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Faial Island

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Horta: Whale and Dolphin Watching Expedition

Horta: Whale and Dolphin Watching Expedition

Here in Faial and Pico we work with Whale Spotters to find the whales and dolphins from land. A briefing about the marine biodiversity and cetaceans occurring in the region will be made. A marine researcher/Biologist from the University of Lisbon and Azores will be on board to collect data and to provide you a unique experience with up-to-date information on marine life. These expeditions will be conducted in English, Portuguese or Spanish. Tours in French need to be requested in advance and according to our availability. Species/Species: With over 25 cetacean species in the region, normally 2 to 3 different are observed on each tour. Sperm whales year-round, Blue and Fin whales in spring, while Bryde and Sei whales can occur also in the summer + several dolphin species that are resident. Transport: RIB boat 16pax Our expeditions take an average of 3 hours. We have tours in the morning at 09h00 and in the afternoon at 14h00. As our boat is a semi-rigid, we do not recommend this activity in case of severe back problems or in case of pregnancy. Please note that trips depend on the weather conditions and can be rescheduled, with full refund in case of cancellation. Information about the presence of species is provided before each trip.

Faial Island: Half Day Tour

Faial Island: Half Day Tour

With this, you get to know all the main sights of the island, and even, if there is time available, you can make a longer stop at one of the points of interest of your choice! The duration is approximately 4 hours, and includes insurance, local guide and even snacks and drinks on board Stops: Espalamaca, Caldeira, Central Area, North Beach (Fajã), Capelinhos Volcano, Monte da Guia

Santa Cruz das Flores: Guided Tour w/ Ferreiro Waterfalls

Santa Cruz das Flores: Guided Tour w/ Ferreiro Waterfalls

This tour aims to cover all the relevant places on Flores island. The departure is made from Santa Cruz towards Ponta Delgada, but passing first through Fazenda de Santa Cruz, Cedros and Ponta Ruiva. In these villages we can find some of the most beautiful viewpoints of the island. Then we head towards the center of the island, more specifically for the Branca and Seca Lakes, and now we find ourselves ready for a lunch stop (not included). After lunch we will see the fantastic waterfalls of the island, first with Poço do Bacalhau and then with the walk to Poço da Ribeira do Ferreiro, a place of incomparable beauty. Subsequently we will discover the fantastic lakes that seem to be waiting for us. We could not finish this tour without visiting Rocha dos Bordões, considered for many years the main reference of the island in the world. The sequence of the journey will depend on the starting point. If the beginning is done at Fajã Grande the order will be the opposite. Itinerary Alagoa Ponta Ruíva viewpoint (museum + viewpoint Ilhéu Furado) Ponta Delgada Viewpoint 7 Lakes Rocha dos Bordões Portal Viewpoint Craveiro Lopes Viewpoint Poço da Ribeira do Ferreiro Fajã Grande Poço do Bacalhau

Faial Island: Horseback Riding on Lusitano Trail

Faial Island: Horseback Riding on Lusitano Trail

Enjoy awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean and ride alongside old farm houses and through picturesque villages as you take this horseback riding tour on Lusitano horse trail. Begin at 9:30 AM or 3:00 PM in the quaint town of Cedros. Start with a multimedia introduction about the horses and the trails you'll ride along and do some riding exercises. Plod along on at a leisurely pace on an easy trail with a calm and well-trained horse.  Ride out to the cliffs over the Atlantic and take in the spectacular views from atop your horse. Listen as your guide tells you about the history of the region and the natural landscape. After your ride, you will return to the starting point for a quick debrief.

From Horta: Guided Faial Island Tour

From Horta: Guided Faial Island Tour

Tour Faial Island in less than a day and explore the island's must-see sights. Enjoy guided commentary on a tour that's great for first-time visitors. After pickup at one of the 3 hotels available in Horta, set out on your discovery of Faial Island. See the Faial Caldeira, Capelinhos Volcano, and plenty of viewpoints overlooking the beautiful Blue Island. As you go, learn fun facts and Faial history from your guide.

