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Pico Island: Whale Watching Boat Tour with Biologist Guides

1. Pico Island: Whale Watching Boat Tour with Biologist Guides

Lying in the middle of the mystical Atlantic Ocean, the Azores Islands are a permanent home or point of passage for more than a third of the entire world’s whale and dolphin species. Dive into a lifetime adventure with these ancestral creatures during this guided Pico Island whale-watching trip. Away from the masses and close to the desirable peace, you will be the guests to nature guides and marine biologists, certified and, most importantly, sharing the contagious passion for the islands and its fauna and flora. Your adventure starts at Lajes do Pico harbor, where you’ll be welcomed by staff and check-in. Afterward, head to the boat where the marine biologists will give a briefing. Hear about the species you might see, whale watching history in the Azores, as well as how to respect the animals. Then, you’re ready to navigate and look for cetaceans in the wild. On the way, have a look at the coast of the island, full of magical landscapes. Whales live in the deep ocean and some of them simply pass by the waters during their migration. It is in this dark-profiled paradise of basaltic landscapes and silky vegetation that a rough sea awaits to introduce the visitor to some of the most spectacular aquatic specimens, freely swimming in their element. Prepare for awe-inspiring moments where time suddenly freezes and natural magic happens right in front of your eyes. After the boat trip, head back to the harbor with a heart full of good memories.

São Miguel Azores: Half-Day Whale Watching Trip

2. São Miguel Azores: Half-Day Whale Watching Trip

Enjoy a half-day whale watching trip in the Azores, one of the ‘top ten’ whale-watching spots in the world, and get the opportunity to meet the ocean giants in their natural habitat. Meet the boat crew and get a short briefing about safety and code of ethics and then put on your life vest and head out in the ocean. Listen as the crew follows the instructions given by radio from the lookouts placed in strategic points along the coastline using military-grade binoculars to find and communicate the position of the animals. Take comfort that the crew has a 99% success rate of sightings. Once whales have been spotted it´s time to enjoy the company of these magnificent animals, always keeping a safe and respectful distance. It´s usual that more than one group of whales and dolphins are observed per trip. On the way back to the marina, observe the geological formations of the island as the boat sails close to the coastline.

São Miguel: Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Snorkeling

3. São Miguel: Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Snorkeling

Discover the life that lies deep in the Azores Sea from the comfort of this glass-bottom boat, with an expert crew and guide. Your adventure begins at Vila Franca do Campo Marina. A biologist will give you a briefing about the itinerary and then you can set off. Learn about the marine life, nature, and historical curiosities of Vila Franca do Campo. You can spot the unique sea life of the protected area and observe the seabirds and crustaceans that fill the islet landscape. The biologist will help you identify the species, but you can expect to see everything from colorful shoals of fish, to starfish, sea cucumbers, and underwater volcanic activity. When you want to cool off you can go for a swim and snorkel, and get closer to some of the wildlife you've been spotting.

São Miguel West: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

4. São Miguel West: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

Explore the highlights of the western half of São Miguel island on this guided tour by van. Discover the famous crater lakes of Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo, picturesque waterfalls, amazing cliffs, and stunning rock formations around the coast of the island. Start with a visit to Ribeira Grande, one of the most picturesque towns of the Azores, followed by a surprising view of some amazingly beautiful cliffs on the North coast. Then travel to the inner areas of the island to see the gorgeous waterfall of Salto do Cabrito, surrounded by wild vegetation. Drive to the top of Fogo Volcano to enjoy views of the most pristine and magical of the crater lakes of São Miguel. From the top of the mountain, enjoy the stunning views over a large portion of the island. After a tasty meal to restore your energy levels, head to Sete Cidades, to understand why this is considered by the postcard of the Azores. Enjoy views from two completely different perspectives over the famous twin lakes.  End the day in Mosteiros, at the western coast of the island, where the lava rocks have formed enchanting small islets and natural pools.

Azores: Vila Franca do Campo Islet Kayaking Experience

5. Azores: Vila Franca do Campo Islet Kayaking Experience

Paddle along the beautiful coastline of Vila Franca de Campo. Choose between the morning or afternoon tour and embark on a kayaking adventure suitable for families with children. The level is appropriate for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. Your professional instructor will make sure that everyone feels safe and comfortable. Get geared with the necessary equipment for your kayak tour. Then, receive a safety briefing from your instructor before heading out onto the waters. This tour takes you on a 4.5 kilometer stretch along the beautiful Vila Franca do Campo Islet. During the excursion, you may take a dip into the refreshing waters and try some snorkeling.

Azores: São Miguel and Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

6. Azores: São Miguel and Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

Explore the impressive landscapes and amazing panoramas on a hiking trip to São Miguel. Bathe in the natural pools in the stunning Lagoon of Lagoa do Fogo. Start your trail on a short dirt road, that will lead you to Lagoa do Fogo. Bathe in the pools of Lagoa, in the thermal baths of Caldeira Velha, or in the grandiose waterfall of Salto do Cabrito. Get stunning panoramic views of Lago do Fogo and the north coast of the island of Sao Miguel while traveling along “Cumeeira Norte”. Pass through several small streams surrounded by incredibly green and untouched forests, before reaching the characteristic pumice-stone beach of the lagoon. Enjoy a pleasant picnic lunch of regional products. Return to the starting point while enjoying another perspective of the south coast and the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the bathing zone of Caloura, or Agua D’Alto Beach, where you can practice snorkeling.

