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From Ponta Delgada: Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip

1. From Ponta Delgada: Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip

Set off on a 3-hour whale-watching excursion to see some of the most magnificent marine mammals in the Azores. You’ll be on the lookout for mink whales, dolphins, turtles and more. The marine biologist on board will provide historical information and commentary. Begin with a briefing by a biologist, who will explain how local people have converted whale hunting to whale watching in the Azores. You’ll also receive information about safety, rules of observation and respect for the animals and an overview of what may be sighted during the tour. Leaving from the Ponta Delgada harbor, you’ll sail in style out onto the Atlantic. Qualified biologists and nature guides will provide detailed explanations and collect scientific data during the tour. Situated in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal and North America, the Azores are a permanent home or point of passage for more than a third of the world’s whale and dolphin species. Sperm whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and Risso’s dolphins are present around the Archipelago of the Azores throughout the year. Other species visit or pass by during specific seasons so that the sightings vary considerably during the year — and often from day to day! Summer months are the best time to see Atlantic spotted dolphins, pilot whales and striped dolphins, whereas the spring months are the time to see migrating baleen whales such as blue whales, fin whales and sei whales. Although nature offers no guarantees, whales and dolphins are regularly seen during the tours, along with turtles, seabirds and other marine life.

Sao Miguel: Swimming with Dolphins

2. Sao Miguel: Swimming with Dolphins

Join the ultimate swimming experience on an encounter with wild dolphins in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Head out from the Azores in a Zodiac boat for an unforgettable adventure. This 2-hour activity is carried out in small groups and led by a qualified biologists or nature guides. Each swimming tour is preceded by a briefing in which one of the biologists explains how to swim with wild dolphins while respecting them. You’ll also learn how to enter the water and behave around the dolphins, how to use the mask and snorkel and how to get the most out of your swimming experience. Masks, snorkels and wet-suits are provided.

Lajes de Pico: Small-Group Swim with Dolphins

3. Lajes de Pico: Small-Group Swim with Dolphins

Enjoy a swim with the Azores' resident dolphins on an ethical and sustainable tour. Get the opportunity to swim with Risso’s dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and common dolphins in their natural habitat. You may also have the opportunity to spot Atlantic spotted dolphins, striped dolphins, and rough-toothed dolphins. The dolphins you will see during the tour are 100% free and living in their natural habitat. Start your tour with an important briefing from your marine biologist guide. This briefing will help ensure your safety in the water whilst also giving you an understanding of how to protect the dolphins during your swim. Then, simply dive in and follow your guide's instructions to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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What people are saying about Azores

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 294 reviews

Everything was fantastic, from the welcome, the explanations given, the trip and, of course, the sighting of dolphins and 4 sperm whales. Note of 20 to our hostess, who enchanted with the explanations and enthused us both kids and seniors. Do not doubt it. Futurism is really worth the price!

The guides and all the staff are very kind and smiling. The tour was perfect, as we were able to observe both dolphins and whales well. We found a large plastic bag in the sea and the staff stopped the vehicle to retrieve it. Save the planet Unique experience. Thanks

Great. I had some nausea but it's normal. All the staff were super friendly and funny! Dolphins are a spectacle! We were lucky enough to get to see the largest living animal in the world, a blue whale. Wonderful

Everything went as planned. We were not disappointed with the experience even though we had seen "only" "resident" common dolphins. But nature is just like that and for good.

Fantastic experience, which allowed for dolphin and whale watching