Things to know

Pico – the island in the middle of the Atlantic

Abundant vineyards, green meadows, rough coasts and deep blue sea. Four seasons in one day, cordial people and endless nature beyond words invite you. A 2,351 meter volcanic peak, 45,000 cows and 15,000 inhabitants. This is the island of Pico in the microcosm of the Azores.

Scuba Azores - Pico

Pico is one of nine islands in the Azores which belong to Macaronesia. This collection of archipelagos does not lay in the South Seas as the name might suggest but in the Mid-Atlantic. The German botanist A. Engler marked this name for the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands due to their similar flora. The name has its origins in Greek (makaros, nesios) and means “the blissful islands”.

Scuba Azores - Pico
Scuba Azores - Pico

Scuba Azores - Pico
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Language

Portuguese, partly with local dialect Açoriano.

Climate and best travel time

The climate at the Azores is mild all-the-year and rarely reaches extremely high temperatures in the summer months. The best travel time is between June and October. At which time of the year particular animals can be observed is mentioned in the particular programmes.

Entry requirements

Please read up on currently valid entry regulations to Portugal as well as on general travel, security and medical instructions at your responsible Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

United Kingdom: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this. You can stay in Portugal as a tourist for up to three months.

United States of America: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/Portugal.html

The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area. Two blank passport pages are minimum. There is no tourist visa required for stays under 90 days.

Honorary British Consulate of United Kingdom:

Honorary British Consulate of United Kingdom:

Rua Domingos Rebelo, 43A
9500-234 Ponta Delgada, Azores
Phone: +351 296 628175
E-Mail: amgm@net.sapo.pt

U.S. Consulate Ponta Delgada:

Avenida Príncipe do Mónaco No, 6-2 F
9500-237 Ponta Delgada, Azores
Phone: +351 296 282216
Emergency phone: +351 296 282216 (listen for the duty officer’s cell phone number)
E-Mail: ConsPontaDelgada@state.gov

Vaccinations

No compulsory vaccinations are required when entering Portugal. There is one exception: Travellers who enter Portugal within the last six days after a stay in a region which has been declared as yellow fever infected by the World Health Organization (WHO) and who are older than one year have to present a vaccination certificate against yellow fever. You can find a list of the infected areas at www.who.int.

Currency

Euro.

Arrival

You can arrive at Pico by ferry from the islands Faial or São Jorge or by airplane.

From European mainland you fly with TAP and Sata Airways to Pico (airport code PIX) or to Horta (airport code HOR) at the island of Faial. Alternatively Air Berlin offers flights to Ponta Delgada (airport code PDL) at the island of São Miguel or Terceira (airport code TER). From there you continue with SATA to Pico or Faial. Once a week TUI Airlines Nederland flies directly to Pico.

As almost all flight connections require a connection flight from Lisbon, we recommend a stopover in the beautiful capital of Portugal. As a lot of flights from Europe start early in the morning, it is recommended to drive to the airport by car and to leave the car there. Here you can find a useful link: www.Park-sleep-fly.net

Our partner agency in Berlin will be happy to assist you with the flight bookings: Reisestudio Lippelt, phone number +49 (0)30 32 79 430.

Photographer credits: Karl Finkbeiner, Elke Herman, Frank Hensel, Ben Schiling, Frank Wirth and many more.

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Time for sharks.

Time for sharks. September has been a great month for us to see Blue Sharks. The spot near to Madalena was good every single time. The waiting time while chumming was longer than in the years before and it became a bug previlege to see the Blue sharks, as they are highly overfished. ButFrank Wirth´s crew of Pico Sport , Andy Stelter, João Rodrigues, Rui Romano, Emanuel Goulart, Fernando Maiato and all the rest made it possible. See a clip of Erich Pröll who is filming for ORF TV at the moment with us.
Even in October we are with the sharks and only yesterday Andy managed to get 3 big Blues around our boat.

 

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45 Minutes with Mako and Blue sharks

45 minutes with Mako and Blue sharks.

Yesterday was a great day for shark diving at Pio. Andy Stelter got a massive Mako shark for more than 40 minutes and a big Blue came in as well. What a great experience and what a pevilege to meet some of the last remaining of their species ……

The shark weeks 2016 are open for booking now….dont wait, join Frank Wirth´s Pico Sport and the sharks in 2016.

Swimming with dolphins is a great experience.

Swimming with dolphins is a great experience.

While in many places like in egypt the dolphins are under heavy pressure, here, in the open sea of Pico Island the snorkeling with dolphins is sustainable.

Here we do not disturb the animals and they are free to swim whereever they want. Also we have strong regulations about how to operate with whales and dolphins.

Sometimes its just a short visit but often they allow us to dive into the deep blue with them. See this little clip to see how free and happy our dolphins are in the deep blue Ocean of Pico Island. Our new Dolphin packages 2016 are online. We cooperate with Dolpin Aliance and the Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delfine. Therefore we have a special dolphin trip in June 2016 thats guided by the biologistst Angela Ziltener and Sina Kreiker.

Check our web page and reserve your dolphin dream holiday 2016 with us!

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Pico Sport on Dutch TV show

Great news from Holland again. Proudly we announce that the very famous travel show “3 Op Reis” has broadcasted an item about Pico Sport in they show of november 8th. You can watch the show here.

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