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ILHA DO PICO, AZORES 16°
24 KM/H 59%

The Whaler’s House is located in the Calheta de Nesquim parish, in the Lajes do Pico council.
This small and picturesque community has only 342 inhabitants, who live mainly from fishing and agriculture.
It is in this privileged environment, where the countryside meets the sea, that the Whaler’s House is situated. The comfortable and welcoming exterior area makes it the ideal place for those who love being near the sea.
Enjoy our own look-out post and feel like a true whaler from the past watching cetaceans from the balcony of the Whaler’s House.

Curiosity:
This parish was the first whaling centre in the Pico Island. It is still possible to visit the boats and the look-out post today. In this parish you can find some natural swimming holes: Poça das Mujas and Feteira de Baixo.

 

THE SPACE:
Bedrooms 1;
Bathrooms 1;
Living room;
Fully equipped kitchen;
Balcony - for meals and lounging area;
Heating system for the winter;
TV.

Price: 80€ (one night)
Distance from the centre of the parish: 300 meters
Up to: 2 people

This house / studio is fully equipped with a comfortable room for 2 people, a bathroom with shower and a kitchen.
The house is located in Quinta do Rochão, Santo Amaro parish, municipality of São Roque do Pico. This ancient town became known as the main naval construction center in the Azores since the end of Sec. XIX, having been built here the best fishing boats in Portugal. The Santo Amaro neighborhood is still one of the places in the country with more tradition and connection to the sea.

The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need to prepare your own meals and a dining table.
The room has a double bed and a decorated room, ideal for a quiet evening for two.

Bedrooms 2;
Bathrooms 2;
Living room;
Fully equipped kitchen;
Balcony - for meals and lounging area;
Heating system for the winter;
TV.

Price: 100€ (one night)
Distance from the centre of the parish: 500 metres
Up to: 4 people

This house / studio is fully equipped with a comfortable room for 2 people, a bathroom with shower and a kitchen.
The house is located in Quinta do Rochão, Santo Amaro parish, municipality of São Roque do Pico. This ancient town became known as the main naval construction center in the Azores since the end of Sec. XIX, having been built here the best fishing boats in Portugal. The Santo Amaro neighborhood is still one of the places in the country with more tradition and connection to the sea.

The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need to prepare your own meals and a dining table.
The room has a double bed and a decorated room, ideal for a quiet evening for two.

THE SPACE:
1 bedrooms (double bed);
Bathrooms 1;
Fully equipped kitchen;
System heating in winter;

Price: 50€ (one night)

Distance from the centre of the parish: 500 meters

Up to: 2 people

A carefully restored traditional house, fully equipped with two rooms and two bathrooms.
The house is located in Quinta do Rochão, Santo Amaro parish, municipality of São Roque do Pico. This ancient town became known as the main naval construction center in the Azores since the end of Sec. XIX, having been built here the best fishing boats in Portugal. The Santo Amaro still one of the places in the country with more tradition and connection to the sea.

From home will have the opportunity to enjoy the sounds of the waves in the morning and a beautiful red sunset fall into the sea. Close to home you can go hiking, dolphin and whale watching from the balcony, swimming in the sea or in the natural pool, listen to the birds or just watch the shepherds with their herds.

THE SPACE:
2 bedrooms (double bed);
Bathrooms 2;
Area living and dining;
Fully equipped kitchen;
Area equipped for outdoor living and dining;
System heating in winter;
Room equipped with a fireplace.
Outer space prepared for barbecues;

Price: 100€ (one night)
Distance from the centre of the parish: 500 meters
Up to: 4 people

 






Welcome to our tourism and activities company!

We are a young team ready to give you the best of the paradise in the middle of the Atlantic,
try the activities available as well as the houses in the nature.







WHALERS HOUSE
Rua Prof. Manuel Fernandes Leal, Feteira Calheta de Nesquim 9930-031 Lajes do Pico, Açores







CASA DA GINGEIRA BRAVA
Rua do Rochão Terra Alta - Santo Amaro 9940-185 São Roque do Pico, Açores







CASA DO SANGUINHO
Rua do Rochão Terra Alta - Santo Amaro 9940-185 São Roque do Pico, Açores







CASA CEDRO DO MATO
Rua do Rochão Terra Alta - Santo Amaro 9940-185 São Roque do Pico, Açores





ACTIVITIES

JEEP TOURS

If you do not have much time to spend and want to see the remotest locations on this island, this is the best way to do it.
The rough nature and a particular geology hashave given the Pico Island breathtaking landscapes and unique sceneries. Visiting these places is living true unforgettable experiences which will certainly be in your memory forever.
- View points route
- The whale route
- The endemics route
- The lagoons route
- The wine route
- The Geosites route
- The Geocaching route
- A drive around the Island



Half a day (aprox. 4 hours) 50€ / per person, 2 persons minimum.
All day (aprox. 7 hours) 80€ / per person, 2 persons minimum.

