From Funchal: Caves of São Vicente and Volcanism Center

From Funchal: Caves of São Vicente and Volcanism Center

From US$ 27.41 per person

Take a trip into the center of the earth in the volcanic caves of São Vicente. Wander back through geological time, marveling at rock features over 890,000 years old.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, Portuguese, Spanish, French
Pickup included
Your accommodation in Funchal or a pre-arranged meeting point.


  • Gaze at volcanic stalactites and lava flows
  • Take in the dazzling water mirror above the Volcanism Center
  • Wander through 1 kilometer of caves, exploring the remnants of the volcano's last eruptive period
Full description
Formed in an eruption 890,000 years ago, the São Vicente Caves are a series of lava tubes that stretch deep into the earth. With average heights between 15 and 20 feet, and an overall length of 0.6 miles, the caves are perfectly suited to exploration.  You’ll begin your tour with pickup from your hotel in Funchal. As you head into the caves, marvel at the undulating rock formations that descend into the earth, brilliantly illuminated to highlight their every crevice. Venturing deeper into the caves, you’ll come upon a pool of crystal-clear water that brilliantly reflects the surface of the caves above it.  After exploring the one-of-a-kind caves, head into the Volcanism Center, an interactive museum that will further contextualize the history of the stunning natural site. Watch a 3-D film about the formation of the islands, and learn about the composition of different volcanic rocks. Afterwards, you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation in Funchal.
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
    COVID-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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    • The Sao Vicente caves section of this tour is only available with an English and Portuguese-speaking guide
    •  Commentary inside the caves is available in English only
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