EXPEDITION | SAO MIGUEL ISLAND

SÃO MIGUEL ACTIVE TOUR

We would like to offer our clients a different way of experiencing the Green Island. We know that activities in the great outdoors, in some of the islands most beautiful and hidden spots, will allow nature lovers one of the best ways to discover this island. The program includes a balance of activities for beginners and intermediates, with no previous experience necessary. Our clients will enjoy amazing outdoor adventures, coupled with full logistical support and the home comforts of a guest house or local hotel for most of the nights. Please click the link below for our introductory video.

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL:

Transfer from the airport to the accommodation place. Welcome meeting.

DAY 2 HIKE IN LAGOA DO FOGO (“FIRE LAGOON”) MOUNTAIN (FULL DAY ~ 8 HOURS):

Fire Lake mountain is a protected area in São Miguel island due to its unique volcanic landscape, endemic and native forest, and as an important supply of fresh water for consumption.

Our clients can expect to hike along a mix of wild trails and rustic farm tracks. We will hike, approximately, 18 km total. The highlight will be reaching the summit of “Pico da Vela“, with 820 meters in height and a unique view of the volcanic “Lagoa do Fogo” (Fire Lagoon). After 12 km we will make a short transfer to “Vale das Lombadas” (Lombadas Valley), where we will hike for another 6 km, finishing, this time, on the north side of the lagoon. 

DAY 3 BIKING (~ 2.5 HOURS) + OCEAN KAYAKING (~ 3 HOURS) – (FULL DAY):

After the Pick-up we will drive to the “Reserva Florestal de Recreio do Pinhal da Paz” (The Forest Reserve of Pinhal da Paz) where we will start our 27 km morning biking tour. It will be an easy / medium difficulty tour through the interior of the island, including some views of the coast. Finally, we will end at  “Porto of São Vicente” (São Vicente Port), where we will have a picnic break before the next adventure.

The kayak tour will start from the Port of São Vicente and continue towards “Morro das Capelas”, which is a small and ancient rocky “monument” shaped like an elephant, attached to the island of São Miguel. You will enjoy different perspectives of the coastline, visit some caves, and do some snorkeling (depending on sea conditions). In total, we will travel about 5 km by kayak.

DAY 4 – ADVENTURE CANYONING TOUR (6 HOURS) + CAMPING (FULL DAY):

We will start the day earlier with an adventurous canyoning tour, of medium level, with various moments of rappelling, zip lining, rock slides and jumps. Be ready to see the real wild nature of the island and places that are only possible to see whilst canyoning. Afterwards, we will drive to “Nordeste” where you will spend the night in a nice forest campsite. We will set up the tents and prepare a delicious picnic-dinner (hot soup / barbecue). You are welcome to be part of the preparations or just take your time to relax.

Observations:

1.  To each client / couple / family, will be assigned a private tent.
2.  The customer has the possibility to choose a local hotel / accommodation instead of camping. Please have a look at the details below for other options / prices.

DAY 5 BIKING (~ 2 HOURS) + HIKING (~ 3 HOURS) + CAMPING IN FURNAS (FULL DAY):

We will start the day 5 in the “Tronqueira” area, with an easy bike ride towards Povoação (~ 23 km). At Povoação, you can choose 1 of the following options:

Option A: 7 km hike tour towards the villages of “Ribeira Quente” / “Furnas”; OR

Option B: Enjoy the rest of the day at “Ribeira Quente”, where you can go to the beach, OR just spend some more time in “Furnas”.

In Furnas, we will stop at the respective campsite where we will spend the night, with the tents already set up. After resting, having a shower etc., we will visit to the springs / lagoon / village of Furnas. In the meantime, a barbecue will be prepared at the camp by our guides. After dinner, it is time to enjoy the night with a bath in the emblematic hot springs.

Observations:

1.  To each client / couple / family, will be assigned a private tent.
2.  The customer has the possibility to choose a local hotel / accommodation instead of camping. Please have a look at the details below for other options / prices.

DAY 6 – OPTIONAL DAY:

This is an optional day. The customer can choose, while booking, one of the following possibilities. Please have a look at the details below for other options / prices.

