Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, Vila Franca do Campo

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  • This is an original place, water is very quiet and nice but, the side bottom nature area is limited by the crowd that gathers on the rocks and the pontoon. Get there early (9: 00) to queue for tickets and then on the pontoon for shipping (if there are several make two groups) in the end we arrive at l illheu around 10:30. The good plan must rather be either book the tickets by internet to avoid the first tail either to rent canoes on the same port and cross (20-30 min). Is there a place to dock them on l illheu.
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  • You should omit the boat ride to the island definitely not if you like snorkeling. It is however to get a feat tickets. The ticket booth at the Marina opens at 9:30, when we were there the first time (it was super nice weather) we were starting at 10:00 for approximately 30 minutes in line before the ticket office has closed. Only 400 tickets are sold per day. The attempt to buy tickets online failed because you need a Portuguese ATM card. All in all is the online system needs improvement. In our 2nd attempt it was cloudy, we were from 8:45 in the snake, there were already some in front of us, but we could buy tickets. They cost €5. Then again the snake to get on the boat. We could translate the second boatload. The trip takes 5 minutes. Then you enter the Karterinsel. You are looking for a comfortable berth in vain. You can reach through different entrances conveniently into the crater basin. In most places, the water is relatively low and you can watch lots of fish and other sea animals. My personal highlight was the many parrot fish. Despite rainy weather the trip was worth when the weather sure even better :)
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  • It was one of the things that we didn't want to totally deprive us, and actually would have been a shame to miss this little slice of heaven. For your organization: access to the island is limited to only 400 visitors a day, this means that you have to enter in order to show up the resale of tickets (a small white structure located in the harbor near the Pier). Us to further reduce the risk of not returning in 400 we opted for a weekday because bank holidays the influx has clearly increased. The small boat that operates ferry shuttles tirelessly between the Mainland and the crater half-submerged, then wait times are basically short (10 minutes). Arrived at the crater you should strive for a place to use as a basis (spaces are however all craggy and uncomfortable, keep into account). The islet has no bar or anything else can come to mind, if you do not provide toilet. With respect to security, all the time a good number of lifeguards will be upon you. The crater during low tide is crossed by a sand spit which creates a natural swimming pool suitable for children on one side and a lagoon that is likely from the early hours for snorkeling on the other. The water in the day invades completely the crater that becomes an aquarium for all purposes (don't forget your mask, fish of every shape and color are swimming in its waters). Let's say that the beautiful sunny day made memorable scenery, rocks, vegetation and water will be the companions of your day until you get bored. Experience and beautiful place, don't miss it!
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  • a national park, the water ir amazing, and there is a lot of fish inside the lagoon and out on the sea, water ir warm and calm!! and the view is unspeakable.
  • Nice cute little old crater to take a bath. Take the snorkeling gear with you
  • Beautiful natural ocean pool inside island
  • Nice small island with a big caledera.
  • I can't add anything more... Just GO. There is a shuttle every hour.

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