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Vila Franca Islet Tour
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts
US$ 42.70
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts
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Sail from São Miguel to Vila Franca and enjoy a hiking tour of this tiny volcanic islet in the Azores, where you will discover incredible bird-watching opportunities.

Vila Franca Islet Tour

We'll meet at 1:15 pm at the port in Vila Franca do Campo, located in the south of the island of São Miguel. After a brief introduction to the wildlife and plants we'll soon be discovering, we'll travel by zodiac to the islet of Vila Franca - the crossing takes just 10 minutes!

Once we dock at this tiny, uninhabited islet in the Azores, the entirety of which is a protected nature reserve, we'll embark on a hiking route. During the approximately one-and-a-half-hour walk around Vila Franca Islet, we'll enjoy some unforgettable bird-watching opportunities. Did you know that this area of the North Atlantic is home to a wide diversity of birds?

The main birds that inhabit Vila Franca include buzzards, sandpipers, little egrets and curlews. The islet is also home to large colonies of other birds such as canaries and wagtails. If the sea currents are favourable, we'll also be able to spot other kinds of animals such as crabs and small fish.

Accompanied by a naturalist guide, you'll learn all about the plants endemic to the volcanic islet. Plus, from Vila Franca's large caldera, you'll also enjoy a breathtaking view of the south coast of São Miguel.

At the end of the hiking route around the islet, we'll return to the port in Vila Franca do Campo, where we're expected to arrive at 4:15 pm.


The islet of Vila Franca do Campo is one of the best places in the Azores for bird watching. However, the animals are unpredictable. The number and species of birds we see will depend on various factors such as the weather at the time, and the breeding and rearing seasons of the different species.

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Adults Children between 4 and 17 years old Children under 4
Tour in English
US$ 42.70
US$ 21.30
not permitted

Tour in English

  • Adults

    US$ 42.70
  • Children between 4 and 17 years old

    US$ 21.30
  • Children under 4

    not permitted

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Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.


3 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english.


Transport by zodiac.

English speaking guide.

Waterproof jacket for the journey.

Entry to Vila Franca Islet Nature Reserve.

When to book?

You can book up until 2 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.


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Visual: Varies according to the attraction included. Information in accessible formats.

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All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

No single-use plastics are used.

The activity helps the conservation of biodiversity.

The activity helps the dissemination of local cultural heritage.

The activity helps vulnerable groups.

No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

Has a gender equality policy.

Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

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Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

US$ 42.70
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Vila Franca do Campo Port.