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Pico Island: Whale Watching Boat Tour with Biologist Guides

Pico Island: Whale Watching Boat Tour with Biologist Guides

Lying in the middle of the mystical Atlantic Ocean, the Azores Islands are a permanent home or point of passage for more than a third of the entire world’s whale and dolphin species. Dive into a lifetime adventure with these ancestral creatures during this guided Pico Island whale-watching trip. Away from the masses and close to the desirable peace, you will be the guests to nature guides and marine biologists, certified and, most importantly, sharing the contagious passion for the islands and its fauna and flora. Your adventure starts at Lajes do Pico harbor, where you’ll be welcomed by staff and check-in. Afterward, head to the boat where the marine biologists will give a briefing. Hear about the species you might see, whale watching history in the Azores, as well as how to respect the animals. Then, you’re ready to navigate and look for cetaceans in the wild. On the way, have a look at the coast of the island, full of magical landscapes. Whales live in the deep ocean and some of them simply pass by the waters during their migration. It is in this dark-profiled paradise of basaltic landscapes and silky vegetation that a rough sea awaits to introduce the visitor to some of the most spectacular aquatic specimens, freely swimming in their element. Prepare for awe-inspiring moments where time suddenly freezes and natural magic happens right in front of your eyes. After the boat trip, head back to the harbor with a heart full of good memories.

Pico Island: Azores Whale & Dolphin Watching on Zodiac Boat

Pico Island: Azores Whale & Dolphin Watching on Zodiac Boat

Uncover the beauty of the marine wildlife of Pico Island on this dolphin and whale watching tour. Stay safe with the use of a life jacket and keep dry with the use of a waterproof top. Approach the whales slowly and carefully to ensure the well-being of the animals.  Enjoy a short briefing before boarding the Zodiac boat in the town of Lajes do Pico. Snap some pictures of the shoreline as your cruise along. Look for birds, turtles, whales, and playful dolphins as you make your way to locations where they are most active.  Get an introduction to cetaceans (whales and dolphins) from your guide. Hear about other marine species, their natural habitats, communication styles, migration patterns and behavioral features. Return to your starting point on Pico island. 

Pico Island: Piquinho Mountain Hike with Photos and Coffee

Pico Island: Piquinho Mountain Hike with Photos and Coffee

Join a hiking adventure to scale the summit of Pico Mountain. Achieve your dreams as you reach the top of this iconic and memorable place, with free coffee on hand and guides there to capture the experience on camera. Meet your guide at the Casa da Montanha. Receive a full safety briefing and equipment check. Begin your 7-hour climb to a height of 2351 meters. Traverse the 8-km long trail with your guide. Make your way down a route entirely built on volcanic rock and with an average slope of 30%. Begin on the easier sections, as the terrain gradually becomes harder the closer you get to the top. Watch out for loose rocks and unevenness that require your full attention. Feel anticipation as you rest in the volcano crater near the top, before attacking the mountain's summit. Scale this lava cone with permanent fumaroles that won't let you forget that you're at the top of a volcano. Enjoy the euphoric feeling of reaching the top of Portugal. Breathe deeply and enjoy the moment in the best possible way, whether contemplating, relaxing or taking lots of photos. Then, get ready for the descent with fewer stops to keep the leg muscles always active. Return to the starting point, with a feeling of mission accomplished that will accompany you for the rest of your life, knowing that you can always do more than you imagine.

Tours on Pico Island - Cultural and Natural Landscape

Tours on Pico Island - Cultural and Natural Landscape

Visit Pico Island following the path on Estrada Regional nº(s)1/2 along the north and south coast. Tour and visit the three villages, Madalena, São Roque do Pico and Lajes do Pico. The route includes the sites of “Lagoa do Capitão”, where you can appreciate the endemic vegetation found on the Island. Discover the remarkable Pico´s Vineyard Culture Landscape, Classified World Heritage by Unesco. Tour to the popular places of “Cachorro” and “Lajido” and along the seashore, the particularities of the Island´s volcanic nature, namely through the presence of vast lava fields. Route through the emblematic places of Whaling Culture, including a visit to the Whaling Museum. Historical information and nowadays facts concerning the Island, especially that of “Mistérios” from which it shaped. The Itinerary described lasts approximately 8 hours.

Pineapple greenhouse hot tube and pineapple tour

Pineapple greenhouse hot tube and pineapple tour

End your afternoon in São Miguel island in a relaxing pool with 12 square meters with 36 degrees water in the middle of a pineapple production and relax. Use the spa massages and cascate and feel the ambient of a pineapple greenhouse. The Azorean pineapples are unique in the world. At 5pm do the pineapple tour with an pineapple expert during 20-30min and learn about azorean pineapple production and take a photo in the middle of pineapples! Meeting point is Herdade do Ananás at 3pm and we give you towels and robes! This is a super experience in S. Miguel you will never forget.

