Until 1987 whales were hunted in Azores. Since then the Ocean sustainability is a constant concern. In the last years, more than 500 blue whales and sperm whales have been identified in Azores. Futurismo Whale Watching had an important and active part in changing the whaling industry into what we now know as responsible tourism.
We are proud to be here, in one of the most sustainable destinations in the world to see whales and dolphins. The Azores are located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean which means unique conditions for a lot of migratory species and resident ones as well.
Our whale and dolphin watching experiences use some of the old whaling practices, now adapted to a responsible tourism. The best example is the lookouts; they are on land as in the old days, to spot the whales and dolphins before we go out. They communicate with the boats on the radio nowadays and they are one of the most important parts of our company.
Whale watching in the Azores is a really important activity for the local community. It is an opportunity to research and investigate more about the giants of the oceans protecting them.
A HISTORY OF LEADING THE WAY
In the Azores, Futurismo was one of the first companies responsible for the transition from whaling to whale watching. We developed whale watching tourism that was sympathetic to the traditions of whaling, incorporating, for example, the use of the old whaling lookout towers (“vigias”) to detect the whales. Today, whale watching is a very important activity for the local community and is an important platform for new scientific research on these mysterious animals.
Sustainable Land Activities
During the land activities we respect nature and encourage our clients to do the same by not leaving anything behind but footprints.
It is our intention to enrich your visit by letting you interact with local trades and people who like to share the traditions and way of life on the island. Therefore many of our programs include visits to local producers and different handcrafts.
The Azores are considered to be one of the world’s best destinations to do whale and dolphin watching and for scientific research. In good years we can also see rare species crossing our waters such as beaked whales, orcas, and false killer whales.
Futurismo Whale Watching Azores collects data, develops researches and studies the cetacean behavior for over a decade. Our main goal is to know more about the migrating routes and distribution of the baleen whales and to go deeper in our knowledge of the sperm whales, one of the main symbols of the Azores.