São Miguel Island Water sports

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Sao Miguel: Caldeiroes Canyoning Experience

1. 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: Vila Franca Do Campo Islet Scuba Diving

2. Sao Miguel: Vila Franca Do Campo Islet Scuba Diving

Kick off your scuba diving experience with a small introduction session during which you will learn all about diving equipment, techniques and underwater communication. Then head out to the sea by boat, allowing a supervised and relaxed way to experience diving.  Your dive will take place at the Natural Reserve of Vila Franca do Campo Islet, an island formed by a volcano crater. Explore an area close to wrecked cannons from the 16th century and see how nature incorporated them into marine life.

São Miguel Island: Sete Cidades Kayak Rental

3. São Miguel Island: Sete Cidades Kayak Rental

Venture onto the Lake of Sete Cidades, one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. Savor breathtaking natural scenery aboard your canoe on a lake embedded in the crater of an amazing volcano. According to an ancient legend, this stunning lake was the result of a failed love story between a shepherd and a princess who were not meant to be together. The last time they met, the princess, who had blue eyes, cried so much that the Blue Lake was formed, while the shepherd's tears gave birth to the Green Lake. Admire the mystical colors of the 2 lakes located on the western part of São Miguel Island, and paddle your canoe out on the Blue Lake. Have fun canoeing for 30 minutes, 1 hour, or 2 hours, depending on the option selected.

São Miguel: Wild Swimming with Dolphins

4. São Miguel: Wild Swimming with Dolphins

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime treat as you swim with dolphins in their natural habitat, in the incredible environment of the São Miguel coastline. Relax in the company of trained professionals who will brief you on best practice in the high seas, and how to interact with the dolphins. Marvel at the rugged beauty of the São Miguel coast as you have unforgettable fun swimming alongside the dolphins, and return home with memories to treasure for a lifetime.

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.

Ribeira dos Caldeirões: Canyoning Experience

6. Ribeira dos Caldeirões: Canyoning Experience

Canyoning is the sport of travelling down a river situated in a canyon by a variety of means including scrambling, floating, swimming, and abseiling. The canyon you'll visit has a mystical atmosphere and is situated within a rainforest among spring water from the mountain. The experience starts with a briefing about all of the necessary logistics and safety. You will then be provided with all equipment and warm up by walking along a short trail until reaching the start. The descent starts by scrambling down the stream, having fun in this watery playground where you'll have the opportunity to try out jumping (optional), sliding, rappelling, and abseiling down the waterfalls. At every obstacle, there will be a guide explaining everything you need to do and helping you. Along the stream, there will be some jumps, which get higher as the course progresses. The highest one is about 6 meters tall. Nothing is mandatory, so if you don't feel comfortable jumping, don't worry. You can still participate in the tour and have lots of fun. At the end of the tour, photos and videos will be sent directly to your e-mail free of charge.

Azores: Canyoning in Salto do Cabrito

7. Azores: Canyoning in Salto do Cabrito

Relax and disconnect in a beautiful setting in this 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 the guide in central Ponta Delgada or arrange pick up from your accommodation and travel in an air-conditioned van 20 minutes to Salto do Cabrito. Hike 30 minutes to the stream where an experienced 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. For those who dare, there will be an opportunity to finish the tour with a 4-meter jump. A zipline is also available for those who'd prefer flying to jumping.

Azores: Ribeira da Salga Canyoning Adventure

8. Azores: Ribeira da Salga Canyoning Adventure

Whether you're an experienced traveler or first-time adventurer, have a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a canyoning adventure in Ribeira da Salga. Visit one of the most astonishing places in the northeast part of the island of Sao Miguel, located between Lomba de S.Pedro and Salga parishes. Start your adventure with a quick security briefing and equipment distribution.  Afterward take a half-hour hike towards the location where you'll be able to jump, slide, and rappel down gorgeous water streams into crystal-clear natural pools. The highest rappel can go up to 16 meters, and the highest jump up to around 8 meters. If you are uncomfortable about jumping other options are available.

Whale and Dolphin Watching with Vila Franca Islet Visit

9. 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.

Ponta Delgada: 4-hour Half-Day Sport Fishing Adventure

10. Ponta Delgada: 4-hour Half-Day Sport Fishing Adventure

The spectacular coastline of São Miguel Island is lined with reminders of his volcanic past, including caves and stunning rocky formations. As you cruise along the coast, be on the lookout for dolphins and whales as you learn about local fish species or work on improving your fishing skills. This half-day fishing program was created so that participants can learn different techniques and learn about fish species that live in the waters off the island. Several types of fishing are on offer, including deep-sea fishing, jigging, and trolling. There are many classes of fish in the area, such as barracuda, bluefish, greater amberjack, blacktail comber, red sea bream, chub mackerel, grouper, Atlantic bonito, and others. Before heading out your skipper will tell you a bit about the area where you’ll be fishing and about the various species you may find there. All are welcome on this fishing trip, and no previous experience is required. A maximum of 4 participants is recommended so that the skipper can ensure personalized attention to all, whether beginners or experts.

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What people are saying about São Miguel Island

Overall rating

3.4 / 5

based on 5 reviews

It was a nice tour. We had the half day tour and it was a lot of fun. The pickup and communication in advance worked great, so you immediately got a good feeling. The tour was very nicely designed with a cable car, a natural slide and a cliff to jump off. At the end you had to rappel down. So a full program. Just great. We would do it again at any time, but then the full day tour! :)

The whole experience was incredible. It was the best sea kayaking experience I have had in the world thus far. Bruno was a fantastic guide throughout the entire time.

It was really amazing ! Our guide was so kind and informative ! We saw a lot of dolphins. The driver was very Nice and generous as well.

We had soo much fun exploring with our excellent guides!

Super, stilles and funny guys. We had a great time.