6-day PACKAGE
São Miguel
Swimming with dolphins

OUR DOLPHIN LOVERS’ SPECIAL

Imagine skimming the Atlantic on a speedy zodiac boat , all eyes searching the glistening sea for signs of dolphins. Suddenly, your guide spots them ahead and you gently approach the pod. They are amazing – playfully leaping around your boat, whistling and signaling as if welcoming you to their world.

Now it’s your turn to slip into the deep blue waters to join them. Your guide has made sure you are comfortable with your mask and snorkel. You are ready for this moment to happen.

In an instant, you are floating amongst these inquisitive and charming creatures, seemingly as curious about you as you are about them. You’ll hear their whistling and maybe even make eye contact. There is just no way to describe the sensation, you only know you want it to last forever.

However, in time you are called back to the boat, but not to worry, you’re here for a week of these magical moments. This is just the beginning of your São Miguel Swimming with Dolphins Tour Package . There will be plenty of time for more fun and memories like these.

 

ON THE PROGRAM
SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS

Swimming with wild dolphins in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is an incredible experience

We start this tour from Ponta Delgada harbor , in São Miguel Island, on a zodiac boat with a group of around 8 people.

Before the adventure, our team of marine biologists or guides will explain everything you need to know about this experience: how to get into the water, how to interact with the dolphins and how to use the snorkel and the mask. All of this is very important information so you can take the most out of this experience. 

Normally, in each tour you can dive two to three times. We promise you a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and a lot of knowledge about these super intelligent creatures of the ocean.

Note : You must feel comfortable swimming in the open ocean and know how to use a mask and snorkel. Children from 8 years old can participate accompanied by a responsible adult as long as they fulfill these requirements.

 

ON THE PROGRAM
SETE CIDADES ACTIVE JEEP & LAKES

This is an active tour that combines dirt paths with kayak and bicycle activities at Lagoa das Sete Cidades.

Enjoy this wonderful landscape from a different perspective in a jeep.

We will take you to the top of Sete Cidades caldera stopping at some points of interest such as Pico do Carvão, Pico da Cruz and Lomba do Vasco viewpoint A small stop will be made in the center of Sete Cidades, followed by a passage next to the Peninsula and then we will stop at the famous viewpoint of Vista do Rei .

The other part of the day is to enjoy Sete Cidades by bike and kayak ! This is an excellent way to explore nature for those who enjoy active holidays. Our guide will give interesting information about Sete Cidades and also explain how to go kayaking.

We also have bikes for children , but we advise you to inform us about the size and weight of the child in order to provide the necessary equipment.

This activity requires a minimum number of 4 people.

 

ON THE PROGRAM
VAN TOUR TO FURNAS

On this complete tour, you will feel and experience the volcanic origins of the island in Furnas , a magical place full of geothermal activity. After the pick up in Ponta Delgada at 9am, we will start by a visit to the local tea factory Gorreana before reaching the viewpoint over Furnas: Pico do Ferro . You will definitely have to take pictures for your album about the Azores. Then, we will go to the Caldeiras das Furnas to visit the famous fumaroles and taste gasocarbonic mineral waters from different springs.

Passing by the Lagoa das Furnas , the local restaurant is our next stop to taste the famous “Cozido”, one of the most emblematic dishes of the Azores. It is a mixture of regional vegetables and meats cooked with the help of volcanic activity. A gastronomic experience you cannot miss. This is a very special meal cooked only with the steam of the Earth. 

After lunch, we will visit the centenary Terra Nostra botanical garden , famous for its extraordinary collection of native plants from the Azores, as well as others from all over the world that have adapted to the local conditions. At the end of the visit, you are invited to go for a dip in an iron-rich hot water swimming pool that has a temperature of 35-40ºC (95-104°F), a relaxing experience.

On the way back to Ponta Delgada, we will pass by the South Coast and also at Vila Franca do Campo where we will be able to see the Princess Ring islet and know more about the first capital of the island and the strong earthquake of 1522.

Location

São Miguel Island

Duration

6 days

Tour Rates

On request
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 (minimum 2 participants)

Level of Difficulty

Easy

Vessel Types

Zodiac

Minimum Age

8 years old (activity operated in zodiac, children have to reach the ground with their feet for safety reasons.)

Tour Details

The chronological order of the tours can change according to the weather conditions and availabilities.

Swimming with Dolphins: 

  • Pre-tour briefing
  • Snorkel and mask
  • Wetsuit (short or long)
  • Raincoat and pants (if necessary)
  • Life jacket 
  • Marine biologist or guide aboard
  • Regional tea after the boat trip
  • Insurance (personal accident & liability)

 

Van Tour to Furnas: 

  • Guide
  • Visit to Gorreana tea factory
  • Visit to the lake
  • Visit to Terra Nostra botanical garden with bathing possibility
  • Lunch at a local restaurant (the famous Cozido das Furnas)*
  • Visit to the fumaroles
  • Pick up and drop off in the center of Ponta Delgada, spots to be designated. Other areas can increase the value of pick up to be confirmed with our services
  • Insurance (personal accident & liability)

 

Sete Cidades Active Jeep and Lakes: 

  • Guide
  • Visit to Sete Cidades village
  • Visit to the volcanic complex of Sete Cidades
  • Lunch at a local restaurant*
  • Pick up and drop off in the center of Ponta Delgada, spots to be designated. Other areas can increase the value of pick up to be confirmed with our services
  • Insurance (personal accident & liability)

*Vegetarian options on request. If you have a special diet or food restrictions, please inform us at least 48h before the tour.

 

Note

  • Two half-day sea activities can be operated on the same day if discussed earlier with Futurismo.
  • Please contact us if you are traveling with children in order to provide child seats.
  • We do not recommend swimming with dolphins for people who don’t know how to swim, pregnant women and people with back problems.
  • For this tour, it is mandatory to sign a statement of responsibility.
  • The use of fins is prohibited.

Swimming with Dolphins:

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Flip flops
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen

 

Van tour to Furnas: 

  • Comfortable light clothes
  • Walking boots or shoes
  • Sweater, raincoat, backpack
  • Swimsuit, towel, hat, sunscreen
  • Water, snacks

 

Sete Cidades Active Jeep and Lakes:

  • Comfortable light clothes
  • Walking boots or shoes
  • Sweater, raincoat, backpack
  • Hat, sunscreen
  • Water, snacks

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.

Q: This package of active holidays is exclusively for kids older than 8 years old?
A: For safety reasons, this package is available for children from 8 years old. The swimming with dolphins tours are operated in a zodiac boat and children need to be able to reach the ground with their feet.

Q: Can I touch the dolphins?
A: No. Our responsible swim with dolphin guidelines forbid touching these inquisitive but wild animals.

Q: Can I hear the dolphins?
A: Yes. It is very common to hear them communicating underwater.

Q: How many dolphins can I see?
A: Sometimes less than a dozen, other times up to 50 or more.

Q: Can I swim with the whales?
A: No, swimming with whales is forbidden in the Azores. However, there are several species of dolphins that you are able to swim with.

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