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AZORES 2024

JULY 8 - 18th 

Get ready for the trip of a lifetime.

This is an 11 day private trip, with 7 days of diving & so much more.

We are very excited to invite you to travel with us to the Azores, a true oasis for marine biodiversity

and consequently one of the best diving destinations in the world. 

The Azores Archipelago is a stunning group of nine volcanic islands located in the North Atlantic Ocean, about 1,500 kilometers west of mainland Portugal. Known for their dramatic landscapes, lush greenery, and

pristine natural beauty.  Renowned for their diverse marine life and excellent opportunities for activities such as whale watching, swimming with dolphins, and diving in crystal-clear waters; The Azores are a true paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

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About the Azores

     Each island in the archipelago offers its own unique charm and attractions. From the towering volcanic peaks of Pico Island, including Mount Pico, the highest point in Portugal, to the enchanting crater lakes and hot springs of São Miguel Island, the largest and most populous island, there is something for everyone to explore and enjoy.

Aside from marine life - The islands are a haven for birdwatching enthusiasts as well, with a wide variety of resident and migratory bird species. In addition to its natural wonders, the Azores also boast charming towns and villages, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture, enjoy delicious traditional cuisine, and experience the warm hospitality of the Azorean people.

    The archipelago's mild climate, influenced by the Gulf Stream, makes it an ideal destination to visit year-round. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or a combination of both, the Azores Archipelago offers a truly unforgettable experience in a breathtaking natural setting.

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Trip Details

ABOUT FAIAL ISLAND - THE ISLAND WHERE WE WILL BE STAYING

    Faial Island is a picturesque and vibrant destination known for its stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant marine life. Also known as the "Blue Island" due to the abundance of blue hydrangeas that adorn its

fields, Faial offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural experiences.

One of the most iconic landmarks on the island is the Caldeira, a massive volcanic crater that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Visitors can hike around the rim of the caldera, marvel at the lush vegetation, and enjoy the serenity of the pristine lake within.

Nature lovers will find plenty to explore on Faial Island. The coastline is dotted with beautiful black sand beaches, such as Praia do Almoxarifeand Praia do Porto Pim, where visitors can relax, swim, or even try their hand at surfing.

     The island is also home to the Capelinhos Volcano, a striking volcanic cone formed during a volcanic eruption in 1957. Today, it serves as a unique geological monument and offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the island's volcanic history.

     For those interested in marine life out of the diving experiences, Faial is a fantastic destination for whale watching. The waters surrounding the island are frequented by several species of whales, including the majestic blue whale. Boat tours depart from Horta, providing an unforgettable opportunity to witness these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.
    Overall, Faial Island offers a perfect mix of natural beauty, outdoor activities, and cultural experiences.

Whether you're exploring its volcanic landscapes, immersing yourself in the lively atmosphere of Horta, or enjoying the abundant marine life, a visit to Faial is sure to leave you with lasting memories of this

enchanting Azorean gem.

COASTAL DIVING

Scuba coastal diving in the Azores immerses you in a captivating underwater world just off the picturesque shores. As you descend into the azure depths, a vibrant tapestry of marine life unfolds before your eyes.

Schools of colorful fish dart among intricate coral formations, while graceful rays glide effortlessly through the crystal-clear waters. The gentle currents guide you along the coastline,

revealing hidden caves and breathtaking rock formations teeming with life.

With each dive, you become part of this enchanting ecosystem, witnessing the beauty and majesty of the Azorean underwater realm firsthand.

 

 

SHARK DIVING

     Diving with blue sharks in the Azores is an exhilarating and awe-inspiring experience that brings you face to face with these majestic creatures of the deep. As you descend into the deep blue waters, anticipation fills the air. Suddenly, a shadow emerges from the depths, and you find yourself in the presence of a magnificent blue shark. Its sleek body glides effortlessly through the water, its piercing eyes scanning its surroundings with curiosity.

You observe in awe as these graceful predators navigate their underwater domain, their powerful presence both captivating and humbling. With a respectful distance, you witness their elegance and beauty, as they

command the depths with their sheer presence.

OFFSHORE DIVING - PRINCESS ALICE BANK

     Princess Alice Bank, 46 nautical miles (93km) from Faial Island is one of the Azores’ world class dive sites. Two and a half hours by boat, the site is a pinnacle that comes within 95ft (27m) of the surface. Here shoals of pelagic fish swarm, attracted by the nutrient rich water and current.

