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Desertas Islands Schooner Cruise

12 reviews | 188 travellers
The crew is very friendly, the food is passable, the activity? It's a bit of a bumpy ride on the boat, 3 hours there and 3 hours back, and unless you arrive early (which has not been our case since they picked us up late) you won't have a "privileged" place on the boat and it can be awkward at times. The bath lasts about 20 minutes and the visit to the island about 30/40 minutes. The visit to the island and the information they give you is not very interesting.
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts

Discover biodiversity and rugged landscape with this Desertas Islands Schooner Cruise. Walk past the colourful rocks and, if we're lucky, meet the friendly monk seals that live on the beaches.

Discover biodiversity and rugged landscape with this Desertas Islands Schooner Cruise. Walk past the colourful rocks and, if we're lucky, meet the friendly monk seals that live on the beaches.

Desertas Islands Schooner Cruise

At the appointed time we'll pick you up at your hotel and board the schooner that will take us to the Desertas Islands. These three islands, Bugio, Deserta Grande and Chão Island, form an important reserve of Madeira's subtropical flora and marine biodiversity. Coloured rocks, steep cliffs, and crystal clear water beaches are some of the natural surprises we'll find on these islands.

As we sail across the Atlantic in a schooner we'll enjoy the calm ocean and contemplate the silhouette of Madeira while we move away from Funchal. On board the boat we'll enjoy a delicious hot meal to get our strength back before going down to visit the main island.

We'll disembark at Deserta Grande to explore the millenary volcanic formations that give this island a spectacularly rugged landscape. Deserta Grande is famous for being a sanctuary for sea birds, which hosts, among other species, several specimens of monk seals. Hopefully we'll get to see some!

During the excursion, you'll be able to take a bath in these waters and, if the sea conditions allow it, practice snorkelling to discover the great diversity of marine life.

After walking along the beaches and cliffs of Deserta Grande we'll return to the schooner and set a course back to Funchal.

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Price

Adults Children between 4 and 12 years old Children under 4 years old
Schooner Cruise
US$ 81.50
US$ 40.70
Free

Schooner Cruise

  • Adults

    US$ 81.50
  • Children between 4 and 12 years old

    US$ 40.70
  • Children under 4 years old

    Free

More Information

Covid-19 Measures

Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

Duration

8 hours 30 minutes.

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

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

Included

Hotel pick up and drop off.

English speaking guide.

Schooner cruise.

Lunch.

Snorkel equipment.

When to book?

You can book up until 12 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.

Accessibility

Not wheelchair accessible.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

No printing of documentation required.

Pets

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.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 6 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

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.
US$ 81.50

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