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Adventure offered by Nigel

8 days
This unique eco voyage is hosted by one of Portugal’s leading marine biologists offering an insight into Flores’ pristine marine biodiversity, and the chance to get actively involved in eco workshops aboard.

Our Azorean sailing adventure starts and finishes in Terceira, with an open ocean crossing to the beautiful island of Flores, the western most island of this mid Atlantic archipelago, designated an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. We spend 2 days in this lush green paradise where waterfalls and volcanic lagoons abound.
Take advantage of the Santa Maria Manuela’s zodiacs, and our crew’s adventurous spirit by exploring the hidden sea caves and rock formations and swimming in secluded bays.

Consider hiking to one of the islands many waterfalls. The majestic Ribeira Grande Waterfall plummets from a granite wall on the west of the island. In contrast, but equally striking, the tiny waterfall of Ribeira da Cruz drops into a hidden pond, in a deep the valley. The most famous of the Flores waterfalls is Ribeira do Ferreiro in the Morro Alto Forest Reserve, with its walls totally covered in dense vegetation, or more accessible is Poço do Bacalhau waterfall which drops 90 meters into a plunge pool ideal for a refreshing dip.

Or save your legs, and book a bus tour to visit some of the seven lakes of Lagoa Rasa, Lagoa Funda, Lagoa Seca, Lagoa Branca and Lagoa da Lomba.
Over the water is Corvo Island and the chance to explore Monte Gorde Volcano.

Whilst aboard there’s always time to learn. Led by our onboard marine biologist, and ably supported by our crew, our Manta Net and microscope, donated to us by Waste Free Oceans, allow us to collect and analyze water samples

After our island adventure the crew will be eager to hoist the sails and head east. There´s nothing our crew like more then to share their knowledge of sailing with our guests, and they will encourage you to get actively involved in the ship’s life. Volunteers to hoist and trim the sails for best speed will be most welcome. The feeling of helming a 68m sailing ship as she responds to the command of the wheel is something to savor forever.

Knot classes are a great way to learn a new skill whilst sharing sailing stories with shipmates, and if the weather allows there's the opportunity to go up the mast or relax in the bowsprit netting. A drink at sunset on the deck is the perfect way to round off each day.

We finish our voyage on Terceira Island anchoring in the bay of UNESCO-listed Angra do Heroísmo, the Azores' oldest city, with its 16th-century fortress and Renaissance town. We disembark after a sumptuous deck BBQ and an evening of celebration with fellow shipmates.

Consider visiting Algar do Carvão with its 90m-deep volcanic chimney, and the island’s small vineyards and lava-rock bathing pools in Biscoitos.

NOTE: Shore excursions are not included within the price of this voyage. We recommend you book transport and tours well in advance.
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  • Plan
    Embarkation: Terceira - 16.00h
    Disembarkation: Terceira - 10.00h
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The yoga package is an extra on this voyage. It requires to paid an extra cost.

The price indicated in the activity corresponds to a communal shared bunk cabin and is the lowest of all the rates we offer. We have more type of cabins (bunk bed cabin, double bed cabin, master cabin...) at higher prices.

On the checkout screen you can select the cabin you want. Contact us by chat to check their availability.
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Meet Nigel, the coordinator
11 reviews At Sailwiz since 2018
I am a passionate sailor, and whenever possible spend my weekends in or around the water with my family. In 2017, after 13 years, I stopped working at the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and moved to Portugal to work on the Santa Maria Manuela project to run sailing holidays.
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Boat details

Four masted schooner Santa Maria Manuela offers adventure voyages, island hopping, ocean voyages, diving and oceanographic expeditions for individuals of all ages and groups. At 223ft long (63 metres) she is the largest tall ship Classic Sailing offers activity holidays on, but the crew to guest ratio is excellent so you will be well looked after. This historic Portuguese tall ship has excellent facilities on board and plenty of holiday toys like dive ribs, 'stand up paddle boards' and kayaks, but this is also a ship where you can take part in the hands on sailing, join a night watch or climb the rigging.

Santa Maria Manuela was once the flagship of the Portuguese cod fishing fleet. Built in 1937, in the same year as her sister ship Creoula, she was designed to fish the Newfoundland Banks and rich fishing waters of Arctic Greenland. She often carries the small rowing and sailing dories that would have set out from the mother ship to fish for cod, so you can continue her fishing tradition from small boats or from her huge wooden decks.
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  • Model: Custom - 4 masted scooner
  • Capacity: 44 spots
  • Length: 68.00 m
  • Cabins: 16
  • Year: 1937
  • Bathrooms: 16
  • GPS
  • Radar
  • Life jackets
  • VHF
  • Sounding line
  • Electric windlass
  • Autopilot
  • Wind equipment
  • Generator
  • Tender
  • Bow thruster
  • Shower
  • Diving equipment
  • Fishing rods
  • HI-FI equipment
  • Wifi
  • TV

Additional Information

  • Insurance
  • Final cleaning
  • Costs of mooring and anchoring
  • Meals on board
  • Professional skipper
  • Bed linens
  • Gas
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  • Food and drink on land
  • Airport transfer
  • Travel to the boat
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5 · 11 reviews

  • Captura de pantalla 2023-08-29 a les 20.43.54
    April of 2024
    A great experience. A debt to the crew, who has been kind and very attentive. Captain Joao, a great professional. Hi, it would make sense to navigate both of them. The vaixell, impeccable. The menjar, molt bo. And it feels like it's like a house. Navigation with winds of 45 knots is fair and safe.
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    Reply from Nigel
    Thank you for your comments Xesca
    It was a pleasure sailing with you!
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    April of 2024
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    November of 2023
    The trip was organized very well.
    I booked at the last minute and no surprises.
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    August of 2023
    We have had a wonderful experience thanks to Nigel's management and the good work of the captain and crew.
    Totally recommended!
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    Reply from Nigel
    It was a pleasure sailing with you. you are always welcome on board
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    July of 2023
    The best experience lived on a sailboat and more in the spectacular Azores
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    July of 2023
    A privilege to have been able to navigate the SMM. Memorable
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    Reply from Nigel
    Hello Juan

    It has been a pleasure sailing with you. Thank you for your passion and interest in MMS. You are always welcome back. Good winds.
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