Olhao Tours
Islands Tour: Half Day Cruise in Ria Formosa National Park
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Islands Tour: Half Day Cruise in Ria Formosa National Park

By Passeios Ria Formosa - Olhão
About
Explore the islands off the coast of Olhao with this guided tour. You'll start with Ilha do Farol, where you'll get a chance to check out the lighthouse, continuing to the Ilha da Culatra, where you'll get the chance to dine at a local restaurant (at your own expense). Your guide will then take you to Ilha de Armona, with its turquoise water and calm ambience, before taking you back to Olhao.
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Ages 0-99, max of 63 per group
Duration: 4h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
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Highlights
  • Learn about the region through live commentary
  • See the lighthouse on Ilha do Farol
  • A local guide will escort you throughout your tour
  • Get the chance to sample food at the restaurant of your choosing

  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Tour escort/host
What's not included
  • Drinks
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch


Start:
  • Av. 5 de Outubro 249, 8700-511 Olhão, Portugal
    In Front of the Hotel Real Marina, stand number 5
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 91013P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Most travellers can participate
    • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 63 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 91013P1

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    • Av. 5 de Outubro 249, 8700-511 Olhão, Portugal
      In Front of the Hotel Real Marina, stand number 5
    • Pass by
      Ilha Do Farol
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    About the operator
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    • Passeios Ria Formosa - Olhão
      150
      Olhao, Portugal
      Joined in April 2013
    • kb1505
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fisherman's tour
      Very enjoyable tour. Capt Vincent was lovely and very informative. I would recommend this trip if you don't want to spend too long on a boat. We had 30mins to walk around the island of Culatra. Small group made it even better. Definitely use this company again
      Written June 5, 2023
    • villamine
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Stealing
      Avoid if you can! For a glass bottom kayak they with held the 50 e deposit for a scratch clearly done earlier.- I will withhold tips from other Portuguese establishments to the same value, and I am a good tipper, so they will effectively be stealing from themselves- other Portuguese. Pity but there you are!
      Written April 29, 2023
    • MicheleF1968
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      4 hour 2 stop island tour
      This is a really good tour and well worth the €20. Jaoa gave a informative commentary. Definitely recommend
      Written June 28, 2022
    • laurabI2806VW
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dolphin trip
      We did a dolphin trip today, Filipe was amazing and helpful and booked and organised the whole thing for me and even arranged us to be collected from Armona island where we're staying, Roberto and Nicolau on the boat were really helpful and friendly, within 20 mins we were with the dolphins and stayed for a while. We've done about 5 different dolphin trips and this was by far the best.
      Written July 8, 2021
    • mslizmc
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing day trip !
      We had a memorable day on this 4 hour trip which took in Farol,Culatra and Armona islands. Joao and the team were very informative and made it such a great experience. Visiting the islands was like stepping back in time,so laid back,no traffic and fabulous crystal clear water for swimming. Would highly recommend this trip.
      Written September 21, 2020
    • Mike A
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      One of the best boat trips I have been on
      The boat trip - it was very enjoyable; the skipper was very professional, informative and attentive to safety. It was very good value for money.
      Written September 16, 2020
    • 726lu_sa
      0 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excuses
      We opted for the water taxi to take us to Homem Nu beach, a ticket which costs 25 euros per couple. After offloading a group on Barra Velha, the pilot advanced about 200 meters and said this was our stop. 5 euros extra for something you could walk for two minutes in foot. He excused himself with the low tide, and apologized. We scheduled a return for 4 PM, a couple that came with us on the same boat scheduled to be picked up at 2 PM. They waited for two hours for a boat to come, on a totally different place from the one we were told was the pickup point. We joined them and the group that got off at Barra Velha and only arrived at 4.30PM. The phone number on the ride ticket, was not answered, even after dozens of attempts. The boat pilot was rude when we complained. We wrote on the complaints book, while an employee tried to excuse this shoddy service by saying it happens all the time and that we were right. She also said that the phone number is useless, which is rich as they print it on the ticket saying "call us if you wish to reschedule pickup time". A poor experience, and too many excuses.
