Best water activities in the Azores islands: waterfalls, boat rides and whale watching

 Faial - Whale watching, ©nebulux76/Flickr

Faial – Whale watching, ©nebulux76/Flickr

As the Azores is a set of islands composed of nine islands which are naturally surrounded by a lot of water hence they offer exciting activities to all visitors. On Flores Island, one the most luxuriant and charming of the Azores islands, for example there are several waterfalls worth visiting.

Then experience a fabulous contrast of colors as you paddle out to the sea and watch Terceira from a different perspective. Hop into a boat and visit all the islands of the Azores. One of the most exciting activities is to visit Faial and watch the playful whales and dolphins as they frisk about in the sea.

Waterfalls of Flores

On the island of Flores there are several rivulets which leap from mount to mount and create crystal-clear waterfalls. Come and visit Flores Island and listen to the lively song of its beautiful waterfalls which is in perfect harmony with the countryside dotted by pretty hydrangeas. The largest of the waterfalls can be found at Fajãzinha district. It is a 300 m high waterfall and it is called Ribeira Grande. Some waterfalls fall into the sea and some continue to flow through the island. Visit the 20 or more waterfalls of the island of Flowers.

Fajãzinha waterfalls, ©Julen Iturbe-Ormaetxe/Flickr

Fajãzinha waterfalls, ©Julen Iturbe-Ormaetxe/Flickr

Row the boat in the Azores

The island of Terceira as such is beautiful but it is also worth having a look at it from afar. Join a boat trip and sail around the island or go for an excursion to the islands of Cabras. Experience the peace of the sea as the boat gently runs across the waves of the ocean. Discover the natural beauty of the archipelago, have a nautical day out!

Linking islands, ©Jsome1/Flickr

Linking islands, ©Jsome1/Flickr

Faial – Whale and dolphin watching

Visit the shores of Faial for something fun and thrilling awaits you there! Faial is the natural habitat of dolphins and whales and now you can have the experience to have a closer look at these charming creatures. Go on an expedition and discover the more than 24 species of dolphins and whales. Follow the lead of yachtsmen and visit Peter’s Café Sport, a world famous café.

 Faial - Whale watching, ©nebulux76/Flickr

Faial – Whale watching, ©nebulux76/Flickr

Visit the Scrimshaw Museum and learn about the traditions of whaling. If you are up for a climb, head towards Capelinhos volcano which is extinct now and offers a magnificent sight from the top. After a long and tiring day have a rest on Porto Pim beach where you can rent pedal-boats and go out on the calm waters of the bay and just enjoy the beautiful scenery of Faial.

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