Be a Marine Biologist
SEE THE WHALES & DOLPHINS
This is a not-to-be-missed week of fun, adventure, and exciting research in beautiful São Miguel for lovers of whales, dolphins, marine life and the ocean.Watch an incredible Humpback whale breach
Ponta Delgada, South Coast of São Miguel island
Full week (8 days)
The multi-day tours are subject to availability of the presented activities.
Check In Times
Dependent on your arrival
For this activity, there is a minimum of 6 participants.
Level of Difficulty
Zodiacs, Catamarans & Van or Jeep
From 13 years old. Catamaran recommended for seniors.
DAY 1 – Arrival 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 8 – Transfer 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.
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
- Walking boots or shoes
- 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.
Species You Might See
“EXACTLY WHAT YOU WOULD HOPE FOR!”
“Great experience whale and dolphin watching. It seemed like a well run company with knowledgeable staff.”
tmestech – Tripadvisor
“Great experience! The staff is very kind. We saw humpback whale and many dolphins. Thank you guys! Regards from Hungary.”
Farago Zoltan – Facebook