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Azores: Vila Franca do Campo Islet Kayaking Experience

1. Azores: Vila Franca do Campo Islet Kayaking Experience

Paddle along the beautiful coastline of Vila Franca de Campo on a morning or afternoon kayaking tour. Enjoy a kayaking adventure suitable for beginners and experienced kayakers alike, including families with children. Get geared with the necessary equipment for your kayak tour, then receive a safety briefing from your instructor before heading out onto the waters with a local nature guide. Kayak 4.5 kilometers along the beautiful Vila Franca do Campo Islet. During the excursion, take a dip in the refreshing waters and try snorkeling. Paddle into the islet bay, relax on the beach, and venture into the islet for a better look at this protected landscape.

Sao Miguel: Caldeiroes Canyoning Experience

2. Sao Miguel: Caldeiroes Canyoning Experience

After either gathering at the meeting point or being collected from your accommodation, you will make your way to Parque da Ribeira dos Caldeirões, located in the north-east part of the island. It takes around 45 minutes to drive from Ponta Delgada. Get the chance to do rappels, jumps, slides, and rock slides. Start your adventure by trying your first decent, abseiling alongside a waterfall of around 5 meters. Continue your way down the river on an exciting water slide (toboggan), followed by the first jump of around 2 meters in height. Then enjoy wading through the river as you approach the second abseil of around 7 meters which ends in a natural pool. There will be some time for the equipment distribution with the help of your guides before you take a short hike in order to approach the stream followed by a security briefing. On average it is about a 20 to 35-minute hike, depending on the pace of the group. During the full-day option, you will stop for a picnic, and later finish the tour by returning back to town by car.

Sao Miguel: Buggy experience around the volcano Sete Cidades

3. Sao Miguel: Buggy experience around the volcano Sete Cidades

Sete Cidades Volcano Route (Green Route) - The route lasts approximately 4 hours.Departure at Rua do Paím in Ponta Delgada, explore the South coastal area of the island with passage on the grass rock. Pass by the Muro das Nove Janelas and glimpse the view of Pico da Cruz. Go around the volcano and enjoy the descent to Sete-Cidades, then you get to the base.

Sete Cidades: E-Bike Rental with GPS and Map Tour

4. Sete Cidades: E-Bike Rental with GPS and Map Tour

Discover impressive spots and wonderful panoramic views where most other vehicles cannot take you! With the freedom these self-guided E-Bike cycling tours offer, travel at your own pace and breathe the fresh air in the wonderful outdoors, passing through dirt roads, trails and parks with typical flora, fauna and geology of this region. Cycle through the quaint village and witness the local culture and traditions of this rural lifestyle. With different Itineraries to choose from, you’ll surely enjoy your ride through this emblematic location. Note: The minimum height required for the intinerary of 16 and 23 km is 1.50m. And for the intinerary of 31 and 38km is 1.55m.

Sao Miguel : Exploring a Volcano Crater by Quad or Buggy

5. Sao Miguel : Exploring a Volcano Crater by Quad or Buggy

With 36 thousand years, the Volcano of the 7 cities, on the island of São Miguel is one of the main attractions of the region and on board our specialized vehicles it will be possible to explore remote roads and viewpoints with unique views, on top of the crater of the volcano where normal vehicles cannot reach. We will take you to places hard to imagine while you get a chance of driving an ATV or sit comfortably on our 4x4 Buggy driven by our specialized guide. Crossing dirt roads and exploring volcanos is just a path to the amazing views of the Azorean Paradise. During the tour we will follow part of the Azores Rally roads and explore a volcano with 36.000 years. Itinerary: 1 - Miradouro do Pico do Carvao One of the most beautiful viewpoints on the island of São Miguel, a different perspective on the island, with views of the ocean and mountains. 2 - Complexo Ambiental da Lagoa das Sete Cidades The remaining time will be used to explore the most fantastic off-road roads of the Vulcão das 7 Cidades, between Lagoas and breathtaking Viewpoints, we will make short stops if necessary. 3 - Miradouro Das Cumeeiras An incredible view over the lagoons of the Vulcão das 7 Cidades, an mandatory and unique stop on the Island. 4 - Vista do Rei Miradouro On the opposite side of the Lagoon, the Miradouro da Vista do Rei houses not only one of the biggest tourist attractions on the island, but also the possibility to admire the abandoned Hotel das 7 Cidades.

