Full Day
São Miguel

FULL DAY
SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS + JEEP TOUR SETE CIDADES

In the Azores, we have resident dolphin species such as common, bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins. Swimming with dolphins in São Miguel happens with some of these species most of the times. In the summertime, we can also see Atlantic spotted dolphins, a very curious and friendly species of dolphin that is also very good to swim with. All the dolphins are free, fast and playful in their natural habitat, as they should be.

This is a unique experience that will make you think. You will learn more about dolphins, you will be able to be with them in the open ocean and hear them while they communicate.

Before the swimming with dolphins tour, we will meet at our shop in Ponta Delgada harbor, where our marine biologist experts will explain to you some of the safety rules on how to use the snorkel and the mask and how to enter the water. Usually, we go to the ocean with about 8 people on a zodiac boat and only two people will go in the water at the same time. This is how we guarantee that everyone enjoys the experience. You will be able to get in the water around two to three times.

After the 2.5 hours of swimming with dolphins, it is time to have lunch in a local restaurant, just a few meters away in Ponta Delgada harbour.

The nature guide will be ready to continue the tour with you to the famous Sete Cidades lakes in a jeep.

The jeep tour takes you to the rim of the volcanic complex of Sete Cidades. The views and landscape are simply incredible and that is why this is one of Portugal’s seven wonders. You will learn everything about this wonderful place, including the love story about the two lakes of different colors.

Before we return back to Ponta Delgada, you will also go to Ponta da Ferraria natural swimming pools to take a dip. When the tide is low, in this location you can have the ocean water really warm thanks to the volcanic fissure it is located in. This phenomenon happens because of the fumaroles under the water of these pools. Definitely, a must do!

 

Location

Ponta Delgada - Sete Cidades – Ponta da Ferraria - Ponta Delgada

Duration

7.5 Hours

Tour Rates

95€ Adult, 52,5€ Children (8-12 years old)

Daily Departures

9:00am

Check In Times

8:30am

Availability

Year Round

Level of Difficulty

Easy

Vessel Types

Zodiac or Catamaran + Jeep Defender, Discovery or Toyota

Minimum Age

8 years old to swim with dolphins

Tour Details
  • Pre-tour briefing
  • Mask & snorkel
  • Wetsuit (short or long)
  • Raincoat and pants if necessary
  • Life jacket
  • Marine biologist or nature guide aboard
  • Refreshment after the boat trip
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Nature guide for the jeep tour
  • Visit to Ferraria with bathing possibility
  • Drop off at the tourism office or your hotel

Recommendations

  • This tour is not recommended for people with lower back problems neither for pregnant women. Please let us know if you have any of these conditions.
  • People who want to do this activity should be confident swimming in open water in the middle of the ocean.
  • Comfortable light clothes
  • Sweater
  • Raincoat
  • Walking boots or shoes
  • Swimming suit and towel
  • Flip flops
  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Backpack
  • Your own reusable water bottle and snacks. We don’t sell anything on board

Q: Can I touch the dolphins?
A: No. Our responsible swim with dolphin guidelines forbid touching them.

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: When the sea tide is not low, is it still possible to bathe in the natural swimming pool in Ferraria?
A: If the sea conditions allow it, you can still bathe in the natural swimming pool.

Q: What is the sea water temperature?
A: In summer water temperature reaches 24ºC and in winter it is never lower than 16ºC. When the tide is low the water temperature in Ferraria varies between 30ºC and 50ºC, depending on how close you are to the volcanic fissure.

Q: What else can I do in the lakes of Sete Cidades?
A: It is possible to rent a kayak or stand up paddle at our activity center. If you are interested please contact us.

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