Exciting Things to Do in Ponta Delgada for Thrill Seekers

THE 10 BEST Extreme Activities & Thrilling Things to Do in Ponta Delgada

Exciting Things to Do in Ponta Delgada for Thrill Seekers

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  • Kezzar
    Peterborough, UK32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The drive to the thermal pools is not for the faint hearted! Part of the way is a dirt track and we worried our little car wouldn’t make it. If possible go the long route round! The chicane travelling to the beach and back up is also pretty scary but it is worth it. We went at 10am and at first there were very few people, but when we left at 11am it was getting busy. The sea is so cold you can hardly believe it will be warm, but it was like a hot bath, even too hot in some spots! The ladder down is steep but short. I would advise beach shoes but plenty didn’t use them. Hold onto the rope once you’re inside as it can get quite choppy, but what an amazing experience! There are changing rooms next to the car park - we will definitely go back!
    Written 9 May 2024
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  • Sandra M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I took the full day west sao miguel tour on may 9th with nuno.
    He was informative,engaging and humorous.
    He gave us time to explore on our own and also asked us what we were interested in.
    His love and respect for the island was evident.
    We saw so much in one day and learned about the culture, the people and the ecology.
    My only complaint was the lunch buffet except the desserts.
    You will not be disappointed in the tour.
    Written 13 May 2024
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  • Mike K
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our driver, GUI, was very informative and courteous. He made sure we were safe and our personal items were secure. Not an adventure for the faint hearted, this is a true 4x4 experience!!!
    Written 9 May 2024
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  • Michael M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I have been deal with this bike shop since 2019. I have rented bikes from them on several occasion. I have purchased two bikes as well as all my gear from them. More recently I rent several of their new Scott Strike E-bikes. I highly recommend doing this to explore the island or joining them on a guided ride. If you need and service work done on either your Road or MTB bikes they do great work.
    Keep up the great service.
    Thanks for everything see you again soon
    Written 11 March 2024
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  • Lior
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First of all, the company's service is great- they answered on WhatsApp very quickly every time we needed, even for the smallest things. The tour had an amazing view and was super fun. As someone who's not doing extreme sports I can say it fits all, even kids. Our guide Zé and Carlos were very friendly and know how to encourage you and make you feel the safest with equipment and instructions, plus they were great with the kids in our group who enjoyed too. They also take great pictures😎 100% recommend!
    Written 4 May 2024
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  • Angelica P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My time with Picos de Aventura was phenomenal! Beatriz and Francisco were incredibly welcoming and helpful. Francisco's expertise during the whale-watching tour was really interesting—he provided insightful commentary in multiple languages (also in English, of course), and we were lucky to spot dolphins and a blue whale! Both Francisco and Beatriz also shared valuable local tips, from places to visit to restaurants for traditional food. Following their recommendations led us to delightful hidden places away from the tourists. I highly recommend it!
    Written 28 April 2024
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  • DosAmigos3202
    Rio Rancho, NM135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very knowledgeable and very helpful staff. Bruno made entire process easy. Celina was an excellent divemaster who helped me all the way, even going back into water to recover my camera which came off while removing my tank and buoyancy compensator. Maria showed me charts to identify fauna seen on dive. Easy access from cruise ship port…five minute walk. BBB g c
    Written 20 April 2024
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  • Jelizaveta S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guys gave me the most amazing experience on the island! I saw 3 different breeds of whale (one of the blue whale that is the rarest) and 3 different dolphins. I saw cachalot jumping!
    The team is truly obsessed with what they do and very respectful and loving to the nature and animals! Wooden boat doesn’t make as much sound and doesn’t bother animals which also gives us higher chances to see those amazing creatures <3
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • Emma Z
    Hillegom, The Netherlands10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We have done half a day of canyoning with Francisco and Bea with our 3 kids (8, 10 and 11 yrs). It was absolutely amazing: first of all they were very well equipped with all sizes of wetsuits and boots, even for the youngest kids. They were very good in explaining to the kids what to do and to expect. And the waterfalls with the abseiling, jumps and zipline were just great, with the option to do them multiple times. We were the only customers in our group and I heard the other companies have much larger groups up to 15 people. With such a large group the waiting will be endless at every waterfall… all in all, the canyoning with Azores Epic Adventures was the best activity we’ve done on the Azores!
    Written 10 May 2024
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  • Xyz
    cumbria281 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This review is 70/30 I will do the plus first - the boat trip and the zodiac were both very good, well organised, nice staff, good commentary, rough sea on the boat trip, i’d recommend sickness pills, the zodiac (Jessica) was better conditions, we saw whales & dolphins, superb experience, how can we continue to allow climate change to increase and put nature at such serious risk !!

