Thursday, July 4, 2013

Futurismo's Full Day Tour

During the summer months Futurismo offers the "Full Day Tour" This package consists of whale and dolphin watching in the morning, a lunch of local food (with the choice of freshly caught fish) in Vila Franca do Campo and an afternoon of snorkelling and relaxing in Vila Franca Islet. On this day we had our full day tour with a group of Dutch clients. The morning was spent on our boat "Song of Whales" and although we didn't encounter any whales we had some great encounters with bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins and common dolphins. The sea was perfect, basically it couldn't get any better. We also had the chance to observe seabirds such as the Cory's shearwater, common tern, roseate tern and yellow-legged gull. After a relaxed lunch in Vila Franca we made the crossing to the islet where we enjoyed a beautiful afternoon exploring the wildlife of the islet. Below are some photos from this day:

Atlantic spotted dolphins, mother and calf

Atlantic spotted dolphin in crystal clear water

Atlantic spotted dolphin bowriding in front of our boat

Common dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Cory's shearwater

Passing the islet on our way to lunch in Vila Franca

Aboard "Song of Whales"

Vila Franca Islet from a distance

Entering Vila Franca marina

Lunch in Vila Franca (with the islet as our backdrop)

The restaurant where we eat lunch

Locally caught fish (black scabbard fish shown on the nearest plate) 


The lagoon inside Vila Franca Islet


Snorkelling in the islet (watching an ornate wrasse)

Seastar (Ophidiaster ophidianus)

Seabream

Goldlines

Leaving the Islet at the end of the afternoon

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