The 9 islands of the Azores are all very unique filled with endless views of paradise. The islands are divided into 3 groups and vary in size and population significantly on all the islands. The largest and most populated island in the archipelago is Sao Miguel where from the capital, Ponta Delgada you can reach the other islands via a short airplane flight or by Ferry.The fastest and most efficient way to visit the various islands is by plane which is offered by Sata Air Acores the regional division of Sata International. In the past it has always been expensive to travel between the islands and was always easier for the population of the islands to travel via Ferry which although took longer, was a less than a quarter of the price and you had the ability to come by foot or bring your car on-board. The management of Sata Airlines has made it a priority in the past year to make it more cost effective for both residents and tourists to travel between the 9 islands at discounted rates for residents and low cost rates for tourists.The deregulation of the Azorean airspace over the past year has allowed the monopoly that once existed with the regional airline Sata to be dissolved and allowed low cost European airline carriers to fly into the Azores, adding to a tourism boom in 2015 that has been the biggest in history with 2016 expected to be a record breaking year for tourism in the Azores.The Ferry operator in the Azores is the Altânticoline with their schedule changing in the spring and summer months to include travel between all islands. The ferry is a great way to enjoy the sea and sun while shopping onboard their various gift shops or having something to eat or drink in the lounge or reception area.
– Regular passenger and car, throughout the year, between the islands of Faial and Pico (Blue Line) and between the islands of Faial, Pico and São Jorge (Green Line) with Gilberto Mariano and Master Simon ships and only passengers with the cruise of the Islands and Canal Cruise ships.
– Seasonal passenger transport, from June to September, between the islands of Faial, Pico, São Jorge and Terceira (Purple Line), with the ship Gilberto Mariano ship.
– Scheduled passenger transport between the islands of Corvo and Flores, throughout the year, in the Ariel ship.
– Seasonal transport of passengers and vehicles from May to September, between ALL the islands (except Corvo), with ships Express Santorini and Hellenic Wind.