Java Lava in Exile – 2018


Outing to the Island of Madeira: Sunday 24 – Saturday 30 June 2018

Call for Registration

Dear Friends of Java Lava,

The Exiles, after a couple of years of having disregarded climbing volcanoes, in 2018 we will head for our Exiles’ outing to the volcanic island of Madeira. Madeira is situated in the Atlantic Ocean, about 900 km south-west of its home country Portugal and 400 km north of the Canaries. The climate is subtropical (16 – 22 °C), it is partly covered with thick forests and vegetation (‘Madeira’ means ‘wood’). The island rises steeply up some 4000 m from the sea bottom, has steep coast lines, and the eroded volcanic mountains reach up to 1862 m.

Madeira offers excellent options for mountain hiking (at different levels of convenience and difficulty) and for sightseeing (see my photos). Unique are the hiking trails along the ‘levadas’ (traditional irrigation channels).

The outing will take place from Sunday, 24th (arrival) – Saturday 30th (departure) of June 2018. We will stay in the island’s capital, the town of Funchal.

Our hotel is the Pestana Casino Park Hotel*****, Rua Imperatriz D. Amélia, 9004-513 Funchal, Madeira ( It is just a few minutes’ walk to downtown and it provides great views over the harbour and the sea. We have got rates of Euro 114,– for a double room/night and Euro 101,– for a single room/night (including breakfast); the dinner price will be Euro 27,–per person. You have to pay when you check out.

Please send your request for registration & hotel booking to my e-mail address until 28th of February 2018 at the latest. I need to know whether you wish a Single or Double room and your name/s. I will coordinate the room booking with the hotel. I recommend replying to me soonest. As the number of our blocked rooms is limited, the rule for being considered will be ‚first come – first served‘.

Note: As always, by your request and by joining this Java Lava trip each participant agrees with the Java Lava Indemnity Statement which is published on the Java Lava web site (

Journey: There are daily flights from Lisbon, capital of Portugal, and frequent flights from other European airports to Madeira (if you do not come by a cruise ship). Funchal/the hotel is just 15 km away from the airport. You may rent a car, as we need cars to get to the hiking trails.

Selamat tahun baru & Selamat jalan kaki 2!

The Honorary Chairmen

Rob Valkhoff, Herbert Motz, David Donaldson,

Karl-Heinz Wäscher