ToP Plenty of day trip options are available to divers of different skill levels. BoTToM a Guinean pufferfish. amazing views over nearby islands. San Jorge is known for its wine and exotic orchids. The White Island, Graciosa, is named after several natural features such as Pedras Brancas (White Stones), Serra Branca (White Mountain) and Barro Branco (White Clay). Here, too, wine is produced and the landscapes are surveyed by ancient windmills. The island furthest from mainland Europe, Flores, forms the westernmost part of the archipelago with its neighbour Corvo. The latter is the smallest of the islands, with just 400 inhabWe are promised that we'll see at least dolphins. itants. Flores is known for hot springs, as well as the windmills and gorgeous scenery it shares with its neighbours. in ThE WakE of MoBy Dick In the morning, the glassy ocean looks promising. Our large rubber whale-watching boat is almost full as we pull out of Vila Franco do Campo harbour. For 53 euros (35 for children), we are promised that we will see at least dolphins, but one can never be sure about the giants of the sea. It would be great to see a sperm whale, so familiar from books such as Herman Melville's Moby Dick, Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio and Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. To improve the chances, the big whale and dolphin safari companies have their own observation booths atop the highest cliffs, from which they can call the boat captain with the latest sightings. 36 BluE WinGs JUNEAUGUST 2010
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