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Our whale watching adventure will start at 8:30am in our shop at Ponta Delgada harbor, where you will be able to check-in. Just before getting aboard, our biologists will do a quick briefing about what cetaceans you might see, the rules we will follow to respect the animals in their natural environment and some interesting historical facts.
After the briefing, let’s start this once-in-a-lifetime adventure! Our marine biologists and guides will stay alert for you and announce when they see something. All along the trip, they will give fascinating details about the species you will see. During the boat tour, everyone is required to wear a life vest on zodiacs, not on our catamaran.
Once the whale watching tour is over, we will have lunch in a local restaurant in Ponta Delgada. After lunch, we depart on our jeep adventure. This tour takes you around the rim of Sete Cidades caldera, where you can have an awesome view over the green and blue lakes. This is definitely one of the most beautiful places around São Miguel island, as it is part of Portugal’s Seven Wonders. On our way back to Ponta Delgada, we will stop in Ponta da Ferraria, where you will have the possibility to bathe in the natural thermal pool located in a volcanic fissure. Please note that the visit to Ferraria is always weather dependent. It is not safe to go there with strong waves and strong wind.
Prices for this activity: 85€ per adult, 51.75€ per child (6-12 years old). Free for the youngest (0-5 years old)
Please note that check-in time is subject to changes:
- High season (April 1st - October 31st): 9:00am and 1:30am for catamaran tours 8:30am and 1:00pm for zodiac tours.
- Low season (November 1st - March 31st): 8:30am and 1:00pm. According to weather conditions and the number of passengers, the departure time is subject to changes. In this case, we will call to inform you of the change.
Bring: comfortable light clothes, sweater, raincoat, walking boots or shoes, swimming suit and towel, hat, sunblock, backpack, water.
Lunch in a local restaurant is included.
Q: What animals can we see during this tour?
A: According to the season, you will be able to see dolphins and whales. All year round it is possible to see sperm whales, and 3 different species of dolphins, who are resident species living in the Azores.If you want to know more about cetacean species in the Azores.
Q:I have lower back problems but I would like to go on a whale and dolphin watching trip. Can I go on a tour?
A: We have a catamaran that is more comfortable and stable than the zodiac and fiberglass boats, but before you come you should consult your physician.
Q: I am pregnant but I would like to do whale watching. Is it possible?
A:In this situation, we advise going on a tour with the catamarans. These boats are more comfortable and stable.
Q: I am allergic to some food, will the included lunch be adapted for me?
A: We will always try to adapt to your diet (vegetarian, vegan, allergies, …). If you have any restriction, please tell us when booking the tour.
Q: How many people can fit in the jeeps?
A: Our jeeps can take 7 to 9 people at the same time, including 1 guide.
Q: How far is Sete Cidades from Ponta Delgada
A: Sete Cidades is located on the west side of the island. It is approximately 28km away from Ponta Delgada (17 miles). Without stopping, it takes about 40 minutes to reach the village by the lakes.
Q: What can I do in the lakes of Sete Cidades?
A: In addition to enjoying the landscape, it is possible to rent a kayak or stand up paddle to enjoy the lakeside at our activity center. If you are interested please contact us.
Q: When the sea tide is not low, is it still possible to bathe in the natural swimming pool at Ferraria?
A: If the sea conditions allow, you can still bathe in the natural swimming pool, although the water will not be as warm.
Q: What is the sea temperature in Ferraria?
A: During summer, it reaches 24˚C (75°F) and during winter, it is not lower than 16˚C (61°F). When the tide is low, the water temperature varies between 30ºC and 50ºC (86°F-122°F), depending how close you are to the volcanic crack.
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