Today started with a gorgeous bright sunrise over the marina, for those that were up early enough before our catamaran departed for whale watching. Following this sunrise the whole day has been sunny and warm in São Miguel, Azores. The pleasant conditions brightened up our trip and left us looking forward to the spring which is just around the corner. During our tour we encountered four different groups of common dolphins. The groups were small and spread out, but they took interest in our catamaran and accompanied us as we were cruising along. No whales were spotted today so we took the time to travel back along the coastline to enjoy the views of the south coast of São Miguel. Along the way we stopped to see Vila Franca Islet (a sunken in volcanic crater in the ocean that has a beautiful lagoon inside) to observe the birds and to see the volcanic rock formations. Our tour ended with a nice hot cup of green tea which we offer our clients on return to Ponta Delgada.
Sunrise over our catamaran Cetus
Clients arriving to our shop
A young dolphin watcher!
The bow full of dolphin watchers
Our German guide for today
One of our biologists, Clara, on top deck
Our skipper heading towards Vila Franca Islet
Approaching Vila Franca Islet
Yellow-legged gull at Vila Franca Islet
Vila Franca Islet rock formations
Vila Franca Islet
Caloura (showing our vigia (onshore lookout) on top of the cliff, to the left of the row of trees)