LAJES DO PICO
GIANT CETACEANS 7 NIGHTS
A full week completely organized by us. You will be able to see whales in Pico Island on a designed package specifically for you. Pico Island has a lot to offer and you can discover a lot more during this 7 nights package.
“BEING A BIOLOGIST” IN PICO ISLAND
You will learn more about the marine wildlife of the cetaceans and get e better understanding of their behaviour and a lot more.
Are you a photography and cetaceans lover? Both combine a really unique tour of 4 hours where you will be able to see whales and dolphins and take your time to photograph them in Pico Island.
Lajes do Pico, Pico Island
Check In Times
Year round (minimum 2 people)
Level of Difficulty
8 years old (swimming with dolphins)
DAY 1 – Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Free day.
DAY 2 – Swimming with dolphins (2h30m trip). Free afternoon for other activities (we suggest a half day jeep safari to the lakes).
SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS – HALF DAY
Imagine yourself floating in the deep blue ocean of the Atlantic, watching and hearing dolphins in their natural habitat. Learn more about the species, enjoy the ocean and find yourself on this invigorating trip! Before the trip we provide a general presentation about: the dolphin species, how to swim with dolphins responsibly in the wild, how to use a mask and snorkel, rules and how to behave around the dolphins and safety measures aboard.
DAY 3 – Swimming with dolphins (2h30m trip). Free afternoon for other activities.
DAY 4 – Pick up at the hotel. Van or jeep tour around Pico Island. Lunch included. Return to the hotel.
VAN OR JEEP TOUR AROUND PICO ISLAND – FULL DAY
Visit to “Gruta das Torres” (the biggest lava tunnel known in Portugal and maybe from Europe). Tour to Vinhas (vineyards) da Criação Velha (Worlds Humanity Patrimony – UNESCO classification). Visit to a typical wine house with local wine production “Verdelho do Pico”. Lunch in a local restaurant. The visit around the island continues with particular interest in the volcanic formations, lakes, endemic fauna and flora, fishing ports (old whale ports) and typical small villages.
DAY 5 – Swimming with dolphins (2h30m trip). Free afternoon for other activities.
DAY 6 – Swimming with dolphins (2h30m trip) and van tour to “Ponta da Ilha”. Lunch included.
Return to the hotel.
VAN TOUR TO “PONTA DA ILHA” – HALF DAY
After the swimming with dolphins’ trip we stop to have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch we go along the southern coast and visit the small natural swimming pools formed by lava in the sea (swim possibility), visit the ancient lighthouse in “Ponta da Ilha” and continue to the north part of the island. Stops in the best sights spots including great views to São Jorge Island.
DAY 7 – Swimming with dolphins (2h30m 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: Futurismo cannot guarantee the sights of the wild animals, neither the best weather conditions. We always make the best efforts to offer the activities on the best days so if needed the order of the trips might be changed and informed in advance at least 24h). The trips costs cannot be returned in the above described, however we offer the option to repeat the trips in other opportunities.
- Transfers airport | hotel | airport;
- Five trips to swim with the dolphins;
- Pre-tour briefing;
- English speaking biologist or nature guide;
- Full day tour around Pico Island with lunch included;
- Half day tour to “Ponta da Ilha” with lunch included.
- Lunch in local restaurant on days 4 and 6 – starter, fish or beef, dessert and drinks included.
*Vegetarian options on request (24h before the trip)
- Comfortable light clothes
- Walking boots or shoes
- Swimming suit and towel
- Flip flops
- Backpack and bottle of water to refill
Q: How do I get to the Azores?
R: There are direct flights from Lisbon and Porto. Europe, EUA and Canadá.
Q: Which level should I expect from the activities planned during the package?
R: They are easy level.
Q: This package of active holidays is exclusively for kids older than 8 years old?
R: This is one ideal package for children older than 8 years old and younger as well for the most of the experiences. In the specific case of kids under 8 years old we strongly recommend the catamaran for the whale watching tour and on all the jeep tours we do provide children seats.
Q: Can I touch the dolphins?
R: No. Our responsible swim with dolphin guidelines forbid touching these inquisitive but wild animals.
Q: Can I hear the dolphins?
R: Yes. It is very common to hear their whistles underwater.
Q: How many dolphins can I see?
R: Sometimes less than a dozen, other times up to 50 or more.
Q: Can I swim with the whales?
R: No, swimming with whales is forbidden in the Azores. However, there are several species of dolphins that you are able to swim with.
Species You Might See
“THEY REALLY WERE FANTASTIC!”
“We booked a package through a third-party that included three half-day trips out to sea to swim with dolphins. We received quite a bit of information beforehand and had been doing our own research.”
Damon Lacey – Facebook
“Great experience! The staff is very kind. We saw humpback whale and many dolphins. Thank you guys! Regards from Hungary.”
Farago Zoltan – Facebook