WHALES & VOLCANOES

 

Faial offers much more than awesome horse trails. Discover with Nature Park Guides the exciting nature between volcanoes and jungle. Join marine biologists on the sea and watch with them whales and dolphins. Climb with your guide in „sleeping“ craters or spend a day on the neighbor island of Pico. Of course simple relaxing is also possible. To make the most out of your holiday, extend your stay a couple of days more.

 

 

 

Whales

 

"So cool when the whale appeared

right beside our boat!"

-Jane , London Aug. 2018


 

 

General itinerary of 3-days extension:

 

 

Relaxation feels so good after one week with your horse. In the Lodge Garden, on small hikes or while swimming in the sea. Overnight at PÁTIO Lodge.

Morning transfer to Whale Watching Station, Horta. You spend the morning on the sea and observe the huge whales with a marine biologist team. Then individual lunch. Free afternoon. Transfer to PÁTIO Lodge and overnight stay.

In the morning you start your Island Van Tour. Together with your guide you visit old whaling bays explore the city of Horta and the old whaling factory. Individual lunch. Our Nature Park Guide picks you up and drives you to the highest point of Faial, the huge caldeira of the volcano. Depending on your physical condition, you hike around the caldeira or descend 400m deep into it (2.5h hike). In cloudy weather, we will alternatively hike on the volcano of Capelinhos. Overnight at PÁTIO Lodge.

After breakfast, we will take you to Horta airport or to the ferry terminal of Faial Island.

 

General itinerary of 5-days extension:

 

 

Relaxation feels so good after one week with your horse. In the Lodge Garden, on small hikes or while bathing in the sea. Overnight at PÁTIO Lodge.

Morning transfer to Whale Watching Station to Horta. You spend the morning on the sea and observe the huge whales with a marine biologist team. Then individual lunch. Free afternoon. Transfer to PÁTIO Lodge and overnight stay.

In the morning you start your Island Van Tour. Together with your guide you visit old whaling bays explore the city of Horta and the old whaling factory. Individual lunch. Our Nature Park Guide picks you up and drives you to the highest point of Faial, the huge caldeira of the volcano. Depending on your physical condition, you hike around the caldeira or descend 400m deep into it (2.5h hike). In cloudy weather, we will alternatively hike on the volcano of Capelinhos. Overnight at PÁTIO Lodge.

Transfer to the first ferry boat taking you in the early morning (30min. trip) to Pico Island. On the other side your guide is waiting for you. Together you will visit the century old vineyards around Madalena village (UNESCO World Heritage Site). You will visit an old distillery, sweet water lakes in the high mountain plateau, the mountain house, the start of the ascent to the highest mountain of Portugal and the old whalers town of Lajes. Including a typical island lunch. After the impressive day, you travel back to Faial Island on the late afternoon ferry. Transfer to PÁTIO Lodge and overnight stay.

In the morning we bring you to the Whale Watching Station, Horta. After the briefing you will receive your wetsuit and a pair of diver googles. Together with your guide, you sail out into the Zodiac boat looking for dolphins. As soon as they appear, you jump into their element and swim with them together in the deep blue Atlantic. Then individual lunch. Free afternoon. Transfer to PÁTIO Lodge and overnight stay.

Ride with us one last time. Your Horse-Trail Guide will show you the most beautiful riding trails along the north coast of Faial on a ½-day horse trail. On your return, a delicious picnic is waiting for you. The perfect way to say goodbye to the horses. Overnight at Lodge.

After breakfast, we will take you to Horta airport or to the ferry terminal of Faial Island.