Whales & The Princess Ring Islet [Jun-Oct]
- Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
- Location: São Miguel, Azores Islands
Enjoy a 3-hour Whale Watching boat tour, local food lunch at a village restaurant, and explore the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca do Campo!
What you can expect:
You will meet us at the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo for check-in, at 08:30.
The day starts with a short informative briefing introducing you to Cetaceans (Whales and Dolphins), local species, their natural habitat, communication, migration, behavioral patterns, and onboard safety.
Everyone will follow the Guide and Skipper to board their designated boat, and go out to sea. Our lookout high inland will then locate our friends, and provide directions via VHF Radio to where the boat will travel - initially at high speed, so hold on and enjoy the ride!
While approaching our friends slowly, and very carefully, your Guide will keep you informed on what you are observing, and is always available throughout the expedition to provide answers to any specific questions - please feel free to ask anything at any time.
At 12:00 it is time to return to the Marina for lunch local food at a local seafront village restaurant - at walking distance from the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo.
At 13:30 you will meet us back at the Marina, when you will be provided with your snorkeling gear, and a ticket to travel 10 minutes on a converted traditional fishing boat to the islet, now self-guided and free to explore the natural reserve Princess Ring, just outside the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo. A volcanic crater & natural pool with views to the open Atlantic, perfect for bathing, swimming and snorkeling.
From then, boats departure the Islet back to the Marina on every hour until 17:30 - be sure not to miss it! We’ll be waiting for you at our Base for check-out and returning your snorkeling gear.
Know before you go:
Eat light, and bring your personal water supply, swimsuit, towel, and warm clothing, sunscreen and chap-stick for the Sun. Light food is permitted, and a Camera is essential, specially for photography lovers - please protect any electronics and personal equipment.
Special Dietary Restrictions must be notified upon reservation for required adjustments.
This tour is inappropriate and inadvisable for anyone pregnant, with weak back, in wheelchair, or in delicate health condition.
- Whale Watching Tour
- Lunch with local food, inclusive of entrée, main, complimentary drinks and dessert
- Ticket to the Princess Ring natural reserve
- Snorkeling Mask and Tube
Does not include:
- Hotel Pickup and Drop-off
- Personal Water supply