Faro is a place that thrives with Portuguese culture, boasting an attractive marina as well as a historic old town and is the perfect base from where you can explore more of what the Algarve has to offer. Thanks to a range of relaxing boat trips you can give your feet a rest while exploring the wonders of the Algarve coastline, lagoons of the natural park Ria Formosa and nearby beaches.

Here are our top picks:

2-Hour Dolphin Watching

An ocean adventure for all to enjoy, search for wild dolphins and admire them closely as they roam their waters freely. There are several tour operators in Faro who provide this trip with a guide who can tell you more about the dolphin and its marine life.

As the dolphins are wild and free to go where they wish, there is no guarantee they will be seen. It is, however, very likely that they will be spotted as your tour guide will know all the right places. Although if you are unlucky on the day, the trip will still make for a nice experience around the Algarve Coast.

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Catamaran Tour of Two Islands and Ria Formosa Natural Park

On a 12-person catamaran, embark on a 3-hour outing where you will visit two islands of Faro and sail through Ria Formosa Natural Park. Made up of saltwater lagoons and waterways, the natural park is a haven for birds and saltwater aquatic life. Along with its wildlife, the park protects the small fishing communities that rely on traditional and sustainable fishing methods that would otherwise be lost due to mass development.

This trip is available on either the morning or afternoon and includes beach time at both islands.

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Sunset Tour of Ria Formosa Natural Park

If the 3-hour day trip with a stop off on two islands isn’t for you, how about a 1-hour cruise? Watch a majestic sunset across the calm waters of the tranquil lagoon and see some of the barrier islands that make up the natural park.


Reef Fishing

If you are a keen fisher or interested in reef fishing, this trip, lasting up to two and a half hours, could be perfect for you to enjoy with family or friends. Accompanied by experienced local fishermen who know all the best spots and with everything you need to fish (including a GPS and sounder), the tour will take place 2 to 3 miles from the coat. Some of the fish most commonly caught on the trip include seabream, red gurnard and triggerfish. This is an ideal trip for those who love the ocean and local culture, and is suitable for all ages and levels of experience.

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