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Full-Day Whales & The Princess Ring Islet

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    What to Expect
    You will meet us at the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo for check-in, at 08:30.

    The day starts with a short informative briefing introducing you to Cetaceans (Whales and Dolphins), local species, their natural habitat, communication, migration, behavioral patterns, and onboard safety.

    Everyone will follow the Guide and Skipper to board their designated boat, and go out to sea. Our lookout high inland will then locate our friends, and provide directions via VHF Radio to where the boat will travel - initially at high speed, so hold on and enjoy the ride!

    While approaching our friends slowly, and very carefully, your Guide will keep you informed on what you are observing, and is always available throughout the expedition to provide answers to any specific questions - please feel free to ask anything at any time.

    Upon return to the Marina, the boat will tour outside the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, for a first look at the volcanic marvel and resident wildlife.

    At 12:00 it is time to return to the Marina for lunch local food at a local village restaurant - at walking distance from our Marina.

    At 13:30 you will meet us back at the Marina, when you will be provided with your snorkeling gear, and a ticket to travel 10 minutes on a converted traditional fishing boat to the islet’s inside, now self-guided and free to explore the natural reserve Princess Ring, just outside the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo. A volcanic crater & natural pool with views to the open Atlantic, perfect for bathing, swimming and snorkeling.

    From then, boats departure the Islet back to the Marina on every hour until 17:30 - be sure not to miss it! We’ll be waiting for you at our Base for check-out and returning your snorkeling gear.

    Know before you go:
    • Eat light, and bring your personal water supply, swimsuit, towel, and warm clothing, sunscreen and chap-stick for the Sun. Light food is permitted, and a Camera is essential, specially for photography lovers - please protect any electronics and personal equipment.
    • Special Dietary Restrictions must be notified upon reservation for required adjustments.
    • This tour is inappropriate and inadvisable for anyone pregnant, with weak back, in wheelchair, or in delicate health condition.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    TERRA AZUL™ Base   at the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo.
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    Duration
    7h
    Inclusions
    • Whale Watching Tour
    • Lunch with local food, inclusive of entree, main, complimentary drinks and dessert
    • Snorkeling Mask and Tube
    • Insurance
    • Lunch
    Exclusions
    • Hotel Pickup and Drop-off
    • Personal Water supply
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • At the Islet, all individuals are responsible to comply with the natural reserve’s rules.
    • IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT: Although our data shows 98% spotting chance for cetaceans in an average of 3 species per tour, 4 resident species (including Sperm Whales) from up to 28 sighted in a year, and even though we only go out by indication from an inland high lookout, it is not possible to control their behavior, or to guarantee that you will see specifically Whales, or any other species at a specific time frame.
    • Reservations are at all times subject to rescheduling to availability requirements, safety, and weather conditions.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We booked the all day trip with Terra Azul that included whale watching in the morning, lunch, and then a trip to the Isle of Vila Franco do Campo. Positives: We did see some sperm whales and dolphins and it was really nice to be out on the ocean. They made sure that everyone
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    Response from Filipe S, Public Relations Manager at Full-Day Whales & The Princess Ring Islet
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Dear Meggan, Thank you for your visit and for your feedback We prefer to use fast Zodiac boats for a better chance to meet Wildlife in the open ocean, proximity at eye level to the animals, as well as better fuel-efficiency - for the best possible adventure experience with wildlife and the least possible environmental impact, this instead of looking from above in a large cruiser. Regarding your Islet of Vila Franca do Campo boat ticket, the service is supplied by the natural reserve's office and vacancy is limited. As mentioned in the confirmation email you received, your tour can be modified only up to 24 hours before the booked dates and times, and since you only decided on a the latest hour to reschedule, it was not possible to reschedule or refund. We hope you can verify the reviews and comments from other visitors and understand this reasoning to revise your review to a higher star rating for our service quality. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
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    We booked the full day tour with the boat ride in the morning and the trip to the island in the afternoon. We tried on the Wednesday to see whales or dolphins but with nothing spotted and the island closed due to bad weather, we were re-booked free of charge a few days later.
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    Response from Filipe S, Public Relations Manager at Full-Day Whales & The Princess Ring Islet
    Responded 08 Sep 2019
    Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
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    The trip had to be postponed due to weather conditions and I managed to do it in the last day possible. So if you plan this trip do it at the start of your stay so you can adjust to weather that in Azores is not a sure thing. The first part was the sea trip, we went several
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    Response from Filipe S, Public Relations Manager at Full-Day Whales & The Princess Ring Islet
    Responded 01 Sep 2019
    Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
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    We were fortunate enough to go on the day we booked for, because there was a lot of bad weather the days before we went. The staff was really nice and helpful, and boat-ride was like a rollercoaster, if your stomach is easy to upset you should sit in the back rows. We saw a lot
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    Response from Filipe S, Public Relations Manager at Full-Day Whales & The Princess Ring Islet
    Responded 27 Aug 2019
    Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
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    Our guide was wonderful. We saw sperm whales including a baby smacking his tail. Hundreds of spotted dolphins swam with us including pregnant dolphins and baby dolphins. It was a beautiful treat from Mother Nature.
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    Response from Filipe S, Public Relations Manager at Full-Day Whales & The Princess Ring Islet
    Responded 13 Aug 2019
    Dear Friend, Thank you for your visit and for your kind words. We hope to have you back for another good time! :)
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