Buracona - Olho Azul
Buracona - Olho Azul
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  • Stuart A
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom391 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    A great natural phenomenon, a cave/cavern where the sun shines through to make a beautiful coloured "eye". Somewhat more developed than I was expecting €3 entry fee and a bit of a queue. Interesting museum about the coastline and sea life, and a viewing platform. We saw a turtle! Some were jumping from the edge into the bay.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 6, 2023
  • yinyin z
    Speyer, Germany36 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s ok to be there but also just ok…
    We were at the “blue eye” about 12.30 in December - after waiting and “pulling” in a queue, you can see just a “slice” of blue in a big black hole. It could be cool to see when the sun would be higher in other seasons, but even for that, there are other places in the world, where you don’t need to wait in a relatively long queue and been on a “flow line” of moving towards and take a few pictures and then leave it. The scenery was not bad, but again, other Atlantic or Mediterranean islands offer more.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 29, 2023
  • Chris_KO
    Koblenz, Germany3,405 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice, but not impressive
    Another stop on every tour of the island. In an 18 m deep cave, the water shines a light blue when the sun is at the right position. To see this, you sometimes have to wait in line for a long time and pay an entrance fee of three euros. If the weather permits, you can swim in a nearby natural pool. There are also beautiful views of the wild coast. There is a visitor center with a souvenir shop, café and toilets.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 18, 2024
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AUSLion
London, UK1,261 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Visited as part of our Sal island tour, on a windy and choppy day. Definitely worth a visit and the EUR3 per person was not too expensive (I guess cheap in comparison to other tourist sites around the world).

They have spent some time to make an effort, with toilets on site, a cafe/restaurant, good quality paths and even a rock garden that is a scale replica of the island of Cabo Verde.

Some great photos of the waves crashing upon the rocks. On a calm day, you can apparently swim, which would have been great, but way too choppy on our visit, so the water was closed.

The blue eye is sometimes visible in a cave section of the rocks. The disappointing thing was the speed of they visit to try and see it. With bus loads and truck loads of tours, with the stop a very popular one, you are ushered into a line, given about 10 seconds to 'look' and then moved on for the next group to come in. Not much chance to see it unless the timing is perfect.

Also, being on a tour, we had a limited time to stay and watch the crashing waves - if you manage to come by your own steam, you could spend some more.

Overall, still worth the visit and one of the key spots to see on Sal.
Written March 13, 2022
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Paul M
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK310 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Definitely a 'must-do' experience if visiting Sal.

The small entrance fee (€3 each) is worth it.

You get to visit the cove, interesting rock formations (reminiscent of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland), and the Blue Eye. That last, is basically a deep hole into the ground with water at the bottom. It only looks blue when its' pretty bright sunshine.

The whole thing takes 1-2 hours to go around - more if you want to swim in the cove (it's probably a lot of fun in the waves if you're a strong swimmer), and more still if you go to the cafe for lunch.

If you're into geology you'll love it.
Written August 24, 2022
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Chris_KO
Koblenz, Germany3,405 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Another stop on every tour of the island. In an 18 m deep cave, the water shines a light blue when the sun is at the right position. To see this, you sometimes have to wait in line for a long time and pay an entrance fee of three euros. If the weather permits, you can swim in a nearby natural pool. There are also beautiful views of the wild coast. There is a visitor center with a souvenir shop, café and toilets.
Written March 18, 2024
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Guillermo M
Brugg, Switzerland87 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Have you ever seen waves hitting rocks? That's it.
Have you ever seen the reflection of the sky on the water? It's just that.
Around it they have built a shop, a restaurant, and a weird tiny "museum" with a few pictures and water tanks with some poor fish. So you have to pay an entry fee.
It's plainly ridiculous and a waste of time. I was all the time wondering what the hell are the other people seeing here, and why they seem to enjoy that so much.
If you wish to have a waves against the sea shore experience, any other rocky spot in any other island will do. Go to Fogo, Sao Antao, Sao Vicente,... Plus, you will blend into the local culture and life, and you will not be treated like a sheep.
Written February 16, 2020
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Fredbear_Hull
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK1,011 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Great place to visit, nightmare to get there!

we visited in our hired 4x4. the map calls this a 'road'. I'd call it a top gear challenge! the road was pretty bad and I wouldn't bring a normal car down here.

once there its 3 euros to get in, anyone who says its not good value is tighter than me! they've done quite a lot on the area, maps of the islands from shells, a view point and of Cours ether blue eye.

what was good for us was the two pools you can swim in. the open pool an date secret one over the edge. the secret pool gives a great photo that the local guide took for us.

highly recommended
Written January 31, 2022
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Laura G
London, UK413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Visited as part of the Thomson 4x4 tour amazing place. we had a sunny day in the morning so we got to see the eye nicely and it was not crowded just our group was there about 16 of us in total. the surrounding area was also beautiful. overall good excursion
Written January 23, 2023
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yinyin z
Speyer, Germany36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We were at the “blue eye” about 12.30 in December - after waiting and “pulling” in a queue, you can see just a “slice” of blue in a big black hole. It could be cool to see when the sun would be higher in other seasons, but even for that, there are other places in the world, where you don’t need to wait in a relatively long queue and been on a “flow line” of moving towards and take a few pictures and then leave it.

The scenery was not bad, but again, other Atlantic or Mediterranean islands offer more.
Written December 29, 2023
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Lester B
New York City, New York63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Check both the time of day and year before going to see Olho Azul. When I went, the Blue Eye was not even visible in the cave and there was over an hour wait to get to see it. The location is spectacular so even if the Olho Azul is a bust, you can enjoy a terrific scenic view.
Written January 9, 2020
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Heli K
Lappeenranta, Finland1,686 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
As a part of our whole day private island excursion we also visited Buracona's natural pool and saw glimpse of the blue eye. Definitely worth visiting.
We could not swim there at the time, but the sea was amazing anyway.
There was also a small exhibition about the birds and the different kind of rocks. Also the walking route showing the different Cape Verde Islands was nice.
In the area there is also a restaurant and souvenir shop. Tickets were few euros / person.
Written January 1, 2023
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Valentina
Slovenia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We walked from Palmeira to the Buracona, its an 1h walk. Nothing special, if you wish to strech your legs, nothing much to see along the way. When you reach the place you enter through the bar and shop to the path. Then the life guard asked us if we have a guide, which we didnt, so he decided to take the place. He showed us the blue eye, which we missed, we were there in the afternoon. After he took us to the other cave near the sea where we took photos and swim. The last was the ocean pool near the entrance where we took another swim. We finished the vist with a walk thorugh the botanic garden where all the islands are made of rocks.
The admission fee is worth the visit, the drinks are overpriced. you can bring in your own and stay at the pools till they close.
Written January 30, 2023
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