1.  Free day;

2.  Morning with “Whale Watching” in Ponta Delgada. Option: Swim with dolphins.

3.  Half-day visit to Sete Cidades. Includes: 5 km hike and stops at some of the best known viewpoints in the area.

Note: On the 7th day we will also be visiting “Sete Cidades”; however, as some of the customers may want to stay longer in this location, this option is also available on this 6th day.

DAY 7 – COASTEERING TOUR (~ 3 HOURS) + VISIT TO “SETE CIDADES” (HALF DAY + EVENING):

We will take you to the Coasteering spot (“Porto da Caloura” – Caloura Harbor) where you will have an unforgettable adventure in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, with moments of swimming, controlled climbing, jumping, diving and snorkeling.

Free afternoon.

In the evening, we will visit “Sete Cidades” with the possibility of enjoying a beautiful sunset there. Note that this village is located inside one of the largest calderas in the Azores, in a dormant volcano. The dramatic landscape, lagoons and craters with (almost) zero human touch, makes this a unique place and one of the biggest attractions of the island.

Finally, we will end our week of adventures with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 8 DEPARTURE.

Transfer to the airport.

  • Transfers to the activities and places of accommodation, including to and from the airport of São Miguel;

  • Accommodation in local guest-houses / small hotels (breakfast included);

  • Welcome Meeting;

  • All the material / equipment for the activities (including the camping equipment, except for the sleeping bags);

  • All the logistics;

  • 2 to 3 certified guides;

  • Photos and a promotional personalized video;

  • Picnic-Lunch and snacks for the Full Day tours (days 2, 3, 4 and 5), Barbecues (days 4 and 5), and Farewell Dinner (day 7);

  • All the entrances;

  • Obligatory Insurances.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flights to São Miguel island;
  • Light and comfortable clothes (in addition to a raincoat, swimwear and a hat, we recommend opaque clothes that protect against the wind, such as lycra shirts or pants);
  • Outdoor shoes (suitable for biking and hiking);
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses;
  • Individual water bottle;
  • Small backpack (preferably waterproof);
  • Beach / Bath Towels;
  • Sleeping bag, small camping torch, flip-flops (and other personal material you think is needed for camping);
  • Personal medication (if applicable).
  • Minimum people required to to start the excursion : 2 people.

  • Minimum age: 14 years old. Clients under the age of 18 years old must be under the responsibility of an adult.

  • It is not necessary to have previous experience in any of the activities included in the program. However, the client should: enjoy the outdoors; be in good physical shape; know how to swim and know how to ride a bicycle.

  • To confirm your reservation we will need a 15% deposit in advance. This value is non-refundable if the client decides to cancel. The remaining cost should be paid one month before arrival.

  • If the client needs or wishes to, it is possible to skip one day of the program. Please contact us beforehand to confirm new prices.

  • Please request your options at least 30 days before the excursion so we can guarantee your places.
  • Fun Activities Azores Adventure reserves the right to make cancellations/reschedules based on:
  1. Unexpected weather conditions or other reasons considered relevant for the safety of our customers and staff. Customers will be able to reschedule the excursion.
  2. If the number of participants does not reach the minimum required to start the excursion. Customers will be able to reschedule the excursion or receive a full refund.
  3. If the participants are not eligible for the activity, regarding the minimum requirements or innapropriate conduct/behavior. There will be no Refund.

 

OBS : If you’re trying to make a reservation for a large group or if you have any special requirements, please contact us to request a quote and/or customising your trip.

Mid Season = From March – June / October – November

  • Price per person: 1300€
  • Option Whale Watching: + 55€
  • Option Sete Cidades: + 55€
  • Option Accommodation 4thnight: “base-price” = 55€. Please contact us to know exact prices.
  • Option Accommodation 5thnight: “base-price” = 30€. Please contact us to know exact prices.

High Season – From July to September

  • Price per person: 1480€
  • Option Whale Watching: + 55€
  • Option Sete Cidades: + 55€
  • Option Accommodation 4thnight: “base-price” = 60€. Please contact us to know exact prices.
  • Option Accommodation 5thnight: “base-price” = 30€. Please contact us to know exact prices.