GUIDED TOUR
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, we will meet you around 8:30 am 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 up to 28 cetacean species passing by our waters.

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

Sete Cidades is a volcanic complex full of lakes for you to discover. It is one of Portugal’s Seven Wonders and you cannot miss the views over the rim of the crater. It is even funnier to explore it in a jeep! On a sunny day, it is possible to see the difference of colors between the two lakes that are side by side. Our guide will also tell you all about this place, including the love story about the two lakes.

Before returning to Ponta Delgada, we will stop at Ponta da Ferraria, when the tide is low, so you can enjoy a bath with naturally warm water in the ocean inside a volcanic fissure. This is a geological wonder you don’t want to miss when in São Miguel island.

Location

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

Duration

7.5 hours

Tour Rates

85€ Adults (+12 years old)
42.5€ Children (6-12 years old)

Daily Departures

9:00 am

Check In Times

8:30 am

Availability

Year Round

Level of Difficulty

Easy

Vessel Types

Zodiac or Catamaran + Jeep Defender, Discovery or Toyota

Minimum Age

All ages. Catamaran recommended for children and seniors.

Tour Details
  • Pre-tour briefing
  • Raincoat and pants if necessary
  • Life jacket on zodiac boats
  • Marine biologist or nature guide aboard
  • Refreshment after the boat trip
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Nature guide for the jeep tour
  • Visit to Ferraria
  • Drop off at the tourism office or your hotel

Recommendations 

You have already done whale watching and want to do only the jeep tour to Sete Cidades? Follow the guide!

 

  • Comfortable light clothes
  • Sweater, raincoat, walking boots or shoes
  • Jacket
  • Sunscreen, swimsuit, towel and hat
  • Backpack and water (bring your own reusable water bottle)

Q: I am allergic to some food, is the included lunch adapted to my needs?
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, at least 48h beforehand.

Q: How many people can fit in the jeep?
A: Our jeeps can take 7 to 9 people at the same time, including 1 guide, depending on the model.

Q: Where is Sete Cidades?
A: Sete Cidades is on the west side of the island. It is approximately 28km away from Ponta Delgada (17 miles).

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 a stand up paddle 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?
A: If the sea conditions allow, you can still do it, 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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