Snorkel in the Islet of Vila Franca
Sao Miguel Island, Azores
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 to have lunch in a local restaurant.
Then 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.
Included in this tour:
Return transfer from Ponta Delgada by boat or van
Raincoats and trousers
Marine biologist or nature guide onboard
Lunch in local restaurant
Return boat trip to Vila Franca islet
Mask and snorkel
Refreshment after trip
Please note: This activity is only available during the summer season. The Islet is open to the public between June 13th and September 13th
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).