Ponta Delgada
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  • From Ponta Delgada: Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip

    1. From Ponta Delgada: Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip

    Set off on a 3-hour whale-watching excursion to see some of the most magnificent marine mammals in the Azores. You’ll be on the lookout for mink whales, dolphins, turtles and more. The marine biologist on board will provide historical information and commentary. Begin with a briefing by a biologist, who will explain how local people have converted whale hunting to whale watching in the Azores. You’ll also receive information about safety, rules of observation and respect for the animals and an overview of what may be sighted during the tour. Leaving from the Ponta Delgada harbor, you’ll sail in style out onto the Atlantic. Qualified biologists and nature guides will provide detailed explanations and collect scientific data during the tour. Situated in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal and North America, the Azores are a permanent home or point of passage for more than a third of the...

    All the setting were ready, boat, crew, safety guidelines once on board. Only downside was the fact we did not spot any whales. If you have the tendency to get sea sick, go prepared!

  • Sao Miguel: Swimming with Dolphins

    2. Sao Miguel: Swimming with Dolphins

    Join the ultimate swimming experience on an encounter with wild dolphins in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Head out from the Azores in a Zodiac boat for an unforgettable adventure. This 2-hour activity is carried out in small groups and led by a qualified biologists or nature guides. Each swimming tour is preceded by a briefing in which one of the biologists explains how to swim with wild dolphins while respecting them. You’ll also learn how to enter the water and behave around the dolphins, how to use the mask and snorkel and how to get the most out of your swimming experience. Masks, snorkels and wet-suits are provided.

    The staff was very professional, knowledgeable and easy going, always concerned about the customer´s wellbeing and safety, they did their best to ensure that groups of dolphins were found and created the best conditions to ensure the customers had the opportunity to swim with them. Even if took the trip beyond the set scheduled time. Boat was clean, geared with all the safety equipment and fit for the purpose.

  • Whale and Dolphin Watching with Vila Franca Islet Visit

    3. Whale and Dolphin Watching with Vila Franca Islet Visit

    Take the opportunity to see some of the sea life found in the Azores including dolphins, whales, turtles and seabirds. Before the boat trip, listen to biologists explaining the safety measures aboard, the history of the area, the local wildlife and how to respect them. Then set off! After the 3-hour whale watching tour, stop in Vila Franco do Campo to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Following lunch, board a converted traditional fishing boat and head to Vila Franca do Campo islet, a volcanic crater off the coast that encloses a natural lagoon. Take one of the provided snorkels and diving masks and see the numerous protected fish species in this natural reserve. Following the tour, transfer back to Ponta Delgada by boat or van.

    The whole day was fantastic. We saw several types of dolphins and also 4-5 sperm whales. The lunch was really fresh. Don't miss it!

  • Azores: São Miguel / Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

    4. Azores: São Miguel / 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, from where you will reach a small stream (about 2 km), reaching another relatively more open area, with several springs and wide declivities, that will lead you to Lagoa do Fogo. Bathe in the Natural Pools of Lagoa / Caloura, in the cozy Thermal Baths of Caldeira Velha, or in the Grandiose Waterfall of Salto do Cabrito. Get stunning panoramic views of Lago do Fogo (on one side) and the north coast of the island of Sao Miguel (on the other) 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 ...

  • Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo 4WD Safari

    5. Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo 4WD Safari

    Start out in Ponta Delgada and head to the west side of the island and the Massif of Sete Cidades on this full-day 4WD safari. See where volcanic craters have given rise to numerous lakes, each with its own special beauty. You’ll see Empadadas Lake, Canário Lake, and the most-well known, Sete Cidades Lake, which has been classified one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. There are several viewpoints along the way, such as Carvão, Canário Lake, and Vista do Rei, where you’ll stop to admire the panoramas. Follow a dramatic dirt trail around the top of the volcano’s cone. From here, the sea is around 600 meters below on one side and the parish and lake is on the other. Heading down inside the crate you’ll visit a small village and have lunch. The next stops on way up are at Santiago Lake and Cerrado das Freiras belvederes. Explore the central massif of the Serra de Água de Pau, built ...

