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Eco-friendly Solar Boat Trip in Ria Formosa

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Important information:

• Bring plenty of water to drink to avoid dehydration.
• A rucksack or backpack is recommended to carry a small snack, sunglasses, a hat, a good sun cream, and a camera.
• Comfortable clothing and flat shoes recommended. A wind-stopper and a waterproof coat are useful, especially during the coldest period of the year.

• Not wheelchair accessible.

  • Location: Marina of Faro
  • Duration: 45M
  • Seats available: -
  • Min. capacity: 2

Algarve Eco-friendly Solar Boat Trip in Ria Formosa from Faro

Enjoy the surrounding nature of the beautiful Ria Formosa on an eco-friendly boat trip.

This is a 45-minute solar boat trip with departures from Faro to experience this protected lagoon using only solar energy for all the family to enjoy your holiday in the Algarve.

Join us on a solar-powered electric boat and discover the lagoon of Ria Formosa on the most relaxing way to discover this protected area.

Immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings of Ria Formosa’s lagoon on a solar boat that does not spill oils or produce pollutant gases. Enjoy the sounds of the surrounding nature in greater safety, comfort, and ease of use.

During this sustainable boat trip, you will visit the lagoon of Ria Formosa and its marshlands and approach numerous birds and all the wildlife of this protected area without disturbing it.

Join us on the most eco-friendly and relaxing way to discover the Algarve’s Ria Formosa on a small-group boat trip limited to10 people.


Spoken languages:
  • en English

  • pt Portuguese

  • fr French

  • es Spanish


• 45 minutes boat trip
• Life vests
• Local guide
• Live commentary on board


• Hotel pickup and drop-off
• Transportation to/from attractions
• Food and drinks
• Tips (optional)
• All other extras


• A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required.
• A maximum of 9 people per booking.
• Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult.
• May be operated by a multi-lingual guide.
• Not wheelchair accessible.
• Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
• Safety comes first, please follow the instructions and recommendations of your skipper, especially those relating to safety issues.
• Trips may be amended due to weather conditions or the physical condition of the participants should our skippers deem this advisable.
• This is an activity subject to weather conditions. The decision to leave or return earlier than expected, due to unexpected weather conditions, is sole to the skipper.
• The schedules of departures and arrivals, the duration, and itineraries of the activities are subject to change without previous notice due to security determined by the weather conditions, tides, and/or other circumstances beyond our control.

Cancelation policy
  • Bookings of activities and/ or services may be done in a proper form on the website, by email, by phone, through authorized agents and/ or Lands - Turismo na Natureza, Lda Points of Sale.
  • For groups of 20 or more participants, bookings should be done as soon as possible and at least 24 hours before the date of the activity and/ or service.
  • All bookings are subject to availability.

  • Lands - Turismo na Natureza, Lda reserves the right to cancel the activity and/ or services by reasons which fall outside the responsibility of the company. We cannot be held responsible for  cancellations due to the following reasons: natural disasters, climate conditions, system failures, or any other circumstances beyond the company's control and also whenever the safety and integrity of participants, equipment, and/ or goods are at risk. The client will be fully refunded, without any compensation or indemnity.
  • The cancellation of activity and/ or services by the participant may be done through a proper form on the website, by email, or by phone up until 24 hours before the start of the activity and/ or services.
  • For groups of 10 or more participants, the cancellation of activity and/ or services may be done through a proper form on the website, by email, or by phone up until 48 hours before the start of the activity and/ or services.
  • If the cancellation does not comply with the requirements above, the activity and/ or service will be charged at the full rate.
  • Once the activity and/or service has started, with the agreement of the participants and the safety and integrity of participants, equipment and/ or goods is not at risk, in the event of a request from the participant(s) to stop or interrupt it due to wind, temperature, rainfall, waves or other factors beyond the company's control, no refund, indemnity or compensation will apply and the activity and/ or service will proceed its usual course.
  • In the case of equipment rental, cancellations should be done up until 24 hours before its start otherwise, it will be charged at the full rate. In case of deliberate cancellation by the client, Lands will charge the period of use of the equipment or its minimum rental period.
  • The rental and hire of equipment and/ or goods are subject to its terms and conditions.
  • In the event of no show, the full amount charged is non-refundable.