      Written August 20, 2020
    • Amalia11
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nice tour - but a bit more information and story telling, please
      The tour was very well organized, punctual, the guide/captain friendly and driving safely. We did already several tours with other "competitors", and we missed more critical information about what is really going on in this area, e.g. the recent conflict in the mussel plantations (French oyster producers wanted to "buy" almost the whole area, and were stopped by a wide protest movement of smallholders), the partly critical ecological situation of the area, , etc. But maybe, the average tourist doesn't want to know too much about this reality beyond the nice landscapes..
      Written March 12, 2020
    • 193elaineo
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Boat trip
      Booked at the Real Marina Hotel. Lucky weather was beautiful. Four hour trip. Beautiful in every way. Our guide Danial was excellent and looked after us all very well. We hope to book again in the summer.
      Written March 11, 2020
    • Marcia-DavidB
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Olhão Islands Tour
      An excellent afternoon. Would highly recommend this trip. Trip was booked via Real Marina Hotel & Spa by Filip, who also met us quay side prior to boarding. Our guide was fluent in 5 languages and gave a detailed commentary about the islands. Value for money. Excellent- Well Done !!!!!
      Written February 27, 2020
    • Mikageo
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Pleasant boat trip on Xmas day.
      Beautiful scenery, amazing staff. Well worth the money. All that on Xmas day with only few passengers on board, they did it. Muito obrigado
      Written December 24, 2019
    • MaryK41
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Save your money - Give this trip a wide berth!!
      We paid 60 euro (CASH! an important factor to remember here) to take a boat through the Ria Formosa natural park to see the flamingoes along with 2 other families, one German with a young son and the other a French family, who had 2 very young children and another single woman traveller. The tour started at 3.00pm (an hour earlier than usual our skipper (later) told us, so that the company could fit in another booking) and initially the skipper was very unhappy about having to go out again. After a 20 minute wait to board the boat, without so much as a hello and welcome, whilst he clearly got over his hump, we were off! He was very informative but after we pulled up alongside the area where the flamingoes were, it became apparent that unless we could extremely long legs and were fortunate to benefit from a very high tide, that there was no way we could ever hope to see inside the flamingo area. We ended up going to Tavira for half an hour to wait for the 'tide to change' and then heading back out again. The skipper pulled the boat up on the wrong side of the channel, driving the boat up onto the rocks and in the end asking each of us to step up on the front section of the boat, with a pair of binoculars to strain to see the birds in the distance... we would have been better off watching flamingoes on a TV! It was dangerous, the boats passing were clearly unhappy with what we were doing and when we returned to shore, we were told we were not getting our money back. We had seen the flamingoes! Conveniently, we all paid CASH, were given no receipt, and the poor girl in the booth by the shore had to take our group's complaints whilst NO-ONE FROM THE 'OFFICE' OR CUSTOMER SERVICE would speak us. A right roy rip-off!! Give this a wide berth!
      Written July 27, 2019
    • martico
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Different and interesting
      Found this trip as a good option with our 9-y-o grandson on our last morning, en route to the airport. Rui was a friendly and informative guide, and we saw aspects of local life we would otherwise have missed. Recommended.
      Written April 23, 2019
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    Rui S
    Lisbon, Portugal1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020 • Family
    This is the company that delivers the worst service I’ve ever seen in my entire life. After traveling in a boat that was supposed to pick me up at 16h and showed 1 hour later, with 14 people on board, without enough vessels for all passengers and without respecting the social distancing and hygiene rules I tried to make a complaint but the responsible worker (Adriana) showed no interest in hearing my complaints. Watching her indifference to everything that had just happened I asked her to get in touch with the company owner. At first she denied but when I insisted she finally called the owner that simply refused to hear my complaints saying that we had no availability. Summarizing, really bad service no hygiene and security guarantee and no respect and compromise with the clients. They just want your money because they know that clients are not likely to come back as this is a one shoot service, meaning that nobody uses their services on a daily basis. Be very careful. You might be lucky but chances are that things might go wrong.