ACTIVITIES

FAUNA AND FLORA WATCHING

Fauna and flora watching can be both done alone or with specialised guides. If you choose the later, the forest dynamics will be explained in a simple way and several endemic plants will be identified. You can also watch the characteristic fauna of these Islands’ ecosystems, especially birds.
Pico Island has a vast area of the protected “laurissilva” forest, with thousand year old specimens which are unique in the world. Discovering these places is surely a surprising experience.
This activity can be adjusted to the visitor, regarding his/her interests and sensitivity.



Half a day (4 hours aprox.) 30€ / per person, 2 people minimum.
All day (7 hours aprox.) 50€ / per person, 2 people minimum.

ACTIVITIES

TREKKING

It is one of the most recommended activities to fully enjoy the best the Pico Island has to offer its visitors.
Numerous trekking trails are identified throughout the island and you can either do it alone or with our guides. This is the ideal option for those who are looking forward to get the best out of trekking. The Okeano guides know every corner of these trails and will give you all the information you need about these places.
- Caminho dos Burros – 7 hours
- Lagoa do Capitão – 3, 5 hours
- Ponta da Ilha – 3 hours
- Planalto Central – 6 hours
- Unesco’s World Heritage Site - Vineyard area – 3 hours
- Calheta / Santo Amaro – 8 hours



From 25€ to 50€ depending on the chosen trail and the number of people, 2 people minimum.

TREKKING

FAUNA AND FLORA WATCHING

JEEP TOURS

FREEDIVING

KAYAKING

YOGA AND SEA

ACTIVITIES

FREEDIVING

The freediving is a way of feeling and living the sea through a more direct contact and in perfect harmony with the environment.
With our guides you will have the chance to enjoy unique sites: caves, arcades and lava formations which will make your trip to the Pico Island unforgettable.

Discovering diving:
- São Caetano’s Bay
- Santo António’s Hot Springs
- Mistério de São João
Advanced diving:
- Arcos de São João
- Arcadas de São Roque
- Parede de Engrade

Underwater photography safaris (photographic material is not supplied):
- São Caetano’s Corals
- Lajes’ Bay fauna and flora
- Blocos da Calheta

The freediving activity is always supervised by a certified OKEANO guide.
Three hour activities, 30€ to 60€ per person (depending on the site and number of people), 2 people minimum.

ACTIVITIES

KAYAKING

Kayaking is an excellent activity for those who want to feel the true spirit of adventure and wish to see the Pico Island from a different perspective.

Our trips (half a day):
- Calheta
- Lages
- Santo Amaro
- São João
- Piedade

Our routes (whole day)
- Northern route
- Southern route
Characteristics:
Kayak – K1
Price without a guide / Price with a guide
Whole day 20€ / Whole day 45€ (2 people minimum)
Half a day 15€ / Half a day 25€ (2 people minimum)

Kayak – K2
Price without a guide / Price with a guide
Whole day 25€ / Whole day 50€ (2 people minimum)
Half a day 20€ / Half a day 30€ (2 people minimum)



* paddles and life vest included.

ACTIVITIES

YOGA AND SEA

There are only a few sports where body and mind are so fully connected as in diving. Yoga tecniques help us to know our minds and bodies better. “If you control your body, you will know how to relax and fully enjoy a diving session getting in touch with our underwater fauna”.
Characteristics:
- Group classes about breathing and relaxation techniques through yoga applied to diving.

- Classes are given inland, in a controlled environment (swimming-pool) and sea.
Activities supervised by a certified yoga and apnea diving instructor.



15€ per person, 2 people minimum. One hour and a half lessons.

The sea is an ever present element in the landscape of these islands. This straight connection between the island and the ocean conveys a constant and special energy. Enjoying the assets offered by this proximity is undoubtedly the best option for living the Azores experience in an unforgettable and unique way.

REGULATION

Going around the Island of Pico by bicycle, kayaking and walking – 4 days

220€ per person, 2 persons minimum.
Camping.
Lodging in a rural tourism house upon request.

Come discover a huge variety of landscapes, in one side the view to the Pico Mountain, in the other side the beautiful landscape of the neighboring island, São Jorge.
Explore the north side of the island to become part of it, revealing amazing landscapes viewed from a totally new perspective. We combined the perfect backdrop for your adventure!

REGULATION

Northern part of the Island by bicycle and kayak – 2 days

110€ per person, 2 persons minimum.
Camping.
Lodging in a rural tourism house upon request.

With this programme we intend to offer you something that is truly representative of how it feels like living on this island, both in land and sea.
The green landscape, the trails that go around the whole island, the ever present deep blue sea and the chance of taking a sight of the five central islands, will undoubtedly provide a fantastic experience. To make the best of this experience, we offer you the possibility of choosing the walking trail and jeep tour that suits you best.

