In the Atlantic Ocean, between North America and Portugal, lies an archipelago, made up of nine islands, known as the Azores. All of these islands were created by volcanoes, and because of this, they possess a beauty that is hard to compare to any other islands. Depending on which island one is on, there may be caves, tunnels, wrecks, and underwater sites that are hard to beat. With mild water temperatures, any one of these islands would be a treat to visit.
Faial is the fifth largest of the Azores islands. Unlike the other islands in the archipelago, Faial is the site of the most recent volcanic eruption, which took place in 1957. The island is known as the “Ilha Azul”, or “The Blue Island”. This is because the island is planted with endless hedges of blue hydrangeas.