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Full-Day Whales & The Princess Ring Islet (incl. Lunch) provided by Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL

Full-Day Whales & The Princess Ring Islet (incl. Lunch)

Full-Day Whales & The Princess Ring Islet (incl. Lunch)
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Whales, Food, and the Princess Ring Islet - Full Day. Enjoy a Whale Watching boat tour, local food lunch at a seafront village restaurant, and ferry on a traditional fishing boat to snorkel and explore the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Dutch, Spanish
What to expect
  • Meet us at the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo for check-in at the specified time. The day starts with a short briefing on Cetaceans (Whales and Dolphins), local species, behavioral patterns, and onboard safety. Everyone will then follow the Guide and Skipper to their designated boat for an approximately 3-hour Marine Wildlife tour. At 11:30 it is time to return for a local food lunch at a seafront village restaurant - at walking distance. At 13:30 meet us back to be provided with snorkeling gear, and a ticket to travel 10 minutes on a converted traditional fishing boat to the islet’s inside, now self-guided and free to explore the natural reserve Princess Ring, just outside the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo, and perfect for exploring, bathing, swimming and snorkeling. From then, boats depart back to the Marina on every hour until 17:30 - be sure not to miss it! We’ll be waiting for you at our Base for check-out and returning your snorkeling gear. Know before you go - eat light and bring personal water supply, swimsuit, towel, warm clothing, sunscreen and chapstick. Light food is permitted, a camera is essential - protect any personal equipment.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Dutch, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Meet us at the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo for check-in at the specified time. The day starts with a short briefing on Cetaceans (Whales and Dolphins), local species, behavioral patterns, and onboard safety. Everyone will then follow the Guide and Skipper to their designated boat for an approximately 3-hour Marine Wildlife tour. At 11:30 it is time to return for a local food lunch at a seafront village restaurant - at walking distance. At 13:30 meet us back to be provided with snorkeling gear, and a ticket to travel 10 minutes on a converted traditional fishing boat to the islet’s inside, now self-guided and free to explore the natural reserve Princess Ring, just outside the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo, and perfect for exploring, bathing, swimming and snorkeling. From then, boats depart back to the Marina on every hour until 17:30 - be sure not to miss it! We’ll be waiting for you at our Base for check-out and returning your snorkeling gear. Know before you go - eat light and bring personal water supply, swimsuit, towel, warm clothing, sunscreen and chapstick. Light food is permitted, a camera is essential - protect any personal equipment.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 58075P6
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Guided Marine Wildlife Tour
  • Lunch with local food, inclusive of entree, main, complimentary drinks and dessert
  • Admission to natural reserve Islet of Vila Franca do Campo
  • Snorkeling Mask and Tube
  • Insurance
Exclusions
  • Hotel Pickup and Drop-off
  • Personal Water supply
  • Personal Swimwear
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickups are charged separately, are subject to availability, and commence prior to designated time. Contact us to book and confirm your exact pickup time.
  • Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL™, Marina de Vila Franca do Campo 4, 9680-187 Vila Franca Do Campo, Portugal From Ponta Delgada city center by auto, head East along the coast and follow directions to Vila Franca do Campo. Once in Vila Franca do Campo, descend towards sea level and the Marina where our Base and Yellow Boats are stationed, and Free Parking can be found.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT it is not possible to control animals' behavior in the wild, or to guarantee that you will see a specific species at a specific time frame.
  • English is the official language, but our team is multinational and will do their best to accommodate your preferred language (this is not guaranteed).
  • At the Islet, all individuals are responsible to comply with the natural reserve’s rules.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • No Children under the age of 4
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Special Dietary Restrictions must be notified upon reservation for required adjustments
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travellers
Inclusions
  • Guided Marine Wildlife Tour
  • Lunch with local food, inclusive of entree, main, complimentary drinks and dessert
  • Admission to natural reserve Islet of Vila Franca do Campo
  • Snorkeling Mask and Tube
  • Insurance
Exclusions
  • Hotel Pickup and Drop-off
  • Personal Water supply
  • Personal Swimwear
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickups are charged separately, are subject to availability, and commence prior to designated time. Contact us to book and confirm your exact pickup time.
  • Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL™, Marina de Vila Franca do Campo 4, 9680-187 Vila Franca Do Campo, Portugal From Ponta Delgada city center by auto, head East along the coast and follow directions to Vila Franca do Campo. Once in Vila Franca do Campo, descend towards sea level and the Marina where our Base and Yellow Boats are stationed, and Free Parking can be found.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT it is not possible to control animals' behavior in the wild, or to guarantee that you will see a specific species at a specific time frame.
  • English is the official language, but our team is multinational and will do their best to accommodate your preferred language (this is not guaranteed).
  • At the Islet, all individuals are responsible to comply with the natural reserve’s rules.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • No Children under the age of 4
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Special Dietary Restrictions must be notified upon reservation for required adjustments
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 12 Oct 2021
A note from Full-Day Whales & The Princess Ring Islet (incl. Lunch)
Breathing mask usage is mandatory at all times. Disposable breathing masks available for sale at minimum cost. If you feel sick, fever, sore throat or cough, please inform us as soon as possible.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Popular mentions

