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Gruta do Carvao

Rua do Paim, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel 9500-230, Portugal
+351 296 284 155
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Nice stop - quick tour - Vera was great!

This is a cave tour (a lava tube) that goes under ground for 5 euros you start with a move about... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Boston, Massachusetts
Expected more

The tour is short around 1h, spent between a 15minute movie and visiting two small caves,even if it... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
David L
Lisbon, Portugal
via mobile
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  • Very good46%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“lava tube” (14 reviews)
“lava cake” (16 reviews)
“worth a visit” (11 reviews)
Rua do Paim, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel 9500-230, Portugal
+351 296 284 155

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a cave tour (a lava tube) that goes under ground for 5 euros you start with a move about the caves and then there is an English tour and a Portuguese tour. Vera, was the young lady who gave us our tour. The...More

Thank Bluebordercollie
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

The tour is short around 1h, spent between a 15minute movie and visiting two small caves,even if it was free would dive it only three stars just for the effort the lady guide put,otherwise spend your tine elsewhere

Thank David L
Reviewed 7 September 2017

An incredible lava cave with formations. The tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Easy going for a cave. A must see,

Thank Brenda T
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

It was great to see the lava cave from so clise and the explanations by the guide were very clear, informative and enthusiastic! Highly recommended!

Thank EerdenB
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Huge waste of time. It takes a full hour just to see a few meters of an average cave. The beautiful part that I had seen in all the pictures (the opening towards the sky) has been permanently closed and filled with rocks to stop...More

Thank carlls14
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Wow ! About 2.5 hours of caving ! This is the long tour which they do a couple of times a week but only if they have bookings – the guide was great so friendly and helpful The was a couple from the US with...More

1  Thank carse66
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We were disappointed with the tour. Our guide seemed less knowledgeable about the cave formations than one would expect from a tour. Her English was basic and it didn't help that she had to go speak in the two languages. The cave does afford you...More

Reviewed 29 June 2017

The caves are conveniently located just off the main highway in Ponta Delgada. The guides were very professional and extremely knowledgeable, and answered all our questions about volcanism and the formation of the caves themselves and of the entire island. If you are the adventurous...More

1  Thank Matthew D
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

We went on the longer more adventurous cave tour. This tour has only been operating for about one year and runs 1 to 2 times each week, as needed. We had to email the company to set up the date and time in advance as...More

Thank Erin W
Reviewed 12 June 2017

We recommend this visit to those who want to learn more about the volcan activity and its results. Vera is a very professional guide, speak excellent English, and know everything about the cave. Thank you Vera.

Thank Orsolya N
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31 May 2017|
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Response from U7481KRjanes | Reviewed this property |
It is damp in the caves and the ground surface is very uneven in places as the lava has left rugged and quite spikey areas. As long as your footwear is strong enough to protect your feet and the soles are non slip and thick... More
Amanda M
12 April 2016|
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Response from AndrejaKo | Reviewed this property |
speleological tour varies on the number of people, 4 people max. on the expedition. it is best to contact the grota directly for more information
25 February 2015|
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Response from saphira1969 | Reviewed this property |
ahahaha same for us we used Waze instead the road is tiny and the entrance seems like a box... it is really by the motorway look at the amigosdosacores dot pt (slash) grutadocarvao(slash) ?page_id=129 Actually I cannot... More