They famously beckon birders with their protected and isolated populations of Cory's and manx shearwaters, Madeiran storm, Bulwar's, and Fea's petrels, canaries, linnets, and several types of terns. But you'll also find a breeding population of monk seals, as well as whales, dolphins, and other sea life offshore.
Several operators offer tours, some overnight; birders and other nature lovers should make sure yours includes a trained naturalist guide. Even if you visit with your own boat, be aware that this is a Nature Reserve, with restrictions on fishing and other activities.
Tours & Tickets
Enjoy a Catamaran cruise visiting one of Madeira's natural reserves. Stop at Desertas Islands, take a short tour on the island and swim in the crystalline ... Read more
Location: Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)