Enjoy the Ria Formosa at your own pace

Experience the natural beauty of the Ria Formosa, a biodiversity paradise in the Algarve.

In addition to its natural beauty, this place also offers a variety of activities, such as fishing, diving, bird watching and boat trips in Ria Formosa.

Explore the islands, observe the migratory birds on the sandbanks, admire the shrimp farms and enjoy unique moments with family or friends during a boat trip.

Depending on the duration of your trip, you may be able to see some points such as:

  • Deserta Island: A wild and uninhabited island located in the Ria Formosa Natural Park. It is known for its beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and golden dunes. The island is a paradise, offering opportunities for hiking, bird watching and swimming.
  • Culatra Island: An inhabited island with a traditional fishing community. The island is known for its white and blue houses, narrow streets and peaceful atmosphere. The island is a great place to experience the local culture and enjoy fresh seafood.
  • Tavira Island: An extensive island with a white sand beach and a 17th century fort. The island is a popular place for swimming, sunbathing and hiking.
  • Farol Island: A small island with a 19th century lighthouse and panoramic views of the Ria Formosa. The island is an ideal place for bird watching and enjoying nature.
  • Barra Nova Sandbank: An extensive sandbank located in the Ria Formosa. The site is ideal for watching migratory birds, such as flamingos, herons and spoonbills.
  • Shrimp farms: Shrimp farming is an important economic activity in the Ria Formosa. Shrimp are raised in traditional ponds. The ponds are an interesting place to learn about the local culture and try fresh seafood.
  • Traditional salt flats: The traditional salt flats of the Ria Formosa are an important place for the production of sea salt.

Sail with or without a skipper, according to your preference. If you choose to sail without a skipper, you need to have a Recreational Boating License. The authorized navigation area is only within the Ria Formosa, ensuring a safe and relaxing experience. In other words, it is not allowed to sail to the ocean.

Each boat has specific characteristics and rules, which should be carefully observed before your reservation.

Some examples of differences between the boats:

  • Boat rules: Permission to bring food, pets, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Additional costs: Security deposit, cleaning fee, fuel fee.

We recommend reading the description of each boat carefully to ensure that it meets your needs and expectations.

Available boats

There is a wide range of boats available for rent, from small motorboats to sailboats and modern yachts. The ideal boat for your perfect day in the Ria Formosa is waiting for you. Discover the offer of available boats below, choose the one you like the most and book online, with immediate confirmation.

Pioner Viking 4.5m

  • Capacity: 5 people
  • Rental: Private
  • Rental duration: from 3.5 hours to 7 days
  • Prices: Check here

Cap Ferret 550 Open – 5.5 meters

  • Capacity: 6 people
  • Rental: Private
  • Rental duration: 7 hours
  • Prices: Check here

Quicksilver Comander 635 – 6.35 meters

  • Capacity: 7 people
  • Rental: Private
  • Rental duration: 7 hours
  • Prices: Check here

Speed Boat

  • Capacity: 7 people
  • Rental: Private or by ticket
  • Rental duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Prices: Check here

Sailing Catamaran

  • Capacity: 16 people
  • Rental: Private
  • Rental duration: 2-7 hours
  • Prices: Check here

Motor Yacht

  • Capacity: 8 people
  • Rental: Private
  • Rental duration: 2-7 hours
  • Prices: Check here

What to bring:

  • Recreational Boating License and Passport (if renting the boat without a skipper);
  • Comfortable clothes;
  • Sports shoes;
  • During the summer: Swimsuit, Beach towel, Sunscreen and hat.


Please note that this experience is not accessible to people with reduced mobility (wheelchair).

This experience requires good weather. So, if it is cancelled due to bad weather, you will be offered a different date or a full refund.

Finally, for this activity you can present a proof of purchase in paper or electronic format.

Book your boat today and get ready for an unforgettable boat trip in Ria Formosa!

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