SUP Beginner Ria Formosa Tour
Have you been thinking of learning Stand Up paddle now for a while?
Now is the perfect time and the Ria Formosa in the Algarve is the perfect place. Protected from the ocean by seven barriers islands the Ria is a salt water lagoon that is a paradise for SUP.
Combining small beaches, marina access and a vast expanse of gentle waterways for you to discover as you master the art of Stand Up Paddle Boarding.
The local community and marine life that surrounds the Ria adds a fascinating dimension to this SUP learning environment.
Hundreds of happy guests already took partage. Is it now your turn?
Meeting and Organization
As our meeting point depends on wind and tide conditions, we confirm meeting and starting time by phone or individual message.
- Meeting Point One
(Ilha de Faro Nascente)
- Meeting Point Two
(Ilha de Faro Poente)
- Meeting Point Three
- Meeting Point Four
(Ilha de Faro Barrinha)
What we provide
2 hours water time
briefing on safety, location, equipment and SUP technique
guidance and accompaniment by a SUP instructor at all times on the beach and on the water
highest standard of NAISH SUP equipment
life jacket and rash vest
fresh fruit juice & cereal snack bar
wetsuit in XS-XL – if required or necessary
transport back to departure point, if necessary due to wind or current
photos of experience
What you should bring
drinking water, if needed
What does it cost?
Single person — EUR 55
Couple — EUR 90
Groups 3+ — EUR 40 p/person
Child (4–12yrs) — EUR 30
Pick-up and return to your residence EUR 5 p/person/way up to 15 kms
“Learning to SUP with ZEN SUP was an amazing experience. With passion and dedication, Heike and John make it so easy to do, teaching you how, taking you out on the water and in no time you enjoy paddling on the most beautiful spots like the Ria Formosa. What stands out most with them is professionalism, passion, and fun. Great teachers that know what they do.
“Looking forward to spending time again with John, Heike, and Luna. If you fancy learning to SUP or just want to spend some great time on the water with lovely people, then ZEN SUP are the people for you.
“Went with John for a personal lesson today as it was my first experience. Went from Faro island eastwards down the estuary off the Atlantic Ocean. John gave an excellent brief and was incredibly helpful and good fun at the same time. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will go out again.…. maybe the caves at Bengali next time. Definitely recommend you give him a try… well worth it.
“We had a great time paddle-boarding. John (the instructor) is fantastic — we were all beginners and he had all of us feeling confident within minutes. He took time with each of us individually while out on the water too so you were never stranded or simply following the crowd. John clearly has passion for his work and is generally a nice, easy going and fun guy — making the day really good fun as well as learning something new. He also has a dog called Luna who came along with us for the trip on John’s Paddleboard which was a bonus (we all love dogs!). Would highly recommend to anyone and thanks to John for a memorable day!