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Our most recommended Ponta Delgada Cruises & Boat Tours

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.

São Miguel Azores: Half-Day Whale Watching Trip

2. São Miguel Azores: Half-Day Whale Watching Trip

Enjoy a half-day whale watching trip in the Azores, one of the ‘top ten’ whale-watching spots in the world, and get the opportunity to meet the ocean giants in their natural habitat. Meet the boat crew and get a short briefing about safety and code of ethics and then put on your life vest and head out in the ocean. Listen as the crew follows the instructions given by radio from the lookouts placed in strategic points along the coastline using military-grade binoculars to find and communicate the position of the animals. Take comfort that the crew has a 99% success rate of sightings. If whales are spotted it´s time to enjoy the company of these magnificent animals, always keeping a safe and respectful distance. It´s usual that more than one group of whales and dolphins are observed per trip. On the way back to the marina, observe the geological formations of the island as the boat sails close to the coastline. If no Whales or Dolphins are spotted, you will receive a full refund, or you can book another trip for free.

Ponta Delgada: Whales and Volcanoes Tour with Lunch

3. Ponta Delgada: Whales and Volcanoes Tour with Lunch

Benefit from mini van pick-up at your accommodation in Ponta Delgada and the area around and then explore the coastline of São Miguel island by boat. Spend 3 hours looking for majestic whales and playful dolphins in their natural environment.  Reconnect with the natural world as you go in search of the sperm whales, blue whales, humpback whales, fin whales and sei whales that make the archipelago one of the best places in the world to see different marine mammals. Keep a look out for turtles, flying fish, sea birds and jumping dolphins along the way.  Disembark at the marina and enjoy a tasty lunch at local restaurant. Afetr lunch make your way to the volcanic landscapes of Lagoa do Fogo crater lake. See one of the most beautiful lakes in São Miguel and experience the amazing interior of the island up close. Learn about how is used the volcanic heat to produce renewable energy to the island.

Ponta Delgada: Hidden Gems of São Miguel Full-Day Van Tour

4. Ponta Delgada: Hidden Gems of São Miguel Full-Day Van Tour

Spend a day exploring the hidden gems of São Miguel Island, away from the big crowds. The island of São Miguel is beautiful everywhere and has a lot to see besides the popular and busy attractions. Drive through the quiet roads of the inner island surrounded by forests and green pastures. See the native and unique vegetation of the Azores in well-preserved areas and learn about their uses in the early history of the islands. From ample views from mountain tops, to waterfalls, cliffs, a small lake—this tour goes to many amazing places that are not part of the main tourist itineraries. This tour is accessible to everyone and doesn’t require difficult walks. Throughout the day, you will explore the hidden side of the Azores and go off the typical roads to enjoy some unique views.

From Ponta Delgada: Lakes and Sete Cidades Trip with Lunch

5. From Ponta Delgada: Lakes and Sete Cidades Trip with Lunch

Explore a 3-hour linear trail around Sete Cidades. Begin your tour next to the grand Muro das Nove Janelas (Wall of the Nine Windows), a 760-meter stone aqueduct that is over 100 years old. Pass through a forest of Japanese cedars and ascend to the top of Pico da Cruz. Experience stunning panoramic views of the island’s north and south coasts in the foreground and Serra de Água de Pau in the background. Follow the route to the north crest of the blue lake while appreciating magnificent views of the Sete Cidades Lagoon and the Santiago Lagoon along the way. Discover the Lomba do Vasco viewpoint which offers a breath-taking view of the Sete Cidades caldera, a large volcanic crater. View the blue and green lakes and the Peninsula. Arrive at Seara House and head towards the center of the parish of Sete Cidades, where the route ends.

Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Sete Cidades Minivan Tour

6. Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Sete Cidades Minivan Tour

Join a group tour perfect for families, groups, and adventure-seekers alike and spend 4 hours exploring the Sete Cidades volcanic region in a comfortable minivan to view the area's incredible landscape.    Enjoy your journey into Sete Cidades with a professional guide who will lead you to 3-4 of the most amazing viewpoints, overlooks, lakes, and walks that the region has to offer. Stop in the small village of Sete Cidades and explore its winding streets and terracotta-roofed houses along your way. Hear stories and information about the volcano's formation, history, animals, and ancient inhabitants. After arriving at each viewpoint or overlook, you will have plenty of time to explore and capture memories in photographs.

