6 Days
São Miguel Whale Experience

Who is this package for?

This is a package for those who want to observe and get to know more about these magnificent animals! In general, each day whale and dolphin watching in the Azores is completely different from the last. So why not try to spend as much time on the water as you can during your visit?

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Whale Watching

With this package, you will go whale and dolphin watching 4 times. Seeing whales and dolphins in the wild is a unique experience that you will forever keep in your mind. If you are a sea lover, this is the perfect package for you!

The Azores is one of the world’s best destinations to see whales and dolphins.

Year-round we encounter our resident sperm whales and several dolphin species, as well as turtles and seabirds. From March to June, it is possible to see migratory whales including the two largest species – blue whale and fin whale.

We also have some lucky years where we can even spot some rare species such as orcas, beaked whales and false-killer-whales.

Every whale and dolphin watching tour is unique, we never know what species we will see.

The tour starts in our shop in Ponta Delgada harbor. At the beginning, our marine biologists and guides will do a briefing about the species that you might see during the tour. They will also talk about the whale watching rules we have to respect while approaching a cetacean for the animals’ well being. After the briefing, we are ready to go on an offshore adventure. The staff will warn you when they see something and give some explanations and details about the specific species.

Nature offers no guarantee, it happens sometimes that we don’t see anything. But no worries, in case you don’t see any cetacean, you will be able to book another tour for free with us on another day! 

You will stay on the ocean looking for aquatic life for about three hours before going back to the harbor. We will welcome you back in our shop with some local tea

Our biologists will edit the photos that they took during the trip and you will see them on our blog later in the day. If we have spectacular pictures, they might also be on our Facebook Page and Instagram account.

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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.

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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

Daily Departures

Weekly

Check In Times

Dependent on your arrival

Availability

Year round (minimum 2 participants)

Level of Difficulty

Easy

Vessel Types

Zodiac or Catamarans

Minimum Age

All ages. Catamaran recommended for children and seniors.

Tour Details

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

Whale and dolphin watching tours:

  • Pre-tour briefing
  • Raincoat and pants (if necessary)
  • Life jacket (on zodiac and fiberglass boats)
  • Marine biologist or guide aboard
  • Regional tea after the boat trip
  • Insurance (personal accident and 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. In the case of multi-day experiences, the whale and dolphin watching will be operated in a catamaran or a zodiac boat, depending on your preference and availabilities.

Please contact us if you are traveling with children in order to provide child seats. 

Whale and dolphin watching tours:

– Comfortable clothes and shoes
– Jacket
– Sunscreen, towel and hat
– Backpack, water and snacks (we do not sell food onboard)

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: Can my children do this package?
A: This package is available for all ages. If you are travelling with children under 8 years old,  we strongly recommend the catamaran for the whale watching tours and on the van tour, we do provide children seats.

Q: In which language is this tour?
A: Mainly Portuguese and English. If you do prefer other language, please contact our travel experts.

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