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Whale and Dolphin Watching with Vila Franca Islet Visit

4.6 / 5

25 reviews

Whale and Dolphin Watching with Vila Franca Islet Visit

From £76.33 per person

See the diversity of marine life found in the Azores including whales and dolphins. Snorkel in Vila Franca do Campo Islet and get up close to the fish. Enjoy the ultimate unmissable experience if you are visiting São Miguel island.

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Duration 7 hours
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  • Learn about and observe some of the sea life found in the Azores
  • Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Vila Franca Islet
  • Bathe in the Atlantic Ocean waters while learning about the history of the area
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Take the opportunity to see some of the sea life found in the Azores including dolphins, whales, turtles and seabirds. Before the boat trip, listen to biologists explaining the safety measures aboard, the history of the area, the local wildlife and how to respect them. Then set off! After the 3-hour whale watching tour, stop in Vila Franco do Campo to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Following lunch, board a converted traditional fishing boat and head to Vila Franca do Campo islet, a volcanic crater off the coast that encloses a natural lagoon. Take one of the provided snorkels and diving masks and see the numerous protected fish species in this natural reserve. Following the tour, transfer back to Ponta Delgada by boat or van.
  • Whale and dolphin-watching cruise
  • Lunch in a local restaurant with a choice of meat, fresh locally caught seafood, or a vegetarian meal
  • Pre-tour briefing
  • Raincoat and pants
  • Life jacket
  • Marine biologist or nature guide aboard
  • Boat trip to Vila Franca do Campo
  • Return transfer from Vila Franca do Campo to Ponta Delgada by boat or van
  • Snorkel and diving mask
  • Refreshments after the trip
  • Transfer to and from your hotel to the local partner's shop in Ponta Delgada harbor
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Ponta Delgada Harbor Portas do Mar – Shop 26 9500-771 São Miguel – Azores – Portugal

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  • Please bring comfortable clothes and shoes, a sweater, a wind shield jacket, a swimming suit and towel, hat, sunblock, a backpack, and water
  • Usually, the return journey is by boat but if the sea conditions change drastically during the afternoon, it can be operated by van, bus, minibus or other means
  • Please inform the supplier while booking of any food restrictions
  • Masks and snorkeling equipment are limited
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Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 25 reviews

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A wonderful experience! I advise those who come to the Azores, because it is very beautiful to see dolphins in their natural environment and bathe on the island, which is the crater of an inactive volcano is even more wonderful. A very complete experience and very attentive guides. Very good food too

7 August 2017

Good trip ; )

Nice trip, with nice info from the boat guides. Many dolphins. Super breakfast. Good swim on the island. Futurismo works seriously. Sad that the geryourg guide didn't work as we didn't get off the day we had ordered and it had to be moved + it went beyond other plans we had. Use Futurismo; ) and NOT getyourguide

27 July 2017

Nous avions réservé pour 4 adultes et un enfant de 2 ans; il n'était pas précisé que le bateau était un zodiaque.... ils nous ont mis à l'arrière pour que ce soit plus sécurit pour lui... mais il faut le savoir car l'observation des cétacés dure 3h00, l'enfant ne peut pas bouger. Nous avons pu observer un grand nombre de dauphins malheureusement contrairement aux autres bateaux nous n'avons pas pu observer de cachalot. Par contre ils ont abrégé l'observation des cétacés alors que nous sommes arrivés avant que le restaurant n'ouvre. Le repas le midi était très moyen. Bon timing pour le snorkeling.

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17 September 2021

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