Day 1:

Arrival day – You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel

Day 2: 

Spend a leisurely morning exploring the local town with its stunning architecture and walking around the botanical gardens in the town In the PM head down to the boat base for your first half day whale and dolphin watching trip to sea. You will be given the onboard briefing all about Marine life in the Azorean Ocean, how we work and how best to spot the whales. With help of land based look-outs we see whales and dolphins on 98% of our trips to sea!

Day 3: 

After a relaxing morning swimming and sunbathing by the hotel pool you can head down to the harbour for your second half day whale and dolphin watching. We schedule your trips to sea early in the week and if there is any weather disruption you will be able to take your land tours early and re schedule your trip to sea.

Day 4:

AM half day tour to Sete Cidades lakes adventure centre. This tour includes a half day at our adventure centre by the stunning Sete Cidades lakes surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. You will be taken there and met by the activity guides who will set you up with the equipment your need (mountain bike, kayak or SUP) and spend the afternoon exploring. The guides are available to talk to you about the history of the lakes and offer you any help with each activity.

Day 5:

Full day Geothermal tour to Furnas : You will be collected at your hotel and taken to see the Island’s hot springs, geysers & hot bubbling mud pools. You will learn about the volcanic origins of the Island. Take a dip in the hot thermal lake surrounded by the tropical exotic plants and trees of a magnificent botanical Garden which was planted by Kew gardeners 100 years ago! If you want to learn more you can visit the geo-science centre, so ask your guide.

Day 6:

Free day – option to add our “Be a marine biologist for the day” full day whale and dolphin research tour

Day 7:

Free day – Have a relaxing morning in the hotel pool or you are feeling active visit the underground caves which are a short distance from the hotel. Alternatively browse some of our on line resources to learn about whales and dolphins. Watch our on line presentation “Discover Sperm Whales” where you will learn fascinating facts about the lives of these incredible mammals who are resident around the Islands and dive deep to find prey (squid) and also learn about the challenges facing the world’s Oceans and some conservation efforts.

Day 8:

Departure. If you have time before your flight you can do some souvenir shopping. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport.

Activity level: Medium