    Our very knowledgeable guide, Sergio, helped us enjoy and discover the beautiful scenery of Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo. The 4WD enabled us to travel to places a hire car would not have taken us and this enabled us to see much more of the beautiful country. We would highly recommend booking this trip with Seazores as Sergio and the team are very knowledgeable and professinal.

  • From Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Jeep Tour of Lagoa do Fogo

    6. From Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Jeep Tour of Lagoa do Fogo

    Be picked up in Ponta Delgada and head towards Pico da Barrosa. At Pico da Barrosa, you’ll be able to see views of the entire island including, Lagoa do Fogo. See Lagoa do Fogo, a crater lake located in the middle of the island. See the Interpretation Center of Caldeira Velha, a structure dedicated to the promotion of natural heritage. Take in the beauty of the Salto Do Cabrito waterfall and Ribeira Grand located on the northern part of the island.

  • Sete Cidades Full-Day Safari Tour with Lunch

    7. Sete Cidades Full-Day Safari Tour with Lunch

    On this full-day safari tour you’ll explore the west side of the island of São Miguel and the Massif of Sete Cidades, where volcanic craters gave rise to numerous lakes surrounded by lush vegetation, each with its own unique beauty. Marvel at lakes such as Empadas and the stunning blue-green waters of Sete Cidades. Stop at several viewpoints along the way, such as Carvão, and Vista do Rei, where you can admire the unique landscape. Take the most dramatic dirt trail to the volcano’s cone, and go inside the crater to the small village, where you’ll stop to enjoy a cup of coffee. Heading off road again, you’ll take a drive around the lake’s edge, passing a small peninsula covered with beautiful trees and flowers. Stop to enjoy the sounds of the area’s birds. Near the coastline you’ll find several natural pools and spas, such as Ponta da Ferraria and Mosteiros, where you can enjoy a swim ...

    We saw many sights with breath taking views. I was totally amazed at the things that we saw. I highly recommend using this tour guide service. They are very friendly and explain to you as the tour goes with lots of rich history.

  • The Azores: Sete Cidades Crater Lakes 4WD Safari

    8. The Azores: Sete Cidades Crater Lakes 4WD Safari

    Get off the usual tourist trail on a 3-hour 4WD tour of the Sete Cidades (Seven Cities) region of the Azores island of São Miguel, departing from hotels or the cruise ship terminal of Ponta Delgada. Explore the west side of the island and the Massif of Sete Cidades, where the volcanic craters gave rise to numerous lakes surrounded by lush vegetation, each with its own unique beauty. See lakes such as Empadadas, and Canário Lake, and the emblematic blue-green waters of Sete Cidades Lake. There are several viewpoints along the way, such as Carvão, and Vista do Rei, where you can contemplate the landscape. Take the most dramatic dirt trail to the volcano cone. Then, go inside the crater to the small village for a coffee. Off-road again, drive around the lake edge, passing a small peninsula covered by beautiful trees and flowers. Stop to enjoy the birdsong. Continue to the belvederes of S...

    We had a great time with Jose on this drive along the rim of the crater. He stopped wherever and whenever we wanted, as long as it was safe to do so. We had 6 in the vehicle, which was a little tight, but we didn't mind since we all took turns moving from seat to seat after stops. That way we all had a chance to ride shotgun, and no one was stuck in the very back the whole time.

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What people are saying about Ponta Delgada

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 249 reviews

I had the best guide for the trekking, it was a spectacular experience and I would like to be able to repeat it. It is a beautiful circular route, with the most beautiful end, Lagoa do Fogo.

The whole day was fantastic. We saw several types of dolphins and also 4-5 sperm whales. The lunch was really fresh. Don't miss it!

Uma aventura inesquecível. O Biólogo Lucas semper pronto para responder à inúmeras perguntas. Obrigado e até um dia.

I loved it, very friendly staff and I saw lots of Dolphins ❤️

Very safe excursion tour experienced guide good information