Buracona - Olho Azul
Buracona - Olho Azul
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  • Heli K
    Lappeenranta, Finland1,526 contributions
    Breathtaking beautiful natural pool and blue eye
    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.
    Visited December 2022
    Written January 1, 2023
  • Laura G
    London, United Kingdom396 contributions
    Thomson 4x4 excursion
    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
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 23, 2023
  • Valentina
    Slovenia19 contributions
    missed the bule light, swim in caves instead
    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.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 30, 2023
  • TessaDW
    Wigan, United Kingdom350 contributions
    Worth a visit
    Worth a visit when touring around the island. The blue eye itself is just the sun shining on the water in a cave but the surroundings are amazing. Entry fee is 3 Euro. Gift shop has nice and affordable souvenirs.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 26, 2023
  • pawel_hbg
    Sopot, Poland9,999 contributions
    3 eur entrance
    Sal is not so interesting island unfortunately. Not so much natural beauty, some areas heavily littered. This actually small hole in the rock is one of a few attractions. 3 eur is not a fortune to see it. However some time ago was for free. I can understand that it needs some organization and care as only 1, 2 people can admire it at one time and it is not 100% safe. Observation small tower near is nice place to admire wonderful sea.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Stuart A
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom246 contributions
    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
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Guillermo M
Brugg, Switzerland90 contributions
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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Laura G
London, UK396 contributions
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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Lester B
New York City, New York65 contributions
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, Finland1,526 contributions
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
Slovenia19 contributions
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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Juliana C
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Dec 2021 • Couples
A bit of a tourist trap because you need to pay an extra fee to see the blue eye. A queue to see a bit of blue reflected in a water hole. Something that you could see in the middle of other rocks everywhere around the world. If it is a foggy day, don’t go because it will just be a black eye!
Written December 4, 2021
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nomadale
New York City, NY248 contributions
Nov 2022
As the sun shines into a cave, and illuminates the sea, it forms the appearance of a large blue eye - time limited from about 10:30 - 13:30 otherwise the sun's angle won't give you the effect.

It's pretty but a bit over-hyped, though on an island with is flat and arid with limited attractions I can see the appeal.

If the sea is calm you can swim in the rock pools and there's an overlook of the area, the black lava cliffs and crashing waves that are very pretty.
Written November 16, 2022
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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland9,999 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Sal is not so interesting island unfortunately. Not so much natural beauty, some areas heavily littered. This actually small hole in the rock is one of a few attractions. 3 eur is not a fortune to see it. However some time ago was for free. I can understand that it needs some organization and care as only 1, 2 people can admire it at one time and it is not 100% safe. Observation small tower near is nice place to admire wonderful sea.
Written June 8, 2023
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TheGlobalFinn
London, UK299 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
The blue eye itself is disappointing unless you really catch the sun hitting the cave at the right time. We just saw a few waves in a rocky hole. The site itself is pretty with big waves hitting the rocky shore. But this attraction as a whole wasn’t really worth the trip for us.
Written December 26, 2022
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keefnjojo
Plymouth, UK1,386 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We stopped here as part of an island tour.

This place really needs a sunny day to be able to see the blue eye itself but the area its located in is excellent and for us it was a breezy day so the waves were crashing on the rocks which was mesmerising to see.

There is a cafe and toilets available and we could imagine on a sunny day its a wonderful place to be.
Written December 28, 2021
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