São Miguel: Vila Franca Islet Off-Coast Nature Reserve Tour

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Discover the small volcanic island of Vila Franca together with a knowledgeable wilderness guide and observe the local marine life at the volcanic crater. The small group tour from São Miguel departs at the port of Vila Franca do Campo and, in addition to the crossing in the Zodiac, includes a guided tour of around one and a half hours.

  • Tour / activity duration: ~ 2.5 hours
  • Languages: English
  • Transfer: no, not included
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  • English-speaking service
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  • Usually cheaper than at site

Guided Nature Tour to Vila Franca Islet off São Miguel

Walk in the middle of the Azores around the small volcanic island of Vila Franca, which the locals call the Princess Ring because of its perfect circular shape.

Price overview

  • Vila Franca do Campo Nature Tour (2.5 hours) - per person (14+ years) 36.-€
  • Vila Franca do Campo Nature Tour (2.5 hours) - per child (4-13 years) 18.-€
Guided tour of the volcano crater

Booking option: Sao Miguel: Vila Franca Islet Nature Reserve Tour

This tour takes you to the small volcanic island of Vila Franca do Campo off the coast of São Miguel. We meet at the marina of Vila Franca do Campo and board our explorer boat here. The Nature Reserve Tour is accompanied by a knowledgeable wilderness guide and an experienced skipper. The crossing to the volcanic island takes about 10 minutes. We will first circumnavigate the island and then disembark at the island's harbour. You will experience the volcanic wonder at close quarters on a tour lasting about one and a half hours. We will visit the island crater, a rocky landscape overgrown with endemic Azores heather, fire tree and other plant species. A beautiful habitat for wildlife. You can often see birds such as buzzards, turnstones, sanderlings, egrets, whimbrels, canaries, wagtails and even colonies of sally-legs! There is life here all year round, especially in autumn and winter. Our guide will tell you all about this beautiful volcanic island and answer any questions.


  • Duration: ~ 2.5 hours
  • Hours: 1:15 PM
  • Days: daily
  • Months: January, February, March, April, November, December
  • Language: English is the official language, but our team is multinational and will do its best to accommodate your preferred language (this is not guaranteed)
  • Pick-up not included
  • Starting points: Vila Franca do Campo


  • Zodiac RIB Boat (12-28 pax)
  • Skipper, life jacket, professional guide, insurance, boat ride
  • Admission to Nature Reserve Vila Franca do Campo Islet
Important information

The tour is not suitable for children under 4 years, women in pregnancy, people with back problems and people in wheelchairs.

Please bring

Camera, water

Please note that swimming on the volcanic island is not permitted during the tour for nature conservation reasons.

Detailed description

Sao Miguel: Island & Guided Tour Islet Vila Franca do Campo (Princess Ring)

Islet Vila Franca do Campo is one of the most extraordinary places in the Azores. An island with overgrown crater walls and a natural swimming pool with the clearest water imaginable. Because of its almost perfect round shape, the islet is also called Princess Ring. In summer, visitors love to come here to swim and sunbathe; in autumn and winter, Vila Franca do Campo becomes a wildlife haven. Together with a knowledgeable island guide, you will experience this little paradise at close quarters. The 3-hour excursion from the coastal port of Vila Franca do Campo includes a boat trip to Ilha Vila and a tour of the island with many interesting explanations and nature observations. After the short crossing, you will disembark at the island's harbour and take a one-and-a-half-hour tour to explore the volcanic wonder.


Valid on the reserved day or for 12 months after date of purchase if no date has been selected. You will receive the tour operator's details with the purchased ticket. Attention: reservation is required! The reservation can be made through sunbonoo as part of the booking process or later by contacting the tour operator directly via phone or email.

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