5.0
24 reviews
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Ruud & Debby
Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands43 contributions
Great family experience
Aug 2021
We had a great experience with Terra Azul. In the morning the briefing was short and started with a serious, but necessary message. After that we got to one of the boats and headed out for a morning of marine wild life watching. I must say the captain and crew were very friendly and made sure everyone was able to watch the whales/dolphins. I was also impressed by the guide who was very knowledgeable about the whales and dolphins. What really stood out for me is the fact that these people are there to show you the wildlife, while also respecting the animals and there boundaries. We were lucky enough to see 3 different dolphin species and sperm whales. Also some Cory's (birds) and a nice view of the Princess Ring.
The lunch was not bad, but nothing special either. Lets be honest, you don't go whale watching for the lunch! :-)
The afternoon in the Princess Ring was a bit crowded, however still a nice spot for some snorkeling (lots of small fish).
All in all an excellent experience!
Written 19 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
Written 24 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Valérie H
Brussels, Belgium12 contributions
Once in a life time experience
Great unique experience. The briefing was short and clear. All the required material was provided. We did not bring a rain jacket but they had some for us.
The skipper and the guide were really great, they seemed as happy and amazed as us ! It’s nice to see people with so much passion. We saw a lot of dolphins (2 different types, more than 30 in total!). It was incredible!
Written 11 August 2021
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Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
Written 18 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Alison W
Durham, UK30 contributions
Great day out
Aug 2019 • Family
Whale watching was well organised and felt very safe. Lunch was delicious and the afternoon trip to the Princess ring was lovely. Lots of safe swimming. Loos and life guards there but not much else except tourists.
Written 13 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
Written 17 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Meggan N
Rochester, MN21 contributions
We Did See Some Whales
Sep 2019
We booked the all day trip with Terra Azul that included whale watching in the morning, lunch, and then a trip to the Isle of Vila Franco do Campo.
Positives:
We did see some sperm whales and dolphins and it was really nice to be out on the ocean. They made sure that everyone was able to get a good view and spent as much time as we could in the area the animals were without disturbing them, which I liked. They also drove around the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo which was neat to see.
Negatives:
We were packed into the boat. I expected alot of people but the way we were seated, you literally had inches between you and the people next to you and kept getting bumped when people were trying to take videos and pictures. I did get seasick which is my fault since I forgot to take Dramamine prior to leaving and the waves were pretty rough. So probably not recommended if you have issues with this. They were really nice about tending to me when I was sick. I was allowed to stand by the captain of the boat to get fresh air and they gave me tips to help me feel better. Unfortunately they didn't work very well and lunch was not what I wanted when we got off the boat. In fact, we ended our tour after lunch b/c we didn't want to take another boat out the island. I'm sure we would have gone if we felt okay or could have used our ticket another day. So I guess I wish we would have just booked the whale watching and done with island on our own if we felt like it, or at least booked both activities separately and done them on different days.
Written 18 September 2019
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Dear Meggan, Thank you for your visit and for your feedback We prefer to use fast Zodiac boats for a better chance to meet Wildlife in the open ocean, proximity at eye level to the animals, as well as better fuel-efficiency - for the best possible adventure experience with wildlife and the least possible environmental impact, this instead of looking from above in a large cruiser. Regarding your Islet of Vila Franca do Campo boat ticket, the service is supplied by the natural reserve's office and vacancy is limited. As mentioned in the confirmation email you received, your tour can be modified only up to 24 hours before the booked dates and times, and since you only decided on a the latest hour to reschedule, it was not possible to reschedule or refund. We hope you can verify the reviews and comments from other visitors and understand this reasoning to revise your review to a higher star rating for our service quality. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
Written 24 September 2019
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Marc W
6 contributions
Nice boat ride and trip out to the island
Sep 2019 • Friends
We booked the full day tour with the boat ride in the morning and the trip to the island in the afternoon. We tried on the Wednesday to see whales or dolphins but with nothing spotted and the island closed due to bad weather, we were re-booked free of charge a few days later. Second time around we were lucky enough to see two sets of dolphins on the boat tour. Be warned - even in calm conditions, the ride is fast (40 km/h) and bumpy. Not suitable for anyone prone to sea sickness or is scared of the water. Lunch was included at a local fish restaurant with cheese and bread, choice of meat or fish and a local sweet for dessert. The afternoon trip to the island was ok.. the centre buys your tickets and lends snorkelling equipment but we had to queue an hour each side to get there and back.. the island is actually more spectacular from the outside. Overall really friendly and helpful customer service.
Written 7 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
Written 9 September 2019
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Nuno
Sesimbra, Portugal4 contributions
Very professionally organized. Seeing whales is a bit harder but dolphins are a sure thing
Aug 2019
The trip had to be postponed due to weather conditions and I managed to do it in the last day possible. So if you plan this trip do it at the start of your stay so you can adjust to weather that in Azores is not a sure thing.
The first part was the sea trip, we went several miles into the ocean direction of Santa Maria island (we could see it in the distance). We managed to glimpse a Sei whale twice but most of this part was just waiting to be lucky. But when we moved to the dolphins we were able to follow a big group of spotted dolphins, with babies, in the process of migration.
Lunch was fair and the visit to the Princess Ring Islet is a must.
Written 28 August 2019
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Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
Written 2 September 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

