7 Nights
Pico Island

7 Nights
GIANT WHALES PICO ISLAND

In the Azores, 28 different cetacean species have been registered to be sighted in the surrounding waters. The best season to see whales is during springtime, March to June. This season is what we call the Baleen whale season and it’s when you can see some of the biggest animals in the world: Blue whales, Fin whales and Sei whales migrating. There are also humpback whales and minke whales around that time of the year.

In the summertime, the sperm whales are the most sighted on our whale and dolphin watching experiences in Pico Island.

This is a special package designed for those who want to know the giants of the Azores! Every day will be different and exciting.

Futurismo Whale Watching Azores collects data, investigates and studies the behavior of the cetaceans for over 10 years now. Our main goal during the week is to get to know more and more about the cetaceans and their migratory routes.

Not only will you learn more about cetaceans in the Azores, but we will also take you around Pico island to get to know this wonderful island, home of Portugal’s highest mountain and vineyards protected by UNESCO.

Location

Lajes do Pico, Pico Island (see itinerary below)

Duration

8 Days

Tour Rates

From 460€
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 + Transit 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 and transfer to the hotel. Free day.

DAY 2 – Whale and dolphin watching from Lajes do Pico (3-hour trip).

Before the boat trip, our biologists give you a briefing to explain which cetacean species can be observed, safety measure aboard, how we respect the animals and rules of observation at sea as well as some historical facts. During the tour, each passenger is required to wear a life vest. Futurismo also provides raincoats and waterproof trousers if necessary.

Free afternoon for other activities

DAY 3 – Whale and dolphin watching from Lajes do Pico (3-hour trip).

Free afternoon for other activities.

DAY 4 – Van tour around Pico Island. (full-day tour).

  • Visit to Torres caves classified as Azores Natural Monument. This is a lava tube with a length of 5 km located in Criação Velha, Madalena.
  • Visit to the vineyards in Crianção Velha classified as UNESCO World Patrimony.
  • Visit to an old wine production house from the local wine “Verdelho do Pico”
  • Lunch in a local restaurant.
  • Visit to some of the lakes, and old harbors and villages.

DAY 5 – Whale and dolphin watching from Lajes do Pico (3-hour trip).

Free afternoon for other activities.

DAY 6 – Whale and dolphin watching from Lajes do Pico (3 hour trip) and van tour to “Ponta da Ilha”. (full-day tour)

  • Going to the ocean for about 3 hours to look for cetaceans. 
  • Lunch in a local restaurant. 
  • Passing by the southern coast and visit to the small natural swimming pools formed by lava in the sea (bathing possibility)
  • Visit to the ancient lighthouse in “Ponta da Ilha” 
  • Going along the north part of the island. 
  • Stops in the best sights spots including great views of São Jorge Island.

DAY 7 – Whale and dolphin watching from Lajes do Pico (3-hour trip).

Free afternoon for other activities (we suggest a visit to the Museum of Arts and Science and the Whalers Museum in Lajes). 

DAY 8 – Transfer to the airport and departure.

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

  • Transfer from airport to hotel and hotel to the airport
  • Transportation for the land activities from Lajes do Pico 
  • Five whale and dolphin watching trips;
  • Pre-tour briefing;
  • English speaking biologist or nature guide;  If you prefer another language, please inform us about it;
  • Full day tour around Pico Island 
  • Half day tour to “Ponta da Ilha”
  • Lunch in local restaurants on day 4 & 6
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Meals

  • Lunch in local restaurant on days 4 and 6 – 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
  • Swimming suit and towel
  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Backpack and bottle of water to refill

Q: How do I get to the Azores?
A: There are direct flights from Lisbon and Porto. Europe, USA and Canada. 

Q: Which level should I expect from the activities planned during the package?
A: They are easy level.

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