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.

If you want to see the icon of the Azores, the sperm whale, do not worry because they can be seen all year round. In fact, it is a resident species, which means they live here and are often found on our daily trips to the ocean.

In order to see whales, the giants of the ocean in the Azores, the best time of the year is Spring, April and May being the best months. 

Indeed, 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, although they are not so often sighted as the ones previously mentioned.

At Futurismo, we operate cetacean watching trips in São Miguel island during every month of the year. If you prefer to come during 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.

To follow all the trips we make throughout the year, visit our blog dedicated exclusively to cetaceans. Find out what species are seen everyday in the Azores on our blog.


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

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 definitely the best time to swim with dolphins in the Atlantic Ocean because it is the season of the year when there are more dolphin species and the groups tend to be larger.

In Pico island, we also offer swimming with dolphins tours but from April to October. It is possible to swim with six different cetacean species out of the 28 already identified in the Azores. Among the dolphin species that can be seen, we have common dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and striped dolphins.

In addition to swimming with them in their natural habitat, you will also be able to hear them communicate underwater

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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