Exploring Porto Formoso Tea Factory with Nicole

Nicole is our lookout girl, meaning she is on the coast line looking at the ocean with the binoculars in order to find life and guide our boats to it. She is very proud to have learnt this trade that is part of the Azorean culture.

Nicole, one of our sharing the love for her island


She is very proud of her home island “Sāo Miguel” as well as the culture, one experiences on the island, that is why she decided to show us the amazing Tea Factory of Porto Formoso.

Tea Plantation with view of the ocean


The island of S. Miguel has the only two tea plantations in Europe for industrial purposes, namely in the North coast.

Here we have Nicole delighted about enjoying time explaining all she knows about nature.


Porto Formoso Tea Factory is one of  those spots, with a mesmerizing view of the Ocean, one can gaze at the green plantation and have an idea how the tea production started in the 19th century.

Nicole wanted to share with us how one can visit and after the historical explanation enjoy a warm cup of tea.


Enjoying a warm cup of organic Tea


We learned about the organic production of Tea at this factory and are proud of using Azorean products that contribute to the local economy.

When Whale Watching, after every tour we always offer Green Tea from the island to all our guests, so now if you ever visit us, take Nicole’s advice and explore this beautiful plantation and enjoy with us a cup of Tea.


Thanks Nicole we had an amazing time!!!



Anaïs Builly

About Anaïs Builly

Anais Builly is Marine Biologist and Master of Biology, Ecology and Ecosystems, and of Bioproducts & Bioproduction of Marine Ecosystems, studied in France and South Africa. She is also Marine Wildlife Guide & Community Manager at TERRA AZUL. She is passionate about conservation of marine mammals, and loves being out in the ocean everyday.

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