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“worth a detour”
Review of Gruta do Carvao

Gruta do Carvao
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

nice tour, few interesting things to learn about the volcanos and their road to the ocean.... excellent guide with humour and a lot of knowledge.

Thank 64carmen
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"lava tube"
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"long tour"
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"cave tour"
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"longer tour"
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"hands and knees"
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"reserve in advance"
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"rock formations"
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"hiking boots"
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"volcanic activity"
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"wear good shoes"
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"quick tour"
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Reviewed 13 June 2018

Just a mile or two from the center of town (uphill) right by the highway, there's a small building over the top of what once was a 5 km lava tube that ran to the sea. Now the bottom part is crushed by the city's development, but a great guide with good English will take you with hard hat on a one hour tour of a couple of hundred meters of the cave and explain everything. Cheap, too .. 6 Euros, 3 for seniors over 65. A top place to visit, especially if the day is rainy.

Thank Irv L
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Reviewed 8 June 2018

Family of five, we split into one group with a parent and the older kids and one group parent and youngest child.

We booked the long tour ahead and it was well worth its money (and €20/each). We got to walk together with no other people than the guide far into the caves. The guide had very good English, explained a lot and could answer all our questions. It was an amazing experience that we will all treasure for long time - highly recommended. (Remember to book ahead!)

Father and youngest daughter took the shorter tour, which was also good. Very informational but it is of course a totally different experience to walk in a large group of people. The shorter tour is well adjusted for small kids or anyone not fit enough for the more demanding longer tour.

I can warmly recommend Gruta do Carvao

Thank Karin R
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

An interesting place to visit inside Ponte Delgada, in particular if you have a special interest in it. Nice. In my opinion to expansive for maximun 30 mins of tour. The guide was professional and clear. Better if you make a reservation before to go.

Thank Cristian M
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

A great trip into the volcanic tube.
Really need the hard hat as really low in places and I hit my head several times!
The floor is left au naturel and so is quite rough so watch your feet. There has been the minimum of work done in the tube so the steps are uneven and are only built where absolutely necessary. The lighting is also needs adjusting as it can blind you rather than showing the floor.
I think it is an excellent lesson in vulcanism and geology in fact any student should come to the Azores to see tectonic theory and vulcanism in situ.
Combine this visit with the nearby fumeroles and the walk-in volcano for the full experience.
We had our own guide Janette from Sea Adventures who was excellent.

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