Desertas Islands

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  • Madeira East Island Tour and Levada Walk

    1. Madeira East Island Tour and Levada Walk

    This tour of the east side of Madeira island is designed to show guests how truly magical it is. Come and be awed by its spectacular beauty. To begin the day, pick-up is from the hotel at 8:00 to 9:00. The first stop will be at a viewpoint above Funchal. Continue to Camacha, famous for its beautiful wicker works, and stop to have a look around and then take a scenic drive up to Poiso where the start of the Laurissilva forest can be found. After this, make your way to the majestic views of Pico do Arieiro. Pico do Arieiro is the third highest peak on the island, standing 1818 meters. Next is what some consider to be the most beautiful spot on the island, Ribeiro Frio. Here you will visit a trout farm and do a levada walk to the Balcões. Following the walk, make your way to Santana to see its famous A-framed cottages and then continue along the northern coastal road to Faial. Stop for l...

    We had a fantastic trip with Lucy around East of Madeira. The happy bus took us above the clouds at Pico Arieiro, down to shady  Laurissilva forest   and along the north-east coast with beautiful villages. The tour is good value for money and will suit people who has limited time to explore the beautiful island of Madeira.

  • Desertas Islands Full-Day Catamaran Trip from Funchal

    2. Desertas Islands Full-Day Catamaran Trip from Funchal

    On this full-day catamaran trip to the Desertas Islands you’ll sail along the south coast of Madeira Island. On arrival you’ll disembark in clear waters onto a beach of volcanic origin, where you’ll have a chance to enjoy a swim. Covering an area of 12,586 hectares the Natural Reserve of the Desertas Islands comprises all islands and islets (Ilhéu Chão, Deserta Grande, Bugio, and adjacent islets) and all of the surrounding marine area. It has been designated a nature reserve for over 25 years, and is now internationally known for its monk seal conservation efforts. Today this protected area can be visited by sea. Deserta Grande is the only island where visitors can disembark, and you’ll enjoy a guided walk to the conservation center to learn about the monk seal protection efforts and also about endemic flora and fauna.

    It was 3 hours by catamaran outbound and 3 back. Once in Desertas, we did a little guided tour of the island. we really liked the explanations that they gave us. The lunch buffet on board was very good and very complete. We may have missed some explanation while browsing but we really enjoyed the activity! And we could see animals! Highly recommended!

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What people are saying about Desertas Islands

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4.4 / 5

based on 499 reviews

We had a fantastic trip with Lucy around East of Madeira. The happy bus took us above the clouds at Pico Arieiro, down to shady  Laurissilva forest   and along the north-east coast with beautiful villages. The tour is good value for money and will suit people who has limited time to explore the beautiful island of Madeira.

Brilliant tour and out guide Luci was the star. She was so informative and very cheerful. A great way to see the east of the island. The minibus could have been better, the air conditioning was opening the windows but it didn’t stop us enjoying the trip

Good minibus, good driver/guide, good company, good locations, good pace, good food, GREAT TIME, would recommend.

Loved it! You get to see many beautiful places. The guide was also super nice and so funny!

Very good guide!!! Awsome! Lucy was amazing! Go only for Lucy!!!