Water activity

Pico Island: Whale Watching Boat Tour with Biologist Guides

Water activity

Pico Island: Whale Watching Boat Tour with Biologist Guides

From US$ 59.23 per person

Take in the scenery from on the water and spot whales, dolphins, and other sea life on this guided boat trip around Pico Island. Learn about the area and local wildlife from marine biologists.

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Duration 3 hours
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Portuguese, English, French


  • Enjoy some time out on the water while taking in the fresh air and sea breeze
  • Discover your passion for sea life as you explore alongside marine biologists
  • Navigate to a whale and dolphin viewing spot that’s away from the crowds
  • Learn about marine wildlife and how to respectfully interact with the animals
  • Prepare for awe-inspiring moments and once-in-a-lifetime face-to-face encounters
Full description

Lying in the middle of the mystical Atlantic Ocean, the Azores Islands are a permanent home or point of passage for more than a third of the entire world’s whale and dolphin species. Dive into a lifetime adventure with these ancestral creatures during this guided Pico Island whale-watching trip.

Away from the masses and close to the desirable peace, you will be the guests to nature guides and marine biologists, certified and, most importantly, sharing the contagious passion for the islands and its fauna and flora.

Your adventure starts at Lajes do Pico harbor, where you’ll be welcomed by staff and check-in. Afterward, head to the boat where the marine biologists will give a briefing. Hear about the species you might see, whale watching history in the Azores, as well as how to respect the animals.

Then, you’re ready to navigate and look for cetaceans in the wild. On the way, have a look at the coast of the island, full of magical landscapes. Whales live in the deep ocean and some of them simply pass by the waters during their migration.

It is in this dark-profiled paradise of basaltic landscapes and silky vegetation that a rough sea awaits to introduce the visitor to some of the most spectacular aquatic specimens, freely swimming in their element.

Prepare for awe-inspiring moments where time suddenly freezes and natural magic happens right in front of your eyes. After the boat trip, head back to the harbor with a heart full of good memories.

  • Boat trip
  • Life jacket
  • Marine biologist guides
  • Pre-tour briefing
  • Raincoat and pants (if necessary)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at Futurismo Whale Watching. You must check in at the ticket counter before the tour begins. There is a free parking lot that is a 5- to 10-minute walk from the shop.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Windbreaker
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Face mask or protective covering

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Pets
  • Drones
  • Alcoholic drinks in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • This activity depends on the weather and sea conditions and it may be canceled or rescheduled if the conditions are not suitable to operate
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 50 reviews

Review summary

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Great trip with the best weather! Skipper and tour guide both professional and above all very keen to offer us more than dolphins! We had already found it after half an hour! Then there were several sperm whales and last but not least 2 huge whale sharks! The crew just extended it by 1 hour free of charge! Great class! Thanks to the team and we will definitely come again!

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October 4, 2022

The trip was definitely worth it. We saw many different species of dolphins and whales with calves including Sei Whales and Sperm Whales. The biologists explained a lot and always kept their distance from the animals, unlike neighboring tour operators! In addition, the biologist boat is a small two-row boat with a maximum of 16 people. At the tourist operators, the boat has three rows and definitely 30 people on board.

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September 5, 2022

It was great, they had everything to protect you from being wet, you can’t bring much on the boat so put your sunscreen before leaving and keep the minimum things on you. There is nothing to put a water bottle for example. One guy took his back pack and tied it to the seat

August 29, 2022

Product ID: 410145