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São Miguel Azores: Half-Day Whale Watching Trip

1. São Miguel Azores: Half-Day Whale Watching Trip

Enjoy a half-day whale watching trip in the Azores, one of the ‘top ten’ whale-watching spots in the world, and get the opportunity to meet the ocean giants in their natural habitat. Meet the boat crew and get a short briefing about safety and code of ethics and then put on your life vest and head out in the ocean. Listen as the crew follows the instructions given by radio from the lookouts placed in strategic points along the coastline using military-grade binoculars to find and communicate the position of the animals. Take comfort that the crew has a 99% success rate of sightings. Once whales have been spotted it´s time to enjoy the company of these magnificent animals, always keeping a safe and respectful distance. It´s usual that more than one group of whales and dolphins are observed per trip. On the way back to the marina, observe the geological formations of the island as the boat sails close to the coastline.

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.

Ponta Delgada: Whales and Volcanoes Tour with Lunch

3. Ponta Delgada: Whales and Volcanoes Tour with Lunch

Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation in Ponta Delgada, and then explore the coastline of the Azores by boat. Spend 3 hours looking for majestic whales and playful dolphins in their natural environment.  Reconnect with the natural world as you go in search of the sperm whales, blue whales, humpback whales and orcas that make the archipelago one of the best places in the world to see different marine mammals. Keep a look out for turtles, flying fish, sea birds and jumping dolphins along the way.  Disembark the boat and enjoy a tasty lunch, and then make your way to the volcanic landscapes of Lagoa do Fogo and Caldeira Velha. See one of the most beautiful lakes in São Miguel and experience the amazing interior of the island up close. Learn about the many uses the volcanic landscape gives to the island, from its medicinal mud to its energy source. 

Sao Miguel: Boat Tour around Vila Franca do Campo Islet

4. 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.

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What people are saying about São Miguel Island

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 295 reviews

A wonderful trip 8/5/22. We saw a Humpback Whale, enjoyed the joyful company of a large pod of Bottle Nosed Dolphins - and to finish - we saw a single Blue Whale in close quarters to us and then there were two Blue Whales. We were able to observe without changing the behaviours of the Whales or Dolphins. The skipper kept trying to find the animals the whole trip, in partnership with the spotters on land. An experience I shall remember for the rest of my life.

Wonderful staff, really friendly, knowledgeable and great with the kids. We are a family of 4 with 2 kids (5 and 7). everyone had a really enjoyable experience - specially the kids. All our questions were answered with kindness. Great photo opportunities. highly recommend!

Excellent tour! Glass bottom boat was a very special experience as was snorkeling in the cove! Sara was an excellent guide and very welcoming and helpful. Thank you! We saw many parrot fish and a man-o-war for the first time!

Brilliant! We saw sperm whales jumping out of the water it was fantastic.

No whale sightings but 3 species of dolphins, and up close