7 Nights
São Miguel

7 Nights
SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS IN SÃO MIGUEL

For dolphin lovers who want to get to know these amazing species more intimately, this is the package for you.

Over seven days you will have the opportunity to learn more about dolphins from our marine biologists, observe and be close to them in their natural habitat. With many different resident pods around São Miguel, you will be able to enter the water to be with them almost every day. These amazing social creatures will mesmerize you with their intelligence as soon as you enter the Atlantic Ocean to swim with them and to listen to them. One incredible experience that you will forever cherish.

Location

Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island

Duration

A full week (7 Nights)

Tour Rates

From 525€

Daily Departures

Weekly

Check In Times

Varies

Availability

Year round (minimum 2 people)

Level of Difficulty

Easy

Vessel Types

Zodiac

Minimum Age

8 years old (swimming with dolphins)

Tour Details

DAY 1 – Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Free day.

DAY 2 – Swimming with dolphins in Ponta Delgada (half day). Free afternoon. We suggest a city tour in Ponta Delgada.

  • Imagine yourself in the middle of the Atlantic blue, observing and listening wild dolphins in their natural environment. It’s quite an experience! Before the tour our marine biologists will explain some safety procedures and rules. This experience is operated with only 8 people for a more comfortable and pleasant tour.

DAY 3 – Swimming with dolphins in Ponta Delgada (half day). Free afternoon to do other activities. We suggest a jeep tour, to Fogo Lake.

DAY 4 – Pick up at your hotel for a full day tour to Furnas, where you will be able to try the cozido meal. This is a meal cooked underground in the Calderas.

  • Visit Calderas in Furnas Lake.
  • Visit Furnas village to see the fumaroles and try different natural sparkling waters
  • Having the cozido meal for lunch.
  • Explore the Terra Nostra Botanical Garden.
  • Bathe in a hot water swimming pool, rich in iron. The temperatures are around 35º/40º C.
  • Visit Gorreana Tea Factory
  • Drop off to your Hotel.

DAY 5 – Swimming with dolphins (half day). Free lunch and afternoon. We suggest a whale and dolphin watching experience.

DAY 6 – Whale and dolphin watching and visit to Vila Franca do Campo Islet (full day tour)

  • After whale and dolphin watching we will stop in Vila Franca do Campo location.
  • Lunch on a local restaurant while in Vila Franca do Campo harbor.
  • Arriving at the Islet for a swim on an ocean swimming pool in a volcano crater that collapsed where you can snorkel.
  • Returning to Ponta Delgada by boat or by bus.

Note: This activity is only possible from June to October when the Vila Franca do Campo Islet is open to the public.

DAY 7 – Swimming with dolphins in Ponta Delgada. Free afternoon. We suggest a walking tour in Sete Cidades lake.

DAY 8 – Transfer to the airport and departure.

  • Transfers airport | hotel | airport;
  • 5 trips to swim with the dolphins;
  • Pre-tour briefing;
  • English speaking biologist or nature guide;
  • Half-day trip to Vila Franca Islet with lunch included;
  • Full day tour to Furnas with Cozido lunch included.

Recommendations:

Bring comfortable light clothes, sweater, raincoat, walking boots or shoes, swimming suit and towel hat, sunblock, backpack and bottle of water to refill.

Meals

  • Cozido lunch on day 4 – starter, Cozido, dessert and drinks included. Cozido contains: beef, chicken, pork, spicy sausage, blood sausage, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrot, cabbage, green kale. All cooked for 6 hours with natural steam only.
  • Lunch in a local restaurant on day 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

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.

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