How to Choose the Perfect Algarve Boat Trip

The Algarve, with its stunning coastline, crystal-clear waters, and abundant wildlife, offers an idyllic setting for a boat trip. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a water sports lover, or simply seeking a relaxing day at sea, the options are aplenty. So let’s help you choose the perfect boat trip! 

With lots of choices available, finding the perfect Algarve boat trip may seem daunting. But we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the sea of options to ensure an unforgettable experience in Portugal’s Ria Formosa National Park and along Faro’s beautiful coast.

As a leading provider of activities and boat trips in Faro and Ria Formosa, Formosamar can give local insights that help you make the most of your time here. If you have any questions about our tours, please feel free to get in touch.

Choosing an Algarve Tour That’s Right For You

It may sound obvious, but before you go on the first tour you find, ask yourself: is this the right Algarve tour for me? For example, you may want to see wildlife in the Algarve. In that case, a sunset boat trip might not be the best option. While a birdwatching boat trip will be great for some, if you’re more interested in kayaking it won’t be right for you. In doing a little research on what types of tours are available, you can narrow down your choices and plan accordingly.

If you’re an ethical tourist looking for a boat trip from Faro, then picking a company that prioritizes conservation and eco-tourism is a must. Search for companies that offer nature and eco-tourism, have well-rated guides, and informative tours  — just like Formosamar!

Also, if you’re not sure when to take your boat trip in the Algarve, you can read our blog: What is the Best Time to Visit the Algarve?


Discover Dolphin Watching Boat Trips in the Algarve

Seeing marine life, such as sea turtles and dolphins, is one of the most magical experiences you can enjoy on a boat trip in the Algarve. To see these cheeky creatures in their natural habitat is truly breathtaking! Expect to see common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins in pods and watch them play from your boat tour. 

Take a look at our Dolphin Tour in the Algarve to learn more, where you can see an array of sea birds, turtles, and even whales. Plus, learning more with expert commentary from tour guides on an eco-tour is a great way to contribute to the conservation of the area.

If you’re a nature lover, you can also enjoy our Ria Formosa Bird Watching Boat Tour. Not only will you see multiple types of birds, those that are native to the area and those who visit during migration, but you’ll also see why Ria Formosa is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal.

Dolphin watching

Unwind on a Sunset Cruise Boat in the Algarve

For keen photographers, those looking to celebrate a special occasion, or just enjoying the view of a beautiful coastline, a Ria Formosa sunset boat trip is a great outing. As the sky comes alive with purple and pink hues and the Algarve lights twinkle into life, sip sparkling wine on board in between snapping the sunset. 

Check out our Sunset Boat Tours in Faro and surprise your special someone (or just treat yourself!) with this unforgettable excursion on your trip to the Algarve.

Embark on a Heart-Raising Kayak Tour in the Algarve

If you prefer to embark on a more active adventure, taking a kayaking tour in the Algarve could be a good fit for you! With gentle waves, you can expert tranquil conditions as you navigate the Ria Formosa’s winding channels. With marshes and inlets aplenty, you will see some of the birdlife that the area is famous for, all with a knowledgeable guide to give you even more insights into this beautiful area.

Take a look at our Kayak Tour in Ria Formosa to learn more about this active boat tour in the Algarve.

kayaking during a colorful sunset

Consider the Practicalities of a Boat Trip in the Algarve

When going on any boat tour, regardless of the length, it’s important to be prepared. Thinking about weather conditions and bringing bottled water, suitable clothing, and sunscreen can help improve your enjoyment of the experience.

As a committed eco-tourist company, Formosamar aims to protect the natural environment as well as the adventurers who take boat trips with us! On each of our boat tour pages, you’ll find a dedicated important information section to help you pack for your Algarve boat trip ahead of time.

Think About the Duration and Itinerary of Your Boat Trip in the Algarve

Before choosing your perfect Algarve boat trip, consider how long you want to spend on the waves. For example, do you prefer trips that go at a gentle pace and are more in-depth? You may enjoy reading our Essential Guide to Ria Formosa Natural Park to learn more before choosing your boat trip.

Or are you traveling around Portugal and only have a few days in the Algarve? If you’re short on time we advise taking a Short Boat Tour in Ria Formosa from Faro. This short excursion lasts for an hour and means you’ll experience all of the must-see stops without having to dedicate a half or whole day to your excursion.


Research Reviews and Testimonials Before Your Algarve Boat Trip

For one final tip, we always recommend checking reviews and testimonials of the tour company you choose. Explore the company’s page or use Google to see if a company is legitimate and sounds like a good match for you. The last thing you want is to miss out on exploring the Algarve because of scammers!

At Formosamar, visit our activities and boat trips in Faro and Ria Formosa webpages to see a dedicated Reviews section. That way, you can browse former boat trippers and see what they thought of our tours!

boat tour

We hope this has given you an idea of what to consider when planning a boat trip in Ria Formosa. From practicalities and what’s on offer, you can make a more informed decision about finding an Algarve boat trip that’s right for you!

In short, there are plenty of options, but your requirements are first and foremost. Make sure the tour you pick centers your interests, whether that’s seeing wildlife, epic sunsets, or getting up close and personal with the water. Just take a look at our activities and boat trips in Faro and Ria Formosa as a starting point or get in touch if you have any queries.

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