3 independent reviews for Azores small group tour, volcanic wonderland

Reviews for Azores small group tour, volcanic wonderland

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review 18 Jul 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing and swimming with dolphins and whale watching was amazing. There are lots of them out there! Also really enjoyed the kayak and crater lake activity day.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

- If you want to miss an activity then opt out of Nordeste as it is basically a sight seeing, long day in the minibus at the end of a busy week, although the fufas cake is good! - Take water shoes - We had different guides over the week for the excursion or activity so be prepared for this as you are met each morning. There are no lie ins!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Some of our guides were locals and we used local eating places each day when on an excursion which served a full, lovely lunch with optional wine - the eco place at Sta Barbara beach was especially good. The water activities did seem to involve some extra camera shots for scientific identification of the pod later. The whale watching company take responsible tourism seriously as they do not want to ruin the lovely island.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent but I would have liked a whole free day to do our own thing or make Nordeste an optional choice with another optional activity such as a walk.

review 16 Sep 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Swimming with dolphins. On our trip we spotted a large pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins (our guide estimated 500) and we slipped into the water and swam with them. They were everywhere and you could hear their clicking a high pitched whistling as well as almost being able to touch them they were so close. Even our guide got into the water as she said it was very unusual to come across so many in one place.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Relax and enjoy it. And take some wet shoes as you're in and out of hot springs and the sea and walking over volcanic rock. And take a health appetite, the food is amazing.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Benefited local people - yes definitely. The guide was a local and all the places we visited including attractions and restaurants benefit locals. Reduced environmental impact - yes maybe although you fly there and travel around in vans and jeeps so not entirely. Supported conservation - yes because the dolphins and whales are in their natural environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

One of the best holidays I've had. Part of this was down to the people who were on the trip - we all got on well being like minded individuals. Small groups are definitely better. The variety and pace and the activities was perfect. And the guide was absolutely brilliant, nothing was too much trouble.

review 22 Aug 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Canyoning - really thrilling!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared to get wet - a lot!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We mostly did rather tourist activities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Great!

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