Sete Cidades: Half-Day ATV Quad Tour

6. Sete Cidades: Half-Day ATV Quad Tour

Drive a quad or ATV on this adventurous tour and experience the beauty of São Miguel Island. Reach the highest peaks of the mountains that surround Sete Cidades Volcano, dash along dirt roads, and absorb the incredible views of the lakes and ocean. Take the opportunity to visit some of the trails that are part of the Azores Airlines Rallye and enjoy both on-road and offroad moments. Expect adventure and stunning natural sights as your guides ensure your safety throughout the tour.

São Miguel: Coasteering Experience in Caloura

7. São Miguel: Coasteering Experience in Caloura

Most of our excursions take place in Caloura, which is located in the central-south part of the island of São Miguel. However, if weather conditions on the south coast are not the most favorable, the tour will take place in Ribeirinha , which is in the central-northern part of the island. At our meeting point, we will proceed with the distribution of your personal safety equipment and a quick safety briefing. Once we are set up, we are ready to start our seaside adventure where we will be exploring a few caves, scramble on the rocky volcanic terrain, dive into the ocean and play in natural pools and inland bays where its also possible to enjoy our underwater wildlife with some snorkeling.

Azores: Canyoning in Salto do Cabrito

8. Azores: Canyoning in Salto do Cabrito

Relax and disconnect in a beautiful setting on a morning canyoning adventure in Salto do Cabrito. Explore the natural side of São Miguel Island hiking and canyoning through lush forests and cool streams.  Meet your guide in central Ponta Delgada or choose to be picked up directly from your accommodation. Travel by air-conditioned van for 20 minutes to Salto do Cabrito. Start with a 30-minute hike to the stream where your guide will give a security briefing and distribute all the equipment needed for the activity. Once suited and ready to go, spend a few hours exploring the pools and waterfalls. Wade down the river and reach several waterfalls where you'll abseil or zip-line down a deep canyon surrounded by the amazing nature of this volcanic area. The highest rappel can reach up to 16 meters and, unlike other canyons, there won’t be any required jumps. To end the adventure, opt for a 4-meter jump at the last waterfall. A zipline is also available for those who'd prefer flying to jumping.

From Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Sete Cidades Quad Tour

9. From Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Sete Cidades Quad Tour

Enjoy a half-day quad tour around Sete Cidades, the largest freshwater lake in the Azores, situated in the western part of the island of São Miguel. Starting from Ponta Delgada, discover the stunning landscapes of the island.   Experience the amazing view over the island at the Pico do Carvão viewpoint, with Ponta Delgada on one side, and Ribeira Grande on the other. Climb up into the mountains to see the Lagoas Empadadas, and the Serra Devassa. The mountains and lakes in this region play a very important role supplying water to the villages. Stop at Canário Lake for one of the best views of the Boca do Inferno trail.   On the way back to the city, you will see the majestic view at Vista do Rei, providing you with spectacular views of the magical blue and green colors that characterize the waters of these lakes.

Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo: Full Day Jeep Tour with Lunch

10. Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo: Full Day Jeep Tour with Lunch

Discover hidden secrets on São Miguel aboard a jeep, which takes you to places where others do not go with a friendly, english speaking local guide. Embark on a trip to Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo and get amazing views along the way. Dine at a local restaurant for a delicious lunch. Leave Ponta Delgada behind and travel to the Empadada Lakes. Be surrounded by the natural beauty as the sound of silence embraces you. Make many stops, while exploring the western craters of São Miguel. See the rim of the crater and get the best views in São Miguel. Visit the church of São Nicolau, and get breathtaking views from Vista do Rei. Eat a delicious lunch with drinks at a local restaurant. Discover the beautiful crater of Lagoa do Fogo, also known as Fire Lake in the afternoon. If the weather is clear, you can view the island of Santa Maria from afar.

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What people are saying about São Miguel Island

Amazing half-day tour when you have a long layover. It was fairly foggy at first up in the mountains but they started to fade as the day kept going. Rodrigo was an amazing guide that translated between English & Portuguese, and was incredibly informative of the sites we saw. Highly Recommend!

Our guide Pedro was great. It was not the greatest of days with weather showing rain. He had us cover the important highlights nicely - and although cold & windy we made the most of it! Highly recommended the trip!

We had a fantastic private tour around the island. Our driver/guide Jose was extremely firendly, courteous, and knowledgeable of the environment and various landmarks. Thank you Jose.. we highy recommend the tour.

Multilingual guide and very informative and energetic. Thanks Filipe

Your guide was informed and funny. Overall great experience!