7 Nights
Pico Island

8-DAY PACKAGE
BE A MARINE BIOLOGIST FOR A WEEK

Whale watching in the Azores is one of the most rewarding experiences that you can enjoy. With several years of research and investigation, Futurismo Whale Watching Azores has collected a variety of data related with the behaviour of sperm whales in our archipelago. We know for a fact that we have resident sperm whales in our waters. We do also know that we see migratory individuals, especially during the spring and summer time. Females and males sperm whales from all around the globe come to Azorean waters to give birth or even to mate. Join us for this ultimate adventure.

Make you part of the team and be a “marine biologist” for a week. Seeing and studying whales on how they communicate and their behaviour is something very special for marine wildlife lovers, especially with the orientation of certified marine biologists whose knowledge and passion for the Azorean ocean is unique.

It is possible to see 28 different cetacean species in the Azorean waters but the best time to spot whales is from March to June when they are migrating. It is in this special season that we can enjoy the presence of baleen whales such as fin whales, blue whales and sei whales. If you are lucky enough you can also even see some minke whales (link) and humpback whales (link).

You will learn so much from this experience about our beloved cetaceans and also participate to our research projects.

Location

Pico Island (see itinerary below)

Duration

8 days

Tour Rates

From 530€
The multi-day tours are subject to availability of the presented activities.

Daily Departures

Weekly

Check In Times

Dependent on your arrival

Availability

Only high season (minimum 2 participants)

Level of Difficulty

Easy

Vessel Types

Zodiac + Van

Minimum Age

8 years old (the ocean tours are operated in zodiac, children need to reach the ground with their feet for safety reasons)

Tour Details

DAY 1 – Arrival to Pico Island and drop off at the Hotel. Free Day.

DAY 2 – Briefing about the experience. (according to weather conditions)

  • Presentation about the general Cetacean Biology
  • 3h ocean tour from Lajes do Pico

Free afternoon

DAY 3 – 6 h whale and dolphin watching tour from Lajes do Pico. This longer tour has the main focus on the identification of all the Sperm whales constituents allowing you to understand their behaviour in depth. We will collect scientific data and photo-ID will be taken

DAY 4 – Visit to some local places related to the old whaling tradition such as Museu dos Baleeiros (Whalers Museum), Fábrica de São Roque and Vigia de São Mateus (lookout). (full-day tour)

DAY 5 – 3h Whale and dolphin watching tour from Lajes do Pico

  • Presentation of a science research and investigation from a scientist along their carrier.
  • Presentation of a science research and investigation from a scientist along their carrier.

DAY 6 – Free morning

  • Presentation about the acoustics of the Sperm whales species and how it can help us understand better the species.
  • Presentation about the Photo-ID and the best ways to identify cetaceans.

DAY 7 – Free day to get to know Pico Island

DAY 8 – Transfer to the airport and departure.

Note: if you wish, Futurismo can also arrange accommodation.

  • Transfer airport to hotel and hotel to airport 
  • Transportation for the land activities from Lajes do Pico 
  • Three whale and dolphin watching trips;
  • Pre-tour briefing;
  • English speaking biologist or nature guide;  If you prefer another language, please inform us about it;
  • Visit to the Whalers Museum, the factory and the lookouts
  • Lunch on day 3 & 4

Meals

  • Picnic lunch on day 3
  • Lunch in a local restaurant on day 4 – starter, fish or beef, dessert and drinks included.

Vegetarian options on request. If you have a special diet or food restrictions, please inform us at least 24h before the tour.

  • Comfortable light clothes
  • Sweater
  • Raincoat
  • Walking boots or shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Backpack and bottle of water to refill

Q: What can we see during this week?
A: This experience will show you some of the marine wildlife of Pico Island.

Q: What is the difficulty level of this experience?
A: It is considered to be an easy package.

Q: Which language do the guides and biologists speak?
A: We guarantee Portuguese and English. In case you want another language you should contact us in advance.

Q: Can children do this experience?
A: This experience is an exclusive week for adults and children above 8 years old for safety reasons.

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