What is the best time of the year to see whales and dolphins in the Azores?

In fact, the answer depends a lot on the species you would like to see because in the Azores, there are dolphins and sperm whales throughout the year.

To see whales (the giants of the sea) in the Azores, the best time of the year is Spring. April and May are the best months. To follow all the trips we make throughout the year, visit our blog dedicated exclusively to cetaceans. Find out what species are seen in the Azores on our blog.

During Springtime, the species who pass by our waters are mostly blue whales (the world’s largest animal), fin whales (the second largest animal in the world), Sei whales and humpback whales (often showing us incredible jumps).

Minke whales and Bryde’s whales are seen occasionally in our waters, but they may also appear here, although they are not so often sighted as blue whales, fin whales, Sei whales, or humpback whales.

If you want to see the icon of the Azores, do not worry because sperm whales can be seen all year round. It is a species that lives here and is often found on our trips to the ocean.

At Futurismo, we operate cetacean watching trips in São Miguel during every month of the year. If you prefer to come in the Fall or Wintertime, it is very likely that you see some of the four resident species – sperm whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and Risso’s dolphins.

On the island of Pico, Futurismo operates from April to October.

Swimming with dolphins in the Azores

What is the best time of the year to swim with dolphins in the Azores?

Swimming with dolphins in the Azores is one of the best experiences you can do. At Futurismo, we offer swimming with dolphins tours in São Miguel island all year round. Even in the cold months. As we have long wetsuits, it is absolutely possible to swim with them any time of the year.

However, Summer is the best time to swim with dolphins because it is the season of the year when there are more dolphin species and the groups tend to be larger.

On Pico island, we also offer swimming with dolphins tours between April and October. It is possible to swim, observe and listen to four different species out of the 28 already identified in the Azores. Spring and Summer are the best season of the year to swim with common dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and striped dolphins.

When doing this activity, whether in São Miguel or Pico island, the wetsuit is provided as well as the mask and snorkel. If you wear glasses, we advise to bring contact lenses or your own prescription snorkel mask.

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