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Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry

Boat trip from Faro to Ilha Deserta by Ferry

From £8.33 per person

Climb aboard a comfortable catamaran and sail through the amazing channels of Ria Formosa Natural Park. Go to the island of Ilha Deserta to relax on the beach and enjoy lunch at the eco-friendly Estaminé Restaurant.

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Duration 45 minutes
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  • Relax on the remote beaches of Ilha Deserta
  • Cruise through the channels of Ria Formosa Natural Park by catamaran
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch at an eco-friendly restaurant on Ilha Deserta
Full description
Discover a hidden paradise of the Algarve on a catamaran cruise from Faro. Climb aboard to journey through the channels of the Ria Formosa Natural Park on a 45-minute trip to see seabirds and native plants. Then, dock at Ilha Deserta (also known as Barreta Island and Santa Maria Cape Island). Only accessible by boat, the island remains unspoiled and it’s hard to believe such a natural jewel still exists in Europe. Go to a unique beach at the southernmost point of Portugal and sample the traditional flavors of the Algarve at the environmentally-friendly Estaminé Restaurant. Opt to stay on the island for a few hours or the entire day, and return to Faro whenever you want. Avail of a number of return crossings for your convenience.
  • Round-trip boat tickets
  • Visit to Ilha Deserta, with free time to relax, explore and stroll the 2-kilometer boardwalk
  • Food and drinks
  • Beach deck chair and awning
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Board the catamaran at the Porta Nova pier on Rua Comandante Francisco Manuel, near the sea gate in Faro Old Town. Directions: Follow the waterfront around the corner from Faro Marina (close to Hotel Eva and Hotel Faro). The pier is less than 5 minutes on foot from the marina.

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Not allowed

  • Pets
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Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 226 reviews

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Take a ferry ride along Ria Formosa before arriving on a desert island with fine sand and an idyllic setting as far as the eye can see. You can eat at the Estaminé restaurant on the island (Remember to reserve) before strolling on the Deserted Island or visiting the different corners of the island (Plan 4 good hours to have time for everything do) Superb unforgettable moment!

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26 July 2019

Compared to other offshore islands near Faro and Olhao, this one is deserted, except for the restaurant. The beach is very long and an absolute recommendation. However, the fare is relatively high compared to other ferries and you have to determine your return time before the outward journey. One more note that I missed: Both the mobile voucher and the printed voucher have to be exchanged for "real" tickets on site at the ticket counter. As a result, we almost missed the ferry. I can fully recommend the trip itself.

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15 July 2019

Nice offer to visit an uninhabited island in Ria Formosa.

Beautiful island to visit. You are dependent on the only (fairly expensive) restaurant on the island if you do not bring your own food/drink. Make sure that you arrange the return time if you want to return earlier. You can do this at the counter at the harbor before you leave. We had booked the outward journey for 12:00. Our return journey was automatically set to 7:00 PM. I could only enter the outward travel time when booking, no return time. No problem if you want to walk around ilha deserta for 6-7 hours. They check your ticket time on the outward journey, but also when you go back your ticket will be checked at ilha deserta for the return time. I can recommend Trip to everyone. Everything else is well organized.

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6 July 2019

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