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Ilhas Desertas

The Ilhas Desertas (total area of 1 421 hectares) include the Ilheu Chao, Deserta Grande and Bugio. They are at about 22 miles to the southeast of the town of Funchal. The islands constitute the last refuge of the monk seal named Monachus Monachus. The presence of these mammals led the Regional Government of Madeira to create the protected area of Ilhas Desertas in 1990. In 1992 the European Council classified these islands as Bioenergetics Reserve. It is important to mention that the total ban of scuba fishing in this reserve. Advance permission from the park authorities is also needed before any vessel can anchor or visit Deserta Grande Island. No boats are allowed to sail through the southern part of the reserve.

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  • In a nutshell:The last refuge of the sea monk in the Atlantic!
  • Last visit to Deserta Grande: Jul 2000
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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