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Parque Industrial de Vila Franca, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9680-114, Portugal
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you would like to test your patience, please visit this island. To get a ticket first of all and get on the boat to the island second of all, you should calculate at least three hours. However, once you have overcome this test, the...More

2  Thank Gijs K
Clube Naval de V, Gerente de relações públicas at Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Gijs K, First of all we thank you for your contact. The months of July and August are the months of greatest demand. This way, it is possible that there are waiting queues: therefore we always suggest that visitors prepare their visit. Contact us...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The island is wonderful. A 10 minute boat ride drops you at a small dock, then a short walk across the rocks to reach the central area. There is nothing on the island, basic toilet block, a lifeguard, and concrete steps down into the water....More

Thank Jon G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a sunny day. The ship is just 10 minutes. There is no sand to lie down, so the best is to be in the transparent water. The natural pool is a perfect place for snorkeling and enjoying. Be aware of the possibility of...More

1  Thank Alberto E
Clube Naval de V, Gerente de relações públicas at Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Alberto E, We appreciate your avaliation. If there are some jellyfishes, the lifeguards hoists a flag with warning about the appearance of jellifishes in smaller or larger numbers. Thank you and see you next time!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After reading reviews I was worried about getting tickets, but we jumped in line at the pier around 10:30am in July on a gorgeous day and although we waited an hour, we had no problem getting tickets. We came back later in the afternoon to...More

Thank Jess_8032
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We pre-booked on line which is very easy if you have a Portuguese cash card. If not you just to wait in line at the small white hut near the end of the pier on the actual day you plan to go, suggest you get...More

1  Thank goodtoknow42
Clube Naval de V, Gerente de relações públicas at Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello goodtoknow42, We appreciate your avaliation. See you next time!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had a hard time navigating to find this place. Listen to all other reviews it’s worth the wait GET THERE BEFORE 9:30 and Park and head down to the marina to find a little white cart with a Trip Advisor flag.

1  Thank Jeanette C
Clube Naval de V, Gerente de relações públicas at Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Jeanette, Thanks for your avaliation! Yes, the ticket-office is located in the South of the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo. See you next time!

Reviewed June 30, 2018

Tiny islet with almost no shade. The water was freezing, the rocks were burning hot. I was lucky enough to find a spot in the shade underneath the one overhang, but not worth another visit.

1  Thank Linda B
Clube Naval de V, Gerente de relações públicas at Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2018

Hello Linda, First of all we appreciate your avaliation. As it is a Protected Area, we should all try to have the least human intervention as possible. But thanks for the visit!

Reviewed June 15, 2018 via mobile

This was undoubtedly one of the best things my partner and I did in Sao Miguel. Absolutely beautiful island which was surprisingly not that busy. The water was warm and clear. If you’re able to get snorkelling gear, there’s lots of fish to see. The...More

2  Thank DCannuck
Clube Naval de V, Gerente de relações públicas at Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2018

Hello DCannuck, We appreciate your comment! See you next time!

Reviewed June 7, 2018 via mobile

The island is beautiful, it is well watched by the local team, so visitors do not have much opportunities to enter forbidden regions of the natural reserve. The water is superclean, even without mask one can see different fish. There were crabs on the rocks....More

Thank MariyaMV
Clube Naval de V, Gerente de relações públicas at Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2018

Hello Mariya, Thanks for your avaliation!

Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

Visited in May but just disappointed we couldn't go inside for an hour or two. Did a circular tour of the outside by boat after whale watching trip but didn't see the island in all its glory.

Thank tom_overing
Clube Naval de V, Gerente de relações públicas at Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2018

Hello Tom Overing, the islet is a Protected Area. It opens for the public during the bathing season. Thanks!

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Dahlia B
June 18, 2018|
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Response from FlyLow | Reviewed this property |
Theres a place at the little harbor near the island.
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Valori H
June 10, 2018|
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Response from Clube Naval de V | Property representative |
Hello Ryan! Yes, as Tobias B. answered, it is a protected area and it's not public entrance is not allowed. Obrigado Tobias!
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Ella C
January 22, 2018|
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This is the same woman who just posted that my daughter and I will be there at the same time. I just found the schedule. It starts on 6/1, so we’ll just make it. TripAdvisor is not letting me post html characters but I... More
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