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VISITING: The Azores BROCHURE CODE: 5512
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Experience the best of the Azores with this seven-night holiday on São Miguel Island. Swim with dolphins in their natural habitat and search for whales on a boat tour. Kayak over the beautiful Sete Cidades lake and cycle on its banks. Sample a ‘Cozido das Furnas’ stew, cooked using steam from the earth and visit the outstanding Terra Nostra Botanical Garden. You will also bathe in hot springs, and walk through part of the island’s longest lava tunnel.

What's included?

  • Transfers: all transfers included
  • Accommodation: 7 nights in Hotel São Miguel Park with the option to upgrade to the Marina Atlantico or the Azor Hotel. All the hotels are located in the coastal town of Ponta Delgada
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: Sete Cidades Adventure Tour, whale watching, Vila Franca do Campo visit*, thematic tour of Furnas, swimming with dolphins and jeep tour to Fogo (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • Equipment, training, and supervision for all activities with expert local guides
  • *If you are travelling outside 15th June to 15th September you will visit the Oficina Museu instead

Ocean wildlife, volcanic culture, and outdoor activities: this seven-night Azores holiday to the island of São Miguel puts an exotic twist on your typical European getaway.

Marine animals inspire awe in just about everyone, and seeing them in their natural habitat is one experience that is sure to feature on your bucket list. Our itinerary allows you to tick it off three times – you will watch for whales from a tour boat, be taken to swim with dolphins in the Atlantic, and snorkel close to a colourful variety of fish and other underwater fauna when snorkelling at the islet of Vila Franca.

The rich volcanic heritage of the Azores is something you will be able to enjoy first-hand. Bathe in a naturally-heated spring at the Terra Nostra Botanical Garden and take a dip in Ferraria, a hot spring in the ocean. You will also be able to taste a ‘Cozido das Furnas’ stew – an Azorean piece of geothermal gastronomy which puts a twist on the traditional Portuguese ‘cozido’ by cooking it with natural steam.

The extraordinary island environments are perfect settings for activities. You will kayak on the crater lakes of the Sete Cidades Lagoon and cycle in the surrounding area. Slower-paced activities include walking through part of Sao Miguel’s longest lava tunnel and relaxing in the warm Caldeira Velha waterfall.

You will stay in the modern São Miguel Park Hotel or, if you have upgraded, in the Marina Atlântico or the Azor Hotel. All of the hotels are located in the coastal town of Ponta Delgada.


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Key facts

Duration:7 nights
Pace:Active
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  • Reaching João Paulo II Airport, you will be collected and transferred to your hotel. Check in, unpack and relax – your Azorean adventure is about to begin. 

    Included Meals:  None
  • A filling breakfast will have you all set for the Sete Cidades Adventure Tour. This day-long excursion takes you to ‘Lagoa das Sete Cidades’ on the west side of São Miguel Island. The ‘Lagoon of Seven Cities’ consists of two blueish-green crater lakes ringed by trees. Here, you will spend an hour cycling over a largely flat ten-kilometre trail, of which ten minutes will be spent moving uphill. You will also have a chance to kayak over the sparkling lake, and there will be a picnic lunch to keep you going.

    In the afternoon, you will be driven along the island’s coast with a stop at Ferraria, an ocean-based hot spring. When the tide is low, it will be possible to have a dip in its relaxing waters.

    Back at the hotel, you can relax before heading out and sampling the local cuisine (not included).

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Breakfast is followed by a morning whale-watching tour. You will usually enjoy the whale watching from a catamaran, however, some trips will be in a RIB boat. If you have a preference, please inform us in advance (restrictions may apply for pregnant women and people with lower back problems).

    It is no understatement to say that the Azores are one of the best places in the world for this activity – so much so that everyone from the National Geographic to the BBC has paid visits.

    You will receive an in-depth briefing on safety measures and responsible observation prior to heading out on the tour; life vests and waterproofs will be provided (except on the catamaran). Depending on luck, there will be a range of cetaceans that you might see. July and August are good months for spotting beaked and Atlantic whales, as well as striped dolphins. Sperm whales are also known to make an appearance at this time while bottlenose and common dolphins can be seen all year round.

    If you are travelling between 15th June to 15th September, lunch will be had in Vila Franca do Campo, a pleasant southern town. A refitted fishing boat will then transport you to the splendid islet of Vila Franca, which is a circle of green around a crater lagoon that is open to the sea. Receiving snorkelling equipment, you will go in to look at life under the water. Species found here include small red scorpionfish, rainbow wrasses, and Guinea-fowl puffers. 

