PACKAGE
São Miguel

8 Days
SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS IN SÃO MIGUEL

For dolphin lovers who want to get to know these amazing species more intimately, this is the package for you.

Over eight days you will have the opportunity to learn more about dolphins from our marine biologists, observe and be close to them in their natural habitat. With many different resident pods around São Miguel, you will be able to enter the water to be with them almost every day. These amazing social creatures will mesmerize you with their intelligence as soon as you enter the Atlantic Ocean to swim with them and you will be able to hear them communicate. One incredible experience that you will forever cherish.

But not only will you swim with dolphins, we will also bring you to several places around São Miguel island: the must-visit Vila Franca Islet (available in the summertime) and the geothermal region of Furnas.

Location

São Miguel Island (see itinerary below)

Duration

Full week (8 days)
If you wish, Futurismo can also arrange accommodation

Tour Rates

From 475€
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 & Van

Minimum Age

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

Tour Details

DAY 1 – Arrival in Ponta Delgada and transfer to your hotel. Free day.

DAY 2Swimming with dolphins in Ponta Delgada (half day). Imagine yourself in the middle of the Atlantic blue, observing and listening to wild dolphins in their natural environment. It’s quite an experience! Before the tour our marine biologists will explain some safety procedures and rules. This experience is operated with only 8 people for a more comfortable and pleasant tour
Free afternoon. We suggest a city tour in Ponta Delgada.

DAY 3Swimming with dolphins in Ponta Delgada (half day). Free afternoon to do other activities. We suggest a jeep tour to Fogo Lake.

DAY 4Pick up at your hotel for a full-day tour to Furnas.

  • Visit to the Calderas in Furnas Lake.
  • Visit to Furnas village to see the fumaroles and try different natural sparkling waters
  • Explore the Terra Nostra Botanical Garden with bathing possibility in warm thermal waters (35º-40ºC / 95º-105ºF)
  • Having the cozido meal for lunch, a typical meal cooked in the volcanic ground.
  • Visit to Gorreana Tea Factory
  • Drop off at your Hotel.

DAY 5Swimming with dolphins in Ponta Delgada (half day). Free afternoon. We suggest a whale and dolphin watching experience.

DAY 6 – Swimming with dolphins and visit to Vila Franca do Campo Islet (full day tour)

  • You will go to the ocean for about 3 hours looking for cetaceans.
  • After swimming with dolphins we will stop in Vila Franca do Campo village
  • Lunch in a local restaurant while in Vila Franca do Campo harbor
  • Arriving at the Islet where you can snorkel in the natural pool inside the crater (It is recommended to bring your own snorkel and mask)
  • Return to Ponta Delgada by boat or by bus.

Note: The visit to Vila Franca islet is only possible from June 15 to September 15. As an alternative, we suggest an adventure tour to Sete Cidades with kayaking and biking. Another activity can be arranged upon arrival.

DAY 7 – Swimming with dolphins in Ponta Delgada. Free afternoon. We suggest a hiking tour in Sete Cidades lake. 

DAY 8 – Transfer to the airport and departure.

  • Transfer airport to hotel and hotel to airport
  • 5 swimming with dolphins tours;
  • Briefing before the experiences;
  • Marine biologist on board; (life vest mandatory on zodiac boats)
  • English or Portuguese speaking guides. If you prefer another language, please inform us about it.
  • Lunch included on day 4 & 6
  • Transportation for the tours outside of Ponta Delgada
  • Full day tour to Furnas
  • Full-day experience for a swimming with dolphins tour and a visit to Vila Franca Islet

Meals

  • Cozido lunch on day 4 – starter, Cozido, dessert and drinks included. Cozido contains beef, chicken, pork, spicy sausage, blood sausage, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrot, cabbage, green kale and yam. All cooked for 6 hours with natural steam only.
  • Lunch in a local restaurant on day 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
  • Flip flops
  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Backpack
  • 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.

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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