Half Day
SWIM WITH DOLPHINS IN PONTA DELGADA

IMAGINE
SWIM WITH THE WILD DOLPHINS

If you can imagine it, you can do it – pushing off from your Zodiac boat and slipping into the cool Atlantic, you are surrounded by active curious dolphins. They circle about, whistling and sometimes even spinning in mid-air! 

You adjust your snorkel and take your first look underwater at the pod – they’re looking back, just as curious about you. They even seem to be welcoming you to their spot in the ocean. It’s just you and them – like friends sharing a secret moment. No other feeling is as special as this.

Join us for swimming with the dolphins just off São Miguel Island.

 

We Take Off from Ponta Delgada

Our tour begins at the Ponta Delgada Harbor on the south shore of São Miguel Island. We use Zodiac boats, speedy inflatables that ride close to the water’s surface. The group is no more than 8 guests, giving everyone plenty of time with the dolphins. 

Before we take off, our team of marine biologists will gather your group for a training session to maximize your enjoyment of the day. You’ll learn how to safely enter the water and use your snorkel and mask. Our staff will also share their expertise on how to interact with the dolphins – to be respectful of them and their habitat. 

On a typical tour, you’ll get to dive two or three times with the dolphins, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to swim, observe and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. After several dives, you may even find yourself feeling like an experienced explorer and friend to these highly intelligent creatures of the sea. 

 

Costs for Swimming with Dolphins:

From November to March – 70€ per adult, 35€ per child (8-12 years old).

From April to October – 85€ adults and 42.50€ children (8-12 years old). This activity is available only for children 8 years and older for safety reasons. 

Location

Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island

Duration

Approximately 2.5 hours

Tour Rates

85€ Adult (+12 years old)
42.5€ Children (8-12 years old)

Daily Departures

9:00am & 1:30pm

Check In Times

8:30am & 1:00pm

Availability

Year round

Level of Difficulty

Easy

Vessel Types

Zodiac boats

Minimum Age

8 years old

Tour Details
  • Pre-tour briefing
  • Snorkel and mask
  • Wetsuit (short or long)
  • Raincoat and pants if necessary
  • Life jacket
  • Marine biologist or nature guide aboard
  • Refreshment after the trip

Recommendations:

We do not recommend this tour for people who don’t know how to swim and for pregnant women.

  • 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.

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.

Q: When is the best time to swim with dolphins in Azores?
A: The best time to swim with dolphins in the Azores is during the Summertime. The water is usually warmer during this time of the year and clearer, which means more visibility underwater. Although, you can swim year round if the weather conditions allow you to do so. In the Azores, we can swim with bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins and occasionally Risso’s dolphins.

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