Water activity

São Miguel: Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Snorkeling

4.5 / 5

52 reviews

Activity provider: OceanEye Azores

São Miguel: Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Snorkeling

Activity provider: OceanEye Azores
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From US$ 46.44 per person

Likely to sell out

On this tour you will get to see the fauna and flora around the islet of Vila Franca do Campo through a glass bottom boat. You can also snorkel and spot shoals of beautiful fish.

About this activity

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, English

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the bottom of the ocean arround the islet of Vila Franca do Campo
  • Get closer to the sea life by snorkeling
  • Learn about the natural world
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Skipper
  • Tour guide
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Insurance
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet at the Marina de Vila Franca do Campo.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel

Know before you go

  • The trip may be canceled or changed for security reasons, weather and other irregularities.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 52 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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Our first booking on 7/13 was canceled due to weather conditions (understandably, the sea did seem choppy!) but with plenty of notice. I rebooked for the next day almost immediately, as we only had a couple of days on the island. Our tour on 7/14 left as scheduled and we had an unforgettable time! The guides were kind, helpful, and very knowledgeable about the marine life, islet, and history. The other travelers that were on the boat with us were also great and friendly people! Although we had chosen English, everyone was bilingual, and we agreed for the guides to give the tour in Portuguese instead. The islet was magnificent up close and we saw many fish through the glass bottom. I snorkeled for the first time with a provided wet suit and good instructions. I won't forget swimming with the fish by the islet entrance! :)

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July 20, 2022

The boat's owner, Edmundo, and Sara, were excellent hosts who shared with us their historical knowledge of the Vila Franca do Campo region as well as their scientific knowledge regarding the species they were showing us. The vessel is in excellent condition and I strongly advise others to make this experience, without a doubt, unforgettable. I will surely come back.

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June 8, 2022

An unforgettable experience, thanks to our wonderful guides! We learned some history about the island and flora and fauna of the islet. The snorkeling was the highlight of the trip! We saw various fishes, and sea urchins, and just simply seeing the rock structures and crevices around the islet was amazing. Better to book the morning trip because the waves are a bit stronger in the afternoon and there are fewer fish to see. We arrived early in the morning while a huge storm passed through Ponta Delgada while we were on the way to Vila Franca do Campo. It was cloudy, windy, and chilly, but was surprised it pushed through because the weather cleared up pretty quickly! Had clear skies half an hour later.

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May 19, 2022

Product ID: 399009