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Azores Whale Watching Expedition and Islet Boat Tour

1. Azores Whale Watching Expedition and Islet Boat Tour

This 2.5-hour excursion begins with an introduction to cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and other marine species, their natural habitat, communication, migration and behavioral patterns. After the briefing, board the designated boat and head out to sea. The boat will approach the whales slowly and carefully as the naturalist guides and marine biologists on board provide commentary. The boat trip also includes a tour around the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, for an up-close look at the volcano and resident wildlife. Light food is permitted on board, and a camera is essential to capture the wildlife you spot on the tour.

Azores: Vila Franca do Campo Islet Kayaking Experience

2. 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.

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 Island: Full Day All-in-One Tour

4. São Miguel Island: Full Day All-in-One Tour

This tour gives you the unique opportunity to get to know São Miguel island as much as possible during a short stay. The tour will start early going in direction to Vista do Rei where you can enjoy the view over the Sete Cidades Lakes. From there the tour will take you up into the mountains to enjoy the view over the gorgeous Lagoa do Fogo. Then you will venture back down the mountains for a visit to Caldeira Velha, a protected nature reserve, where you will have the option to enjoy a bath in the warm water from a waterfall. The journey will then take you to the viewpoint of Santa Iria where you can see the gorgeous northern coast. Following the coastal views, you will visit the Gorreana tea plantation and its factory, where you can taste two different kinds of tea: black and green. The tour will continue on where you will be able to enjoy the amazing view over Furnas’ valley, and a stop will be made at Pico de Ferro’s viewpoint. Arriving in Furnas Village you will see some volcanic phenomena, known as fumaroles. You will then be able to have some lunch and eat the delicious famous Cozido das Furnas (or Furnas Stew), a gastronomic dish of Azores. After lunch, a stop in the Furnas Lake to see how the famous stew is cooked, then take a walk near the beautiful lake. Returning to Ponta Delgada and passing by Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel, located in the south coast, a last stop will be made at Ermida da Nossa Senhora Paz to enjoy the view to the famous Ilheú da Vila Franca. The tour will finish at your hotel or at the harbor.

Islet of Vila Franca do Campo Off-coast Nature Reserve Tour

5. Islet of Vila Franca do Campo Off-coast Nature Reserve Tour

Discover the beautiful Islet of Vila Franca do Campo on a cruise and walking tour. Visit the rocky islet crater, learn about the islet's wildlife and plants, and cruise around the islet through the natural reserve. Begin your tour at the marina with a short briefing. Hear about the volcanic islet’s geology, plant and animal species you might see, the nature reserve’s rules, and boat safety. Head to your boat with your guide and skipper and enjoy the 10-minute ride to the islet. Disembark at the harbor for a 1.5-long guided walking tour. Walk through the rocky landscape to explore the volcanic marvel. See stunning Azorean Heather and Firetree. Keep an eye out for buzzards, turnstones, sanderlings, little egrets, whimbrels, canaries, wagtails, and sally lightfoot crab colonies. As you spot a bird or a plant, hear about it from your guide. After your walking tour, hop back on your boat and enjoy a guided boat tour around the islet before returning to the marina.

From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Wheelchair Accessible Van Tour

6. From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Wheelchair Accessible Van Tour

Be picked up in Ponta Delgada and head towards Vila Franca do Campo. During your stop at Vila Franca do Campo, you’ll get the chance to see its beaches and inlets. After your stop at Vila Franca do Campo, you’ll visit Lagoa das Furnas. Here you’ll try the famous cozido das Furnas at a local restaurant. Cozido das Furnas is a meat stew that is cooked in the ground, making for a tasty lunch. Visit Parque Terra Nostra, which is a thermal spa and resort. In Furnas, you’ll also visit Caldeiras das Furnas, a complex of volcanic thermal hot springs. Afterwards, head to the Pico do Ferro lookout point for panoramic views of the island. Before the tour comes to an end, you’ll visit the local tea factory, Gorrena, and stop at the Santa Iria viewing point.

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Directly before the tour, some things are explained via video. The tour is conducted by marine biologists who pay attention to the welfare of the animals and also keep a good distance from the animals. Great importance is also attached to environmental awareness and visible rubbish is fished out of the sea. We saw 2 species of dolphins, 2 species of whales and a turtle and were given information about each animal. I can recommend this tour and this organizer without hesitation! It is worth taking part in such an excursion.

The nicest tour we‘ve ever had! The captain and the guide are amazing people, we‘ve had the best time! We can highly recommend this tour for everybody that enjoys snorkeling and learning new things and facts about the place you are visiting. The glass bottom is a really cool way to spot the fish before you dive and snorkeling around the island is really nice! Thank you guys for a really cool time! We will gladly come back again! Alice&Patrick

Unforgettable family experience. Wonderful guides, Reine and Miguel who also drove the boat, very educational and friendly, gave us all kinds of explanations about the birds, dolphins and whales that we saw. Yes, we saw a bowhead whale, the third largest in existence and it was very, very exciting.

This was SO much fun!!! Absolutely gorgeous and such a unique experience!

This is a winner- easy paddle great guides super fun outing.