Islet Vila Franca do Campo Nature Reserve
The team at Terra Azul are knowledgeable and expert in their field. Trips are well organised and value for money.
Certainly, an in-touch-with-nature experience, organised by a passionate-about-nature, warm & caring team. This was, undoubtedly, the best experience of our trip to the Azores.
… boats and equipment are new and safe and the guides and drivers extremely knowledgeable and great fun!
… couldn’t ask for a better experience enjoying nature and conservation efforts to protect and respect these ocean creatures. Will never forget this tour.
… passion, fascinating information, commitment to sustainability and the environment, always with a sense of humor! I loved every minute!
Great experience!!! Very fair people who only go out when the chance is almost 100% for spotting animals.
Amazing trip. Well organised with Land based lookouts guiding the boat. Knowledgeable and lovely tour guide. Definitely a must do.
Approximately 3 hours
Access Off-coast Reserve
Explore Volcanic Marvel
Observe Resident Wildlife
|OCT 15TH TO APR 14TH|
|13:15 Early Afternoon|
See upclose a volcanic marvel – the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo off-coast protected natural reserve. Learn more about its geology, and living fauna and flora!
The tour starts with a short briefing introducing to the volcanic islet’s geology, plant and animal species that can be found, the nature reserve’s rules, and safety. Everyone will follow the Guide and Skipper to their designated boat, for 10 minutes travelling by sea to the Islet.
You will disembark at the islet’s harbor, for a hour-and-half tour to explore the volcanic marvel and its notorious features. The islet crater is rocky with endemic Azorean Heather, Firetree and other flora species making this a beautiful living habitat for wildlife, and often birds can be observed, such as Buzzards, Turnstones, Sanderlings, Little Egrets, Whimbrels, Canaries, Wagtails, and even Sally lightfoot crab colonies!
It is life rich all year, especially in Autumn and Winter. Your guide will keep you informed on what you are observing and is available throughout your tour to provide answers to any specific questions – feel free to ask!
At 16:15 it is time to be back to the Marina for check-out.
We recommend you to eat light and bring your personal water supply, sunscreen and chapstick for the Sun. Light food is permitted, and a Camera is essential, especially for photography lovers – protect any personal equipment.
NOT FOR anyone pregnant, with weak back, in wheelchair, in delicate health conditions, or under the age of 4.
Bathing is not permitted at this time of the year.