Full-Day Coast-to-Coast Buggy Tour (Shared buggy)

7. Full-Day Coast-to-Coast Buggy Tour (Shared buggy)

The coast-to-coast buggy tour of São Miguel will lead you off-road for an adrenaline-filled tour. With the help of your guide, visit farms, check out the best views of the island, get up close with unreal nature, and, of course, cross paths with volcanic rock along the way.   See the amazing landscape of the island, taking in many famous landmarks along the way. Included is a stop for lunch in Caloura, a stunning coastal town where you can enjoy some of the best food the island has to offer. Continue with the adventure before making your way back to the starting point filled with the strong emotions this unique tour invokes.

Half-Day Sete Cidades Adapted Van Tour

8. Half-Day Sete Cidades Adapted Van Tour

This adapted tour is suitable for those with reduced mobility as the van used on the tour is wheelchair accessible. The main goal of the tour is to allow you to get to know what the island of São Miguel has to offer. Get to know one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal, the Lagoa das Sete Cidades. Let yourself be invaded by the beauty of the lakes, one blue and one green, which according to legend were formed by the tears of a shepherd and a princess who were in love but not were meant to be together.

From Ponta Delgada: São Roque-Praia do Pópulo Minibus Tour

9. From Ponta Delgada: São Roque-Praia do Pópulo Minibus Tour

Start the tour by arriving at the meeting point in Ponta Delgada where you will board a comfortable convertible minibus. From here, set off on a scenic ride along the coast towards the small parish of São Roque. First, admire the spectacular dark sand beach and listen as your guide explains the volcanic activity of the island. Make a stop at Forte São Caetano and learn a bit more about the history of the area.  Then, return to the city and head into the newly developed area, admiring the architecture and stunning coastal views. Enjoy a tour of the main monuments, churches, and beaches discovering a bit more about the region's culture. Finish the tour with a drive along the main avenue of the city, Avenida João Bosco Mota Amaral. Finally, return to Ponta Delgada where your tour concludes at the meeting point.

São Miguel: Sacred Spaces in Ponta Delgada Guided City Tour

10. São Miguel: Sacred Spaces in Ponta Delgada Guided City Tour

Visit the Church of São José, the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Esperança, Saint Sebastian Church, and the Church of the Jesuit College, all on this guided trip in Ponta Delgada. Learn about the cultural and religious significance of the sacred sites you visit.  After pickup, start at São José Church, located in Campo de São Francisco, right in the historic center of the city of Ponta Delgada. Under the invocation of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, the church dates back to the 16th century.  Next, stop at the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Esperança, where you´ll find the Sanctuary of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres that’s of the highest devotion to the Azorean people and one of the most important treasures of sacred art in the country.  After a small walk, arrive at Saint Sebastian Church. Its construction dates back to a chapel under the invocation of São Sebastião, built after a great plague that devastated it. Make a final stop at Todos-os-Santos Church, the primitive Church of the Jesuit College.

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4.7 / 5

based on 150 reviews

Directly before the tour, some things are explained via video. The tour is conducted by marine biologists who pay attention to the welfare of the animals and also keep a good distance from the animals. Great importance is also attached to environmental awareness and visible rubbish is fished out of the sea. We saw 2 species of dolphins, 2 species of whales and a turtle and were given information about each animal. I can recommend this tour and this organizer without hesitation! It is worth taking part in such an excursion.

Unforgettable family experience. Wonderful guides, Reine and Miguel who also drove the boat, very educational and friendly, gave us all kinds of explanations about the birds, dolphins and whales that we saw. Yes, we saw a bowhead whale, the third largest in existence and it was very, very exciting.

It was a shame not to have seen whales, but Margarida, our guide, was very enlightening and a very friendly person, who made this experience even more special.

It is a must if you travel to Sao Miguel. We were very lucky, we managed to see many sperm whales, dolphins and even a shark.

Muy buena experiencia. Pudimos observar delfines y cachalotes.