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Vila Franca Islet Off-coast Nature Reserve Tour

Vila Franca Islet Off-coast Nature Reserve Tour

From US$ 35.29 per person

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!

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy the views on your boat trip to the off-coast Islet of Vila Franca do Campo
  • Explore the ancient Volcano crater on a guided walking tour of the Islet
  • See and learn about the season's fauna and flora living around the crater
  • Tour by boat around the Islet and learn about it's geologic history
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Knowledgeable Wildlife Guide
  • Experienced Skipper
  • Custom Zodiac boat
  • Impermeable Full Suit and Life Vest
  • Admission to Protected Nature Reserve
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (available separately)
  • Water and food
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Meet your guide by the yellow boats at the Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL™ office in the Vila Franca do Campo marina. By car, drive east from Ponta Delgada city center along the coast. Follow directions to Vila Franca do Campo. Once in Vila Franca do Campo, descend to find the marina. There is free parking at the marina.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Water

Know before you go

  • This tour takes place in a Zodiac RIB Boat. Boat rides could be bumpy and you may get wet
  • Tours may be rescheduled due to bad weather or safety concerns

Product ID: 412204