Until 1987, whales were hunted in the Azores. Since then, the Ocean sustainability is a constant concern for the archipelago. In the last years, more than 500 blue whales and more than three thousand sperm whales have been identified in the Azores. Futurismo Whale Watching Azores had an important and active part in changing the whaling industry into what we now know as responsible tourism with whale and dolphin watching.
We are proud to be here, in one of the most sustainable destinations in the world to see whales and dolphins. The Azores are located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which means unique conditions for a lot of migratory species and resident ones as well.
This video shows one of Futurismo’s plastic brigades in the beach
Our whale and dolphin watching experiences use some of the old whaling practices, now adapted to a responsible tourism. The best example is the lookouts; they are on land as in the old days, to spot the whales and dolphins before we go out. They communicate with the boats on the radio nowadays and they are one of the most important parts of our company.
Whale watching in the Azores is a really important activity for the local community. It is an opportunity to research and investigate more about the giants of the oceans protecting them.
A HISTORY OF LEADING THE WAY
In the Azores, Futurismo was one of the first companies responsible for the transition from whaling to whale watching.
We developed a whale watching tourism that is sympathetic to the traditions of whaling, incorporating, for example, the use of the old whaling lookout towers (“vigias”) to detect the whales.
Sustainable Land Activities
During our land activities, we respect nature and encourage our customers to do the same by not leaving anything behind but footprints. We also collect litter every time we find some on the trails.
The products that we use for picnic lunches are local and made by Social Institutions that we work closely with. The regular lunches are served in local small traditional restaurants around the island.
It is our intention to enrich your visit by letting you interact with local people who like to share the traditions and way of life on the island. Therefore, many of our programs include visits to local producers and different handicrafts.
The Azores are considered to be one of the world’s best destinations to do whale and dolphin watching and for scientific research. Sometimes, we can also see rare species passing by our waters such as beaked whales, orcas, and false killer whales.
Futurismo Whale Watching Azores collects data, develops researches and studies cetaceans behavior for over a decade. Our main goal is to know more about the migrating routes and distribution of the baleen whales as well as growing a deeper knowledge about sperm whales, one of the main symbols of the Azores.