FULL DAY
SãO MIGUEL

FULL DAY
WHALE WATCHING + SETE CIDADES LAKE

This experience will take you to know one of the most beautiful places in São Miguel Island, Sete Cidades Lake.

In the morning time, around 8:30 a.m. the meeting point is at our shop in Portas do Mar to go for a whale and dolphin watching tour. The Azores are a unique place for whale watching and year-round you can encounter 28 cetacean species passing by our waters. There are resident species such as sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, and Risso’s dolphins. During the springtime, the baleen whale season starts and you can see some of the biggest whales in the world here.

Before we go to the ocean our marine biologist team prepare a briefing that will explain a lot of rules and information on what to expect from the animals. After the big sea adventure you will have lunch in Ponta Delgada at a local restaurant and then a jeep tour to Sete Cidades.

Sete Cidades is a volcanic complex full of lakes for you to discover. It’s one of Portugal’s Seven Wonders and you cannot miss the views over the rim of the crater. It’s even funnier to do it in a jeep!

Before we return to Ponta Delgada, we stop at Ponta da Ferraria, when the tide is low, so you can enjoy a bath with naturally warm water from the ocean.

Location

Ponta Delgada - Costa Sul - Sete Cidades – Ponta da Ferraria - Ponta Delgada

Duration

7.5 hours

Tour Rates

85€ Adult, 42,5€ Children (5-12)

Daily Departures

9:00 am

Check In Times

8:30 am

Availability

Year Round

Level of Difficulty

Easy, All Ages in Catamaran

Vessel Types

Zodiac, Catamaran + Jeep Defender, Discovery or Toyota

Minimum Age

All ages. Catamaran recommended for children and seniors.

Tour Details

Recommendations

  • Bring comfortable light clothes
  • Sweater, raincoat, walking boots or shoes
  • Jacket
  • Sun-blocker, swimsuit, towel and hat
  • Backpack and water (bring your own reusable water bottle)

Included

  • Pre-tour briefing
  • Raincoat and pants
  • Life jacket
  • Marine biologist or nature guide aboard
  • Refreshment after the boat trip
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Nature guide
  • Visit to Ferarria
  • Drop off at the tourism office or your hotel

Q: When the sea tide is not low can we still bathe in the natural swimming pool?
A: If the sea conditions allow you can still bathe in the natural swimming pool, although the water will not be as hot.

Q: What is the sea water temperature?
A: In summer it reaches 24˚C and in winter is not lower than 16˚C. When the tide is low the water temperature varies between 30ºC and 50ºC, depending how close you are to the volcanic crack.

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