Seahorse observation in Ria Formosa

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Coastal, Family, Snorkeling, Swimming

Are you ready for seahorse observation in Ria Formosa?

Did you know that you can do seahorse observation in Ria Formosa, Faro? This tour with seahorse observation in Ria Formosa is a unique opportunity to observe seahorses’ behaviour in their natural environment. This tour only takes part from June to September and departs from Fuseta.

Did you know that the Ria Formosa Natural Park hosts the largest community of these amazing creatures in the world? Two resident species have been identified: the long-snouted seahorse, hippocampus guttulatus, and the short-snouted seahorse, hippocampus hippocampus.
During the seahorse observation in Ria Formosa you will probably also see other species like octopus, cuttlefish and sea snails. It is also frequent to observe traditional shell fishing.

On this tour with seahorse observation in Ria Formosa you have the possibility to observe seahorses’ behavior in their natural environment while snorkeling. The skipper will be your guide during the snorkeling.
He’ll be happy to provide you with precious information about the species you’ll encounter and help you to identify the species of the seahorses.

The snorkeling will be done inside the Ria Formosa Natural Park. To get there, we will go by boat to reach the ideal spot for snorkeling. At this spot, we will be able to observe the bottom of the Ria and the seahorses' communities.
In case you don’t have your one diving mask and snorkel, we can provide you the snorkeling equipment.
Please be aware that we are dealing with nature, so we cannot guarantee 100% that you will see seahorses. Thanks to our experienced crew we find some on 90% of our tours though!



  • A visit to this marine reserve is a true must for all nature lovers visiting the region;

  • Observe rare and localized species that cannot be found anywhere near;

  • We provide some snorkeling equipment so you can discover the underwater world if you want;

  • Enjoy the view over the amazing coastline from a unique perspective;

  • This experience is a good choice for families and groups of friends who are passionate about the ocean, nature and adventure;


  • This experience does not include food and drinks so feel free to bring your own;

  • Please check-in 20 minutes before the start of the experience;

  • Detailed tour operator information, including local phone number and exact address, is included in your confirmation email;

  • Departure time depends on the sea conditions, you'll be contacted by the tour operator about the exact hour;

  • We recommend bringing sunscreen, swimming gear, a hat and a towel;

  • To place your booking request, a full upfront payment is required.

  • A wind jacket may be useful;


  • A safety briefing by a multilingual guide, insurance and life-jackets are included;

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