    If you are travelling outside 15th June to 15th September, lunch will be had in the Ponta Delgada Marina. You will then be driven to Capelas for a trip to Oficina Museu, where you will learn about Azores life in the mid-twentieth century, observing how island culture and lifestyles developed over time. There will also be the opportunity to watch local craftsmen making typical pieces of art. Rounding off your day is another cultural experience: a visit to some of São Miguel’s pineapple farms. The favourite fruit of the Azores takes two years to reach your plate – a delicious product that is well worth the wait.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Learn about the volcanic heritage of the Azores with today’s thematic tour to Furnas. After breakfast, there will be a transfer to Lake Furnas for a walk along its banks. You will then go to the town, which has a variety of hot springs – the water in each one supposedly having a different flavour.

    At lunch, you will get to try ‘Cozido das Furnas’, the classic Portuguese ‘cozido’ stew of slow-cooked meats and vegetables with an Azorean twist: preparation using natural steam from the ground.

    Following that, there will be a look around the exceptional Terra Nostra Garden. This visit will finish with the chance to get into the iron-rich waters of a geothermal pool, which has a soothing temperature between 35°C to 40°C.

    The final location of the day will be a highlight for tea-lovers. You will be taken to the Gorreana Tea Estates, one of Europe’s oldest remaining tea plantations. In addition to seeing the growing areas, you will have an opportunity to try some of the produce.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Once you have had breakfast, it will be time for a true bucket list experience: swimming with dolphins. A RIB will take you out to locate a group of these highly intelligent marine mammals. Day 3 had you searching for them from a boat – now you should hopefully be able to get closer. Before entering the water, you will be given a presentation on how to use the provided snorkelling equipment and swim responsibly.

    We have left the afternoon free for you to spend as you please. You could remain in the harbour area and head for lunch in one of the coastal cafés, or transfer back to your accommodation and eat in a restaurant nearby or on-site. 

    Please note that restrictions may apply for pregnant women and people with lower back problems.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • Today, you will be taken around different areas of São Miguel Island after breakfast. The first stop is Gruta do Carvão, a two-kilometre lava tunnel which is the longest of its kind on the island. There will be a guided walk through a 100-metre section of this fascinating place, followed by lunch in the town of Lagoa close by.

    During the afternoon, you will visit Lagoa do Fogo, the shimmering ‘Lake of Fire’. This is a part of a marvellous natural reserve that stuns all with its beauty. Next is a trip to the Caldeira Velha waterfall – bathe in its comforting, warm water. You will also look at the smoking fumaroles of Caldeiras.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Following breakfast, you have a free day to see more of São Miguel, also known as “The Green Island”.

    You could remain in the area and explore Ponta Delgada on foot. Or perhaps you want to see what else is waiting for you in other regions of the island.

    You have already visited the west, so why not discover the other side and take our day trip to the Nordeste (“northeast”). With its bright, colourful wildflowers, green rolling countryside and volcanic topography, this is one of the best places to see the Azores’ diverse landscape.

    Click our ‘Personalise’ tab for more information about this tour.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • After a final breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to João Paulo II Airport to catch your direct flight home.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

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Hotel São Miguel Park

Nights: 1-7

This centrally located four-star hotel is a short distance from Ponta Delgada’s beautiful Botanical Gardens and just ten minutes from the airport. Its open and spacious rooms offer fine views and a summery feel. Tuck into delectable buffets of Azorean cuisine at the on-site restaurant and take an invigorating break at the hotel’s health club. 

Hotel facilities

  • Switch your swimming between the hotel’s indoor and outdoor pools

  • Book a therapeutic massage treatment, relax in the Jacuzzi, or freshen up in the spa.

  • Maintain your gains in the well-equipped Fitness Centre.

  • Sample cocktails from the hotel bar and fill up on Azorean cooking at the restaurant.

Room Type

Twin/Double Room: These have a twin or double bed. The bathroom has a shower, toilet, and hairdryer. The room also comes with cable television, internet access, and a telephone, as well as air-conditioning, a safe, and a minibar. 


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Marina Atlântico

Supplements from: £105pp

With nautical themes and incredible views overlooking the ocean, the 4-star Marina Atlântico is a great place to enjoy the island’s sea and landscapes.

Relax in the Escuna restaurant or Palhabote bar area and make use of the onsite pool and gym facilities.