São Miguel: Sete Cidades and Ferraria Tour with Lunch

7. São Miguel: Sete Cidades and Ferraria Tour with Lunch

Venture to village of village of Sete Cidades which is nestled in a volcanic crater on this van tour on São Miguel. Enjoy this scenic location with a picnic lunch and the provided hiking poles and snorkeling masks. Hike to a viewpoint and take a relaxing dip in the natural thermal pool at Ferraria. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and sit back and relax on the drive to quaint village of Sete Cidades. Have the option to venture out onto the calm waters of the twin lakes with a stand up paddle board rental, or rent an e-bike for ride along the banks. Make your way to the crater rim with a hiking trip to the Vista do Rei viewpoint which has panoramic views of the crater and the surrounding area. Stroll through Lagoa do Canario Park and take a look out over Boca D’Inferno. Savor a delicious picnic lunch in a natural setting. Finish your tour with a relaxing dip in the thermal waters of the natural pool of Ferraria. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Lomba de São Pedro: Waterfall Hiking Tour with Tea Tasting

8. Lomba de São Pedro: Waterfall Hiking Tour with Tea Tasting

Savor a hiking trip through nature on Lomba de São Pedro’s Moinho do Félix Waterfalls Trail. Listen to cascading rivers and waterfalls and encounter historical structures. Tour a working tea farm where you'll be able to sample their products.  Enjoy coastal views at the start of the hike. Descend to the Cascata do Homem waterfall before an uphill hike through the forest. The trail weaves through the trees before reaching the Moinho do Félix watermill at the base of Cascata do Teófilo. Find some peace and quiet walking to the Cascata da Gruta. This waterfall also features a natural pool called Poço da Truta. From there, head back to the village and pass by many of the springs which once supplied the residents with water. From the village, ride out to the family-run Chá Gorreana Tea Factory and Plantation. It is both the oldest and only such facility in Europe. Discover the whole process that brings tea from the plantation to your cup then taste it for yourself. End the tour with a stop at one of the beaches along the Northern Coast. Relax and enjoy the distinctly dark sands of the island. Listen to the ocean waves crash nearby before returning to your hotel.

Sete Cidades: E-MTB Self Guided Tour

9. Sete Cidades: E-MTB Self Guided Tour

Take a better look at the best Sete Cidades has to offer with a self guided tour on an electric mountain bike. Get a quick safety briefing and a demonstration on how to use your e-bike and all its functions. Learn how to use your GPS tracker and map, then you are all set up and ready to go. Head over the bridge dividing Lagoa Azul (“Blue Lagoon”) and Lagoa Verde (“Green Lagoon”) and enjoy the lakeside view going to the Peninsula and the peaceful picnic area of Baia do Silencio (“Bay of Silence“). Go back to the bridge along easy dirt tracks. Next, take a long and steep ascent on the main road, along which you can stop at the viewpoints of Lagoa de Santiago (“Santiago Lagoon“) and Cerrado das Freiras. Continue onwards and upwards, reaching Vista do Rei (“King’s View Viewpoint“) for a magnificent view of the lagoons below. A more adventurous trail lies ahead, taking you along Cumeeira Pequena (“Small Summit Rim“) on a graveled road. Pass Lomba do Vasco viewpoint and finish the tour down through the heart of the village, passing The Church of Sao Nicolau leading you back to Lagoa Azul.

São Miguel: Full-Day Tour to Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo

10. São Miguel: Full-Day Tour to Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo

The day begins with a pick up from your hotel or accommodation to visit a traditional pineapple plantation. See biological culture developed in greenhouses where it is possible to taste the pineapple's liquor. The journey continues on the west coast of the island, where you will enjoy the view over the newest and narrowest part of São Miguel and both coasts from the Pico de Carvão‘s viewpoint. Surrounded by the greenest vegetation, you will find in Vista do Rei's viewpoint the Sete Cidades volcanic complex. From here, you will see the famous blue and green twin lakes, as well as Santiago's lake, as viewed from the crater. A stop will be made in the picturesque Sete Cidades town where lunch will be served in a regional restaurant. In the afternoon, the tour goes along the coast enjoying the western landscape to arrive at Capelas, an ancient whaling village. Another stop at Pedras Negras‘s viewpoint to see the northern coast of the island. Continuing on the north coast, you will stop to visit the Ribeira Grande city and its historic center. As well, you will go to the Regional Liquor’s Factory and taste a variety of liquors. After that, visit Caldeira Velha, a natural reserve, to take an optional bath and enjoy the warm water from a waterfall. The last stop will be to take a look over the fantastic Lagoa do Fogo. Returning to Ponta Delgada going down by Pico da Barrosa, you will once more have the stunning view over the newest and narrowest part of the island.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 534 reviews

A wonderful trip 8/5/22. We saw a Humpback Whale, enjoyed the joyful company of a large pod of Bottle Nosed Dolphins - and to finish - we saw a single Blue Whale in close quarters to us and then there were two Blue Whales. We were able to observe without changing the behaviours of the Whales or Dolphins. The skipper kept trying to find the animals the whole trip, in partnership with the spotters on land. An experience I shall remember for the rest of my life.

What a fun time! I am prone to motion sickness so was concerned I would not enjoy this trip, but my symptoms we slight and the views of the whales overcame any anxiety. The guides were wonderful to point out the animals and they kept the animal safety first in mind. 100% would book again.

Great experience, nice and helpful guides; besides kayaking we also learned a bit about the history of Sao Miguel en Vila Franco do Campa. We had a great time and I would recommend this tour to everybody.

The tour was really amazing mainly because of the guide Fernando, who knows all the details about the Azores - and any other topic you want to talk about during the trip :)

One of the Best Tour driver that being on, Rui Tome is a super star. He was always helpful, easy to talk to and explain very well