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Birdwatching Boat Tours in Algarve

Through the Nature of Ria Formosa

Embark on an ecotourism experience in Ria Formosa on board a “saveiro” - a traditional boat.

In the company of a nature tour guide, on this boat trip you will discover why Ria Formosa was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. And because the birds are one of the highlights of this Park they deserve a special attention.


Included: Boat trip with nature tour guide, use of binoculars, bird identification guide and leaflet.

Duration: 2h

Departure Times:
- 12:30 a.m.
- 16:30 p.m.

Price/Adult: 25, 00 €
Price/Child (6-10 years): 15, 00 €
Price/Child (until 5 years): Free
Minimum: 2 adults

We start preferentially with a low tide to take advantage of this type of boat that allows us to observe birds very closely.

Considered one of the most important wetlands for aquatic birds in Portugal, during the tour we observe birds like the White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) and the Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia).

Waders are most abundant specially during winter, although birds like the Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus), the Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) and the Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) are a constant presence. The trip continues towards the islands of the Natural Park through oyster and clams farms.

Departures – Faro
- Doca de Recreio de Faro
- Cais da Porta Nova (Portas do Mar)

We organize these trips everyday throughout the year with several daily departures.

Here you will have the opportunity to see one of the most important economical activities in the Algarve and also very interesting species such as the Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa), the Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) and many others.

Towards the point where the lagoon meets the sea, we make a stop so you may enjoy this small paradise. This is an important reproduction area for the Little Tern (Sterna albifrons) and the Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus). During wintertime we often observe the Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis) and the Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus).

During our trip back we will have many opportunities to observe other species while our boat sails calmly through the channels of this Natural Park in direction to the city of Faro.

Note: the schedules of departures and arrivals, the duration and itineraries of the activities are subject to change without previous notice due to security determined by the weather conditions, tides and/or other circumstances beyond our control.