Your central location puts you right in the midst of Azorean culture. Sample the local food, stroll along the streets or visit one of the many museums which are all within walking distance.

Hotel facilities

  • Double and twin rooms (some with sea view)
  • Air conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Cable TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • Radio
  • Minibar (extra charge)
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Gym and spa area
  • Free use of bicycles

 

Image Credit: Hotel Marina Atlântico 

The Azor Hotel

Supplements from: £406pp

Another hotel with spectacular sea views, the Azor has a modern touch with a strong connection to the natural wonders of the island.

With 123 rooms and suites, there is a gym and casino on site and the outdoor swimming pool and rooftop bar both offer incredible views of your surroundings.

Hotel facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Market
  • Gym
  • Casino
  • Panoramic outdoor swimming pool

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Tour of the Nordeste

From £72pp

The dramatic variation between landscapes is one of the most alluring features of the Azores. From tranquil pastures to striking coasts, just a short drive can have you feeling like you’ve travelled across continents. Our tour of the Nordeste is one of the best ways to experience this.

Your first stop at Salto do Cavalo’s peak gives you an incredible bird’s-eye view of Furnas Valley and the coastline. In this lusciously-green landscape, it’s only the smell of sulphur and the rising steam from the hot springs that remind you of the volcanic activity here.

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Following this, you’ll visit the Priolo Environmental Centre to learn about its dedicated conservation work, including the protection of the endangered Azores Bullfinch. The interactive exhibitions will immerse you in the thriving natural life in this region.

Afterwards, you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant in Nordeste. For such a small, sleepy village the architecture is remarkable, particularly the seven-arched bridge.

You’ll spend your afternoon in the local village of Povoação where it’s almost mandatory to try the ‘Fofas da Povoação’ - a gorgeously rich vanilla-cream pastry with chocolate topping. These local delicacies are much like continental éclairs and make for the perfect indulgent holiday treat.

Duration: 7-8 hours

*Please note that the Priolo Environmental Centre is closed on Sundays. If your Nordeste tour falls on a Sunday, you will be taken to a botanical garden instead. 


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Please note that festivities of the Holy Christ of Miracles (Santo Cristo dos Milagres) are taking place from the 24th May until the 30th of May 2019, so some places will be a bit busier than normal.

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To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £150pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2; maximum 16 people.

Please note: if you choose to travel by catamaran during the whale watching, the maximum group size is 76 people.

Group size

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Minimum age

The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the dates and prices section of the holiday page, under ‘Terms’.

Unless otherwise stated in the dates and prices section of the holiday page, under ‘Terms’, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment

is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com

Single supplements

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation. 

Medical history and advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

Pregnancy

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Insurance

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

Reduced mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our Travel Experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness
Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition are provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example, you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.

We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required. If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

Guides and safety
It is essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost every day.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience are unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides, please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice, but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.

Booking activities locally and equipment hire

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.

In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

Car hire
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Travel Safety and Foreign Office Advice

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

Cancellations

Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in section 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.

- More than 63 days prior to departure - Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)

- 63 to 43 days prior to departure - 40%

- 42 to 31 days prior to departure - 60%

- 30 to 15 days prior to departure - 80%

- 14 or less days - 100%

Traveller Reviews

We had an amazing holiday! 18 August 2018 by Jade West & Edward Evans

We had an amazing holiday! We enjoyed all the activities and seeing the landscape. We particularly liked the tour guide Dina as she had so much knowledge, and would give us little bits of interesting information even during the bus/jeep journeys. We liked how the dolphin and whale tour guides were respectful of the animals by approaching slowly and leaving when there were too many boats. We also
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We enjoyed our Azores Experience very much 21 July 2018 by Stephen and Carol Wray

We enjoyed our Azores Experience very much. A week was long enough to do everything we wanted to. Our accommodation at Casa Hintze Ribeiro was very spacious and comfortable if a little noisy at night as it was situated in the heart of the town but this was great for eating out in the evening. We loved exploring the stunning scenery of the interior of Sao Miguel island. Our guides were very
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knowledgeable and we learnt a great deal about the wildlife, geology, geography, culture and modern life of the Azores.
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Seeing and swimming with dolphins and whale watching was amazing. 07 July 2018 by The Allen Family

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.

Loved the variety of different things we did 02 September 2017 by The Roberts Family

Swimming with dolphins was just incredible. We were very lucky and swam with dolphins on three occasions in the two hours we were out. On one occasion, we were swimming with hundreds of dolphins; it was just incredible.



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