HALF DAY
LAJES DO PICO

HALF DAY
SWIM WITH DOLPHINS IN PICO ISLAND

Dolphins are considered to be one of the most intelligent species on Earth. They have an excellent memory and a complex communication system. In Pico we have been swimming with dolphins a lot.

Ready to swim and listen to these beautiful creatures? To communicate, dolphins use clicking sounds. In the Azores, there can be seen up to six dolphin species. Although they are wild animals that live in their natural habitat, they do interact with us humans quite a lot.

This adventure starts in Lajes do Pico harbor on a zodiac boat in groups of a few people so it can be done safely and comfortably.

On land, you will have a briefing done by a marine biologist or a nature guide that will explain some details about what to expect. They will explain how to get into the water, how to interact with the dolphins and how to use the snorkel and mask.

Normally, in each tour you can dive two to three times and two people will go in the water at a time in order to not scare the dolphins. This is definitely a unique experience.

Location

Lajes do Pico, Pico Island

Duration

Approximately 2.5 Hours

Tour Rates

70€ Adult (+12 years old)
35€ Children (8-12 years old)

Daily Departures

9am, 1:30pm

Check In Times

8:30am, 1pm

Availability

From April to October

Level of Difficulty

Easy

Vessel Types

Zodiac boat

Minimum Age

8 years old

Tour Details
  • Pre-tour briefing
  • Snorkel and mask
  • Shorty wetsuit 
  • Raincoat and pants if necessary
  • Life jacket
  • Marine biologist or nature guide aboard

Recommendations: 

  • This tour should be for people who know how to swim and it is not recommended for pregnant women.
  • A bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Flip flops
  • Sunblock and water (bring your own reusable bottle)

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 their whistles underwater when they communicate. All you need to know about Swimming with Dolphins in Pico Island.

Q: How many dolphins can I see?
A: It depends. 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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