  • Lands reserves the right to change the boats and/or equipment to carry out the activity and/ or service, due to system failures or adverse weather conditions. In that case, another boat and/ or equipment will be used and we will charge the rate and/or prices previously agreed.
  • The meeting point and the departure time are indicated on the voucher or the booking confirmation document.
  • Delay of the participants may imply exclusion from the activity. To prevent the latter from happening please be so kind to be at the designated meeting point on time. There is a maximum tolerance of 10 minutes.
  • Departure time is subject to changes due to weather conditions, system failures, or any other circumstances beyond the company's control.
  • Whenever a stop or free time is planned during the activity, the crew, skipper, and/ or tour guide will inform you of the following location and time of departure. Please be at the location 5 minutes before the announced time of departure.
  • Lands reserves the right to suspend a participant from an activity if the times of departure are not respected. In this case, no refund or compensation is available.
  • Lands reserves the right to suspend a participant from the activity and/ or service if the participant has no physical condition to carry it out or if the participant does not respect the safety recommendations and instructions.

  • The itineraries and the exact timings at the several points of the activity and/ or service are only indicative. They are subject to change due to weather conditions and/ or the physical conditions of the participants and can be amended if the person representing Lands deems this advisable.
  • The schedules of departures and arrivals, duration, and itineraries of the activities and/ or services are subject to change without prior notice due to safety and security determined by weather conditions, winds, tides, and/or any other circumstances beyond the control of Lands - Turismo na Natureza, Lda.

  • Lands - Turismo na Natureza, Lda. promotes ecotourism activities and nature tours of natural, cultural, and environmental interest. We expect our guests and participants to respect the visited natural areas and the local lifestyles. We respect and follow the guidelines of the ICNF's code of conduct and we reserve the right to suspend or cancel an activity if we find the participants' behavior conflicts with this philosophy and code of conduct.

  • During our activities and/ or services we can take photos and videos to promote our company. If you do not want this information to be used, please be so kind as to previously inform our staff.

  • Lands - Turismo na Natureza, Lda. has available a complaints book and reports directly to ASAE.

  • Lands - Turismo na Natureza is a fully licensed company with the registration No. 35/2003 of the Tourism Board of Portugal.
  • Our activities are certified as Ecotourism by the ICNF - the Portuguese Institute for Conservation of Nature and Forests.
  • We have all the mandatory insurance legislation.

  • Omissions and other questions not covered by these terms and conditions will be discussed with Lands - Turismo na Natureza, Lda and are subject to the applicable Portuguese law.
what clients say
Ian M

Booked this boat trip last minute and was pleasantly surprised. Cost 15 euros each for approx an hour. The skipper was friendly and very informative of the local area and wildlife. The solar boat is tranquil and would love to visit again around sunset. Would highly recommend and thank you to the young lady at the ticket office - very informative and not pushy - amazing.


We booked the solar boat trip as we wanted to minimise our impact on the nature of the area. Booking was easy from the booth by the old town and for €15 each for an hour was well worth every cent. Our guide picked us up from the marina and was informative about the area and wildlife from the moment we stepped on the boat. It was a fantastic way to explore the area as the boat is silent and not very deep in the water so can get close to the banks. We saw a variety of birds and some fiddler crabs. We were lucky to have the boat to ourselves for the trip which made the price paid even more worthwhile. The boat is not very large and there are no facilities on board but the seats are very comfortable and there is a canopy which can be put up if the sun is too much. I would highly recommend this trip if you what an hour of tranquility whilst learning more about the area of the natural park and seeing some wildlife.


The boat trip was a wonderful experience. We saw some beautiful scenery and wildlife and the guide was very knowledgeable about the local area and the birds especially. I would definitely recommend going.


"Delightful trip with excellent guide" We went on this very pleasant trip during the afternoon last week. If we had timed it better, we should have arranged to go later in the day, when the bird life is more in abundance. However, it was a very pleasant, relaxing experience. Gliding silently, without fuel smells, ensured that we could see the lagoon without disturbing the wildlife. Our guide was excellent, with a sound local knowledge. Also, he managed to move swiftly and competently between the 3 different language groups on board, without anyone missing out!


"Bird photography in Algarve" We do wildlife photography and wanted pictures of avifauna in Algavre. Solar boat trip fulfilled all our wishes! Ecologic, silent, smooth movement and great guide was a solid base for great pictures. Worth to try for all nature enthusiasts! Especially by low tide there is lot of opportunities for great pictures.


"Amazing boat trip! Peaceful in silent boat, great for birdwatching" Me and my mum went on a late November afternoon with Lauro our tour guide and driver. It was a great trip. The solar power boat was silent so it made birdwatching and meandering through the channels of park so peaceful. Lauro was excellent, he supplied us with binoculars and pointed out all the different types of birds. The boat was comfortable and the waters very calm as it is a totally sheltered area. We saw thousands of birds, and he had a picture guide so we could pick them out too. The scenery was really unique and the views of Faro from the boat excellent. We paid €15 each. I really recommend this trip if you like boat trips, bird watching or just great scenery!

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