Take a moment – relax – dive in your dreams into the deep blue ocean, far away from the real world but close to reality. Open your eyes and find yourself in the blue kingdom of the dolphins. Water is not the human medium, but you will feel freedom and peace when you feel only the sonar sounds of the dolphins on your body and the deep and endles blue around you. Swimming with dolphins, watch them in their habitat and observe them while feeding, mating, jumping, communicating or bow riding in front of our boat. You will understand how they protect their babies and how they behave in the social group. We make this dream come true ...
We can take you on a magnificent horse rides to otherwise hidden places. You will have the opportunity of seeing volcanic lagoons and craters, set amidst the beautiful Pico countryside.Our rides are based around Piedade and normally last for 3 hours. Lunch and a guide is include. These rides are only suitable for people with a basic, or better, standard of horsemanship. If you are a novice, starter lessons are initially available. These establish the control and understanding needed to ride a horse. They last one hour and are conducted around our trainng ring adjacent to the stables.
World Heritage Vineyards
with OCEANIC AZORES
The early inhabitants of Pico broke up hard lava covering the earth to build rock walls, and then planted vine cuttings in small circles of fertile soil. Over the centuries, these plantings grew into the island's vineyards and created a unique landscape given World Heritage status by Unesco. A visit to Pico's vineyards means entering a labyrinth of black walls and green vines. You can follow the furrows cut into the lava by ox-drawn carts that carried the grapes to wine cellars by the sea, revealing the history of an industrious community. These now preserved and protected vineyards make for fantastic walks taking in the breath taking views and historic trails taken years gone by.
We have numerous species of whales and dolphins off the shores Pico. During our daily tours we frequently encounter up to 4-6 different species in just a single voyage. We approach all animals very cautiously, taking care not to disturb them. This is the key to a successful encounter. It is up to the animals to decide whether they want to come close to the boats or not. Sometimes we only get a glimpse of a blow, a fluke or a fin. With a little luck however, a whale might peek out of the water (“spyhop”) or even breach. Please bear in mind that sperm whales show different behaviours than baleen whales or dolphins. Sperm whales can live to an age of up to 70 years or more. Some of those whales might have bad memories of the whaling days and shy away when approached. We have to accept this and continue our tours when we notice that the animals feel uncomfortable with us.
Whale and Dolphins Watching Tours
with AQUA AZORES
Maybe you have come along with divers and do not dive yourself then don't worry we have plenty of activities for you also. Maybe you're diving and fancy a day off with other activities in mind. Well take a look at what else we offer. Below is some of our other activities, although for more information please visit our sister site www.exploretheazores.com