7 Nights
São Miguel

7 Nights
BE A MARINE BIOLOGIST FOR A WEEK IN SÃO MIGUEL ISLAND

Prepare yourself for a full week of intense research and learning about the giant cetaceans of São Miguel Island. In the past years, there have been identified more than 3000 sperm whales and more than 500 blue whales in the Azores. If you love marine wildlife and dream about doing some whale and dolphin watching in São Miguel Island to discover more about ecology and the social behavior of cetaceans, this is the perfect package for you.

Futurismo Whale Watching Azores collects data, investigates and studies cetaceans for over a decade. Our main goal is to know more and more about the migration routes, habitats and overall knowledge about the whales of the Azores.

The Azores are known as one of the best destinations in the world for whale and dolphin watching, specially for scientific purposes. Every year we can even see some less sighted species such as beaked whales, orcas, and false killer 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 – Briefing about the experience (according to weather conditions) Presentation about the general Cetacean Biology. Ocean tour (3-hour trip from Ponta Delgada)
Free afternoon (we suggest swimming with dolphins)

DAY 3Whale and dolphin watching (6-hour trip from Ponta Delgada). This longer tour has the main focus on the identification of Sperm whales individuals, allowing you to understand their behavior in depth. We will collect scientific data and photo-identification will be taken.

DAY 4Visit to some of São Miguel’s lookout points.

DAY 5 – Whale and dolphin watching (3-hour trip from Ponta Delgada)
Presentation of a science research and investigation from a scientist along their carrier.

DAY 6Free morning (we suggest a city tour in Ponta Delgada). 
Presentation about the acoustics of Sperm whales and how it can help us understand better this species.
Presentation about the Photo-ID and the best ways to identify cetaceans.

DAY 7Free day to get to know São Miguel Island. (we suggest a full-day van tour)

DAY 8Transfer to the airport and departure.

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

Meals:

Picnic lunch included on day 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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