Water activity

São Miguel Azores: Half-Day Whale Watching Trip

Activity provider:Picos de Aventura
Water activity

São Miguel Azores: Half-Day Whale Watching Trip

Activity provider:Picos de Aventura
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From US$ 64.25 per person

Likely to sell out

Experience the thrill of seeing whales and dolphins in their natural habitat on a half-day cruise led by a team of expert skippers, biologists, and lookouts.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, English, Spanish


  • Discover the Azores, one of the ‘top ten’ whale-watching spots in the world
  • See whales and dolphins in their natural habitat at a safe and respectful distance
  • Learn interesting facts about marine life from the knowledgeable crew
  • Admire the impressive geological formations on the island’s coastline
Full description

Enjoy a half-day whale watching trip in the Azores, one of the ‘top ten’ whale-watching spots in the world, and get the opportunity to meet the ocean giants in their natural habitat. Meet the boat crew and get a short briefing about safety and code of ethics and then put on your life vest and head out in the ocean. Listen as the crew follows the instructions given by radio from the lookouts placed in strategic points along the coastline using military-grade binoculars to find and communicate the position of the animals. Take comfort that the crew has a 99% success rate of sightings. If whales are spotted it´s time to enjoy the company of these magnificent animals, always keeping a safe and respectful distance. It´s usual that more than one group of whales and dolphins are observed per trip. On the way back to the marina, observe the geological formations of the island as the boat sails close to the coastline. If no whales or dolphins are spotted, you will receive a full refund, or you can book another trip for free.

  • Whale-watching tour
  • Transportation in catamaran or speedboat
  • Crew
  • Tour guide
  • Life jacket
  • Raincoat
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems

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Meeting point

Board the boat in the Marina across from Hotel Marina Atlântico. The boat has the activity provider's name on it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Reusable water bottle

Not allowed

  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The tour is very weather dependant and rescheduling or cancellation will be offered in case of extreme weather
  • The type of boat used depends on the number of people booked on that day
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 221 reviews

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The activity had almost be cancelled due to the weather conditions but we agreed to be patient until short before. It was a bumpy ride when the boat went fast. Do not eat too much before... But it can also be fun when the boat goes over the waves. At the beginning we got a good introduction and during the tour we got also explanations. We saw two groups of different species dolphins. They swam right next, under and in front of our boat. Funny to see. Unfortunatley, we did not see any whales but it is nature... Overall it was a worthwhile adventorous activity anyway.

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April 29, 2023

The staff are so lovely and knowledgable and were honest with the trip, that it would be a very bumpy ride and we may not get to see anything. However we got lucky and saw lots of dolphins and even a blue whale. They offer a refund or rebooking if you do not see anything which I think is a nice gesture too. We had a great trip and honestly the timing is optimal. You would not want to be out on the sea much longer as it can be a rough trip on the speedboat! They provided waterproofs if wanted and lockers. Would recommend!

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April 27, 2023

What an adventure! The sea was not too calm so the ride was bumpy what made us jump a lot and we loved it! The guide was full of knowledge, answered every question and gave a lot of informations about these amazing animals. She was in touch with observation crew all the time so we managed to see many dolphins and sei whales! The organizator provides all the waterproof clothing. Definitely worth it!

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April 23, 2023

Product ID: 389227