Go for a swim in these unique salt water pools, which are dramatically set amid rugged coastal cliffs and protective volcanic rock.

Fresh seawater enters the pools every tide, carrying with it interesting underwater life.The Porto Moniz Natural Pools were formed by volcanic lava, these tranquil pools are sheltered from the strong current of the Atlantic by black basalt rocks. Fresh seawater enters the pools every tide, carrying with it interesting underwater life. Check out the deeper pools found behind Ilheu de Mole, as well as the more developed ones located behind the Restaurant Orca.

The Porto Moniz Natural Pools are open year-round, with reduced hours during the winter months. The most popular time to visit is between May and October, when the waters are warmest. There is an admission fee and parking is available on-site. Porto Moniz is located in northwestern Madeira, and can be reached by bus or car from Funchal.

Pack List

  • Swim Suit
  • Sun Screen
  • Water
  • Towels
  • Snacks
  • Snorkeling Gear
  • Camera
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer
Adult Beverages
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole


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