    half day trip to thermal pools is worthwhile our guide (Eulalia) was very good

    the full day trip (citades) is well worth the trip, again an excellent guide
    (sincere apologies to her, as we have no name) very informative, cycling & kayaking really good

    the full day (furnas) trip was again excellent with Nuno guiding, very knowledgeable and a great guy

    the lunch on both full day tours was good

    the negative - some of the staff at check in are incredibly rude and abrupt they clearly have no software system in place, they ask for your first name….cannot find, they ask for your surname….cannot find, they ask for the time….cannot find, they tell you they have lots of tours & bookings…..they get frustrated at you as a result….so that is the customers fault ! their search criteria is rubbish, some of them are very unprofessional and rude due to their own failings, this is a big business, lots of tours daily leaving at similar times, hence lots of people arriving, it is 2024, simple software allowing search by surname / tour / time…..or all 3 ! would make the whole process more enjoyable and acceptable, instead they are clearly frustrated and seem to think it is the clients fault or the 3rd party bookers fault (where applicable) crazy as this could be easily rectified with nominal investment, some training on customer service, manners/respect and generally being polite would work wonders too - Sorry but true !
    Written 13 May 2024
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  • Nikola Minaříková
    Czech Republic141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We rented a car with ANC. They were waiting for us at the airport and are taking us to the rental office. It is a short drive of 5 minutes. The staff was very friendly. They took the time to check the car. We had to pay a deposit of 500 euros. When we returned the car, we got the deposit back.
    Written 13 February 2024
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  • IrishMonkey
    Wiltshire32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a wonderful trip with the very friendly and knowledgeable Miguel. We had some locations in mind beforehand and Miguel was able to accommodate our requests and make them even better with his extensive local knowledge. He went out of his way to ensure we had a fantastic experience and visited some breathtakingly beautiful places. Highly recommended.
    Written 26 October 2023
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  • CCnyc_11
    New York City, NY3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked 4 private van outings with Azores Trails of Nature, as we were traveling with our young child and could not go on long hikes. It ended up being a lovely way to see Sao Miguel, without having to worry about driving or planning our excursions. Our guide Rui was lovely - informative, warm and accommodating. For example, on our last outing to Nordeste, it happened to be a cloudless day, so we decided to revisit Lagoa do Fogo, which had been very overcast the first time. Rui reworked our itinerary on the spot. He also very kindly drove back to our apartment after we in advertently left our son's goggles in the car -- we arrived home after a meal to see the goggles hanging from the doorknob. It was a very thoughtful and appreciated gesture. We had a wonderful time and are already thinking about when we can return!
    Written 6 September 2023
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  • Eddy S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We’ve been on many whale watching trips and we’ve been really pleased about how the entire team has worked hard to provide us the very best experience. Combining their spotter, use of underwater microphone and great eyes enabled us to get close views of sperm whales and dolphins. Highly recommended!
    Written 27 April 2024
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  • Charles M
    Perros-Guirec, France143 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jose is a driving bundle of knowledge, constant offload of knowledge from geography, history and impacting politics. And ask in English. A gorgeous route with so many impressive routes that most should avoid, amazing photo moments and the perfect way to spend a long morning (finished 13:30). HIGHLY RECOMMEND
    Written 4 February 2024
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