The Garajau Nature Reserve is well known, see the “where to go section” to read more about this reserve. The nature reserve Ilhas Desertas are a short boatride from Madeira where you can see a small colony of Monk seals.
Apart from Madeira Island, Porto Santo Island is the smaller of the inhabited islands of the Madeira Archipelago. It is located about 43 kilometers (27 mi) northeast of Madeira and it is the northernmost and easternmost island of the archipelago of Madeira. The main industry on the island of Porto Santo is tourism, based on the attractive beach and mild climate. The island is less crowdy and less developed than Madeira Island. Madeira has the best diving and diving facilities, but scuba diving at Porto Santo is becoming more popular.
The Madeirense, a cargo vessel that was sunk in 2000 to create an artifical reef and to put Porto Santo on the map for diving. It’s a great wreck dive for intermediate divers.