Pico island: Climb Mount Pico, highest mountain in Portugal

Pico island: Climb Mount Pico, highest mountain in Portugal

This adventurous activity begins at the Mountain House where you will meet your guide and receive a safety briefing before starting the climb. The climb to the summit takes you through lush, verdant native vegetation and merges into great geological structures. Along the way, you will learn more about the flora and geology from your guide. The first part of the hike is a perfect indication for the rest of the climb. If you encounter difficulties here, your guide may advise you to stop the hike for your own and the group's safety. Gradually, the terrain turns into a steep slope where good physical fitness is essential. The 3-hour hike to the crater goes over different types of terrain, from mud to solid rock and eventually changing to loose rock and sand. The last 15 minutes of the climb to the top (Piquinho) require using your hands for more stability. Feel invincible when you reach the top of this challenging mountain. See and appreciate the immensity. Depending on the weather, it is possible to see all the islands of the central group. And even with cloudy weather, it is a rewarding climb. After a final impression of Piquinho, the descent is started. This mountain can be very difficult to descend, especially for inexperienced hikers. The guide will give you tips to handle the terrain better. The descent takes about 3-4 hours and follows the same path as the ascent. It is the most challenging part of the hike. The hike ends at the mountain house. Route specification Distance: 8km ↑ 1100m ascent ↓1100m descent Maximum height: 2351m Minimum height: 1250m Time: 8 hours Difficulty level Physical effort: 3 Technical difficulty: 2,5 Difficulty levels: 1 – easy 1,5 – easy / medium 2 – medium 2,5 – medium / difficult 3 – difficult

Observation of whales and dolphins in the peak

Observation of whales and dolphins in the peak

Observation of whales and dolphins Part to discovery and boarding an adventure that will lead to the fascinating world of whales and dolphins. Our outsider are accompanied by a professional crew with expectations that continually gives explanations to customers about the behaviors of the observed species Enjoy marine biodiversity in southern peak in this tour of Observation of dolphins and whales. How to get Marginal Avenue in front of the sea Meeting Point our store in the peak slabs, on top of our door two scholars with table and bench to the door entrance attend 30 minutes before starting time Services provided company aquaaçores op mt 07/2009

Climb Mount Pico with a Professional Guide

Climb Mount Pico with a Professional Guide

Pico Mountain is the tallest mountain in Portugal and can be very difficult to climb, especially for newcomers. On this full-day outing, climb the mountain and sleeping volcano with a professional, certified Pico Mountain guide belonging to the Association of Azores Mountain Guides. It’s a 5-mile (8 kilometers) hike to the top at 7700 feet (2350 meters), with your guide watching out for the proper routes and your safety and well-being. Is rated as a medium degree of difficulty, for that reason a good physical preparation and motor coordination are necessary, and preferably have experience in trails with accentuated slope. With an average duration of 7 to 9 hours, it starts early in the morning to reach the summit around lunch time and finishes the descent during the afternoon.

From Madalena: Pico Volcanoes and Lakes Guided Day Tour

From Madalena: Pico Volcanoes and Lakes Guided Day Tour

Discover the volcanic landscape of Pico island, elected one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Explore lakes, lagoons, and viewpoints during this guided van experience. Begin your tour by visiting beautiful lakes and several viewpoints. Pass by Casa da Montanha, the highest point reached in a car. This is the starting point for those who book a hike on a trail to Portugal’s highest summit, but for us, it will be a chance to get beautiful mountain views. Pass by the volcanic complex of the eastern part of the island. Stop for a light lunch in between volcanoes and lagoons and tuck into sandwiches while enjoying a scenic view. Hear stories and facts from your local island guide. During the visit to Casa dos Vulcões, you can expect interactive exhibits, detailed explanations of volcanic formations, and the opportunity to learn about the region’s geological history. This fascinating center offers an immersive experience of the volcanic activity of the Azores. Observe different geological formations such as stalactites and stalagmites, side benches, and lava balls. Finally, head back to the van and be dropped off back in Madalena.

Pico island, Azores: Guided Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Pico island, Azores: Guided Kayak and Snorkel Tour

See Pico island from a different angle on this guided kayaking tour. Take off from the harbour of Lajes do Pico, learn more about the whaling heritage of this village, paddle into a volcanic crater, and snorkel in a lagoon. Begin your tour at the harbour of Lajes do Pico. Meet your guide and get into your safety gear before hopping into one of the kayaks. Start paddling through the clear waters and head towards the old whaling factory. As you paddle, enjoy the coastline with Pico mountain dominating the landscape. Follow your guide's kayak into a volcanic crater, discovering fascinating rock formations. Take a rest halfway through your 2.5-hour tour on a sunny cobbled beach. Enjoy a refreshing swim or go snorkelling in the lagoon before heading back to the harbour of Lajes do Pico. Route specification Distance: 8 km Time: total duration of the activity 2.5 hours, 2 hours paddling Difficulty level Physical effort: 2 Difficulty levels: 1 – easy 1,5 – easy / medium 2 – medium 2,5 – medium / difficult 3 – difficult

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4.8
(108 reviews)

Or guide was amazing. She was funny and her coffee was the the best coffee at the top of the summit. The hike was hard coming down was harder. But worth every penny. Yes I would recommend it and yes I'd do it again. Amazing views at the top. We had a clear day so we could see 4 islands. Totally Totally worth it. The Foxes loved it. And are time with are guide

We were incredibly lucky and saw an array of whales and dolphins…including a species our guides hadn’t seen before! Thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip and would definitely recommend it…just hope you are as lucky as us!

Really enjoyable experience and some lovely snorkeling were I spent 10 minutes observing an Octopus which was thrilling. Andre our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and patient.

A great trip with a great guide. Really interesting to hear specifically about Pico wine and it’s history on the island. Only wished there was more wine, haha!

Super Skipper and Guide. We saw Wales three times and a lot of Dolphins.