Faial Island Tour: Full Day with lunch

Faial Island Tour: Full Day with lunch

Discover Faial Island from one side to the other! With the full day tour, you can see all the main sights on the island, and even to a few extra stops of your choice! For example, you can do one small hike, as well as bathe in one of our wonderful beaches! The duration is approximately 7-8 hours, and includes insurance, local guide, lunch and even snacks and drinks on board… Don’t waste time and book your tour now! Stops: Espalamaca, Almoxarife Beach, Central Area, Cabouco Park, Caldeira, North Beach (Fajã), Capelinhos volcano, West Area and Monte da Guia

Portugal: Europe eSim Mobile Data Plan

Portugal: Europe eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your European trip hassle-free with a convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Portugal and the other 41 most visited regions in Europe. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Benefit from coverage in Austria, Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Gibraltar, Hungary, Isle of Man, Iceland, Ireland, Italy(including San Marino & Vatican), Jersey Island, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Also covered is Malta, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, the United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland. All iPhone model launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): internet Local operator info: Portugal: Vodafone / NOS Communications S.A. / MEO The rest of the countries is available in the voucher info on your GYG App after purchase

Portugal/Europe: 5G eSim Mobile Data Plan

Portugal/Europe: 5G eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Portugal hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Portugal and another 43 European regions (full list below). Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4, and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photos to confirm eligibility. Network coverage: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece (including Cyclades), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy (including Vatican, San Marino, Sardinia), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (including Azores and Madeira), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including Canary Islands and Balearic Islands), Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan.

Faial Island: Full Day Tour with lunch Included in Horta.

Faial Island: Full Day Tour with lunch Included in Horta.

You are passing through and we want to ensure that your trip to Faial is unforgettable! Go beyond the beaches of Faial Island and discover its history and culture on this small group day trip. In a small group of a maximum of 8 people, you will enjoy intimate visits to the island's places of interest, such as the Capelinhos Volcano and the Caldeira do Faial Nature Reserve, along with stops for swimming or strolling on the beach, sightseeing and lunch too. Useful tip: the route is flexible and can be adapted to the group's interests. ○ Relax with round-trip transport from your hotel in Horta. ○ Find photo-worthy views with the help of your guide. ○ Enjoy a more sociable trip in a small group.

Faial Island: Half Day Tour - The main attractions

Faial Island: Half Day Tour - The main attractions

Are you passing through Faial and want to know the most emblematic places on the island? This is the tour for you! Discover the imposing Caldeira, the Capelinhos Volcano and the viewpoints with privileged views of the nearest islands, Pico, São Jorge and Graciosa. For those who have little time on the island of Faial, this is the ideal way to discover the most striking landscapes on a 3 to 4 hour tour. Don't worry about transportation and logistics, come and discover the island with a local guide. On our part, you can count on a high level of professionalism, good mood and dedication to enjoy a unique experience.

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4.8
(13 reviews)

This was a very interesting trip! We enjoyed the tour, very beautiful landscapes and breathtaking views! Ramiro explained us many interesting things about the island and Azores, about the local life and the history. The dinner was delicious and with wonderful view of the Pico mountain. We were impressed by the local “desert” and Capelinhos Volcano. We definitely can recommend this tour! Thank you for the great experience!

Our guide Kevin was very friendly and accommodating, he knew the popular and not so well-known places on the island and took us to the best spots. He spoke enthusiastically about the island and had a lot of background knowledge. We can highly recommend the tour with Kevin to everyone, it allows you to get to know the island of Faial from the perspective of a local.

To our surprise and delight, the tour was in German rather than English. Paulo introduced us to "his island" with a lot of enthusiasm and insider knowledge. It was an entertaining experience and the time flew by. If there were 10 stars, he would deserve them. Thank you for a wonderful half-day tour!

We found the guide very social, versatile (languages) and showed us many beautiful things. Was committed Attention to everyone Knew his region very well Definitely worth a recommendation

We really enjoyed the contact with Ramiro and his insides to the island and personal experiences.