Come aboard to hop through the impressive mid-Atlantic Volcanic Archipelago! Distances are short allowing thereby offering a number of experiences from sailing to visits to the islands. During each journey, the captain will decide on the best itinerary based on the weather and sea conditions in order to ensure all guests are comfortable and can get the most of these days.
We start in São Miguel and finish in Terceira. If the weather is good we hope to be able to visit some of the central islands, which may include Faial and Graciosa.
São Miguel is the largest of these islands. If you have the time it's worth arriving a few days early to visit Ponta Delgada's mosaic cobbled streets where you may find great fish restaurants or Furnas with its colorful crater lake and hot springs. Here, "cozido", a rich meat and vegetable stew, cooks slowly one meter deep for seven hours in the soil's geothermal heat. The legend goes that the twin crater lakes of the nearby Sete Cidades were formed by the tears shed by a pair of star-crossed lovers: a green-eyed princess and a blue-eyed shepherd. Then there's the option to swim in the Caldeira Velha waterfall pool and wander in the Lagoa de Fogo nature reserve.
As we sail 183 miles west from São Miguel we hope to see whales in the São Jorge Channel. Sperm whales are the resident species, along with blue, fin and sei whales. Bottlenose, Atlantic spotted and common dolphins also usual species here at this time of the year.
A stop on Faial offers the chance to visit Horta and its famous Peter's Café Sport bar visited by yachtsmen since 1918. Stroll along the marina and marvel at the centuries-old sailors' art.
The northernmost island of Graciosa is small and serene. The people have every right to be proud of their beautiful island with its central Furna do Enxofre, a 40m-high volcanic cave with a sulfurous lake.
We finish our island hopping on Terceira docking in UNESCO-listed Angra do Heroísmo, the Azores' oldest city, with its 16th-century fortress and Renaissance town. Serra de Santa Bárbara Algar do Carvão with its 90m-deep volcanic chimney, and the island's small vineyards and lava-rock bathing pools in Biscoitos are popular tourist sites.