These animals are very curious, sociable and intelligent. Check it by yourself!
SWIM IN OPEN WATERS
We will have two swimmers at a time. This is the best way to enjoy the animals.
OFF TO FURNAS
Taste the famous Furnas stew, a meal cooked in volcanic vents.
Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island
A full week (7 Nights)
Check In Times
Year round (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 (2h30m). Free afternoon for other activities (we suggest a city tour in Ponta Delgada).
SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS – HALF DAY
Imagine yourself floating in the deep blue ocean of the Atlantic, watching and hearing dolphins in their natural habitat. Learn more about the species, enjoy the ocean and find yourself on this invigorating trip! Before the trip we provide a general presentation about: the dolphin species, how to swim with dolphins responsibly in the wild, how to use a mask and snorkel, rules and how to behave around the dolphins and safety measures aboard.
DAY 3 – Swimming with dolphins (2h30m). Free afternoon for other activities (we suggest a jeep safari to Lagoa do Fogo).
DAY 4 – Pick up at the hotel. Thematic tour to Furnas. “Cozido” lunch included. Return to the hotel.
THEMATIC TOUR TO FURNAS (VAN + SOFT WALKING TOUR) – FULL DAY
On this tour we feel and experience the volcanic origins of the Island in Furnas, a magical place. We start by visiting the Caldeiras da Lagoa das Furnas (Furnas Lake Calderas), a place where we cook the famous “cozido das Furnas” (a very special meal cooked only with the steam of the Earth) and continue with a soft walk that crosses a stream and circles the lakeside. During this walk we have the opportunity to appreciate a variety of endemic flora species. Next we visit the town of Furnas, with its fumaroles and hot springs that contain water with different tastes. The Cozido meal is served in a local restaurant. After lunch we visit the centenary Terra Nostra botanical garden that is famous for its extraordinary collection of native plants on the Azores, as well as others from all over the world that have adapted to the local garden conditions. At the end of the visit you are invited to bathe in an iron-rich hot water swimming pool that has a temperature of 35-40oC, an exquisite experience! On the way back to Ponta Delgada we stop at several beautiful viewpoints on the North Coast and also at the only tea plantation in Europe where we will be able to visit the working tea factory and have a lovely break to taste the tea.
DAY 5 – Swimming with dolphins (2h30m). Free afternoon for other activities (we suggest a whale watching trip).
DAY 6 – Swimming with dolphins (2h30m) and visit to Vila Franca islet a) – full day. Lunch included. After the swimming with dolphins tour we stop in Vila Franca do Campo to have lunch in a local restaurant. Then we board a converted traditional fishing boat and head to Vila Franca do Campo islet, a volcanic crater off the coast that encloses a natural lagoon. The islet is a natural reserve, so here you will be able to view the diversity of fish species that have been preserved due to this protection (masks and snorkels are provided). Transfer back to Ponta Delgada by boat or van.
- a) This activity is only available during the summer season due to the schedule of Vila Franca islet. The islet is typically open to the public between June 15th and September 15th. As an alternative we suggest an adventure tour in Sete Cidades that includes canoeing in the lake and a mountain bike tour, or other activity arranged with the guest upon arrival.
DAY 7 – Swimming with dolphins (2h30m). Free afternoon for other activities (we suggest a hiking tour in Sete Cidades).
DAY 8 – Transfer to the airport and departure.
NOTE: Futurismo cannot guarantee the sights of the wild animals, neither the best weather conditions. We always make the best efforts to offer the activities on the best days so if needed the order of the trips might be changed and informed in advance at least 24h). The trips costs cannot be returned in the above described, however we offer the option to repeat the trips in other opportunities.
- 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.
Bring comfortable light clothes, sweater, raincoat, walking boots or shoes, swimming suit and towel, hat, sunblock, backpack and bottle of water to refill.
- 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 during 6 hours with natural steam only.
- Lunch in 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. (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
“ EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR OCEAN ACTIVITIES”
“Did half day whale watching and half day swimming with dolphins. Very well organized, good equipment and boats, nice and professional staff. Safety conscious. Marine biologists are part of each activity – knowledgeable, enthusiastic and different languages spoken. Highly recommended.”
mariannerameau – TripAdvisor
SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS + JEEP SAFARI TO FOGO LAKE
WHALE WATCHING NORTH COAST (HALF DAY)
WHALE WATCHING NORTH COAST (HALF DAY)
The best location for whale and dolphin watching in São Miguel Island is the North shore! We have been registering the most sperm whales sighting in that location.