Eco Tour with King Chameleon

Image gallery of a boat tour in the Ria Formosa with the team of King Chameleon, specialised in ecological excursions in the Algarve


Olhão: Harbour

Olhão: Harbour

This interesting boat tour starts and ends at the harbour of Olhão, hosting a booming industry of canned fish in the mid of the last Century. From more than 80 companies in 1950 only two survived until today due to the cut-throat competition of the deep-frozen fish.


Ria Formosa: Ecotour

Ria Formosa: Ecotour

A tour by boat across the Ria Formosa, guided by a local biologist, is a fascinating experience to discover the habitat of the lagoon and the islands.


Ecotour: Ilha Deserta

Ecotour: Ilha Deserta

In front of the Desert Island (Ilha Deserta or Ilha da Barreta) the boat drops anchor so that the passengers can wade through the flat and warm water to the beach


Ria Formosa: Ecotour

Ria Formosa: Ecotour

In the background you can see the lighthouse on the Ilha da Culatra


Ecotour: Ilha Deserta

Ecotour: Ilha Deserta

The lonely shore of island, located between the Faro Island in the west and the Culatra Island lives up to its name "desert island".


Ecotou: sea urchins

Ecotou: sea urchins

On the beach we find the skeletons of a species of sea urchins among a variety of conches of manifold shapes and sizes


Ecotour: sea cucumber

Ecotour: sea cucumber

A sea cucumber, another member of the Echinoderm family, on the beach of the Ilha Deserta


Ria Formosa Ecotour:  Muscheln 1

Ria Formosa Ecotour: Muscheln 1


Ria Formosa Ecotour: conch

Ria Formosa Ecotour: conch


Ilha Deserta: View to the Ilha da  Culatra

Ilha Deserta: View to the Ilha da Culatra


In search of chameleons

In search of chameleons

The master of camouflage is expected to live in these bushes on the Ilha Deserta


Ecotour: Chameleon

Ecotour: Chameleon

You mast be lucky to see one of these shy animals


Ecotour: Ilha do Farol

Ecotour: Ilha do Farol


Ilha da Culatra Rescue Centre 1813

Ilha da Culatra Rescue Centre 1813

The rescue centre on the Ilha da Culatra was already erected in 1813 to save people shipwrecked in the Ria Formosa


Ecotour: Ilha da Culatra

Ecotour: Ilha da Culatra


Ilha da Culatra

Ilha da Culatra

This is the plave where the local fishermen are repairing and drying their nets


Ilha da Culatra Oyster banks

Ilha da Culatra Oyster banks

Oyster banks on the lagoon side shore of the Culatra Island. Fresh oysters from the grill (ostras al vapor) are a local delicacy.


Ria Formosa Ecotour Muschelbank

Ria Formosa Ecotour Muschelbank


Ilha da Culatra: Storks

Ilha da Culatra: Storks

The Ria Formosa is a great territory for the many storks nesting in Faro ans on the islands.


Ilha da Armona

Ilha da Armona

View from the Ecotour boat to the Ilha da Armona, where the King Chamaeleon enterprise resides

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