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How We Practice Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Travel in the Algarve

Lands' Eco-boats in Ria Formosa

Here at Lands, we go to great lengths to ensure our boat tours are sustainable with the lowest possible carbon footprint. As you’ve clicked through to this blog, chances are you care about the world and the beautiful Ria Formosa in the Algarve, so perhaps you’ll be interested to read about the efforts we go to protect this natural treasure and the environment as a whole. Or perhaps you’re just doing your due diligence and making sure our sustainability claims are legit. Whatever your reasons for being here, we hope to give you the information you seek. But if you have any follow-up questions, please don’t hesitate to nous contacter.

Choosing Solar-powered Boats to Explore Ria Formosa

Our choice for solar-powered boats was due to our commitment to sustainable tourism in the Algarve — a commitment that has been upheld since the company started. Instead of choosing motorboats for our tours, we opted for solar-powered boats. Given that the company was founded by passionate biologists, the environmentally friendly option was part of our core values.


The boats we use are suitable for protected coastal areas like the Ria Formosa Nature Park, where noise, pollution, and stress caused by disturbance are factors that disrupt and devalue the landscape and the well-being of wildlife. The boats are quiet and don’t release polluting gases or spill oils. They move smoothly at a cruise speed of 5 to 6 knots, obtained from two 6Hp electric motors and with energy supplied by batteries powered by solar panels.

We also decided on boats made in Portugal; we opted for a local shipbuilding company based in the Algarve specialized in the development, manufacture, and sale of electro solar boats that are certified by the EU. Choosing a local company also significantly cut down on any carbon footprint created when transporting the boats to us. You should also know that we use these boats on all of our Excursions en Bateau sur la Ria Formosa près de Faro — click the link to find out more about the tours.

The general features of our boats are themselves all contribute to a very low carbon footprint:

They are sustainable

The boats do not consume fossil fuels (zero fossil fuel) and do not produce greenhouse gases (zero CO2 emissions). Their electric motors do not spill oil or generate exhaust fumes (zero hydrocarbons dumped in the water).

They are silent

Our boats are almost completely silent — just the murmur of the propellers. Not only is this good for the local wildlife, it also allows you to enjoy the surrounding nature while having a conversation on board without having to shout over the noise.

They are smooth

Our boats are specially designed with hulls and propulsion systems to obtain the minimum impact on sensitive ecosystems, as well as marine fauna. The boats sail in perfect harmony with nature, even in protected places like the Ria Formosa lagoon. We are contributing to a friendly ecosystem of nautical mobility in Ria Formosa by using electric boats that use the Sun as their main source of energy.


Which Eco-Boat Tour of Ria Formosa is Right for You?

Now that you are hopefully convinced of the sustainability of the boats we use here at Lands, we’d like to help you decide which boat tour is right for you. We’ll offer a succinct description of each experience below and, as always, if you have any questions, you are more than welcome to nous contacter.

A Birdwatching Boat Trip in Ria Formosa

Ria Formosa – birdwatching in the Algarve

Our Excursion en Bateau d’Observation des Oiseaux sur la Ria Formosa focuses on the lagoon’s immense roster of birdlife. There are over 200 different species of bird in Ria Formosa, as they come and go at different times of the year. Some of the most popular birds include the Grey Heron, the Greater Flamingo, and the White Stork.

Our Classic Eco Boat Tour of Ria Formosa

The Excursion en Bateau Écologique en Algarve here at Lands was the first experience we created. It offers the best possible views of and in the lagoon. Embrace tranquillity and glide quietly and smoothly along the water, taking in the sights, learning about the incredible biodiversity, and spotting local wildlife.

A Sunset Boat Trip in Ria Formosa

Sunset boat tour on Ria Formosa

Lastly, our Sunset Boat Trip of Ria Formosa is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy one of the greatest sunsets in the world. Find serenity on the quiet waters of Ria Formosa, gazing out as the sun paints its colourful picture across the water.

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