Cliff Diving in the Azores

Your ultimate guide to the Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores

Did you already hear about the Red Bull Cliff Diving Series? This super exciting event takes place all around the world, at 7 different locations, to find the best female and male cliff-diver! The jumps they do are spectacular, and watching the divers jump from up to 27m with such elegance and doing amazing acrobacy at the same time, is definitely breathtaking!

The cliffs of São Miguel are incredible!

The cliffs of São Miguel are incredible!

One of the stops of the World Series is at the beautiful islet Vila Franca do Campo in the Azores! The “Princess Ring”, a volcanic islet in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is a really magical place and it is here that the world’s best cliff divers will compete for the trophy! And if you’re in the Azores around June 22nd, it is an event that you shouldn’t miss! And what better place to watch it than from the sea, where you can see how the divers dive in precisely right in front of you? Surely that’s the best option to watch the Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores

The Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores is the 4th stop on the World Series. Before, the divers will already have jumped off cliffs in the Philippines, Dublin and Italy. But for us, the stop in the Azores is definitely the best one, since we love the Portuguese archipelago not only for their steep cliffs but for the many other sea-related activities you can do there!

These colors? Coul only be the Azores!

These colors? Coul only be the Azores!

For you to get the most out of your trip, we came up with this ultimate guide to the Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores. After all, the event will only be one day, but the Azores have a lot more to offer as well! So make sure to plan some extra days to get the most of this island!

The Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores will take part in the little islet of Vila Franca do Campo. It’s a natural reserve since 1983, and besides the steep and impressive cliffs the divers are going to jump from to perform impressive figures and do multiple spins, this little islet has a lot more to offer! So why not take a walk after the event, to be impressed by the unique landscape?

During the competition of the Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores, the men and women will show off their skills. It sometimes even seems unreal, with what kind of precision and control they perform the figures while jumping from such heights! It will surely leave you in awe, and maybe you will even get inspired to start some easy cliff jumping yourselves – if you’re brave enough because one thing is for sure: You gotta have some serious balls for this!

Would you jump from this high?

Would you jump from this high?

The islet Vila Franca do Campo lies about 1km away from the shore of the Azores’ most popular island São Miguel. You can easily get there by boat of course. But why stop there? There is so much more to explore around São Miguel, so if you have the time, you should definitely join a boat tour to explore not only the islet but also the rest of the impressive coastline! This boat tour, for example, will take you on a full day tour to explore the region completely and get a feeling for the real authentic way of life of the Azores!

Whale watching is a must when visiting the Azores!

Whale watching is a must when visiting the Azores!

Did you also know that you can observe whales and dolphins, and even go swimming with dolphins in the Azores? You can do so from São Miguel but also from Faial! So if watching the Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores isn’t enough excitement for you already, you should go on another adventure and find some of the wild cetaceans living in or passing by the Azores!

True athletes!

True athletes!

Finally, your ultimate guide to the Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores wouldn’t be complete without some delicious recommendation for food! The most famous exports from the Azores when it comes to food are probably beef and cheese. But if you’re on the island, you should also try some of the super fresh seafood of course. The famous Lapas for example, a kind of sea-snail, is a real delicatessen in the Azores and if you’re brave enough to watch the Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores, you should also be brave enough to try Lapas! 😉 And not to forget – the Azores have some unique and delicious wine, that goes perfectly together with any kind of meal!

Eating lapas? Please do so!

Eating lapas? Please do so!

As you can see, there are lots to do and explore in the Azores around the event of the Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores! So book your tickets now, visit the Azores around June 22nd and be impressed by the amazing skills of the world’s best cliff divers!

We went Whale Watching in São Miguel

Our friend Cristina, blogger at The Choice of Magic, shares her unforgettable experience Whale Watching in São Miguel:

Welcome to São Miguel!

Welcome to São Miguel!

The island of São Miguel is certainly one of the most breathtaking places in Portugal. With eternally green hills, blue-green water, spotted cows and delicious cheese, it’s the perfect getaway for a long weekend. There are obviously plenty of things to do in a place where nature is so overwhelmingly beautiful: from hikes and baths in the island´s many hot springs to eating all the “lapas” you can find, and to finally going on a most amazing adventure: Whale Watching in São Miguel. 

When planning our trip, we positively knew we wanted to venture into the sea and try our luck at Whale Watching in São Miguel. Something else we knew was that we had to do it with an agency that had consideration, respect and love towards the animals and their ever endangered ecosystem. After thorough research, we decided to ask SeaBookings for help and they promptly booked us a tour with a local whale watching tour agency of extremely kind and passionate people.

Lourenzo, the Marine Biologist

Lourenzo, the Marine Biologist

The tour started on a sunny day, at 8:30 am from Vila Franca do Campo’s marina. We got there early and having followed the advice of the tour operator, with some milk in our bellies to combat the seasickness. The tour started on land with a touching video about our oceans. Minutes later, adults and children alike were embarking along with Tiago, the boat’s captain and Lorenzo, our charming Italian marine biologist. Waterproof jackets on, scarves around our faces and sunglasses firmly secured, the boat started towards the great unknown.

The views over the shore are stunning!

The views over the shore are stunning!

Not even 10 minutes in, we encountered our first colony of bottlenose dolphins. Now, I’ve only ever seen dolphins in aquariums and this was a completely different experience. Seeing these wonderful creatures in the wild and hearing Lorenzo’s stories about the dolphins of New Zeeland, we felt utterly overwhelmed and grateful for being able to experience this. The colony was a big one, over 100 animals, jumping around our boat and giving us the welcome to their island. The boat had stopped for us to admire the animals, take some blurry pictures and recover from the first batch of seasickness.

