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Parque Industrial de Vila Franca | 500m Offshore, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9680-114, Portugal
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lagoon is as lovely as it seems from the pictures. The water is calm and not deep, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. you can easily spend 2-3 hours there. A lot of people prefer to sunbath on the rocky terrace that circle the lagoon....More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed October 13, 2019 via mobile

Buy tickets online in advance. Even in October it comfortable to swim. The changing rooms are limited so wear your bathing suit over on the boat. Amazing views and snorkeling.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank AMStLaurent
Reviewed October 11, 2019 via mobile

We had a great 3 hour stay out on the island. Was happy to see that there are washrooms and lifeguards in case you need any help. It was a very easy snorkel around in the calm waters. I would try to take the earliest...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed October 1, 2019 via mobile

It’s the tiny island just off the shore of Vila Franco. Lovely rock formation, it’s exterior perimeter carved out of the waves of the open sea. The crater lagoon resembles a circular or slightly elliptical pool of apparently 23-deg C (74F) water whole year round....More

Date of experience: September 2019
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CNVFC, Gerente de relações públicas at Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2019

Hello globetrottingYankee! Thanks for your evaluation!

Reviewed September 26, 2019

Just went today (Sept 26); no lines at all. If you're going in the shoulder season I would not let the bad reviews discourage you. They close in mid-October so you can't go in the off season. 10 min boat ride; 8 euros. Gorgeous scenery;...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 25, 2019

Having read some of the reviews my wife and i were a bit tentative however decided to make a go of it. The first day attempted had been cancelled out due to the weather, we showed up at around noon on the second day and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Patrick D
Reviewed September 21, 2019

Bring your own food and drinks...but most important a cushion or yoga mat to sit on as the rocks are sharp. Swimming is wonderful and safe. Truly a unique experience. The Ferry ride from the mainland is 8 Euros roundtrip for each person for the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 18, 2019 via mobile

Beautiful natural pool! No amenities once u r there, so pack anything u think u will want... food, drink, snorkel gear, etc. we were done after a few hours as it is small and not a lot of area to explore. Great if u want...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Monica S
CNVFC, Gerente de relações públicas at Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2019

Hello Monica S! First of all we appreciate your evaluation! Yes, we always suggest visitors to bring water and food from the land. See you soon? :)

Reviewed September 13, 2019

You have to reserve before going. Do it the day before. You can pass the all day on the island, bu i do not recommend more than 4 hours, unless you do snorkeling or do some pictures or read a book. The place gets crowded...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Pedro_Diener_Pereira
CNVFC, Gerente de relações públicas at Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2019

Hello Pedro_Diener_Pereira! Thanks for you review! Yes, you're right! It's always better to prepare your trip, due to the high-season months june-august See you soon? :)

Reviewed September 12, 2019

Nature has done great work create this place. Lonely islet shaped like a ring in fact submerged crater of extint volcano created by underwater eruption, today is popular bathing area. Interior- sheltered by cliffs- looks like a bay with soft crystal clear water. The surroundings...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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CNVFC, Gerente de relações públicas at Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2019

Hello luiza c, Thank you for your fantastic review. Great description of the islet! See you soon?

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Response from Jim D | Reviewed this property |
All weather dependent.
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Response from FOL-1003 | Reviewed this property |
its quite shllow but you have to be able to swim., the lagoon is normally off limits, as its a research place, however, during the RedBull Days it ws open to public and you can book a trip over with a guide who explains the... More
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June 12, 2019|
Response from CNVFC | Property representative |
Hello! Thanks for you contact! You can pre-book through cnvfc net/cruzeiro from 15 days to 24hrs before the trip date. If tickets online are sold out, please go to our ticket-office in the South of marina of Vila Franca do... More
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