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Bird Watching Guided Boat Trip in Ria Formosa from Faro Algarve

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Bird Watching Guided Boat Trip in Ria Formosa from Faro Algarve
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Bird Watching Guided Boat Trip in Ria Formosa from Faro Algarve
If you’re a nature lover in The Algarve, Ria Formosa National Park should be at the top of your itinerary. During this 2-hour tour from Faro, you’ll explore the natural landscape on a ‘saveiro’ (a traditional painted boat) while learning about the myriad of bird species that inhabit the area. With luck, you’ll spot birds such as white storks, little egrets, spoonbills, and grey plover. This small-group tour is limited to 10 people to guarantee an intimate atmosphere.
What to Expect
Your tour begins at Formosamar, located on Doca de Recreio de Faro, at 13:00pm. Here, you'll climb onto your colorful boat and begin a tour of the wetlands. 

Throughout the journey, your guide points out native birds and explains the history of the area. Considered one of the most important wetlands for aquatic birds in Portugal, Ria Formosa Nature Park is home to birds such as the white stork, little egret, and the spoonbill. Waders are most abundant during winter, although birds like the whimbrel, the turnstone and the grey plover are a constant presence. The trip continues towards the islands of the Nature Park through oyster and clam farms.

Here you will have the opportunity to see one of the most important economical activities in the Algarve and very interesting species such as the black-tailed Godwit, the oystercatcher, and many others.

Towards the point where the lagoon meets the sea, stop and enjoy this small paradise. This is an important reproduction area for the little tern and the kentish plover. During wintertime you can often observe the sandwich tern and the greater flamingo.

During your trip back, you'll have many opportunities to observe other bird species while your boat sails calmly through the channels of the nature park in direction to the city of Faro.
Reviews (15)
1 - 5 of 14 reviews
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile
You can hardly call it bird watching

This was possibly the worst tour I have ever been on. We had to wait 30min for the boat to arrive (no explanations), and another slow 15min to get the boat set-up and leave the marina. After this we saw hardly any birds at all,...More

2  Thank birdwatch2
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile
Great boat trip with island stops

We went on the 3hr Desert Island and Farol Tour. The boat trip was great and we were really happy we chose it! The boat driver was really knowledgable on the birds, wildlife and ecology of the Ria Formosa National Park. He made lots of...More

1  Thank 584sophie
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile
Great afternoon!

We had a great time on this tour. The pontoon boat was very comfortable. Pedro was our guide and he was extremely knowledgeable. His personality is super and he created a very positive atmosphere. Very affordable trip and highly recommend!

2  Thank Carmen101
Reviewed 1 February 2018
Nice boat tour into the Ria Formosa

I took a tour on a pontoon boat with about 12 others into the barrier islands out from Faro, including the Ria Formosa Park. The trip was good, it has been quite windy although the pontoon boat handled the waves we found well. I enjoyed...More

Reviewed 10 January 2018
Great for wildlife

The boat was very comfortable and the guide was helpful and very knowledgeable, it was relaxing and enjoyable and well worth the trip. The tour gives you a good idea geography of the area and shows how well Faro is protected from storms at sea...More

Thank JackoMiddlesbrough
PauloNugas, Manager at Formosamar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Dear Jack, Many thanks for taking your time to review us on TripAdvisor. It's great to know you had such a great trip in Ria Formosa with us. Many thanks also for your comments about our guide. Knowing he was so knowledgeable and friendly makes...More

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