Full Day
São Miguel

FULL DAY
SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS + JEEP SAFARI TO FOGO LAKE

You can imagine yourself floating in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Swimming with dolphins is a unique moment. They are social animals and they usually like to play, even though they are wild. Join us for this wildly authentic experience where you will be joining the dolphins in their natural environment. You will see, listen and feel their presence around you.

Before we begin our tour our marine biologist experts will explain you some rules you need to take into consideration for you to be able to enjoy this moment. The snorkel mask instructions, the moment you enter the water and other safety instructions will be explained in detail. This experience is done on our zodiac boats and in groups of around 8 people. Two people will go in the water at a time.

Swimming with dolphins is usually a 2.5 hours activity, so after the tour, you will eat on a local restaurant in the marina and at the end of the meal, you will be ready to continue this adventure in a jeep! 

We will be heading to the natural reserve of Lagoa do Fogo in Ribeira Grande. Lagoa do Fogo is one of the most astonishing lakes of São Miguel Island. Just take your time, and enjoy the views!

We will stop along the afternoon in several key points for you to be able to enjoy the views and breathe in the nature surrounding the lake. The water is crystal clear down there and is located under a sleeping volcano that was formed more than 15.000 years ago.

To finish your tour with your heart full we will be visiting Caldeira Velha. This is a classified natural monument.  You will find a beautiful waterfall where you can bathe in with hot thermal waters that are around 25ºC. Caldeira Velha is considered by most people a spa surrounded by nature. A must do while in São Miguel!

Location

Ponta Delgada – Lagoa do Fogo – Caldeira Velha - Ponta Delgada

Duration

7.5 Hours

Tour Rates

95€ Adult, 52,5€ Children (5-12)

Daily Departures

9:00am

Check In Times

8:30am

Availability

Year round. Subject to weather conditions

Level of Difficulty

Easy

Vessel Types

Zodiac, Catamaran + Jeep Defender, Discovery or Toyota

Minimum Age

8 years old to swim with dolphins

Tour Details

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • This tour is not recommended for people with lower back problems neither to pregnant women. Please let us know if you have any of these conditions.
  • People wishing to undertake this activity should be confident swimming in open water in the middle of the ocean.
  • Bring: comfortable light clothes, sweater, and raincoat, walking boots or shoes, swimming suit and towel, hat, sunblock, backpack, water.

INCLUDED:

  • Pre-tour briefing
  • Mask and snorkel
  • Shorty wetsuit
  • Life jacket
  • Raincoat and pants
  • Marine biologist or nature guide aboard
  • Refreshment after the boat trip
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Nature guide
  • Visit to Caldeira Velha – an iron-rich warm waterfall
  • Drop off at the tourism office or your hotel

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.

Q: Can I go for a dip in Caldeira Velha waterfall?
A: Yes. The water is warm year round (38ºC).

Q: What is the depth of the water beneath of the waterfall?
A: Not more than 80cm.

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