REGULATION

1st day – Arrival at Pico – reception;
2nd day - Jeep drive;
3rd day – Pedestrian trail;
4th day – Boat trip;
5th day – Departure;

470 euros per person, 2 persons minimum.

Includes lodging in a rural tourism house, transfers from and to the airport or ferry terminal, referred activities and insurance.

Five days in touch with the Azorean sea, where you will be able to do several ludic and formative activities connected with diving. You will have the chance to see the sea and its flora and fauna, accompanied by certified instructors from the Apnea Academy International and OKEANO guides.

REGULATION

1st day – Arrival at Pico – Reception/Presentation Stage Apnea Academy;
2nd day – Stage Apnea Academy;
3rd day – Stage Apnea Academy;
4th day – Diving with dolphins and visiting the Whaler’s Museum;
5th day – Departure.

480€ per person (special discount for families).

It includes lodging in a rural tourism house, transfers from and to the airport or ferry terminal, activities and insurance.






WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING FOR YOUR PERFECT DAY? ADVENTURE

We have prepared for you packs with activities to take advantage of the best the island has to offer. Adventure up and let yourself be carried by this fantastic adventure in nature.






AROUND THE ISLAND
Bicycle, kayak and trekking
duration: 4 days






PICO\'S NORTHERN PART
Bicycle and kayak
duration: 2 days






PICO SEA AND LAND
Jeep, trekking and boat
duration: 5 days / 4 nights






PICO AND THE SEA
Freediving, Yoga
duration: 5 days / 4 nights









"Pico is the most beautiful and extraordinary Island of the Azores. It has a beauty of its own, a delightful colour and a strange power of attraction. " (Raul Brandão in As Ilhas desconhecidas [The unknown islands], 1924)

From all the Azores Islands the Pico Island has always been a reference throughout the times. Firstly, as an beacon for sailors, then described and admired by writers and poets and today it stands for a place where you can find beautiful nature sites and good quality rural tourism houses.

LAND

Pico has an area of 447 Km2 and it is the second largest of the Azores Islands. Its imposing mountain of 2351 meters high is the highest point in Portugal and its peek is a privileged place to contemplate the five Islands of the central group.

35% of the surface of the Island is classified as being a Natural Park, which contributes to the preservation of its cultural and natural values, namely its rich “laurissilva” forest. In fact, there are numerous endemic plants to the Azores which we can find in their natural habitat, and which make this last haven of preserved flora, a potential place for study sites and a never ending discovery experience for visitors.

SEA

It is in the heart of a large sea area that we can find the Pico Island, one of the nine islands of the Azores. Only a two hour trip away from the European Continent, this island offers a wide range of diving sites and a rich and abundant sea life.

Its location in the heart of the North Atlantic, the clear waters of a unique color and its mild temperatures all year round, makes it an oasis for marine biodiversity. A place where you can find more than twenty-four species of cetaceans, five species of turtles and more than six hundred species of fish, is definitely the ideal holiday destination for diving lovers.
Across its coastline and shallow areas, numerous caves can be seen, huge arcades, hot springs and other lava formations. In a medium and long distance from the shore there are underwater lower and upper levels which are the habitat of schools of pelagic fish, manta rays and some cetaceans.

Interesting data:
The water temperature presents an average variation of just 6ºC, ranging from 16ºC to 22ºC, with peeks of 24ºC/25ºC degrees maximum.
The best time of the year for diving goes from May to October.






MISSION

Sustainable tourism has gained a growing relevance in the last years, as a result of the need for an alternative tourism. The number of places offering this new concept of tourism has been multiplying around the world and the Azores are, without the shadow of a doubt, the ideal place for it.
According to the World Tourism Organization, developing tourism in a sustainable way implies fair social actions, economical viability and ecological correctness.
OKEANO intends to follow this concept, providing quality touristic services based on environmental, social and enterprising principals.

OBJECTIVES

Developing projects and studies which may allow a better knowledge of the endemic species of the Azores. The goal is to develop a type of scientific tourism, in which the visitors are invited to interact - when combined they become the perfect framework for our mission.
Creating tools which allow us to transmit our knowledge to the community, namely schools and the people involved in the activities developed by OKEANO.
Developing and implementing quality touristic products and services which allow the visitor to live enriching experiences, where the major goals are knowledge, ecological awareness and respect towards our natural resources.



 
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ESTRADA REGIONAL PONTA RASA Nº1 SÃO JOÃO
9930-473 LAJES DO PICO, AÇORES | PORTUGAL

PHONE: (00351) 964 854 222 | (00351) 969 905 856
MAIL: info@okeanoazores.com

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