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3 - Island hopping in the Azores archipelago

Destination: Terceira - Graciosa - Faial - Terceira

Dates: 27 (16h00) July – 3 (10h00) August

Miles: 250

Voyage highlights

  • Sail through the impressive Azorean archipelago in comfort aboard the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela
  • Gain a hands-on sailing experience aboard this historic sailing ship
  • Explore the beautiful island of Graciosa and climb its volcano
  • Keep an eye out for whales in the São Jorge Channel
  • Visit the vibrant sailors town of Horta
  • Support our citizen science project to raise awareness of the problem with marine litter
  • Discover Azorean food and wine
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Angra do Heroísmo
  • There will be a yoga group practicing with Wide Ocean Retreat during this voyage. If you would like to join the practice or find out more, please contact

SMM COVID POLICY: Due to the uncertainties caused by the COVID pandemic, to ensure we keep everyone safe, our 2022 voyages focus on activities aboard the ship, and in visiting quiet anchorages and harbors. We will adjust our schedule in response to the changing situation, and will always seek to find the best solution for our guests whilst keeping everyone’s health and safety in mind.

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Voyage description

Our journeys to the Azores in 2018 and 2019 proved so popular that we plan to follow a similar itinerary as we hop through this impressive mid-Atlantic volcanic archipelago. Distances are short offering a number of experiences from sailing to visits to quiet anchorages.

During the 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 are pleased to welcome Wide Ocean Retreat yoga group who will be practicing during this voyage. If you would like to join the practice or find out more, please contact

We start and finish in Terceira. If the weather is good we hope to be able to stop on quiet anchorages around the central islands and to sail up the São Jorge Channel which offers the chance to spot for whales. 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.

We plan to visit Graciosa, the serene island furthest north in the archipelago where the people have every right to be proud of their beautiful island, boasting the Furna do Enxofre, a 40m-high volcanic cave with a sulphurous lake.

A stop on Faial offers the chance to visit Horta and its the famous Peter's Café Sport bar frequented by yachtsmen since 1918. Stroll in the marina and marvel at the centuries old sailors art. 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. The 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.