The bottom of the pinnacle is starkly beautiful with deep ridges and gorges, so explore the vast pinnacle within your dive limit and seek huge rays, morays and pelagic life. On the accent keep your eyes on the blue,

where Mobularays glide towards you, sometimes in groups as large as 30-40 individuals.

 

WHALE WATCHING

     Whale watching in Faial Island, Azores, is a truly remarkable experience that allows visitors to witness the majestic creatures of the sea in their natural habitat. The island's strategic location in the North Atlantic Ocean makes it an ideal spot for observing a wide variety of whale species.

Boat tours depart from the charming town of Horta, taking visitors out into the open waters where these magnificent creatures roam. Knowledgeable guides and marine biologists accompany the tours, providing valuable insights into the behavior, biology, and conservation efforts of the whales.

From the awe-inspiring presence of blue whales, the largest animals on Earth, to the distinctive spouting and diving of sperm whales, the archipelago is a haven for whale species.

      Fin whales showcase their impressive size, while humpback whales captivate with their acrobatic displays. Dolphins, including common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and Risso'sdolphins, add to the excitement with

their playful interactions. While orcas are less common, their occasional presence adds further intrigue to the experience.

     With knowledgeable guides and responsible tourism practices, visitors can witness these incredible creatures in their natural habitat, gaining a deeper appreciation for marine conservation and the captivating beauty of the Azores.

SUNSET & BEERS BOAT TRIP

Picture yourself aboard a comfortable boat, gently sailing through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. As the sun begins to set on the horizon, casting a warm golden glow over the surrounding islands and coastline, the sky transforms into a breathtaking palette of vibrant colors. Sipping on your chilled beer, you can relax and appreciate the tranquility of the moment. The combination of the picturesque sunset and the taste of the local beer creates a sensory experience that embodies the laid- back and enchanting spirit of the Azores. Whether you're a beer enthusiast or simply looking to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of the islands, a boat sunset with beers in the Azores is a perfect way to create lasting memories and embrace the unique charm of this stunning archipelago.

CINEMA BOAT NIGHT

Experience the enchantment of a cinema boat night, where you can watch a captivating ocean-themed movie while sailing through tranquil waters. You'll be immersed in the cinematic journey, witnessing the

wonders of marine life and breathtaking seascapes.

After the movie, engage in stimulating discussions with fellow passengers, reflecting on the film's messages and fostering a sense of community. With the gentle rocking of the boat and the soothing sounds of the sea, this unique experience creates a serene atmosphere for contemplation and appreciation of the ocean's beauty and importance.

 

UNDERWATER PHOTO GALLERY - LET US CAPTURE THE MEMORIES 

Indulge in an exceptional experience where participants have the incredible opportunity to be photographed underwater by the talented photographer João Rodrigues while diving with the incredible wildlife of the Azores.
This immersive journey will result in a breathtaking gallery of photographs gifted to each participant. Treasure and share these remarkable underwater adventures, forever preserving the magic of the Azorean underwater world.

ACCOMODATION

Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of our sustainable apartment in Horta, where sea views beckon and tranquility awaits. Located just steps away from Conceição beach and a mere 2km from the pristine shores of Porto Pim beach, our environmentally friendly accommodation offers the perfect retreat. With 6 bedrooms, a cozy living room featuring a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen, and two bathrooms with bidets and hair dryers, every aspect of your comfort has been carefully considered. As you unwind, savor the picturesque vistas of our lush garden and stay connected with complimentary WiFi. Indulge in a truly memorable and eco-conscious stay at our remarkable apartment, where relaxation and sustainability intertwine harmoniously.

This is a 11 day private trip, with 7 days of diving & so much more.

“Embrace the moment and discover unforgettable sights and unique experiences that this wildlife refuge has to offer.”

