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The Eco Tour is a guided nature tour, from Faro to Ilha Deserta, through Ria Formosa Natural Park’s channels. Our professional guide will share with you information about local biodiversity, traditional activities, the history of Faro, the barrier islands of the natural park, and birdwatching. More than 300 bird species have been found here, some of them very rare and others recognised internationally as endangered. The boat leads you to Ilha Deserta (a deserted island, also known as Barreta Island), a laidback destination on a stunning stretch of white sand dunes. You can enjoy all afternoon at the island: walk along the beach, take the hiking trail to the southerly most point of Portugal and taste the genuine algarvian gastronomy at Estaminé restaurant.  The return is included by Ferry, and we can adjust the time (depending on availability). You can enjoy this service every day, all year round.

Description:
Hop aboard your boat at the time of your choosing, then cruise out onto the waters of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. A protected area of coastal lagoons, islets and beaches, Ria Formosa is a haven for the Algarve’s native birdlife.

Cruise among the islands and lakes, and keep watch for sightings of diverse native bird species such as black-tailed godwit, black-winged stilt, flamingos, heron, plovers, purple swamp-hen, and wigeon. Along the way, listen as your guide sheds light on the birds’ migration routes and nesting habits.

Stop at the Ilha Deserta, where the white-sand beach stretches into the distance. Here, perhaps take a walk along the coastline or relax in the shade of a thatched umbrella as the waves lap at the shore.

When you’re ready to leave the Ilha Deserta behind, hop aboard the ferry for the return journey to your starting point to conclude your tour.

Highlights:
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Location: Faro, Portugal

Duration: 90 minutes

Voucher Redembtion: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. 





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Additional Information


    Operates: Everyday, all year round.

    Departure Point:
    Cais da Porta Nova

    Departure Time: 10:30 am

    Return Details:
    Return from the Ilha Deserta Island at 12:45 pm, 2:15 pm, 4 pm or 5:30 pm. The return journey takes 45 minutes.

    Itinerary:
    Faro – Ria Formosa Natural Park - Deserta Island - Faro
    Guided Tour duration: 1h15min
    Beach: You can stay all day long at Deserta Island and can come back anytime.
    Several options to return: 12:45am - 02:15pm - 4pm - 5:30pm
    Return duration: 35 minutes

  • Inclusions:
    • Admission ticket
    • Guide
    • Sightseeing cruise
    • Return on ferry
    • All taxes, fees, and handling charges

  • Exclusions:
    • Food and drinks
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Other Information:
    • 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


Travel Voucher
You will receive a link to your voucher via email once your booking is confirmed.

Local Operator Information
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.



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