Ribeira Grande Safaris & wildlife activities

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Azores: São Miguel and Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

1. Azores: São Miguel and Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

Explore the impressive landscapes and amazing panoramas on a hiking trip to São Miguel. In the area of “Lagos”, start the trail on a dirt road that will get considerably steeper for the first 3 km, at which point you will meet an irrigation channel that will lead you to Lagoa do Fogo. Wander along an easy path through the forest, where soon you will find yourself hiking inside the crater, with its massive walls of greenery all around you. Reaching the shores of this famous lake, take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch of regional products with a view. Setting off once more, continue upwards slightly for better views of the lake and then head back down to the starting point through another steep and winding trail, with views of the south coast and the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo along the way. Return to the starting point while enjoying another perspective of the south coast and the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the bathing zone of Caloura, or Agua D’Alto Beach, where you can practice snorkeling.

Rabo de Peixe: Sperm Whale Sanctuary Expedition by Speedboat

2. Rabo de Peixe: Sperm Whale Sanctuary Expedition by Speedboat

Set out on a speedboat expedition to see sperm whales, the largest of the cetacean family. On this learning adventure, explore the northern coast of São Miguel and its diverse flora and fauna. Discover facts about sperm whales from marine biologists as you look for them in their protected habitat.  Your tour begins with a briefing from marine biologists at the yacht club on the northern side of the island. You'll find out about the different species you might see, learn about the whale watching history in the Azores, and understand how biologists and whale watchers respect the animals. Next, board the boat and set out for the Atlantic waters. Enjoy the beautiful coastal landscape and keep your eyes peeled for marine life. On the coast, you may see dolphins, Portuguese man-o-war, or turtles. As you enter the deeper waters of the sanctuary, stay on the lookout for sperm whales.  Finally, return to Rabo de Peixe Harbor. The team of marine biologists will tell you more about the species you just saw. Hear more about the cetaceans, their habits, and their routes to round out your tour.

São Miguel: North Coast Whale Watching Cruise

3. São Miguel: North Coast Whale Watching Cruise

Discover the whale population of the Azores Islands on a boat cruise along the northern coast of São Miguel. Observe these majestic giants of the ocean in their natural habitat, at a respectful distance. Set off from the fishing village of Rabo de Peixe on the north coast of São Miguel. Explore the sea north of the island, known for its strong tides and whale population. Explore on a semi-inflatable craft, and observe the whales from a respectful distance so as to not disturb the whales. With the help of your onboard spotter, identify the whales as they breach the ocean surface. Be amazed by their grandeur and grace as the whales frolic in the ocean. See their gigantic tailfins, and hear the sound of the blowholes. As you cruise through the ocean, learn about the behavior and feeding habits of the whales with your expert crew. Afterward, return to the port in Rabo de Peixe.

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What people are saying about Ribeira Grande

Doskonałe przeżycie :-) Wycieczka poprowadzona pięknym szlakiem, z oszałamiającymi widokami. Nie mogliśmy wyjść z podziwu. Nasz przewodnik był doskonałym kompanem, i nie tylko pozwolił docenić piękno tego regionu, ale i poznać i posmakować natury.Trasa nie była ciężka i w doskonałych humorach ją przebyliśmy.Finał trasy w gorących źródłach był strzałem w 10. Gorąco polecam :-)

It was a nice hike. A bit difficult for the first three Kilometers, but after that it was easy. The sandwich for lunch was very tasty and the lake was beautiful. Our guide, Danielle is lovely and helpful. I enjoyed the trip and recommend it to anyone who loves hiking.

Perfectly organized, very well carried out, equipment and boat very good, guide knowledgeable - and above all: dolphins in droves and sperm whale females with baby sighted - we were in the right place at the right time. Chapeau!

The tour company Fun Activities is responsive, punctual, and our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and supportive. Enjoyed the entire experience and would recommend this tour company.

the hike started off a little difficult and then got easier. the guide were superb and some of the view points he suggested were breath taking. definitely worth the hike