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Ilheu Vila Franca Campo

Address: Vila Franca do Campo Harbour, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel, Portugal
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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198 reviews 198 reviews
98 attraction reviews
241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Imagine swimming on the crater of a volcano in the middle of the ocean. Thats exactly what this is. It is about 1km from the mainland and is what you read in books..

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Bristol, Rhode Island
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Going to this environmentally protected little island, a short boat ride off the coast of the village of Vila Franco Do Campo on San Miguel, was a magical experience. This is a unique swimming hole formed from an ocean volcano. The water is mostly between four and about 10 feet deep, but on one side there is a sandy area... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

A truly amazing place to visit, I don't think there's anywhere quite like it. I visited last week, just as the larger ferry had stopped for the season. A small boat is available, for which we paid 10 Euros each and we were collected 2hrs later (the journey takes just 15mins or so). We rented wet suits from a scuba... More 

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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This little lagoon is a gem. The only reason why I didn't give it five stars, was that it lacked a small bar or something similar. But I guess you could just bring with you what you want to eat/drink. Be quick to fetch a ticket early in the morning, since the island had a limitation of 400 persons per... More 

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Peterborough, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The island is geologically interesting, with a circular crater in the center and a small channel open to the sea. Think of it as a very large natural saltwater swimming pool. Encircling the pool is a thin strip of volcanic rock. You can walk around most of it but the higher parts of the island are closed off for preservation.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Wonderful place to bring children. Small natural wave pool and shallow warm waters. Small fish and other sea creatures can be found swimming along side you.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The ilheu forms a bay in the middle of the ocean. The water is warm and clear. You can snorkle and see lots of nice fishes. Be prepared to lay dowm on the rocks as there is no sand!

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winnipeg
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

If you love nature and are able to walk up and down rocks and stairs, this is the place to see. It cost 5 euros to go to the island, the first boat is 10am. Bring food and drink with you, no concessions, just washroom/change room. It can be very dangerous, bring runners/hiking shoes. Very clear water, nice swim. They... More 

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Almancil, Portugal
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141 reviews 141 reviews
64 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The boat ride to the Ilheu was CRAZY!!! Was told the boat could take maximum 30pax and we were close to 50pax - the ocean was so choppy that most people got soaked and thrown around a bit. Getting off the boat when you get to the Ilheu is not for everyone... so dangerous! We had a nice swim and... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I echo the comments made by other reviewers. The Ilheu is unique, the water warm, an excellent place to snorkel, and the ride out is more than worth the €5 charge. One of the things that I will remember that I didn't see noted though is the tiny floating rocks we found in the lagoon. Obviously it is a type... More 

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