The Monchique Islet (Portuguese: Ilhéu de Monchique) is a small islet, west of the village of Fajã Grande, off the coast of the island of Flores, in the western part of the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. It lies just over 1 mile (1.6 km) north-northwest of Ponta de Fenais, and is considered the westernmost point of Europe.
The islet and the waters around it are protected for its rich biodiversity; ninety-six species of flora and fauna have been identified congregating on or in the waters of the islet, including the species of Dictyota dichotoma, Patella aspera ulyssiponensis, Megabalanus sp. Coris and julis.
Approachable only by boat, the bay, which has water depth of about 43 metres (141 ft), provides opportunities for scuba diving during the day in the summer.
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... The nearest airport to the islet is Flores Airport in Santa Cruz das Flores, located on the other side of the island ... Locally, the islet is only accessible by boat ... Kayakers can travel to Monchique Islet from Flores Island ...
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