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Ilheu Vila Franca Campo

Vila Franca do Campo Harbour, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel, Portugal
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Almancil, Portugal
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121 reviews 121 reviews
57 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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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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Catonsville, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Worth the 5 euro to take the boat ride. Boat ride can be a little choppy--warning to those who are easily frightened or motion sick. The swimming there is seriously some of the most beautiful, fun, and unique in the world.

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Cremlingen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

If you visit Sao Miguel you HAVE to do this: Go by the small ferry boat to that island near Villa Franca do Campo. Just go to the Marina in Villa Franca do Campo, there is the ferry. It will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to that small island (fee is 5 Euro), it takes ten minutes to... More

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

10 minutes by boat, only 5 euros - and amazing crater with warm lagoon! You will spend here from 1 hour to a whole day depending on your schedule and interests. Bring all your picnic/snorkeling/swimming stuff here. Highly recommended to everyone.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

They are famous for their unique pastries I enjoy seeing the workers doing and wrap in the pastries to send out and the tasting And bough same to give away

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Unique and wonderful island,mini sunken volcano, underated, and unspoilt.Easy safe anchorage on northern side , - nice to spend a day here, bring your own picnic.We spotted whales just South of here.Caretaker of house loves Bacon!

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Definitely a place to visit if you have a few hours. The island is a few minutes boat ride (inexpensive) from the town of Vila Franca do Campo. You can rent for a couple of Euros snorkeling gear if you have not brought with your own. The middle of the island is a wonderful lagoon for swimming and snorkeling. This... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Beautiful crater in the sea. Good snorkeling. Short boat ride fromVila Franca. Absolutely recommended

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Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Great place for snorkeling and the boat to get there is not very expensive! In July the water is still very cold, but it's warmer than other places on the island. Remember your sun cream and an umbrella as there's not much shade there unfortunately. Great that they add some toilets!

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