8 Days
Be a Marine Biologist

SÃO MIGUEL ISLAND ONE WEEK PROGRAM
BE A FUTURISMO MARINE BIOLOGIST

Research, Learn and Work With Our Onboard Scientists

Love marine life? Would you like to learn more about our beautiful whales and dolphins and how we study them?

Here’s an opportunity to work alongside our marine biologists, collecting data, and studying the behavior of our cetacean friends. For a week you’ll be immersed in the scientific approach to research and observation. You’ll learn about methods of photo ID, the acoustics of sperm whales, and other procedures of investigation.

This is a hands-on program where you’ll sail on multiple tours of scientific exploration, working with our team of biologists.

 

WE HAVE STUDIED WHALES FOR OVER TEN YEARS

At Futurismo, we love cetaceans. We love giving our guests the opportunity to see them and learn about these beautiful whales and dolphins. Our onboard biologists collect data and strive to learn about the whales’ migration routes, behavior, and habits, increasing our knowledge of these intelligent marine mammals. 

In just the last few years we have identified over 3,000 sperm whales and more than 500 blue whales in our Azorean waters. 

Our islands are one of the best destinations in the world to observe whales and dolphins as the numbers and varieties of species spotted off our coasts are unequaled. If you hear the “call” of the whales, then come to the Azores to watch and study these glorious creatures. 

 

FEATURES OF OUR PROGRAM

For one week you will join us on multiple excursions, working with our marine biologists to identify individual sperm whales if we find some. We will examine various methods of study on each outing:

  • Three whale and dolphin watching excursions 
  • One full-day excursion
  • Several presentations of scientific research and investigations, including the acoustics of sperm whales, the Photo-ID and other methods to identify whales 

For eight days you’ll study, learn, observe, and have fun with our crew and biologists. And we’ve allowed time off for exploration around our beautiful São Miguel Island as well. So, come see our villages, our lakes, our green valleys, and especially, come see and learn about our whales. 

Location

Ponta Delgada, South Coast of São Miguel island

Duration

Full week (8 days)

Tour Rates

From 396€
The multi-day tours are subject to availability of the presented activities.

Daily Departures

Weekly

Check In Times

Dependent on your arrival

Availability

Year Round
For this activity, there is a minimum of 6 participants.

Level of Difficulty

Easy

Vessel Types

Zodiacs, Catamarans & Van or Jeep

Minimum Age

From 13 years old. Catamaran recommended for seniors.

Tour Details

DAY 1Arrival in Ponta Delgada and transfer to your Hotel. Free Day.

DAY 2

We’ll begin with a briefing about your week with us and what to expect. There will also be a presentation about cetaceans and their biology. This is followed by our first ocean tour, a 3-hour trip from Ponta Delgada. Here you’ll get to see how our marine biologists work and you’ll join in. 

Your afternoon is free, but if weather permits, we suggest you try Swimming with the dolphins. Experience a magical encounter in the blue Atlantic with these intelligent and curious creatures. 

DAY 3 –This will be a more intense day of whale and dolphin observation. This 6-hour trip from Ponta Delgada will focus on identifying individual sperm whales, learning and researching their behavior in more depth. We will collect scientific data and utilize photo-identification methods.

DAY 4 – We’ll use this day to visit some of São Miguel’s historic lookout points. Experience an island tradition – these spots are the original lookouts for whale spotters to locate the great creatures off the coast.  

DAY 5 – From Ponta Delgada, we’ll set out on a 3-hour whale and dolphin watching excursion. Prior to our tour a scientist will present and explain new research for us to study and comment on.

DAY 6 – This morning is free, but we suggest a tour of Ponta Delgada, the largest city and capital of the Azores. With its many balconied terraces and arched city gates, Ponta Delgada beckons with traditional architecture and wonderful winding streets. 

Later, you will enjoy a scientific presentation about the acoustics of sperm whales and how they can help us to better understand this species. 

There will also be a presentation about the use of photo-ID and the best ways to identify cetaceans. 

DAY 7 – Free day. We suggest a full-day van tour of the island of São Miguel. This is an opportunity to explore the lush features of the island, with its green hills, waterfalls and the unforgettable blue/green lakes of Sete Cidades. 

DAY 8Transfer to the airport. Thank you for being part of our scientific program! 

Note: if you wish, Futurismo can also arrange accommodation. For this activity, there is a minimum of 6 participants.

Meals:

Picnic lunch included on days 3, 4 & 5
If you have a special diet or food restrictions, please inform us at least 24h before the tour.

  • Transfer airport to hotel and hotel to airport
  • Lunch included on day 3, 4 & 5
  • 3 whale and dolphin watching tours
  • Briefing before the experiences
  • Marine biologist on board
  • Transportation for the visit to the lookout points
  • English or Portuguese speaking guides. If you prefer another language, please inform us about it.
  • Rain jackets and waterproof pants if necessary on whale watching tours
  • Life vest mandatory during all ocean tours on zodiac boats.
  • 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 São Miguel Island and help you understand it.

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

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

Q: Can children do this experience?
A: This experience is available for people above 13 years old for safety reasons.

Q: How do I get to Azores?
A: There are flight connections from Lisbon, Porto and other main capitals.

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