J. P.
Duisburg, Germany12 contributions
Luck and sea
Aug 2019
We were fortunate enough to go on the day we booked for, because there was a lot of bad weather the days before we went.
The staff was really nice and helpful, and boat-ride was like a rollercoaster, if your stomach is easy to upset you should sit in the back rows.
We saw a lot of spotted dolphines feeding, which came all the way from Florida and we were also very lucky to see a Sei Whale on his way a few months late.
The food was amazing.
The islet was really beautiful and there were quite some fish to see while snorkeling.
Would definitely recommend the experience!
Written 27 August 2019
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Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
Written 28 August 2019
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Christina L
Isle of Palms, SC17 contributions
Delightful Day with dolphins
Jul 2019 • Couples
Our guide was wonderful. We saw sperm whales including a baby smacking his tail. Hundreds of spotted dolphins swam with us including pregnant dolphins and baby dolphins. It was a beautiful treat from Mother Nature.
Written 10 August 2019
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Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
Written 14 August 2019
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grs76451
1 contribution
Whale watching
Jul 2019 • Couples
Excellent staff. Went above and beyond to ensure we saw whales. The staff were friendly and answered all questions
Written 19 July 2019
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Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
Written 22 July 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

אביב לדרר
Chaweng, Thailand7 contributions
Amazing day
Jul 2019 • Couples
We took the full day tour and it was a really great day!
We’ve seen both dolphins and whales and we also saw the beautiful lagoon of Villa Franca do campo. The crew complied with the local regulations and it was clear that they do everything in their power to keep the animals safe (-:
Written 7 July 2019
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Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
Written 8 July 2019
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By: Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL
CGMorgan
CGMorgan
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Excellent whale watching trip
Excellent whale watching trip. Staff was knowledgeable, helpful and very friendly. Boat was comfortable. Everything
Dave C
Dave C
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Gepassioneerde, professionele organisatie.
Marine biologist on board that is willing to answer all your questions, happy to share all her passion and knowledg
Kriszta0522
Kriszta0522
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Fantastic journey
We had a great time with fantastic guide, Ana, perfect weather, a great captain, George. We saw dolphins and also a
Silvesga65
Silvesga65
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Memorable Experience
The tour was well organized. It’s an experience you only see what is out at the time of day. I was surprised to see
V_Anonyma
V_Anonyma
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Wet wet wet
We did see sperm whales and that was great But we did not have nice trip. There were really high waves so the ride
acpohlmann
acpohlmann
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Very good team !
We saw three different Spezies of Delphins - the Teamwork of the Crew was excellent - also the support about two pe
529morganeg
529morganeg
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We saw lot of Atlantic spotted dolphins and two sei whales. It’s was crazy. With a super guide Anna. The best exper
krokonine
krokonine
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Excellent experience: fun and informative
Though we weren't lucky enough to see whales (but many bottlenose dolphins really close) we enjoyed our trip a lot.
671saskiaw
671saskiaw
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Fun trip even without spotting any whales
We enjoyed the tour very much but were especially happy to see that the tour guide really seemed to care about the
LMaia88
LMaia88
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Dolphins up close
We saw a couple of different packs of dolphins swimming next to us which was great, especially as we’re so low to t
Fanny_Iza
Fanny_Iza
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Great experience
We made the half-day Day whales watching. The staff was very kind and passionated. They explained the animals and t
customerszh4zfiw2021
customerszh4zfiw2021
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Great experience
Fantastic experience. With The zodiac boat you can see dolphins very close. Sanne is a very experienced and profess
ClementePedro
ClementePedro
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Great experience with Terra Azul
We had a lovely morning with Terra Azul, the staff was great and very helpful, we were with our 5 year old son, and
pedrobX4288RB
pedrobX4288RB
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wonderful morning in the Atlantic ocean
We spent a wonderful morning in the Atlantic ocean. Although we couldn't see the whales, the company of the two spe
Juan_Castano_66
Juan_Castano_66
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A wonderful experience!
The best experience in Açores.Terra Azul has a group of skilled professionals, who believe in the wildlife protecti
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