Water activity

From Ponta Delgada: Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip

Water activity

From Ponta Delgada: Whale and Dolphin Watching Trip

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From US$ 69.69 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


  • 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.

  • 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

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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 499 reviews

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We saw Atlantic spotted dolphins, 12+ sperm whales, false killer whales that were hunting the sperm whales, and common dolphins. We got really lucky - we were warned that there was a chance we didn't get to see any animals. The guides were great and shared their excitement with us. The guide announcing couldn't hide her excitement and kept calling it a National Geographic Moment. It was so cool!! After our time on the boat we were driving on the island and saw the Futurismo spotters which was really fun to see after they helped the guides we were with find all of the animals we saw. Would totally recommend!

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November 27, 2022

We had booked a trip on the smaller, the rubber dinghy. If you are adventurous, you should definitely do this. We were able to see whales and dolphins at the end of October. Even a baby whale. And we had a great skipper and a great marine biologist, tiptoppi everything, the wave ride was also great fun

October 20, 2022

We were fully satisfied with the trip. We counted on the fact that we might not see dolphins or whales at all, but we managed to be close to 2 large groups of dolphins and see as many as 9 different sperm whales. Great experience, biologist on board explained a lot and answered questions. We highly recommend the Zodiac boat trip with observation :)

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October 17, 2022

Product ID: 75560