Islet of Vila Franca do Campo Reserve Tour

Off-coast protected Nature Reserve. Learn geology, see living fauna and flora!

Islet Vila Franca do Campo Nature Reserve

… boats and equipment are new and safe and the guides and drivers extremely knowledgeable and great fun!
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Approximately 3 hours

Naturalist/Biologist Guide

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.

Adult

36

Half-day
  • [Oct 15 – Apr 14]

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Child

18

Half-day
  • [Oct 15 – Apr 14]

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Whales Half-day
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