The Desertas Islands belong to the Madeiran archipelago and are located 11 miles SE of the main island (Madeira) and 21 nautical miles from Funchal harbour. Ilhéu Chão, Deserta Grande and Bugio comprise this sub-archipelago. In 1990 the Desertas became a Nature Reserve, comprising the islands themselves and the surrounding sea to a depth of 100 meters. The reserve is divided into two protected zones of which the southern half of Deserta Grande and Bugio are strictly forbidden to visitors even by boat. On Deserta Grande there is a permanent research station with 2 wardens, who are the only human inhabitants of the islands. Since 1992 Desertas became part of the European Biogenetic Reserves, mainly because of all the marine birds that breed
there and the population of monk seals that uses this island for resting and breeding area.On 2014 received the European Diploma


 

Desertas Islands Tour 1 day

   

On the remarkable one day trip to the Desertas Islands you will have many chances to watch close some extraordinary marine birds and wild marine mammals in their natural habitat. After a complete briefing about the trip, the journey will start and will last 3 ½ hours, where you can enjoy the beautiful islands of Madeira Archipelago and their natural heritage. On Deserta Grand Island we will anchor in a shelter bay, Doca, in front of the warden's research station that belongs to the Madeira Natural Park. There you will have the opportunity to swim in very enjoyable clear waters. A nice and traditional lunch will be served on board, followed by pleasant guided tour in the island of about 45 minutes. We then return to Madeira, experiencing new observations, arriving in Funchal by 19:30.
Species like the Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea borealis, the Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii, the Fea's Petrel Pterodroma feae deserta, and with lucky the endemic Zino's Petrel Pterodroma madeira, are some of the most common. It is also normal to have the company of the Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis, the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin Stenella frontalis, the Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus, the Pilot Whale Globicephala machrorhynchus and the Bryde's Whale Balaenoptera edeni. Our skilled pelagic tour leader and main skipper will help you with any uncertainty in the identification and will provide good and safe observations.

Includes experienced guide (naturalist and/or marine biologist), lunch, insurance, and a 3€ for Eco-Tax to the Madeira Natural Park.

 
   

 

Fridays, all year
Wednesdays & Sundays, June to October or another day by request for groups (10-16 pax)
9:00h to 19:00h

 

Price per person: 80.00€
Minimum: 6 persons

 

 

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Desertas Islands Tour 2 days with overnigth

 

 

On this extraordinary one and a half day trip to the Desertas Islands you will have numerous chances to watch close some extraordinary marine birds and wild marine mammals in their natural habitat. Some of the most common species are the Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea borealis, the Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii, the Fea's Petrel Pterodroma  deserta, Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis, the Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus, and if we are fortunate the Little Shearwater Puffinus baroli and the endemic Zino's Petrel Pterodroma madeira. It is also normal to have sightings of the Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis, the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin Stenella frontalis, the Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus, the Short Finned Pilot Whale Globicephala machrorhynchus and the Bryde's Whale Balaenoptera edeni, sometimes in groups together with marine birds, feeding on large schools of fish. Our skilled pelagic tour leader and main skipper will help you with any uncertainty in the identification and will provide good and safe observations.
The journey will start after a complete briefing about the trip, made by the crew, and will last 3 ½ hours. On Deserta Grande Island we will anchor in a shelter bay, Doca, in front of the warden's research station part of the Madeira Natural Park. A pleasant guided tour in the island with about ½ hour will take place, visiting areas where are some nests of Bulwer's Petrel and Cory's Shearwater.
Around 18h00, if the weather conditions permit, we will do a small pelagic trip with chumming (2,5 hours) until the sunset, giving the chance to observe the returning of the marine birds to their nests in the colony. Back to the Doca, will be served a nice and traditional dinner and when the night come we have the opportunity to heard the calls of the Madeiran Storm-petrel Oceanodroma castro, as well the Bulwer's Petrels and the Cory's Shearwaters.

We will return to Madeira in the next day, leaving by 9:30 am after a nice breakfast, experienced good and new observations, and arriving Funchal by the 16:00 pm.

Includes experienced guide (naturalist and/or marine biologist), dinner (with drinks), breakfast, and and a 3€ for Eco-Tax to the Madeira Natural Park.
It is necessary to bring lunch. We have lunch packages available at 9.00 € p/p, and bar service onboard.
In the island, people can choose to sleep under a common tent (suitable for 12 pax), in open air, or the in the boat.
Although we can provide sleeping bags, will be preferable for the participants bring their own sleeping bag. We will provide mattress.

 

 
   

 

Once a week
Tuesday to Wednesday or Saturday to Sunday -
Between May and September
Another day by request for groups (10-16 pax)
10:00h to 16:00h of the 2nd day

 

Price per person: 145.00€
Minimum: 6 persons

 

 

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