Enjoy A 3-hour Tour Of Marine Birdwatching & Islet Boat Tour
Join a marine expedition with Biologists and Naturalists, in the search for the season’s diversity of Sea Birds in mid-Atlantic birding paradise! Unlock the island's scenic coastline and the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, and observe rare bird species interact with sea life in the heart of the Atlantic.
azores marine birdwatching & islet boat tour
Meet at the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo for check-in, at the specified time.
Start the day with a short informative briefing introducing to seabird species that can be observed locally, migratory and behavioural patterns, and onboard safety.
Follow the English guide and skipper to their designated boat and head out to sea.
The boat will travel the coast to observe known colonies, shorebirds, and wildlife at the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo.
The lookout high inland will help locate your friends, and provide directions via VHF Radio to where the boat will travel initially at high speed. While carefully approaching viewing distance to friends, your guide will keep you informed. M
Many birds find an oasis in the Azores Islands to breed and raise chicks or as an on-route refuge. Marine birds can be observed yearlong, peaking in Spring with the arrival of migratory species, and in Autumn with rare American vagrants shorebirds.
The islands are home to the largest known colonies of Cory’s Shearwater, other common breeding species are Barolo Shearwater, Common and Roseate Terns, Yellow-legged Gulls, Bulwer’s Petrel, Wilson’s and Madeiran Storm-petrels, and sometimes unexpected surprises such as Bridled or Sooty Terns
Not breeding but regularly sighted are Great Shearwater and Leach’s Storm-petrel, Manx and Sooty Shearwater, vagrant Northern Gannets, Arctic, Pomarine and Great Skuas, and shorebirds such as Buzzards, Turnstones, Sanderlings, Canaries, Little Egrets, Wagtails, Whimbrels.
Upon return to the Marina, the boat will tour around the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, for a close look at the volcanic marvel and residing colonies.
Opticron 8x42 Binoculars
Knowledgeable English wildlife guide
Zodiac RIB Boat (9 pax)
Impermeable Top and Life Vest
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Personal water supply
Eat light, and bring your personal water supply, sunscreen and chap-stick for the Sun, and warm clothing since temperatures may vary. Light food is permitted onboard, a camera is essential, especially for photography lovers, and binoculars are recommended. Please protect any personal equipment.
This tour is inappropriate and inadvisable for people who are pregnant, with a weak back, in a wheelchair, in delicate health conditions, or children under the age of 4.
Children from 4 to 13 years would be eligible to pay child rates and must be accompanied by one adult.
Reservations are at all times subject to rescheduling to availability requirements, safety, and weather conditions.
English is the official language, but the team is multinational and will do their best to accommodate your preferred language (this is not guaranteed).
IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT it is not possible to control animals' behaviour in the wild or to guarantee that you will see a specific species at a specific time frame.
This tour is operational daily.
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