Wildlife and Adventure on Sao Miguel

Whale-watching, birding and walking on Sao Miguel

Wildlife and Adventure on Sao Miguel

Explore the largest island of the Azores, Sao Miguel, on this one-week adventure itinerary with an emphasis on wildlife-watching and walking. Sao Miguel is a haven for marine life, bird watching and year-round outdoor activities, though travel is perhaps best between March and May, when the weather is mild and both the whale-watching and birding are at their peak!

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Sao Miguel Island

    Arrive Ponta Delgada airport on Sao Miguel Island, the largest island in the Azores archipelago, where you will be met and transferred to your apartment at the Hotel Gaivota, which offers comfortable en-suite apartments overlooking the marina and harbour.

  2. Day 2: Full day Jeep Tour to Sete Cidades caldera & the Lakes

    After breakfast, meet with your guide and depart Ponta Delgada for Sete Cidades volcano and caldera.

  3. Day 3: Morning whale & dolphin watching; afternoon visit Lagoa do Fogo

    The seas around the Azores are among the cleanest on the planet and home to spectacular marine life, including several varieties of whale. Indeed, their numbers are so plentiful that the Azores has become one of the most renowned destinations in the world for whale watching, as you’ll discover this morning when you embark on a 3-hour whale and dolphin watching expedition from Ponta Delgada.

  4. Day 4: Full-day bird watching

    Enjoy a full day (approx. 10 hours) of birdwatching on Sao Miguel. During this private tour, you’ll be accompanied by a specialist birding guide in addition to your main tour guide. Binoculars are provided for your use today.

  5. Day 5: Full-day guided hiking tour of Serra Devassa and Nascentes do Canario

    Today will see you explore Sao Miguel on foot in the company of your guide, as you follow a 10km circular route beginning and ending at the “Coal Wall”, or Muro do Carvão.

  6. Day 6: Whale-watching expedition

    Today will be spent whale watching, going out in the morning and returning to the harbour for a light picnic lunch, before heading out again in the afternoon.

  7. Day 7: Cycling on Sao Miguel

    Today we have included cycle hire so you may explore the island independently, perhaps revisiting some of the many beauty spots you visited earlier in your itinerary or venturing further afield.

  8. Day 8: International departure

    Breakfast and pick up for transfer to the airport for your international flight out.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in shared double/twin accommodation and travelling in high season (May-Oct; Christmas and New Year). For family and low/shoulder season rates, please contact us.

8 days from £1750pp


8 days from £1750pp

Father and Son at the summit of Kilimanjaro

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