Saturday, July 31, 2010

Account of one of our full-day tours

Over the past few weeks we have been running many of our special tour packages that Futurismo offers. A popular choice for many people is our Full Day package: whale watching in the morning, a lunch at a local restaurant in Vila Franca do Campo and finally the afternoon is spent relaxing and snorkeling at Vila Franca islet.

Ilhéu de Vila Franca (Vila Franca islet) is a sunken volcanic crater in the sea, just off the coast of Vila Franca do Campo. This small islet is a protected area, so it is a great place to see some of the unspoiled natural beauty of the Azores.

Today we had another one of these Full Day tours of whale watching and visiting the islet. During the morning we saw sperm whales, Atlantic spotted dolphins, and common dolphins. In the afternoon the wind picked up so the sea became a little choppy. However, the natural shallow lagoon in the centre of Vila Franca islet is very sheltered, so we were able to enjoy an afternoon of swimming in the warm calm waters. The water here is very clear, so while snorkeling we have been able to observe many different species of fish.

Here we also have the opportunity to see some our local bird species that nest in burrows and along the cliff faces of the islet. The surrounding rock formations shaped by the sea and wind are also worth seeing.

This is just one of the many tour packages that we offer. As well as whale and dolphin watching, Futurismo also organises jeep safaris, walking tours, and geological tours to show you the volcanic formations along the island. We have prepared mixed tours of both the land and sea, and we can also prepare special tours and packages to suit your preferences. Please contact us if you would like to talk to one of our staff about your next tour with us.


Anonymous said...

will be coming to azores on 17th August. already booked the whale watching and swim with dolphins experiences on 19th. so happy you post regularly on your blog, i've been so curious to find out what's going down there!!!

any chances we might see some rare species of whale in that period??


Miranda van der Linde said...

Thank you for your interest, and sorry for the late reply. I hope you enjoyed your whale and dolphin trips today. Are you the couple that went whale watching with me in the morning, then dolphin swimming with my colleauges straight after? Again, I hope you had a great and memorable experience and got some nice photos and memories from today. In response to your question, we can never predict when we will see rare species such as beaked whales. However, it's always exiting going out there not really knowing what you will see...

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