    Don’t trust these people
    Written July 29, 2020
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    Paula J
    12 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2022 • Couples
    Dissapointment. Cruise to Ria Formosa was just stopping for lunch/short coffee at two of islands. I expected to see flamingos or some other interesting things, that I read about natura reserva, but all we saw was fisherman village full of restaurants of medium quality, nothing interesting from natural perspective. It was difficult to understand our guide, he spoke like he was drunk since the beginning. I would not go again and would not recommend to people who are looking for some natural/flora/fauna experience
    Written May 7, 2022
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    Andreia G
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020 • Family
    The tour was lovely. The islands are gourgeos and Mr. João was so patient explaining the tour and history of the places in three languages. We only liked more time at Culatra and Armona to have the oportunity to see more and experience more on this islands.
    Written July 30, 2020
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    Afshin K
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022 • Family
    We had a lovely time. We took the 4 hour tour to the islands and around Ria Formosa. The boat’s tour guide Joao was not only informative but also very passionate and a good actor! We really enjoyed his show!
    The boat was clean and comfortable with plenty of space and felt safe. You could sit inside or outside.
    We stopped at two of the islands, first Culatra where we had a 1.5 hour break for lunch and then Armona where we stopped for only 30 minutes. We found Armona a more interesting place than Culatra. I wish we had a shorter stop e.g. 45 minutes in Culatra so we could spend more time in Armona. Overall, a very good experience, and we learned a few things too. Thanks.
    Written April 13, 2022
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    Richard C
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great trip for those wanting to visit the islands with a good mix of cruising and stop offs. The guide is an enthusiastic‘Gerald’ equivalent who runs on high octane and instils a real passion for the area. Highly recommended
    Written June 20, 2024
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    krisbuta
    Klaipeda, Lithuania5 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tour was very disappointing. It was just going to the islands, but then it's better to take the ferry (both in terms of price and time). We were hoping to hear information about Ria Farmosa, the islands, get recommendations on what to see in them. During the tour up to the first island, the guide was in no mood and did not give any information, after leaving the island he was like drunk and we heard a few sentences that we had already read while choosing the tour with a few jokes.
    Written March 3, 2024
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    fpv_triper
    Lagos, Portugal1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Despite of seemingly long, the time just flies by! Amazing tour at a great cost (only 20€). Guides on board very knowledgable and helpful. All and all i highly recommend it. A very well spent afternoon visiting the beautiful Ria Formosa.
    Written October 31, 2020
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    Maeve M
    Sligo, Ireland8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2024 • Couples
    What an amazing trip, well worth the money. Felipe was our host, a lovely guy. Very friendly professional and knowledgeable with his job. Boat very suitable for people with a walking stick as are the most breath taking islands. A very very enjoyable experience.
    Written April 10, 2024
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    begreat177
    British Columbia, Canada2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    We had a really enjoyable tour. It was fun and informative. Our guide Antonio was friendly and knew abbot the local marine habitat. We also leaned about the history of the area. Thanks for a great time.
    Written February 22, 2020
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    meandstar
    wellington113 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2019 • Solo
    This boat going around the islands and stopping at 2 places is promoted as a guided tour and you pay more than you would if you went hop on and off ferry, but it was not really a guided tour. There was a young man supposed to be tour guide. During the 4 hour tour (includes 2 hours of stops off the boat) he came around and spoke 2-3 times a few words- like, we are stopping here, this island is know for ............ Altogether he spoke to me for about 3 -4 mins (there was no speaker system so he went around) So I did not learn what I had hoped about the area. He was on his phone or dozing some of the time too. There were others on the boat who were not doing the tour but hop on and off. Disappointed as wanted and expected to learn more.
    Written July 17, 2019
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