On this boat trip along the coast of São Miguel, you'll admire whales and dolphins that live in Azorean waters. What's more, you'll sail the waters of the famous islet of Vila Franca do Campo.
Whale Watching + Vila Islet Boat Tour
At the agreed time, we'll meet at the port of Vila Franca do Campo. At this dock, located south of São Miguel Island, we'll first have a brief theoretical introduction to local wildlife. After which we'll learn about the safety guidelines and rules that must be followed while on high seas. Then, we'll board a zodiac boat ride to try to spot whales and dolphins in this area of the Azores.
This Portuguese archipelago in the North Atlantic is home to a wide range of marine wildlife, especially blue and humpback whales, and bottlenose dolphins. What's more, it's also home to a large colony of other mammals such as sperm whales and pilot whales.
On the boat, we'll be accompanied by a naturalist guide expert in Azorean wildlife, who will show us how to distinguish certain species from others. Did you know that just by paying attention to small details such as the size of the tail and fins or the color of the skin, we can tell the difference between one specimen and another?
After enjoying our whale watching experience on the coast of São Miguel, we'll sail next to the islet of Vila Franca do Campo. While sail around this small volcanic island, we'll be able to admire its spectacular caldera. If conditions are favorable, we'll also see different kinds of seabirds such as Cory's shearwater or the black-footed tern.
Lastly, after three hours sailing the Atlantic, we'll return to the departure dock.
The coast of São Miguel Island is one of the best places in the Azores to see whales, dolphins, and other cetaceans. However, animals are unpredictable. The sighting of a greater or lesser number of specimens will depend on various factors such as the weather conditions at the time or the reproduction and breeding seasons of each species.
|Adults||Children from 4 to 13||Children under 4|
|Tour in English||
Tour in English
Children from 4 to 13US$ 47.50
Children under 4not permitted
* The price varies based on the chosen date
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You'll need to present your certificate of complete vaccination and a negative PCR test. This information is for guidance only and may change depending on local regulations. Always check the restrictions before travelling.
Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
The capacity of all means of transport will be reduced to 66% of their maximum capacity.
Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and other languages.
Zodiac boat ride.
English speaking guide.
Waterproof suit for the tour.
When to book?
You can book up until 2 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Type of voucher
Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.
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No printing of documentation required.
Promotes local employment.
Has a gender equality policy.
Has a carbon footprint offset policy.
Frequently asked questions
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Port of Vila Franca do Campo