Water activity

From Ponta Delgada: Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip

From Ponta Delgada: Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip

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From US$ 62.49 per person

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Head out from Ponta Delgada on a whale-watching boat to spot some of the Atlantic Ocean's most magnificent mammals. You’ll be on the lookout for mink whales, dolphins, turtles and more. A marine biologist on board will provide commentary.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese

Experience

Highlights
  • Join a whale-watching excursion off Ponta Delgada
  • Be on the lookout for over 25 cetacean species that can be found in the Azores
  • Listen to the commentary and historical information provided by the biologist on board
  • Choose between a catamaran or a Zodiac boat
Full description

Set off on a whale-watching day trip from Ponta Delgada and witness the marine mammals of the Azores. Look out for minke whales, dolphins, turtles, and more, and learn about the environment from your marine biologist guide. Begin with a briefing by your guide, who will explain the history of whale watching in the Azores. Learn about water safety, rules of observation, and respect for the animals.

Depart from the Ponta Delgada harbor and sail into the Atlantic. Situated 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.

Keep an eye out for sperm whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and Risso’s dolphins, which are present throughout the year, along with turtles, seabirds, and other marine life.

In the summer months, spot dolphins, pilot whales, and striped dolphins. In spring, enjoy the opportunity to see migrating baleen whales such as blue whales, fin whales, and sei whales.

Includes
  • Pre-tour briefing
  • Raincoat and pants
  • Life jacket
  • Marine biologist or nature guide on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Look for Futurismo Azores Adventures at Ponta Delgada Harbor Portas do Mar – Shop 26 9500-771 São Miguel, Azores, Portugal.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Trips can take place in a catamaran or an inflatable rubber boat
  • The catamaran option is recommended for families with children under 8 years old, seniors, pregnant women, and people with limited mobility, back problems, or other health issues
  • Trips are subject to cancellation due to weather conditions and if minimum numbers are not met
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 476 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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The trip was originally scheduled for 3 hours, but since we spotted a sperm whale and it was the team's turn that we could see it a little longer, we ended up being on the road for 4 hours. I liked how competent and loving the staff treated you and gave us various information about the sea creatures. We also sighted about 100 dolphins and stayed there for about 45 minutes before we drove on to the next spot. The trip was worth it all and I would really recommend it to everyone. It's nice to see the island from afar and see the animals in their natural habitat.

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October 10, 2022

That was a really nice experience. We saw hundreds of dolphins, sperm whales and a fin whale. Really great. The trip took almost four hours because we were so lucky with the animals. Nice, great crew! Smooth running. But… don't underestimate the swell, it's not without it and we had some seasick people on board. Nevertheless, you have to see it. Only to be recommended!

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October 7, 2022

It was a spectacular experience, we sighted several sperm whales, even a baby whale! The guides narrated where and what can we see, it was very helpful. There were no dolphins on this trip, depends on your luck. We chose the catamaran, it was a safe and comfortable choice. Be prepared with warm clothes and rain jacket even on hot days, the winds are quite strong. Also recommend to bring some snacks, the tour is 3hrs long.

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September 29, 2022

Product ID: 75560