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Whale and Dolphin Watching with Vila Franca Islet Visit

Whale and Dolphin Watching with Vila Franca Islet Visit

From US$ 105.97 per person

See the diversity of marine life found in the Azores including whales and dolphins. Snorkel in Vila Franca do Campo Islet and get up close to the fish.

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Duration 7 hours
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English, Portuguese


  • Learn about and observe some of the sea life found in the Azores
  • Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Vila Franca Islet
  • Bathe in the Atlantic Ocean waters while learning about the history of the area
Full description
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.
  • Whale and dolphin-watching cruise
  • Lunch in a local restaurant with a choice of meat, fresh locally caught seafood, or a vegetarian meal
  • Pre-tour briefing
  • Raincoat and pants
  • Life jacket
  • Marine biologist or nature guide aboard
  • Boat trip to Vila Franca do Campo
  • Return transfer from Vila Franca do Campo to Ponta Delgada by boat or van
  • Snorkel and diving mask
  • Transfer to and from your hotel to the local partner's shop in Ponta Delgada harbor

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Meeting point

You must check-in at the shop before the tour begins.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please bring comfortable clothes and shoes, a sweater, a wind shield jacket, a swimming suit and towel, hat, sunblock, a backpack, and water
  • Usually, the return journey is by boat but if the sea conditions change drastically during the afternoon, it can be operated by van, bus, minibus or other means
  • Please inform the supplier while booking of any food restrictions
  • Masks and snorkeling equipment are limited
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 35 reviews

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Saw a lot of dolphins and 1 whale (no guarantee of course) so we were lucky! The tour guide was not necessarily involved with the group, but you could have a chat with them, she was very enthusiastic about the animals and telling them about them. Vila Franca was nice but the snorkeling not necessarily special.

August 26, 2022

We booked for 4 adults and a 2 year old; it was not specified that the boat was a zodiac .... they put us in the back to make it safer for him ... but you have to know because the observation of cetaceans lasts 3 hours, the child cannot move. We were able to observe a large number of dolphins unfortunately unlike the other boats we were not able to observe a sperm whale. On the other hand, they cut short the observation of cetaceans while we arrived before the restaurant opened. The midday meal was very average. Good timing for snorkeling.

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September 17, 2021


A wonderful experience! I advise those who come to the Azores, because it is very beautiful to see dolphins in their natural environment and bathe on the island, which is the crater of an inactive volcano is even more wonderful. A very complete experience and very attentive guides. Very good food too

August 7, 2017

Product ID: 100440