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Vila Franca do Campo

Our most recommended Vila Franca do Campo Sailing Trips & Tours

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.

São Miguel: Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Snorkeling

2. 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.

Sao Miguel: Boat Tour around Vila Franca do Campo Islet

3. Sao Miguel: Boat Tour around Vila Franca do Campo Islet

Discover the natural reserve of Ilhéu de Vila Franca, located in the south coast of São Miguel island. This small volcanic island is only situated 0.7 miles (1.2 kilometers) away from Vila Franca do Campo Marina. Circle around the island with a professional guide who will point out all the rare rock formations. Watch the nesting sites of the local sea birds such as the Garajau-comum (sterna hirundo). Take a peek inside the crater filled with turquoise water.

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

4. 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.

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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.

Great experience: nice and helpful guide und captain, especially to the kids…

Very beautiful nature, the guide was very friendly and knowledgeable