The barrier islands of Ria Formosa by boat

The barrier islands of Ria Formosa by boat

After an obrigatory visit to Olhão's fish market in the morning a great part of this day is spent to get to know better the Ria Formosa natural park (PNRF) in general and more specific its wonderful barrier islands. Please come on board to explore the culture, history and characteristics of Armona, Culatra and Ilha Deserta.

First stop will be on the island of Armona. Walking its wide and white sanded beach one will for example discover shells in many differently shaped forms.

Like Armona, the island of Culatra has no roads, no cars, but a small resident community of mainly fishermen living of what the Atlantic Ocean and Ria Formosa brings. Meet local people when we go ashore for a walk about the island. An optional lunch with the freshest fish or seafood can be enjoyed and is recommended. 

Ilha Deserta is a truly deserted island and is the southernmost location of Portugal. No better place for walking a beach to collect sea pebbles or the boardwalk observing its fragile vegetation. There is time enough for swimming, snorkling or relaxing with a drink facing the Santa Maria lighthouse.

Maps, a biodiversity fieldbook, general information about Ria Formosa, binoculars and telescope are available on board. As well as snorkling equipment in the summer months. During the tour you are accompanied and guided by an official certified nature guide for the Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Insitute (ICNB).

  • Duration: 5,5 hours
  • Departure: 10.30 hours 
  • Meeting point: Marina of Olhão
  • Every Wednesday, all year round 
  • Minimum of 2 and maximum of 12 participants
  • Time on board 3,5 hours, time on land 2 hours
  • Covered distance: 10 nautical miles

Price: 52 euro, optional lunch in local restaurant, excluding drinks: 8 euro

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