Ponta Delgada
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  • From Ponta Delgada: Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip

    1. From Ponta Delgada: Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip

    Set off on a 3-hour whale-watching excursion to see some of the most magnificent marine mammals in the Azores. You’ll be on the lookout for mink whales, dolphins, turtles and more. The marine biologist on board will provide historical information and commentary. Begin with a briefing by a biologist, who will explain how local people have converted whale hunting to whale watching in the Azores. You’ll also receive information about safety, rules of observation and respect for the animals and an overview of what may be sighted during the tour. Leaving from the Ponta Delgada harbor, you’ll sail in style out onto the Atlantic. Qualified biologists and nature guides will provide detailed explanations and collect scientific data during the tour. Situated in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal and North America, the Azores are a permanent home or point of passage for more than a third of the...

    All the setting were ready, boat, crew, safety guidelines once on board. Only downside was the fact we did not spot any whales. If you have the tendency to get sea sick, go prepared!

  • Azores Whale Watching Expedition and Islet Boat Tour

    2. Azores Whale Watching Expedition and Islet Boat Tour

    This 2.5-hour excursion begins with an introduction to cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and other marine species, their natural habitat, communication, migration and behavioral patterns. After the briefing, board the designated boat and head out to sea. The boat will approach the whales slowly and carefully as the naturalist guides and marine biologists on board provide commentary. The boat trip also includes a tour around the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, for an up-close look at the volcano and resident wildlife. Light food is permitted on board, and a camera is essential to capture the wildlife you spot on the tour.

    Good organisation Nice people clear communication We saw common dolphins, 2 loggerhead turtles, pilot whales and atlantic whales. We were unlucky not to see large whales :-( Better luck next time.

  • Sao Miguel: Swimming with Dolphins

    3. Sao Miguel: Swimming with Dolphins

    Join the ultimate swimming experience on an encounter with wild dolphins in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Head out from the Azores in a Zodiac boat for an unforgettable adventure. This 2-hour activity is carried out in small groups and led by a qualified biologists or nature guides. Each swimming tour is preceded by a briefing in which one of the biologists explains how to swim with wild dolphins while respecting them. You’ll also learn how to enter the water and behave around the dolphins, how to use the mask and snorkel and how to get the most out of your swimming experience. Masks, snorkels and wet-suits are provided.

    The staff was very professional, knowledgeable and easy going, always concerned about the customer´s wellbeing and safety, they did their best to ensure that groups of dolphins were found and created the best conditions to ensure the customers had the opportunity to swim with them. Even if took the trip beyond the set scheduled time. Boat was clean, geared with all the safety equipment and fit for the purpose.

  • Whale and Dolphin Watching with Vila Franca Islet Visit

    4. Whale and Dolphin Watching with Vila Franca Islet Visit

    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.

    The whole day was fantastic. We saw several types of dolphins and also 4-5 sperm whales. The lunch was really fresh. Don't miss it!

  • Ponta Delgada: Whales and Volcanoes Tour with Lunch

    5. Ponta Delgada: Whales and Volcanoes Tour with Lunch

    Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation in Ponta Delgada, and then explore the coastline of the Azores by boat. Spend 3 hours looking for majestic whales and playful dolphins in their natural environment.  Reconnect with the natural world as you go in search of the sperm whales, blue whales, humpback whales and orcas that make the archipelago one of the best places in the world to see different marine mammals. Keep a look out for turtles, flying fish, sea birds and jumping dolphins along the way.  Disembark the boat and enjoy a tasty lunch, and then make your way to the volcanic landscapes of Lagoa do Fogo and Caldeira Velha. See one of the most beautiful lakes in São Miguel and experience the amazing interior of the island up close. Learn about the many uses the volcanic landscape gives to the island, from its medicinal mud to its energy source. 

  • Sao Miguel: Western Tour with Whale Watching and Lunch

    6. Sao Miguel: Western Tour with Whale Watching and Lunch

    Head out to sea on a morning whale watching excursion. Listen to a short safety briefing and the rules of observation before the boat sets sail, as well as some historical information. Cruise along the coast and look out for the more than 25 cetacean species that can be found in the Azores. Whales and dolphins are regularly seen during this half-day trip, along with turtles, seabirds and other marine life.  Once you're back on dry land, a picnic lunch will be served. After lunch, head away from Ponta Delgada  towards the most western part of the island, where the mountains and lagoon of the Sete Cidades are located. Stop at the Vista do Rei viewpoint to see one of the most spectacular panoramic views of the island, over the famous lagoon inside a volcanic crater.   Visit the village of the Sete Cidades for an authentic portrait of rural Micaelense life. Drive along the northern rim of ...

