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Posts: 2006 Joined: 04 Sep 2003 Location: Portugal
Açores is a magnificent archipelago and São Miguel is the biggest and probably the most diversified island. The Western group is very popular for European birders because it´s the one where they can spot more neartic species. Pico island is the best for wale watching, but São Miguel is the only island with a true endemic bird species, the prioulo (Pyrrula murina). If you are into birdwatching you should definitely drive to the northeast os the island (Serra da Tronqueira and Pico da Vara) to look for this species. Check it out: http://vimeo.com/43384712 You can talk to SPEA-Açores (Bird conservation NGO) for some specific details: http://www.spea.pt/en/ I have not many info on snorkeling sites, but if you want I can check with some friends who are very experience divers in the region. Also you can check here for some coordinates of birding sites: http://www.birdingazores.com/?page=coordinates_2 Feel free to ask any specific informations. Cheers a
HI David - I was there a few years back and it is a wonderful place to visit. Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake) is amazing, and well worth a visit, an image I took can be viewed at the following url - ( http://fineartamerica.com/featured/fire-lake-the-azores-peter-mccabe.html ) The village of Furnas has a wonderful tropical garden and volcanic spring. The village itself has numerous volcanic pools, that are sometimes used for cooking. The smell takes some getting used to.