Adventure - Discover Faial - Island of Nature & Culture


A volcanic island in the middle of the North Atlantic surrounded by whales, dolphins, and sharks, and teeming with nature. Sounds like a fantastic setting for an unforgettable adventure, doesn’t it? Alone or as part of a group, come have an adventure in Faial!

10 Adventure experiences in Faial

Diving with Sharks

Get ready to dive with blue sharks, one of the fastest fish in the ocean. Entering the world of this amazing predator is a memorable experience!

Diving or snorkeling with devil rays

Dive into the heart of the ocean with the majestic devil rays (Mobula tarapacana). Princess Alice Bank, which is 45 miles from Faial, is considered one of the best spots in the world for diving with devil rays. Enjoy this magnificent experience even if you are not certified to dive. You can always enter the water and go snorkeling, observing these amazing creatures from the surface.

Descending Caldeira

The imposing Caldeira of Faial is 2 km in diameter and is the youngest crater in the Azores, estimated to be about 1,000 years old (at the time of its last eruption). It is a place with unique characteristics in the Azores, where it is possible to find a spectacular patch of high altitude laurel forest in pristine condition. It is only possible to descend the caldera with a certified guide. A unique experience!


In this fun and challenging adventure experience you have to walk, swim, climb, or use rope maneuvers like classic rappelling, guided rappelling or zip-lining to cross streams and descend waterfalls. A radical experience to discover the most remote places and wildest vegetation on the island.

Climbing Pico

At 2,351m, Pico mount is the highest mountain in Portugal. It is located on the island of Pico and is only 30 minutes by ferry from Faial. The climb up to its summit provides a unique experience, not only due to its altitude, but also because it is a dormant volcano in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Trilho Faial Costa a Costa, Aventura, Ilha do Faial

Trail Faial from Coast to Coast

Cross the island from one end to the other by walking or running in one or more days along the paths that link Porto da Ribeirinha, the oldest and easternmost point of the island, to Vulcão dos Capelinhos, the most recent part of the island, on its weastern edge, formed only 60 years ago. Along the way you pass through very diverse and contrasting regions and landscapes, including the majestic Caldeira at the top of the island.

Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddle

Discover the bays and beaches of Faial by paddling. Seen from the sea, the coastal landscape enchants with its contrasts between the green of the forests and fields, the dark volcanic rocks, and the deep blue of the sea. Here everything comes together to form a heavenly setting for the practice of these leisure activities.

Mountain Biking

Challenging uphills, vertiginous downhills, muddy trails, rocky paths… Faial Island’s beautiful volcanic landscapes are a challenge for mountain bikers. Are you ready to accept the challenge?

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Experience this fantastic adventure from the briefing on land to the encounter with these extraordinary animals at sea. Along the way, enjoy the islands’ beautiful coastal landscapes. This is an activity full of adventure and scientific information about our seas and their centuries-long connection to Azorean history and culture.


Set off on an unforgettable maritime adventure of one or more days. Sail between the islands and experience all the beauty and intensity of an archipelago in the heart of the Atlantic.