  • Sao Miguel: Central Tour with Whale Watching and Lunch

    7. Sao Miguel: Central Tour with Whale Watching and Lunch

    Enjoy every single moment in this beautiful island and explore everything Sao Miguel has to offer.  From Ponta Delgado you will drive towards Fogo Lake, taking the south side of the island towards Barrosa mountain. Stopping off at the Belvederes to admire the incredible surroundings, the tour continues to the regional natural monument of Caldeira Velha (entrances fee not included). After winding your way to the stunning hot springs of Ribeira Grande and the tranquil São Brás Lake, the tour stops off at the Gorreana Tea Factory, where you will be invited totast different kinds of tea grown locally in the only tea plantations in Europe. After the tour, a picnic will be served for lunch. The afternoon takes you from the land to the sea on a whale watching activity. You will have the opportunity to watch some of more than 25 cetacean species that can be found in the Azores. Although nature...

  • Ponta Delgada: 4-hour Half-Day Sport Fishing Adventure

    8. Ponta Delgada: 4-hour Half-Day Sport Fishing Adventure

    The spectacular coastline of São Miguel Island is lined with reminders of his volcanic past, including caves and stunning rocky formations. As you cruise along the coast, be on the lookout for dolphins and whales as you learn about local fish species or work on improving your fishing skills. This half-day fishing program was created so that participants can learn different techniques and learn about fish species that live in the waters off the island. Several types of fishing are on offer, including deep-sea fishing, jigging, and trolling. There are many classes of fish in the area, such as barracuda, bluefish, greater amberjack, blacktail comber, red sea bream, chub mackerel, grouper, Atlantic bonito, and others. Before heading out your skipper will tell you a bit about the area where you’ll be fishing and about the various species you may find there. All are welcome on this fishing t...

  • Ponta Delgada: Shore Excursion - Sete Cidades & Azores

    9. Ponta Delgada: Shore Excursion - Sete Cidades & Azores

    Start with a pick-up/ drop-off at the cruise ship terminal. Time options include 09:00 or 13:00. For the ships arriving after 09:00, your tour will start 1-hour after disembarking. Starting from the cruise ship terminal where someone will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name written on it, following the southern coast, you will leave Ponta Delgada for the Pico do Carvao viewpoint where you will be able to admire the north and south coasts for some breathtaking scenery. Continue to the Canary Lake viewpoint and have your first view of the crater of the Seven Cities volcano and the majestic mountains that form the crater rim. Towards the viewpoint of the King's view, perhaps the most famous viewpoint in Azores to admire the blue and green lake. Drive into the interior of the volcano, admiring the winding road that leads to the small pond of Santiago. Enjoy a brief stop at the...

  • Ponta Delgada: Half Day Private Fishing Trip

    10. Ponta Delgada: Half Day Private Fishing Trip

    Spend a half day out on the water of the São Miguel island in the Azores Archipelago on a big game fishing expedition departing from Ponta Delgada. Try your hand at catching the fish that pass by on their migration route, include blue marlin, white marlin, albacore tuna, bigeye tuna, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, and dorados. Once on board the 2012 23' Yamaha boat, you will have everything you need for a memorable fishing trip – reels, rods, lures – you name it! All gear is included. After a briefing from your skipper and deck mate, start fishing and see what you can catch! We are equipped for this technique with rods 80/130lb Albacore ALUTECNOS and reels TicaTeam 80R WTS and is performed in stand-up with full body harness ALUTECNOS.

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What people are saying about Ponta Delgada

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 150 reviews

Outstanding whale watching experience and Sete Cidades tour. The whale watching tour was cancelled due to bad weather, it was promptly and efficiently reprogrammed the next day according to our availability. The afternoon tour to Sete Cidades was performed as planned as the afternoon weather was better. Both activities are unmissable highlights of the island: we enjoyed every bit of them. Henrique has been a professional, likeable, available, knowledgeable guide. The tour is very family friendly: a short, easy hike to enjoy the scenery is walkable by children. 100% recommended! Olga, Alex and Luna

My whale watching tour was awesome! We had a great guide and captain. We were educated about keeping the ocean healthy. But mainly learned a lot about the whales and dolphins . We went to the boat and boy what an amazing trip. I loved the ride and then we got to see a sperm whale, lots of dolphins. And my most cherished moment:the whale calf that came to investigate our boat, but then quickly went to its mother to get nourished. Wherever you get the opportunity go take this tour. The staff is amazing, friendly and they know what they're doing. And they do it with love!

What a great experience and in such professional hands. Saw pilot whales - really calm and peaceful, and Goldfinho dolphins, who really interacted with us and were not shy at all. The staff and team really knew their stuff and what respect for the sea and marine life! Really good value for money.

The whole day was fantastic. We saw several types of dolphins and also 4-5 sperm whales. The lunch was really fresh. Don't miss it!

It was simply excellent. We’ve saw two species of dolphins and sperm whales.