Whale and Dolphin Watching at Vila Franca Islet

From £81 pp


7 Hours

Join a group (max 30)

What you'll do

Visit one of the Azores most picturesque swimming locations and get up close and personal with the most spectacular wildlife in the Atlantic on a whale and dolphin watching trip.

The tour will start around 8:30am in Ponta Delgada harbour. After a briefing from your guide, a marine biologist, you’ll set off for a three-hour whale-watching expedition, before visiting one of the most beautiful swimming spots in the area around São Miguel Island.

Known as the ‘princess ring’ due to its curious circular shape the rocky shores of Vila Franca do Camp Islet form a natural lagoon, sheltered from the open sea to create one of the most incredible places for swimming in the Azores.

The whale-watching is a wonderful opportunity to see some of nature’s most majestic animals in their natural habitat, as the Azores acts as a permanent home or a regular passing point for a third of all whale and dolphin species.

Once you have returned from your whale-watching, jump on a traditional fishing boat for a 15-minute boat ride to Vila Franca Islet, where we recommend you try some fresh fish for lunch in the harbour.

The islet is protected, with visitors limited to 400 per day, and is classified by Birdlife International as a conservation point for many species of birds. Enjoy exploring this unique piece of land, which also hosts the Red Bull Cliff Diving competitions, with 27 metre jumps dotted around the islet.

After you’ve relaxed, explored, swum and trekked around Vila Franca, you will head back to Ponta Delgada.


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Location Info

This experience starts and ends at Portas do Mar, 26 – 9500-771 Ponta Delgada.

  • Raincoat and waterproof trousers if necessary
  • Life jacket
  • Marine biologist guide
  • Boat trip to the islet
  • Transfer back to Ponta Delgada
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Insurance (personal accident and liability)

Whale and Dolphin Watching at Vila Franca Islet