Islet of Vila Franca do Campo

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Azores Whale Watching Expedition and Islet Boat Tour

1. 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.

Azores: Vila Franca do Campo Islet Kayaking Experience

2. Azores: Vila Franca do Campo Islet Kayaking Experience

Paddle along the beautiful coastline of Vila Franca de Campo. Choose between the morning or afternoon tour and embark on a kayaking adventure suitable for families with children. The level is appropriate for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. Your professional instructor will make sure that everyone feels safe and comfortable. Get geared with the necessary equipment for your kayak tour. Then, receive a safety briefing from your instructor before heading out onto the waters. This tour takes you on a 4.5 kilometer stretch along the beautiful Vila Franca do Campo Islet. During the excursion, you may take a dip into the refreshing waters and try some snorkeling.

São Miguel: Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Snorkeling

3. São Miguel: Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Snorkeling

Discover the life that lies deep in the Azores Sea from the comfort of this glass-bottom boat, with an expert crew and guide. Your adventure begins at Vila Franca do Campo Marina. A biologist will give you a briefing about the itinerary and then you can set off. Learn about the marine life, nature, and historical curiosities of Vila Franca do Campo. You can spot the unique sea life of the protected area and observe the seabirds and crustaceans that fill the islet landscape. The biologist will help you identify the species, but you can expect to see everything from colorful shoals of fish, to starfish, sea cucumbers, and underwater volcanic activity. When you want to cool off you can go for a swim and snorkel, and get closer to some of the wildlife you've been spotting.

Sao Miguel: Vila Franca Do Campo Islet Scuba Diving

4. Sao Miguel: Vila Franca Do Campo Islet Scuba Diving

Kick off your scuba diving experience with a small introduction session during which you will learn all about diving equipment, techniques and underwater communication. Then head out to the sea by boat, allowing a supervised and relaxed way to experience diving.  Your dive will take place at the Natural Reserve of Vila Franca do Campo Islet, an island formed by a volcano crater. Explore an area close to wrecked cannons from the 16th century and see how nature incorporated them into marine life.

Sao Miguel: Snorkeling in Vila Franca do Campo

5. Sao Miguel: Snorkeling in Vila Franca do Campo

Go on a boat and embark on a snorkeling experience in the sea. Enjoy the marine life in a supervised and relaxed way.  Receive a brief explanation of the apnea basic concepts, equipment, and swimming techniques. These are theoretical and practical sessions, where safety procedures will be explained.  This activity takes place in the Natural Reserve of Vila Franca do Campo Island, close to the wrecked cannons from the 16th Century.  Come and see what the underwater world has to offer you with the greatest comfort and safety.

Vila Franca do Campo: Islet Reserve Boat & Walking Tour

6. Vila Franca do Campo: Islet Reserve Boat & Walking Tour

Discover the beautiful Islet of Vila Franca do Campo on a cruise and walking tour. Visit the rocky islet crater, learn about the islet's wildlife and plants, and cruise around the islet through the natural reserve. Begin your tour at the marina with a short briefing. Hear about the volcanic islet’s geology, plant and animal species you might see, the nature reserve’s rules, and boat safety. Head to your boat with your guide and skipper and enjoy the 10-minute ride to the islet. Disembark at the harbor for a 1.5-long guided walking tour. Walk through the rocky landscape to explore the volcanic marvel. See stunning Azorean Heather and Firetree. Keep an eye out for buzzards, turnstones, sanderlings, little egrets, whimbrels, canaries, wagtails, and sally lightfoot crab colonies. As you spot a bird or a plant, hear about it from your guide. After your walking tour, hop back on your boat and enjoy a guided boat tour around the islet before returning to the marina.

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What people are saying about Islet of Vila Franca do Campo

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 310 reviews

Friendly, helpful, and informative guides, and the tour was in English. We saw a group of bottlenose dolphins and then sperm whales. I went as the only solo traveler on board among mostly couples and groups of three and enjoyed my time. Recommend.

Really fun activity to do - we got to kayak to a beautiful islet nearby and snorkelled for a bit. The guides were helpful and experienced - they constantly checked on us to make sure we were safe.

Very well arranged! First time was canceled due to weather, able to choose new date quickly. Very nice tour guide and nice skipper… Highly recommended! Saw 2 types of whales and dolphins!

Amazing, the guide was extremely nice and we were so lucky to see many marine species. The island of Vila Franca do Campo was amazing. I hope to come back and see other animals!

Great trip - very fast fun boat, responsible guides who clearly enjoy what they do. Saw dolphins and sperms whales - and beautify scenery!