This tour operator works with whale spotters who from the island’s shore, oversee the sea with powerful binoculars and warn the boat captain of where these wonderful creatures are lurking. After seeing two colonies of bottlenose dolphins, the whale spotters excitedly warned our captain that a group of sperm whales was nearby. We rushed in their direction and it wasn’t long until we found the beautiful animals resting in the water and soaking up the sun. Lorenzo explained that it was a matriarchal group formed out of three adult female whales and their calves. I cannot even begin to describe the feeling of smallness one feels when seeing a baby whale expelling water through its blowhole. Remember all the cartoons you’ve seen with whales doing this? Well, it´s even better in reality.

It's hard to catch the animals on camera!

It’s hard to catch the animals on camera!

Three hours flew by unbelievably fast and as we were circling the beautiful islet of Vila Franca do Campo, the site for the Red Bull Cliff Diving competition, we wished we could do it all over again. We returned to base for a final cup of tea and chat with Lorenzo and learned more about the island’s effort in preserving the oceans and helping these animals. We left smiling, thankful and just a tad more mindful about how wonderful nature is.

Many thanks, Cristina, for describing your experience Whale Watching in São Miguel so beautifully. For more details about this tour or bookings, please have a look here.

When to go whale watching in the Azores

When to go whale watching in the Azores

The Azores are a real paradise for nature lovers and active tourist who appreciate the outdoors. No wonder that the group of islands has been elected one of the Top 10 most sustainable destinations in the world. The Azores are also the best Atlantic destination according to the International Tourism Fair in Berlin (ITB)!

Obviously, there are a lot of reasons to visit this amazing and magical place. But one of the main reasons for us is definitely the 25 different species of whales and dolphins that can be seen around the Azores throughout the year! To make sure you have a great experience, we want to tell you when to go whale watching in the Azores! You can do so from São Miguel Island but also from Horta, Faial!

We have many different species around the Azores

We have many different species around the Azores

Whales are very special animals! Something about them seems to remind us that there is a whole other world out there in the sea, and whales are the strong and harmonious leaders of that world! They are beautiful creatures and so kind. That’s why whale watching in the Azores is such a magical experience.

A lot of people want to go whale watching in the Azores, but don’t know when to go. Don’t worry any longer, we will tell you all you need to know about when to go whale watching in the Azores to make sure you see as many of these magical creatures as possible!

boat tour in São Miguel

Some whales are very curious and come really close to the boats!

Generally speaking, spring and early summer are the best months to go whale watching in the Azores! During that time, you will find a lot of migrating whale species passing through the region on their way up north. So if you go whale watching in the Azores during spring, it’s very likely that you will see species like blue whales, fin whales and sei whales.

If you’re planning when to go whale watchníng in the Azores and don’t want to visit during the warm summer months, that’s no problem! There is one resident whale species in the Azores, which is the amazing sperm whale. Even though this whale is most easily seen during summer, you can generally find it all year round in the region! So you don’t have to worry about when to go whale watching, because the sperm whale will always be around.

Join us on this adventure!

Join us on this adventure!

There are also 3 resident dolphin species, so if you come during fall or winter, you’re likely to see them too! But during summer there are also more dolphins around the region, so you will have more variety of dolphin species between April and August as well.

With a little bit of luck, you might even get to see rare whale species like orcas or beaked whales during the migrating months in spring! So if you’re flexible about when to go whale watching in the Azores, the months between April and July are the best ones!

They're looking forward to meeting you ;)

They’re looking forward to meeting you 😉

Whenever you choose to go whale watching in the Azores, you are sure to have the time of your life! Encounters with these amazing animals are always absolutely magical! The Azores are among the best places on earth to go whale watching! We hope that this post about when to go whale watching in the Azores can help you make the most of your whale watching experience!

Good luck spotting as many whale species as possible during your holidays in the Azores!

dolphin watching in São Miguel

We went dolphin watching in São Miguel

By Arianne, customer and experience-tester at SeaBookings.

Dolphin watching is always an amazing experience, and even better if you are in a magic place like the Azores. That’s why when I went to visit the Azores, I booked my trip with SeaBookings to go dolphin watching in São Miguel. SeaBookings took care of everything for me.

I went on the catamaran. There are also other boats.

I went on the catamaran. There are also other boats.

I had to be at the harbour of Ponta Delgada at 1 pm. That was where I saw the boat straight away. After one of the guides gave us all the instructions and told us about different kinds of species, we left the harbour and went into the ocean while enjoying the beautiful green view of São Miguel.

Bye Ponta Delgada!

Bye Ponta Delgada!

It didn’t take long before we saw the first group of dolphins. They were everywhere around us. They were coming really close to the boat, swimming really fast and jumping out of the water. The guides informed us, these were common dolphins. The seagulls kept flying over them in the attempt to catch some fish.

Some come really close!

Some come really close!

We stayed with these beautiful animals for a while and then we continued our trip to see if we could find more species. The sea was not very still this day so we had some waves, which made the boat trip very fun too.

After a bit, we found our second species of dolphins. They were very small, with yellowish stripes on the side. From what I understood, these and the local species of the Azores. Also beautiful! It was amazing how fast and close they were swimming around the boat. It’s almost like they enjoy our company and they pass on an amazing energy. I think it’s really fascinating how these animals interact with each other and don’t seem to be scared of humans.

The stunning island of São Miguel

The stunning island of São Miguel

On the way back the boat went slower and I couldn’t stop looking at the amazing view of São Miguel again while enjoying the sun shining on my face.

I really had a great experience dolphin watching in São Miguel, thanks to SeaBookings. The guides were very helpful and enthusiastic about the dolphins, explaining everything they knew about each species.

I would definitely like to repeat and recommend this experience dolphin watching in São Miguel. It was a lot of fun and made my day.

❤️🐬🙏🏻 @seabookings @futurismoazoresadventures

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