Water activity

Azores: Vila Franca do Campo Islet Kayaking Experience

Water activity

Azores: Vila Franca do Campo Islet Kayaking Experience

From US$ 59.59 per person

Discover the beauty of the island aboard a kayak on an easy kayaking tour, suitable for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. Pass by high cliffs, islets, and small caves and see the island from a different perspective.

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Duration 3 hours
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Portuguese, English
Pickup optional
Pickup from your accommodation is usually between 8:40 AM and 9:00 AM.


  • Discover the beauty of the Azores on a kayak
  • Paddle along the beautiful coastline of Vila Franco de Campo
  • Swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Azores
  • Take a dip in refreshing water and try snorkeling
  • Benefit from sit-on-top kayaks with waterproof barrels
Full description

Paddle along the beautiful coastline of Vila Franca de Campo on a morning or afternoon kayaking tour. Enjoy a kayaking adventure suitable for beginners and experienced kayakers alike, including families with children. Get geared with the necessary equipment for your kayak tour, then receive a safety briefing from your instructor before heading out onto the waters with a local nature guide. Kayak 4.5 kilometers along the beautiful Vila Franca do Campo Islet.

During the excursion, take a dip in the refreshing waters and try snorkeling. Paddle into the islet bay, relax on the beach, and venture into the islet for a better look at this protected landscape.

  • Accredited guides
  • Kayaks
  • Life vests or PFDs
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Photos and videos
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
  • Non-swimmers

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Meeting point

Please meet at 9:30 AM at the Marina de Vila Franca do Campo. In case the time changes, the local partner will reach out to you via email.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Know before you go

  • Kayaking in the ocean is dependent on weather and sea conditions. The activity may be canceled or rescheduled due to weather or sea conditions
  • The islet and the ocean area are protected due to being a breeding ground for several marine bird species. Walking on the islet and/or swimming in the area may be restricted from October 16 to mid-June
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 74 reviews

Review summary

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This was a great family activity. We got to get up close to the islet with spectacular closeup views of the islet itself as well as a stunning view of the town of Vila Franca do Campo from the ocean. Instruction prior to departing the marina was minimal, so we would recommend this activity for people with some prior kayaking/swimming experience. It was wonderful swimming in the islet, we had great weather and the ocean was calm. I recommend asking your tour guide(s) about the history of the islet and Vila Franca do Campo for a heightened experience. Overall fantastic experience!

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March 24, 2023

Booked the kayak tour to Ilheu De Vila Franca Do Campo with pick up from Ponta Delgada and it was amazing! Much better than taking a boat there. You get a decent work out and it’s a much more beautiful way to experience the Islet. We were picked up from the hotel by 2 guides who were very friendly and warm. It was about a 25 minute drive to the marina. I’ve done a lot of kayaking and these tandem kayaks were so comfortable I was surprised. The guides were very patient and also clear with their instructions. It’s an easy-moderate paddle to the isle about 25-30 minutes. The waters are turquoise and it was pretty calm for the sea. We had the option to paddle around the protected reserve and it’s definitely an option you want to take! It’s breathtaking to see the arches and then to kayak in and explore the caves. We then parked our kayaks inside the protected reserve and had a chance to snorkel. The whole experience was about 3 hours not including transfer. It’s totally worth the money!

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March 24, 2023

Would recommend this instead of taking the boat if you like a little more fun and adventure going out to the caldera. It’s not a difficult kayaking experience but a much better way to enjoy the island. There are a lot of fish in the lagoon in the middle so snorkeling was glam added bonus. The 2 instructors were excellent and guided us around the caldera first and even let us go into a small cave Inlet on the outer section before we spent an hour in the middle lagoon area. Was definitely worth it.

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March 24, 2023

Product ID: 349751