wer
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Mel W
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Isla de Deserta
The most beautiful day out! The beach was unspoilt, clean and absolutely beautiful , recommend to anyone who apprec
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J J
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Superb day out with an almost 10yo and an almost 4yo
Excellent day out. One usually-sea-sick traveller who didn’t feel unwell once. Two kids who loved the speed between
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Abigail H
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Great trip
There is not a lot to it really. Friendly staff. Easy ride to the island. Lovely island. Only £10 return.
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Gerald S
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Mr
Had a very good experience on the Island, especially the beach side. Need to bring your own food and water as there
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maddolj
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Definitely worth doing
Great service. The island is beautiful. Ferry has toilets on board and you can see lots of the Ria Formosia. Reliab
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