Island boat tour from Olhão

We went on an Island boat tour from Olhão

Island boat tour from Olhão to discover Ria Formosa

Lianne, responsible for the Spanish market and content/translations at SeaBookings, went on holidays in the Algarve and tried out this unique boat tour from Olhão to the Nature Park of Ria Formosa and shares her experience.

An Island boat tour from Olhão is great to discover Ria Formosa

This summer I decided I wanted to go and experience something else. I’ve been to Portugal many times, but I never saw Ria Formosa’s natural park.

It appears that you can do an island boat tour from Olhão to discover the Barrier Islands of the famous Ria Formosa

Olhão is situated in the South of Portugal, in the Algarve. Faro is only 20 minutes driving away. Just before you arrive at the airport of Faro you can already see the beautiful islands.

It looked so beautiful that I convinced my boyfriend to come along with me to do a nice island boat tour from Olhão. 

Isn’t this irresistible?

At 12h30 the tour would start at the Marina of Olhão. We got a clear description of where we had to be at the marina so it was very easy to find the boat.

The friendly guide named João gave us a warm welcome and asked us if we would like to get more information during the tour in English or Portuguese.

There were people on board who spoke both languages so it was no problem for him to give us a nice explanation in English and Portuguese.

Departing from Olhão we picked up more people along the way. We sailed through the big lagoon in front of Olhão along Deserta Island and explored Farol Island with its nice lighthouses.

During the boat trip, João told us more about the area and that we would stop for lunch at Culatra Fishermen’s Town in Culatra Island.

Sérgio has never done this trip before either and he is from the Algarve!

Culatra has only 1000 inhabitants and is interlaced with wooden walkways. Because there are no roads or vehicles, this is a unique place to be! Their main income is fishing and we got the opportunity to discover the island for 1.5 hours. 

Fresher than fresh!

If you want it is possible to walk to a beautiful beach (20 minutes walking), but we preferred to have a nice lunch to eat some fresh fish. João took us to a very good place where they caught the fish in the morning. It was delicious!

The scenery is simply paradise-like!

Once we finished our lunch, we walked through the streets of Culatra en then we headed back to the boat. The next stop was Armona Bay and Armona Island.

We stopped there for 30 minutes and decided to take a fresh dip in the ocean. It was very nice to cool down in the crystal clear waters because it was a hot day!

White sanded beaches all around the place!

We continued our boat tour to back to the Marina of Olhão and along the way, we saw the famous tuna factories. As well we were told that there is an area where you can observe seahorses.

In total this island boat tour from Olhão took 4 hours and we had an amazing time! Thank you very much, João for giving us more information about these beautiful landscapes in the Algarve!

Do you have more questions after reading about our this blog or are you looking for more tips to discover the beautiful islands of Ria Formosa? Please let us know by sending an email to [email protected]!

Baleias no Algarve: baleia-anã na Ria Formosa

Podem ser avistadas várias espécies de baleias no Algarve. Em 2016 avistamos 8 espécies de cetáceos no Algarve. A Dream Wave, uma operadora marítima, sediada na Marina de Albufeira, revelou que ao longo de 2016 foram avistadas 8 espécies de golfinhos e baleias no Algarve. Neste mês de Fevereiro tivemos uma visita agradável de uma baleia-anã na Ria Formosa em Faro.

baleias no Algarve

A baleia foi assistida pelos Comandos Locais da Polícia Marítima de Tavira e Olhão e o Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e Florestas (ICNF)

Normalmente, as baleias no Algarve costumam ser avistadas em alto mar, ao longo de toda a costa. Neste caso, o animal decidiu ir explorar a Ria Formosa, um parque natural no Algarve. A baleia-anã pode, à primeira vista ser confundida com um golfinho-roaz.

A baleia passeou durante sete horas pela Ria Formosa no dia 1 de Fevereiro. Pedro da Palma, capitão dos portos de Vila Real de Santo António e Tavira relatou que o animal entrou na Ria de manhã pela barra do porto de Tavira. A baleia-anã andou a “passear” até à barra da Fuseta, onde saiu ao final do dia. No entanto, “durante o trajeto, face ao facto de a maré se encontrar a vazar, a baleia ficou encalhada num baixio, pelo que existiu a necessidade de apoiar o animal para este voltar a estar a nado”, informou Pedro da Palma.

Felizmente, a baleia não apresentava ferimentos e o seu encaminhamento para o mar foi apoiado pelos Comandos Locais da Polícia Marítima de Tavira e Olhão, em colaboração com o Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e Florestas (ICNF).

Golfinhos e baleias no Algarve

Em 2016, as espécies de golfinhos e baleias no Algarve mais observadas foram roaz-corvineiro (Tursiops truncatus) e o golfinho-comum (Delphinus delphis). Outras espécies de cetáceos de avistamento menos frequente são o boto-comum (Phocoena phocoena), o grampo (Grampus griseus) e a orca (Orcinus orca).

baleias no Algarve SeaBookingsEm relação às baleias no Algarve, a Dream Wave registou o avistamento de três espécies:

  • Baleia-comum (Balaenoptera physalus);
  • Baleia-sardinheira (Balaenoptera borealis);
  • Baleia-anã (Balaenoptera acutorostrata).

A baleia-anã também é conhecida como baleia-minke. Estes mamíferos marinhos caracterizam-se por possuírem barbas em vez de dentes. Esta espécie tem um comprimento até 9m, sendo as fêmeas maiores que os machos.

Se tiverem interesse em conhecer pessoalmente as baleias no Algarve, convidamo-vos a virem a bordo de um dos nossos passeios de observação de cetáceos.

(Artigo original em Postal.pt)