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP PRICE

The price of your trip INCLUDES:

ACCOMMODATION

10 nights accommodation in Horta city, Faial Island

MEALS

Breakfast is included, except in day 1 Diverse breakfast menus, including

local specialties Barbecue dinner in the last day

ACTIVITIES

8 Coastal Scuba Dives, including a night dive 2 Shark Scuba Dives
1 Offshore Scuba Dive
1 Offshore Snorkeling Dive
1 Whale Watching Trip
1 Sunset & Beers Boat trip
1 Cinema Boat Night

TRANSPORTATION

Airport transfers

GUIDED TOURS

Expert guidance by Joao Rodrigues, Portuguese Wildlife Filmmaker

ENTRANCE FEES

Entrance fees to Marine Parks and Reserves

DIVING GEAR

Scuba tanks and weights (other gear available for rent)

PHOTO GALLERY

A High Resolution Underwater Photo Gallery, with 20/30 pictures of the best moments, captured by João Rodrigues

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP PRICE

The price of your trip EXCLUDES:

MEALS

Only breakfasts and the bbq dinner on the last day are included
* Reservations will be made for the group at local favorites to ensure ease*

We will group grocery shop for day to day snacks etc

PERSONAL EXPENSES

Expenses of a personal nature such as souvenirs and optional activities.

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Flights to and from the Azores are not included in the package.

INSURANCE

Travel insurance is not included but highly recommended for all participants. Diving insurance is not included and it is mandatory for all participants.

EXPEDITION ITENERARY

DAY 1

Arrival in Horta and transfer to expedition apartment Check-in and relax after your journey Evening at leisure to explore Horta or rest Welcome Dinner

DAY 2

Visit to the dive center Equipment Prep 

Sunset & Beers Boat trip

DAY 3

Double Coastal Scuba Dive

DAY 4

Double Coastal Scuba Dive

DAY 5

1 Offshore Scuba Dive
1 Offshore Snorkeling Dive

DAY 6

Shark Scuba Dive

Cinema Boat Night

DAY 7

Double Coastal Scuba Dive

DAY 8

Double Coastal Scuba Dive

DAY 9

Shark Scuba Dive

DAY 10

Diving equipment packing

Whale Watching Tour

Farewell BBQ dinner

DAY 11

Departure

*Due to forecast conditions, the itinerary might need to be adjusted.

OUR TEAM LEADERS

ISCHA VINGLE | EXPEDITION LEADER

I grew up in the mountains of WNC with the water being my favorite playground... And now, my office. I have been professionally guiding and teaching water based activities for going on 10 years. What started with the rivers, lakes and wetlands of the Carolinas, moved on to a

career of traveling to some of the most prestigious dive & sailing destinations worldwide. Through out my career I have aquired expansive guiding experience, as well as a long list of qualifications.

My love of exploring and learning about the environment inspired me to create a space for others to do the same. Nixi is a culmination of the knowledge and passion I’ve gained through my time on, in, and under the water.

Let's dive in!

JOÃO RODRIGUES | HOST, GUIDE & UW PHOTOGRAPHER

João Rodrigues is a Filmmaker, Photo journalist and Marine Biologist specialized in Nature and Conservation.

During his professional career, which has taken him to dive from the icy waters of the Nordic seas to the coral reefs of the tropics, collaborated on documentaries such as “Europes Wild Islands” by National Geographic Channel, “Blue Planet 2” by BBC, “Oasis -Azores Islands-North Atlantic Ocean” by NHK, “+ or –5 mètres” by the Arte channel and “Life at the Extreme-Deep / Azores” from the iTVchannel.

Currently, João Rodrigues is a contributor to National Geographic and director of production company Chimera Visuals, through which he made the film “Cavalosde Guerra”, distinguishedinenvironmental film festivals

in the United States, Argentina, Mexico, England, among others.
He also works as Director of Photography on nature and wildlife films from international producers, such asBBC, NHK, Bonne Pioche and

Passion Planet. Awarded in internationally renowned photography competitions such as the European Photographer of the Year, the Underwater Photographer of the Year and the SIENA International Photo Awards in 2021,

João was the first Portuguese to win a first place in the prestigious competition of London Natural History Museum, Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

João Rodrigues' mission is to tell stories of the oceans through those who believe be one of the most important tools for community awareness, the visual storytelling.

AZORES 2024 EXPEDITION PRICE

6,500 USD

DEPOSITS & CANCELLATIONS

DEPOSITS

50% non-refundable deposit is due to hold the reservation

50% is due the 90 days before the expedition

CANCELLATIONS

In addition to the non-refundable deposit, a 25% forfeit of the full rate will apply for cancellations made less than 60 days prior to the departure date.

100% of the full rate will apply for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the departure date.

*Bank charges are responsibility of our guests |
* In making payment, you confirm that you have read and accepted these Terms and Conditions |

Reach out with any questions & to book the trip of a lifetime.
 

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