Whale Watching & Visit the Islet of Vila Franca

Sao Miguel Island, Azores

Prices: Adult £107, Child £72

Tour operates from 24 June – 16 September 2024

You will board the RIB zodiac boat at the base and be taken along the coast to Vila Franca. During this activity you will have the opportunity to see some of many of the species of dolphin and whales that can be found in the Azores.  Although nature offers no guarantees whales and dolphins are regularly seen during our full day tours, along with turtles, sea birds and other marine life. You will be away from the main tourist boats as you travel further along the coast. Before the boat trip our biologists give you a briefing to explain which cetacean species can be observed, safety measures aboard, how we respect the animals and rules of observation at sea as well as some historical facts. After the 3-hour tour we stop in Vila Franca do Campo and take a short walk (approx. 10 minutes) to have lunch in a local restaurant. 

After lunch we 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 where the sea is calm and there is beautiful coral, colourful fish and magical underwater world to discover. The islet is a natural reserve, so here you will be able to view the diversity of fish species that have been preserved due to this protection. 

(For ages 8yrs and over)

 Included in this tour: 

  • Return transfer from Ponta Delgada by boat or van 
  • Pre-tour briefing 
  • Life jacket  
  • Marine biologist or nature guide onboard 

NOTE: Mask and snorkel not provided. You will be able to hire locally at Azores Sub Shop in Vila Franca marina for 6 euros per mask & snorkel or please bring your own equipment with you.

Please note: This activity is only available during the summer season. If you wish to add it to your itinerary, just let us know at the time of booking. You can also add this tour to your holiday any time before departure and also at our boat base in the Azores (subject to availability. To avoid disappointment, we suggest booking additional tours by the balance due date 8 weeks before departure). 

“Snorkelling at the islet of Vila Franca do Campo was the most amazing experience. Safe for kids, clean and with so many fish to see it was an absolute joy to visit” – Zoe Whannel July 2022