Furnas Hot Springs Terra Nostra Sao Miguel
… couldn’t ask for a better experience enjoying nature and conservation efforts to protect and respect these ocean creatures. Will never forget this tour.
The team at Terra Azul are knowledgeable and expert in their field. Trips are well organised and value for money.
The staff were friendly, knowledgeable of the marine life and even named the different whales and dolphins in all the different languages of the guests.
… passion, fascinating information, commitment to sustainability and the environment, always with a sense of humor! I loved every minute!
Amazing trip. Well organised with Land based lookouts guiding the boat. Knowledgeable and lovely tour guide. Definitely a must do.
Great experience!!! Very fair people who only go out when the chance is almost 100% for spotting animals.
One of the 10 Best Whale Watching Destinations
One of the Best Places to watch Whales around the World
Certainly, an in-touch-with-nature experience, organised by a passionate-about-nature, warm & caring team. This was, undoubtedly, the best experience of our trip to the Azores.
With only 20 participants you get the feeling that you are on an adventure and not just another trip with the masses of tourists.
Approximately 8 hours
See Whales & Dolphins
Taste Local Food
See Exotic Plants & Flowers
End with Thermal Bath
|OCT 1ST TILL JUN 30TH|
See Whales and Dolphins in the wild, enjoy local food, and explore Furnas’ crater Lake and Village, end with a relaxing natural Hot Springs thermal bath – a Full Day!
The day starts with a short briefing about Cetaceans (Whales and Dolphins), local species, behavioral patterns, and onboard safety. Follow the Guide and Skipper to your designated boat for an approximately 3-hour Marine Wildlife tour.
At 11:30 the boat returns to the Marina, for a short van tour up the Furnas volcano crater (dormant since 1630) down to the mystic Furnas valley and lake, stopping for sightseeing and photos.
At 12:30 it is lunch in a village restaurant, where you can opt for the most genuine island meal, an authentic geyser-cooked “cozido”.
At 14:00 it is time to visit nearby volcanic activity, and taste the mineral waters. You will have approximately one hour free to explore the beautiful village’s streets, featuring crossing rivers, watermills, chappels and fountains.
At 15:30 meet your guide at Terra Nostra Gardens gate, to step into a walking botanical journey, showcasing a varied collection of plants and flowers of cultural and historic value from all around the World, end with a relaxing and beautiful thermal pool surrounded by wonderful nature.
No matter what season or level of expertise there’s always something interesting for everyone to enjoy. The gardens is exuberant all year with impressive century-old trees, huge collections of colourful, rare and strange plants, specialty gardens, beautiful avenues with sculptures and fountains, and dazzling year-round blooms of fragrant flower tones for the eye, nose, and camera!
Your tour is tailored according to season’s highlights and special events occurring. Autumn is very special with Acers and other trees producing many different colours, Rhododendrons and Camellias bloom intermittently from October. In Winter time the notorious Ginkgo biloba avenue hues golden, one of the most stunning events occurring on the park throughout the year. In Springtime Magnolias, Clivias, and many other flowers bloom, and the gardens become alive with many species of birds, and small animals.
At 17:30 it is time to head back to the Marina for check-out.
We recommend you to eat light, and bring your personal water supply, towel, swim suit, a full change of warm clothing, sunscreen and chap-stick for the Sun. Light food is permitted onboard, and a Camera is essential, specially for photography lovers – please protect any personal equipment.
Hot Springs’ mineral water will damage your swimwear – bring one you can spare!
Special Dietary Restrictions must be notified upon reservation for required adjustments.
This tour is inappropriate and inadvisable to anyone pregnant, with weak back, in wheelchair, in delicate health conditions, or under the age of 4.