LAJES DO PICO
Come and swim with dolphins almost every day during a week. It’s a unique adventure!
Bottlenose, Common and Risso’s dolphins chose the Azores to live year round.
Meet the majestic Pico Mountain. The perfect background for your adventure!
Lajes do Pico, Pico Island
Check In Times
Only high season (minimum 2 people)
Level of Difficulty
8 years old (swimming with dolphins)
DAY 1 – Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Free day.
DAY 2 – Swimming with dolphins (around 2h30m tour). Free afternoon to explore Pico Island. We suggest a jeep tour around the lakes.
- You will swim with wild dolphins in Azorean waters. Before the experience, our marine biologists will explain some safety rules. Usually, the bat takes up to 8 people to swim with the dolphins, this means space for you to feel comfortable. You will go in groups of 2 people to the water. It’s an exciting experience!
DAY 3 – Swimming with dolphins (2h30m trip). Free afternoon for other activities.
DAY 4 – Jeep tour or van tour around Pico Island. Lunch is included. (full day).
- Visit Torres caves classified as Azores Natural Monument. This is a lava tube with a length of 5 km located in Criação Velha, Madalena.
- Visit the vineyards in Crianção Velha classified as UNESCO World Patrimony.
- Visit an old wine production house from the local wine “Verdelho do Pico”
- Lunch at a local restaurant.
- After lunch, we will continue our tour around Pico Island. We will see some of the lakes, enjoy the nature and go through some of the old harbors and villages.
DAY 5 – Swimming with dolphins (2h30m trip). Free afternoon for other activities.
DAY 6 – Swimming with dolphins (2h30m trip) and van tour to “Ponta da Ilha”. Lunch included.
- After the swimming with dolphins’ trip, we stop to have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, we go along the southern coast and visit the small natural swimming pools formed by lava in the sea (swim possibility), visit the ancient lighthouse in “Ponta da Ilha” and continue to the north part of the island. Stops in the best sights spots including great views of São Jorge Island.
DAY 7 – Swimming with dolphins (2h30m trip). Free afternoon for other activities (we suggest a visit to the Museum of Arts and Science and the Whalers Museum in Lajes).
DAY 8 – Transfer to the airport and departure.
- Transfers airport | hotel | airport;
- Five trips to swim with the dolphins;
- Pre-tour briefing;
- English speaking biologist or nature guide;
- Full day tour around Pico Island with lunch included;
- Half day tour to “Ponta da Ilha” with lunch included.
Bring comfortable light clothes, sweater, raincoat, walking boots or shoes, swimming suit and towel, hat, sunblock, backpack and bottle of water to refill.
- Lunch in local restaurant on days 4 and 6 – starter, fish or beef, dessert and drinks included.
*Vegetarian options on request (24h before the trip)
Q: How do I get to the Azores?
R: There are direct flights from Lisbon and Porto. Europe, EUA and Canadá. (link to submenu)
Q: Which level should I expect from the activities planned during the package?
R: They are easy level.
Q: This package of active holidays is exclusively for kids older than 8 years old?
R: This is one ideal package for children older than 8 years old and younger as well for the most of the experiences. In the specific case of kids under 8 years old we strongly recommend the catamaran for the whale watching tour and on all the jeep tours we do provide children seats.
Q: Can I touch the dolphins?
A: No. Our responsible swim with dolphin guidelines forbid touching these inquisitive but wild animals.
Q: Can I hear the dolphins?
A: Yes. It is very common to hear their whistles underwater.
Q: How many dolphins can I see?
A: Sometimes less than a dozen, other times up to 50 or more.
Q: Can I swim with the whales?
A: No, swimming with whales is forbidden in the Azores. However, there are several species of dolphins that you are able to swim with.
Species You Might See
“I had a trip with Rui and Maria the marine biologists from Pico Island. Extremely professional, incredibly knowledgable with modern well maintained equipment. I had the pleasure to see playful spotted dolphins, short finned pilot whales with a newborn calf, Rissos dolphins and curvier beaked whales. To cap it all was an extremely rare pygmy sperm whale.”
Mick McGinn – Facebook