Nestled in the Atlantic Ocean and known for its charming nature scene, the Azores is a real paradise that is not yet very popular with tourists. This archipelago, with its diverse and lush landscapes (volcano, waterfall, hot springs, etc.), is composed of 9 islands. GlobeSailor offers you a 6-day cruise onboard a comfortable monohull. The cruise is ideal for the first-timers of this region, which is home to one of the largest cetacean sanctuaries in the world. This half-board cruise will allow you to enjoy the local cuisine during your stopovers and mingle with the locals. This cruise is also available in 10 days.
During your cruise, you will sail aboard Jochi, a splendid 14 meters Bavaria 46 Cruiser. Perfectly maintained, this boat offers exceptional comfort and performance. With its fully equipped kitchen and large table, the lounge is ideal for relaxing in peace and quiet. Outside, you will enjoy the imposing cockpit and its large bench to share pleasant moments over dinner or a drink. The deck is perfect for relaxing in the sun or diving into the ocean, its scale will allow you to return safely on board.
|Boat Model:||Bavaria 46 Cruiser|
|Number of Cabins:||3|
Wifi connection (depending on the navigation area)
Dinghy with an outboard motor
With its 4 cabins (2 double and 2 twins), this Bavaria 46 can accommodate up to 8 people (6 passengers and 2 crew members). The double cabins are located at the front, and they share a bathroom and toilets. The double cabins situated at the rear each have their own bathroom and toilet. The latter can also be converted into a twin cabin.
Your crew is passionate about sailing and concerned about respecting the nature and culture of the Azores. They do everything necessary to leave a trail that is as green as possible. Your hostess, Ana Rita, likes to purchase products from local farmers and fishermen. The skipper André is an expert in sailing. Feel free to reach him if you wish to learn the basics of sailing or participate in maneuvers, this wind lover will be delighted to share his knowledge.
DAY 1: Ponta Delgada - Vila Franca do Campo (about 11 miles)
The crew will meet you at 11 am in the bar Baia dos Anjos located in the Portas do Mar marina. You all go together on the boat and discover your cabin. After you settled down, the skipper will give you a quick briefing on life onboard and safety instructions. André will set sail in the afternoon and navigate along the southern coast of the island of São Miguel to reach the small town of Vila Franca do Campo. For dinner, the crew recommends you try a local tavern.
DAY 2: Exploring the islet of Vila Franca do Campo and the Furnas Valley
In the morning, you can dip into the crystal clear water of the islet of Vila Franca. This former underwater volcano, now classified as a nature reserve, is ideal for swimming and snorkeling to observe marine life. You can also paddle along the crater walls and explore the vegetation. Afterward, you will explore Furnas and its hot springs rich in minerals (iron and sulphur). The hot spring temperatures are generally between 35 and 40° C. Later, you will dine and spend the night in Vila Franca do Campo.
DAY 3: Vila Franca do Campo - Vila do Porto (about 50 miles)
Set sail after breakfast to go to Vila do Porto, a charming little town on the island of Santa Maria. Due to its dry and warm climate, Santa Maria is nicknamed "the yellow island." During this sail of about 10 hours, we advise you to enjoy the ocean fully. You are very likely to encounter many cetacean species, including dolphins and whales. At the end of the day, you will arrive on the island.
DAY 4: Visit Santa Maria Island
Today, you will decide with the other passengers what is the plan for the day. You can visit the "red desert" of Santa Maria, which serves as a supply place for potters and then go to Anjos. This small village is known for its magnificent bay and its statue of Christopher Columbus. The explorer is said to have attended a mass in the Ermida chapel of Nossa Senhora dos Anjos on his return from America. André and Ana Rita will also invite you to stay on board and anchor in a pretty bay to snorkel near a wreck. You will have dinner and spend the night in Santa Maria.
DAY 5: Santa Maria - Formigas - Ponta Delgada (about 70 miles)
Today, André will cast off and head for the island of São Miguel. You will stop at Formigas, a group of rocky islets overlooked by a lighthouse and covering more than 9,000 km². You will enjoy diving and swimming in the middle of this fauna and flora preserved from human activity. Back on the boat, you will continue the navigation until Ponta Delgada. Keep your eyes open, you could still meet cetaceans...
DAY 6: Ponta Delgada
Take advantage of your last few hours onboard to take some photos. Your disembarkation is scheduled after breakfast, at 10 am.
Ponta Delgada (São Miguel) > Vila Franca do Campo > Vila do Porto > Santa Maria > Formigas > Ponta Delgada (São Miguel)
The itinerary may be changed without prior notice due to technical or weather conditions
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