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São Miguel Island

Family-friendly Activities

Our most recommended São Miguel Island Family-friendly Activities

São Miguel: Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Snorkeling

1. 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.

From Ponta Delgada: Lagoa do Fogo & Hot Springs Private Trip

2. From Ponta Delgada: Lagoa do Fogo & Hot Springs Private Trip

Departure at 9 o'clock going straight to the local pottery factory 'Cerâmica Vieira', after that it's time to go to Lagoa do Fogo to see one of the most beautiful sights in the world. After that moment we will have a 1h stop in the hot springs of Caldeira Velha and then lunch. In the afternoon it is scheduled to stop at the only tea plantation in Europe 'Gorreana' and then 4 important stops in pinpointed viewpoints around the coast and on high land.

Vila Franca do Campo: Kayak Rental

3. Vila Franca do Campo: Kayak Rental

Paddle along the unique coastline of Vila Franca do Campo. Rent a kayak anytime you want — it's a perfect activity for the whole family. All experience levels are welcome, and all equipment is provided. The kayaks you will be renting are safe and comfortable, and very difficult to flip. This rental is valid for one hour per person.

Azores: Vila Franca do Campo Islet Kayaking Experience

4. 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.

Ribeira dos Caldeirões: Canyoning Experience

5. Ribeira dos Caldeirões: Canyoning Experience

Canyoning is the sport of travelling down a river situated in a canyon by a variety of means including scrambling, floating, swimming, and abseiling. The canyon you'll visit has a mystical atmosphere and is situated within a rainforest among spring water from the mountain. The experience starts with a briefing about all of the necessary logistics and safety. You will then be provided with all equipment and warm up by walking along a short trail until reaching the start. The descent starts by scrambling down the stream, having fun in this watery playground where you'll have the opportunity to try out jumping (optional), sliding, rappelling, and abseiling down the waterfalls. At every obstacle, there will be a guide explaining everything you need to do and helping you. Along the stream, there will be some jumps, which get higher as the course progresses. The highest one is about 6 meters tall. Nothing is mandatory, so if you don't feel comfortable jumping, don't worry. You can still participate in the tour and have lots of fun. At the end of the tour, photos and videos will be sent directly to your e-mail free of charge.

Sao Miguel: Caldeiroes Canyoning Experience

6. Sao Miguel: Caldeiroes Canyoning Experience

After either gathering at the meeting point or being collected from your accommodation, you will make your way to Parque da Ribeira dos Caldeirões, located in the north-east part of the island. It takes around 45 minutes to drive from Ponta Delgada. The half-day tour takes approximately 3 hours. During this time you will have the possibility of doing rappels, jumps, slides and rock slides. The highest rappel will be 15 meters, with the highest jump being around 6 meters. There will be some time for the equipment distribution with the help of your guides, before you take a short hike in order to approach the stream followed by a security briefing. On average it is about a 20 to 35-minute hike, depending on the pace of the group. Throughout the full-day option you will stop for a picnic, later finishing the tour by returning back to town by car.

Azores: Ribeira da Salga Canyoning Adventure

7. Azores: Ribeira da Salga Canyoning Adventure

Whether you're an experienced traveler or first-time adventurer, have a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a canyoning adventure in Ribeira da Salga. Visit one of the most astonishing places in the northeast part of the island of Sao Miguel, located between Lomba de S.Pedro and Salga parishes. Start your adventure with a quick security briefing and equipment distribution.  Afterward take a half-hour hike towards the location where you'll be able to jump, slide, and rappel down gorgeous water streams into crystal-clear natural pools. The highest rappel can go up to 16 meters, and the highest jump up to around 8 meters. If you are uncomfortable about jumping other options are available.

Azores: Canyoning in Salto do Cabrito

8. Azores: Canyoning in Salto do Cabrito

Relax and disconnect in a beautiful setting in this morning canyoning adventure in Salto do Cabrito. Explore the natural side of São Miguel Island hiking and canyoning through lush forests and cool streams.  Meet the guide in central Ponta Delgada or arrange pick up from your accommodation and travel in an air-conditioned van 20 minutes to Salto do Cabrito. Hike 30 minutes to the stream where an experienced guide will give a security briefing and distribute all the equipment needed for the activity. Once suited and ready to go, spend a few hours exploring the pools and waterfalls. For those who dare, there will be an opportunity to finish the tour with a 4-meter jump. A zipline is also available for those who'd prefer flying to jumping.

Ponta Delgada: Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões Trip

9. Ponta Delgada: Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões Trip

Enjoy an excursion to the Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões, one of the most extraordinary national parks on São Miguel Island. Learn how to rappel, then spend your day climbing, sliding, and jumping off waterfalls into natural pools.  Drive 45 minutes from the city of Ponta Delgada and start your adventure when you arrive at the national park. Gather up your equipment and set off on a short walk to your first stop. Listen to important safety briefings teaching you how to rappel. Feel the thrill as you abseil down a cascading waterfall and jump into the flowing waters below. Continue downriver to a water slide and hold your breath as you jump from a height of 2 meters into a natural pool. Trek back along the forest path and delve into the valley to reach your second jumping point. Choose to freefall from 4 meters or leap from the lower height of 1.5 meters into the water. Save the best for last and end your adventure in style by jumping from the top of a waterfall at the height of 6 meters. Imagine the sensation in your stomach as the jungle scenery rushes past you.

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What people are saying about São Miguel Island

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! :)

Great experience with great guides who carefully monitored each individual. There were various "jumping and abseiling obstacles", with the jumps being made from around 3m and 5m in height. Anyone who didn't want to (or couldn't) jump was abseiled down. Our group consisted of 13 participants and 3 guides. Equipment was completely provided. You should have a certain level of fitness and be sure-footed (there were some climbing passages on muddy ground and large stones in the water that were not visible) and enjoy the challenge. For us it was a successful trip.

El equipo de profesionales de 10! Nos han cuidado mucho y ha sido una jornada muy agradable. Es verdad que no había mucha fauna marina, pero la excursión sin dida vale la pena. Lo recomendamos!

Super fun kayaking and snorkeling around the islet! Our guides were also hilarious and very knowledgeable about sea kayaking. Highly recommend!

Great experience, friendly guides, well worth the money